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Artists Looking at Art: Christie Blizard

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Pulling something witty and compelling out of the tricky middle ground between painting and performance is no easy task — yet artist and educator Christie Blizard thrives at that odd intersection of disciplines. An assistant professor of painting and drawing at UTSA, Blizard has contributed to upwards of 70 exhibitions but has reached an even broader demographic via numerous appearances on Good Morning America and The Today Show. By arriving on the shows’ outdoor sets with hand-painted signs in tow — emblazoned with such curious messages as “I Feel Like You Know,” “Without You I Have No Mirror” and “This May Be The Last Time” — Blizard has put a conceptual spin on a touristy practice while creating “an alternative exhibition space” that “disrupts the affects of television.” Blizard, who has also been known to mud wrestle and distribute free works of art on telephone polls, speaks at the McNay on Thursday as part of the museum’s Artists Looking at Art series. Free, 6:30pm Thu, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. — Bryan Rindfuss



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