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The beauty of patterns featured in latest Wriston Art Center exhibition

The combined work of five nationally recognized artists will be featured in the new Wriston Art Center Galleries exhibition “An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art.”

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Anila Quayyum Agha: “Rights of Passage”, embroidery, screen printing, graphite drawing and beads on paper, 2011.

The exhibition opens Friday, Jan. 15 with a reception at 6 p.m. and runs through March 13. The exhibition and reception is free and open to the public.

Following a decade-long national trend of new works of unabashed beauty, the five artists — Anila Quayyum Agha, Jennifer Angus, Michelle Grabner, Heather McGill and Tony Orrico — have used patterns to create stunning visuals that explore the many intersections of beauty and craft.

Held in all three of Wriston’s galleries, the exhibition features works that challenge the mind while delighting the eye. Celebrating beauty’s many forms, the artists collectively examine complex cultural themes, including ethnic identity, gender and humans’ relationship with the natural world.

A Wisconsin native, Grabner curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial while Agha won the 2014 Public Vote Grand Prize at ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Mich. Angus, who will deliver an artist’s talk Feb. 19 on biodiversity, conservation and art, has earned national acclaim for her 2015 installation in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.

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Michelle Grabner: “Untitled,” flashe and gesso on canvas, 2014.

As part of the exhibition’s opening, Orrico will perform the final installment of his Penwald 1: 1 Circle series, which features bilateral drawings in which he explores the use of his body as a tool of measurement to inscribe geometries through movement and course. During the 25-minute performance, Orrico will create 1,000 marks with graphite sticks on paper while lying prone.

The exhibition was curated by Lawrence faculty members Rob Neilson, Frederick R. Layton Professor of Art and associate professor of art, and Benjamin Tilghman, assistant professor of art history.

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

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College” and Fiske’s Guide to Colleges 2016. Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.         

 

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.

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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.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College” and Fiske’s Guide to Colleges 2016. Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

Milwaukee artist Jason Yi opens new Wriston Art Center Galleries exhibition

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Jason Yi’s installation “Terraform” is featured in the Kohler Gallery.

Milwaukee-based multi-media artist Jason S. Yi discusses his work Friday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in the opening lecture of Lawrence University’s Wriston Art Center Galleries newest exhibition, which runs through March 15. A reception follows Yi’s remarks. Both events are free and open to the public.

Yi is  featured in the Kohler Gallery with his sculpture installation “Terraform.” Through large-scale, site-specific sculptures and installations, Yi transforms everyday materials into massive architectural and topographic forms, juxtaposing natural and man-made environments.

The Hoffmaster Gallery showcases Sarah Gross’ installation “Continental Drift.” Gross, who is serving as Uihelin Fellow of Studio Art at Lawrence, uses repetition and pattern to create an installation that references architecture and ceramic history. Her hand-made brick/tile hybrids “hover” above the gallery floor, creating interlacing paths for the eye to track.

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Sarah Gross’ installation “Continental Drift” is featured in the Hoffmaster Gallery.

“Wisconsin Wolf Stories,” shown in the Leech Gallery, highlights the work of 20 Lawrence students from Professor of Biology Jodi Sedlock’s environmental studies symposium “Art and Biodiversity Conservation.” Through various media, including video, photography and hand-drawn pieces, students explore the human-wolf interaction in Wisconsin and how wolves have impacted the state’s environment.

The Quirk Print Gallery also features student work focused on the influences of Greek, Roman and Byzantine portraiture coins from Lawrence’s own Ottilia Buerger Collection of Ancient and Byzantine Coins.

Wriston Art Center hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday noon – 4 p.m; closed Mondays.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

 

Wriston Galleries Summer Exhibition Series Features Thomas, Margaret Dietrich Paintings

The work of former Lawrence University art professor Thomas Dietrich and his wife, Margaret Rappe Dietrich, opens Lawrence’s Wriston Art Center Galleries new summer exhibition series Wednesday, July 30.

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Thomas Dietrich’s “Fox River Mill” will be among the paintings featured in the new Wriston Art Center Galleries summer exhibition series.

The series is designed to engage the Fox Valley community in a conversation about artworks and artists of the Midwest. The inaugural exhibition runs through August 17.

An Appleton native, Tom Dietrich was a professor of art and later artist-in-residence at Lawrence from 1944-74. During a career spanning seven decades, Dietrich was best known for his watercolor paintings of the people, paper mills, bridges and landscapes of the Fox Valley. He died in 1998.

Margaret Dietrich grew up in Chicago and graduated from Lawrence in 1936. Like her husband, the Fox Cities were a favorite subject matter. She frequently captured Appleton’s Lutz and Pierce parks, as well as other local scenery, through her oil and watercolor paintings.

Beyond the 45 works exhibited at the Wriston Galleries, a map will be available that identifies other Fox Cities locations where the Dietrichs’ work can be seen, including the History Museum at the Castle and the Paper Discovery Center.

