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Exhibits

Upcoming Exhibits

 

PRISCILLA SAGE FIBER ART

ON DISPLAY AUGUST 26 - OCTOBER 15, 2016, COMMUNITY GALLERY

Priscilla Sage's brilliant, light, free-hanging fabric sculptures have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and across the world. The pieces, which evoke lyrical images, are conceptual studies of form, light, and space. Sage's radiant colors derive from mastery of disperse dyes and direct painting on silver mylar fabrics. The rich and complex stitched surfaces frequently include a glimpse of Japanese papers or shining copper-gold interiors.

Sage is a distinctly unconventional fiber artist, although the legacy of expert piecework shines through her constructions. Much of her award-winning work in mobile - a sense of balance replaces wires and internal supports. As the multiple sculptural forms move through light and shadow, the colors subtly change. Sage's wall relief pieces also rely on optical illusion and movement. ... ...For public spaces Sage makes large installations of multiples. Floating gently in space they can be seen as underwater gardens, flocks of iridescent birds, playful spinning tops, or ever-changing, endlessly fascinating kaleidoscopes.  — Jane Zaring, Read more

"Color has a voice that is deeply human, and the emotional content of my pieces comes through color and color relationships. Having decided the value and intensity of each color, I glaze silver Mylar fabric with layers of acrylic paints and then draw or stencil over that. There is a fluid quality as one color merges into the next and the eyes follow the stripes, going in and out from light to dark. The silver underneath influences the color, and the line work creates richness and illusions on the surface."  — Priscilla Sage


FOUNDERS EXHIBIT: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

ON DISPLAY AUGUST 26 - OCTOBER 29 2016, MAIN AND SWEENEY GALLERIES

Jewelry by Martha Benson

Puppets from the Ruedenberg Collection

Timeline Retrospective of 50 years of the Octagon


50x50 COMMUNITY EXHIBIT


SARA NIELAND FIBER ART

ON DISPLAY JANUARY 6 - FEBRUARY 18, 2017, COMMUNITY GALLERY
Opening reception: January 27 from 5-7 PM

"My soft and colorful installations create a comfortable and playful environment for viewers to experience in an intimate way. We associate comfort with fibrous materials – things that are soft to the touch, wrap us and keep us warm. Where play is usually associated with childhood and is an act that allows us to do several things such as relax, learn, challenge, discover, laugh, smile, achieve, and connect.

'The repetitive processes of wrapping, binding and sewing generate ideas for spaces in which the art will live and grow. I am attracted to obsessive-like processes that create varying units, or modules, that together complete the finished work. Repeating a process generates learning and exploration of different possibilities for the end result – this is what I call “play.”

'My work challenges traditional notions of art by inviting viewers to interact and connect with art in a gallery setting on a personal hands-on level. In creating a comfortable environment with dramatic and theatrical elements I encourage viewers to have an extraordinary experience." - Sara Nieland

See more on her website >


 

49 CLAY, FIBER, PAPER, GLASS, METAL, WOOD


 

INTEGRATED VISUAL ARTS MFA SHOW

Iowa State University MFA exhibit


JESSICA SHIMEK: DIGITAL DREAMS OF YOU

ON DISPLAY JULY 7 - AUGUST 12 COMMUNITY GALLERY

Image: Reflections by Jessica Shimek

Jessica graduated in 2003 from the University of Minnesota with my Bachelors of Fine Arts. She studied book arts and printmaking at Minnesota Center for Book Arts as well as many talented friends. Jessica continues to learn, create, and make images every day.

"My photography work is based on a Cyberpunk world introduced to me by the author William Gibson. Cyberpunk is a genre of science fiction set in the future, focusing on all encompassing smart technology and life in the outer rings of society. It was William Gibson’s idea that a complete world, a coded landscape, can be created and “lived in” by a human’s avatar while their physical form remains in the analog world. These coded realities can be whatever that person wants to see, and can contain bits copied over from the analog world from multiple locations and times in history." - Jessica Shimek

Digital Dreams of You is made using photographs taken with medium format film which is scanned to digital images, which are then layered in Adobe Photoshop. The artist also uses printmaking processes including the Photopolymer Photo Gravure process. This medium creates a print that looks more like a traditional photograph than a print, but retains the ability to layer multiple images together into one piece. This show emphasizes the human touch, layered images created around homes, objects, and structures.

