Miriam Beerman collages, print portfolio focused on social injustice featured in new Wriston Galleries exhibition

The work of prolific American artist Miriam Beerman highlights the new Wriston Art Center Galleries exhibition, which opens Friday, Sept. 18 with a reception at 6 p.m. and runs through Nov 25.

Miriam Beerman’s “Untitled,” n.d., fabric, ink, oil, paper, sequins, mounted on a board. From the artist’s collection.

“Beauty and Terror, Compassion and Despair: The Collages of Miriam Beerman” is featured in the Hoffmaster and Kohler galleries. Her work explores deep emotional responses to the historical and modern tragedies of the human experience. The collage work highlights her sympathetic preoccupation with injustice and tragedy while also revealing her intellect, erudition, sense of humor and most importantly, her intuitive, spontaneous artistic process.

In conjunction with the exhibition, two screenings of the film “Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos, will be shown: Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. in Lawrence’s Warch Campus Center cinema and Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Appleton Public Library. A discussion with the film’s director, Jonathan Gruber, follows both screenings, which are free and open to the public. Dr. Susan and John McFadden of the Fox Valley Memory Project also will participate in the library screening discussion.

The Leech Gallery will host “Social In/Justice,” a print portfolio examining unfair acts, inequalities and restrictions to individuals or groups of people. Organized by Benjamin Rinehart, associate professor of art, the exhibition features works of 15 artists, each of whom was asked to react to and personalize challenges to societal norms through a variety of print techniques.

Rinehart and Brandon Bauer, assistant professor of art at St. Norbert College and one of the exhibition’s contributing artists, discuss organizing and creating the prints for the “Social In/Justice” portfolio at the opening reception.

The Beerman exhibition and film screenings are supported by grants from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Bemis Company Foundation and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Wriston Art Center hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,; Saturday-Sunday noon – 4 p.m.; closed Mondays. For more information, 920-832-6621.

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