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Thinking Through Making: 2017 Faculty Biennial

March 28 through May 8, 2017

Every two years, the Western Gallery shows the work of the faculty of the Department of Art. This is an opportunity to see what these highly respected mentors of upcoming artists have been pursuing in their own studios over the previous couple of years.

The 2017 faculty biennial features new visions of artists working in a variety of media—painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, kinetic work, mixed-media, book art, and video. If anything connects the 20 artists in the show, it is their “abiding love for the well-made object,” as one of the artists put it, and their deep concern with cultural and political issues. The works range widely, from explorations of the medium and processes of art making to the probing of social and existential issues, such as the complexities of queer and trans gender identities; and from evocations of the mysteries of natural forces to studies of ecosystems and global warming. Here the faculty does not deliver lectures but presents thinking though making.

The exhibition offers a cross section of the present faculty, introduces newcomers and, last but not least, honors a retiring faculty, Professor Elsi Vassdal-Ellis, with a small overview exhibition of her limited edition and unique book works. 



Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour, Paul Brower, Cynthia Camlin, Nathan Cranston, Christopher Hartshorne, Ryan Kelly, Werner Klotz, Doug Loewen, Joshua McDevitt, Sebastian Mendes, Barbara Miller & Dimitri Katsaros, Margot Myers, Seiko Purdue, Cara Jaye, Barbara Sternberger, Lisa Turner, Chris Vargas, and Elsi Vassdal-Ellis

Image: Christopher Hartshorne, 'Billboard Cytoplasma', 2017. 49" x 25", multiple block woodcut printed on Okawara paper
Island of Ought and Naught, watercolor on paper mounted on panels, 54”h x 75”, 2015(c) Cynthia Camlin


Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 5:00pm
Fine Arts Building 124 - Western Gallery
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Fine Arts Building 124 - Western Gallery
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:00pm
Fine Arts Building 124 - Western Gallery
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
Fine Arts Building 124 - Western Gallery
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:00pm
Fine Arts Building 124 - Western Gallery