 


Deeply Rooted

STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATION

ON DISPLAY AUGUST 11 - OCTOBER 28, 2017, MAIN GALLERY

Deeply Rooted, a juried exhibition organized by the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), explores the meaning of “roots” through the quilt medium. Thirty works are featured, all created by SAQA members from Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. SAQA, founded in 1989, is an organization of more than 3,000 fiber artists devoted to the education, exhibition, promotion, professional development, and documentation of the medium.

Pat Bishop, “Cedar Swamp #5” Fused and machine quilted, hand-dyed linen and other materials, silk and silk ties, commercial fabrics, 2015, Collection of the Artist


Kawishiwi River

AARON SQUADRONI

ON DISPLAY October 6 - November 11, 2017, COMMUNITY GALLERY

AaronSquadroni, images from Kawishiwi River
Copper drawings from Kawishiwi River by Aaron Squadroni

Artist Statement:

"The Midwest is presently a battleground for resources. Fracking, oil pipelines, mining, and drilling are just some of the expanding industries in this region. In states like Minnesota and Wisconsin where the rugged beauty of the land is part of the state’s identity, these new industries create strong conflicts between environmental and industrial stakeholders. In northern Minnesota, the Duluth Complex is a geological formation bordering the Mesabi Iron Range and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It contains one of the largest untapped copper‚Äźnickel deposits in the world. Industry representatives estimate that the new sulfide mining district could eventually exceed Minnesota’s iron ore industry in size. The issue of whether or not to establish sulfide mines so close to a protected wilderness known for its pristine water is a passionately debated topic on the Iron Range.

'The Kawishiwi River flows over the Duluth Complex, and is at the center of the region in contention as mining companies are in the process of obtaining permits and conducting environmental impact studies in order to mine the area for copper, nickel and other precious metals. The Kawishiwi River series is a collection of copper drawn land portraits. These land portraits record a history of landmarks and sacred spaces based on traditional legends, government treaties, current disputes, and future visions. My intention is to create continuity where great changes have occurred in the landscape or are likely to occur in the future. Each portrait merges an image of the landscape with a symbol or object from the landscape. This catalog of imagery is meant to heighten public awareness about how the future of the Kawishiwi River will take shape, while simultaneously preserving its identity in the past.

'Copper has been contained in the rocks of the Kawishiwi River for many thousands of years. It is now highly sought after by mining companies. Using copper as a drawing meduim is important to me in this series because of its role in the history of the Kawishiwi River and its impending impact on the river’s future. Copper also has a certain delicacy due to its lack of value range. The resulting lightness of the drawings require the viewer to approach close to the image. A narrative of the Kawishiwi River is revealed slowly and formed from a series of intimate exchanges between the viewer and the artworks." - Aaron Squadroni


Anda Tanaka & Jeremy Rudd

November 3 - December 22, 2017 SWEENEY GALLERY

Tanaka-Rudd

Artist Bios:

Jeremy Rudd: A native Iowan, Rudd grew up in rural Benton County thirty minutes outside Cedar Rapids.  He attended Iowa State University receiving a BFA in visual Studies with an emphasis on Three Dimensional Design, and completed his Master of Fine Arts at the CVPA of The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.  He was a Professor of fine arts for four years at Lasell College, Boston MA and Bristol Community College, Fall River MA.  Since returning to the Midwest  Rudd has  worked as Assistant Professor of Art for divine word College in Epworth, IA, and worked as a professional artist completing many liturgical, private and commercial projects. 

Anda Tanaka is a visual artist and musician living, working, and playing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up in Ames, Iowa and often draws on childhood memories in the creation of her work. Remaining connected to the Midwest is one of the most vital aspects of her life as an artist. At St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Anda studied Studio Art and Music and fell in love with the Land of 10,000 Lakes. After graduating in 2012 she spent one year as an Emerging Artist Resident at St. Olaf before moving to Minneapolis to start her art career. Anda spends as much time as possible outdoors all year round running, biking, cross country skiing, and collecting experiences.

 

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