The Wriston Art Center galleries are free and open to the public Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays. For more information on the exhibition, call 920-832-6890.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

New Wriston Art Center Galleries Exhibition Features “Cosmogony 2.0,” Pop-up Books and Masculine Archetypes

Carol Emmons‘ “Cosmogony 2.0,” a large-scale, site-specific and participatory installation in the Kohler Gallery, is among three new works in the latest Lawrence University Wriston Art Center galleries exhibition opening Friday, March 28. The exhibition runs through May 4.

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Shawn Sheehy’s “Snapdragon” from “Beyond the 6th Extinction: A Fifth Millennium Bestiary”, 2007. Handmade paper, construction, letterpress printing.

A professor of communication and the arts at UW-Green Bay, Emmons discusses her work in a free presentation Friday, April 4 at 6 p.m. in the Wriston Art Center auditorium. A reception with Emmons follows her talk.

“Cosmogony 2.0” highlights Emmons’ interest in how humans negotiate their relation to the world, particularly at the intersections of dualities, including the individual and collective, private and public, past, present and future.

The Hoffmaster Gallery features Chicago-based book artist Shawn Sheehy‘s work “2D. 3D. 4D. 5D?” A specialist in pop-up books with intricate movable parts, handmade paper and handset text, Sheehy draws upon biology, ecology and environmental studies in his art. His books include “Welcome to the NeighborWood: A Pop-Up Book of Animal Architecture,” “A Pop-Up Field Guide to North American Wildflowers” and “Counting on the Marsh.” Sheehy discusses his work in an April 10 lecture at 4:30 p.m. in the Wriston Art Center auditorium.

“Man Up! Masculine Archetypes in Visual Art” will be displayed in the Leech Gallery. The exhibition examines archetypes of masculinity as represented in the Wriston Art Gallery’s permanent collection and is presented in conjunction with the Lawrence history course “Reel Men: Masculinity in American Film, 1945-2000.

Wriston Art Center hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon – 4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays. 920-832-6621 for more information.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

New Exhibition Opens in Wriston Art Galleries Jan. 17

 Iowa City-based photographer Sandra Dyas delivers the opening lecture in the latest Wriston Art Center Galleries exhibition Friday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Wriston Art Center auditorium. The exhibition runs through March 16. A reception follows Dyas’ remarks, which is free and open to the public.

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“Caroline Louise, near Andrew, Iowa” by Sandra Dyas, from her 2013 project “Lost in the Midwest.”

The exhibition includes:

• Kohler Gallery: Dyas presents photographs and videos titled “my eyes are not shut.” Her work is informed by her interest in recording life “as she sees it” with careful attention to light and peoples’ relationships with their environments. A lecturer in art at Cornell College, Dyas’ book “Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians” was published in 2007.

• Hoffmaster Gallery: Leslie Smith III presents “Opposing Dysfunction.” Smith uses abstract forms on canvas and paper to communicate stories about conflict and power within interpersonal relationships. He is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

• Leech Gallery: “Out of Place: The Obsolescence of Artifacts,” a culmination of student research in Assistant Professor of Art Ben Tilghman’s seminar “The Art of Stuff: Thing Thing Theory and Art History.” Student in the seminar selected an art object from the Wriston’s permanent collection, contemplating how recent developments in philosophy, archaeology and critical theory might impact how we respond to the “thingness” of the art piece — its materiality, status as commodity, varied functions and resistance to human mastery.

The Wriston Art Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from noon – 4 p.m., closed   Mondays. For more information, call 920-832-6621.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

 

 

New Wriston Art Galleries Exhibition Opens March 29

Painter Rafael Salas and 2012 Lawrence University graduate Caitee Hoglund share the podium for the opening lecture of the latest Wriston Art Center Galleries exhibition Friday, March 29 at 6 p.m in the Wriston auditorium.

A reception follows the lecture. Both events are free and open to the public. The new exhibition runs through May 5.

Rafael Salas, Untitled (Bridge), 2011, oil on canvas

The Kohler Gallery features Salas’ work entitled “You’re Invisible Now.” The series of paintings and drawings depicts the Wisconsin landscapes and moods the artist has observed and include natural occurrences as well man-made events and architecture which complement and conflict.

An art professor at Ripon College, Salas uses non-representational and still life elements to emphasize the dichotomy between figure and ground, perception and feeling. His artwork communicates an aspiration of nobility, but often a failure of that aspiration.

“Stripped Down: Understanding the Female Nude,” featuring works from the Wriston’s permanent collection, will be shown in the Leech Gallery. Designed by Hoglund, this exhibit explores one of the most ubiquitous subjects in art — the female nude — and analyzes the different types represented in the collection. Through presentation, discussion and interaction, this exhibition offers a new perspective on the female nude and its role in art history and gender politics.

Milwaukee-based artist Sonja Thomsen presents “nexus” in the Hoffmaster Gallery. The installation features shelves of short sequences of images and play with shifting scale. The installation forces the viewer to weave back and forth within the space, triggering visceral awareness in conjunction with cerebral perception. The photographs of vast landscapes, domestic scenes and spectacular phenomena create the skin between the memory, place and the present.

Wriston Art Center hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries. Follow Lawrence on Facebook.