This year’s SNC Day was a smashing success all around, and the activities held at the Bush Art Center were no exception. Over 700 students, alumni, and community members visited the BAC to tour the galleries, make pennants to mirror Katie Ries’ piece “Pennants 2017” currently showing in the Art Faculty Triennial Exhibition, and earn their Observation badge with the Land Scouts—an organization started by Ries and focused on promoting good stewardship with the land around you.
Scroll down to see some photos from the day’s events and relive the fun right along with us.
Monday, August 28th marked the opening of 2017’s highly anticipated Triennial Faculty Exhibition in the Baer and Godschalx Galleries here at St. Norbert College.
You’ve had them in class, seen them around campus, or perhaps you haven’t had the grace of meeting them yet, but from now until September 22nd come explore the personal creations of SNC’s art faculty and discover what drives them to create outside of the academic setting.
Exhibits range from graphic prints and gouache paintings, to both stoneware and found-object sculpture and multimedia photography displays. Weekly gallery hours run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, from 9am-3pm, and on Thursday from 9am-7pm.
Join us on Thursday, September 7th, from 5-7pm for the opening reception of the exhibition which includes food and drink, and the chance to meet the artists.
And don’t forget to stop by the galleries on SNC day, Saturday, September 16th for a unique look at the exhibits as well as some interactive activities suitable for the whole family.
Read below for some preview photos and information about each faculty members’ exhibition:
Katie Ries’ nature-inspired exhibition revolves around her group, the Land Scouts, which promotes interaction and respect for the natural world around you, whether that be in a rural, or urban environment. Her paper and felt pennants, along with her series of trading card paintings, seek to foster a camaraderie between friends and individuals as they observe and draw what they see around them.
Brian Pirman showcases both his graphic design and sculptural talents, but with a strong theme of collage running through all of them, tying the pieces together although they are each distinct. Pirman’s incredible ability to layer both two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects create works of art that invite continual viewing, and with each new look a different aspect of the piece is uncovered.
Coming out of a very productive summer sabbatical, Shan Bryan-Hanson has a full arsenal at the ready for the Triennial Faculty Exhibition. Initially inspired by Victorian “dew walkers” as well as late 19th and early 20th century decorative design, Bryan-Hanson’s paintings bring together both the free form and geometrical aspects of nature. Along with the airy, jewel-toned pastels running throughout all of the paintings, walking through this exhibit will make you feel like you are in the height of summer although we are already well on our way into fall.
For the Faculty Exhibition Brandon Bauer presents an abbreviated version of his show, entitled Landscapes of Absence. In his work, Bauer flips the historical notion of erasure from photographs on its head by transforming it into a power for good. By erasing the dark and gruesome elements of ISIS beheadings from their original landscapes, Bauer seeks to restore both the humanity and dignity to the places and individuals affected by the actions of ISIS. With both visual and audial stimulation, Landscapes of Absence presents a powerful showing that promotes a depth of thought on the concept of narrative control in today’s media entrenched world.
Well known around campus for delivering consistently engaging art history lectures, James P. Neilson, O.Praem. certainly doesn’t disappoint when delivering art itself. Working in the Arte Povera aesthetic, Neilson uses ordinary, found objects left to him by former faculty member Bill Bohné to create extraordinary and otherworldly sculptures that inspire anyone to become an artist by first appreciating the beauty immediately around them.
Debbie Kupinsky’s exhibition focuses on the hybrid spaces that are created when humans come into contact with and affect the natural world. Using porcelain, stoneware, and found objects, Kupinsky creates an ethereal yet imposing wall-to-wall show in the Godschalx Gallery.
There was much to see, learn, and make in the Bush Art Center on SNC Day this past Saturday! Here are a few highlights:
Visitors made flowers out of organic cotton and recycled t-shirt fabric. The project was inspired by a piece in the April Beiswenger: 1000 T-Shirt Project exhibit.
Rebecca Rutter, tiny house owner, designer and builder, gave tours of the house from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The house drew a lot of interest with steady waiting lines all day long. In case you missed it, there are three more days to tour the house! Open house hours are Wednesday, noon- 2 p.m., Thursday, noon-2 p.m. and Friday, 11:00-1:00 p.m., through Friday, Sept. 23.
On display throughout the day were, among other artworks, gorgeous hand-sewn garments by Alabama Chanin in the Shelter and Clothing exhibit and a map piece illustrating where t-shirts are made in the 1000 T-Shirt Project exhibit.
A lot of boot making fun happened in the critique studio. SNC students and alums helped visitors craft boot models and handed out screen prints. The project was designed by professor Katie Reis and student collaborator, Maria Deau.
Kids stopped in the Baer Gallery to draw their own tiny house designs.
Other events throughout the day included Art and Design lectures presented by Art professor, Fr. Jim Neilson and Theatre professor, April Beiswenger. Cheers to another great SNC Day!
Last night, as part of Fashion This, we screened the film The True Cost . The film explores the environmental toll and human rights violations surrounding the fast fashion industry. Afterwards, a question was asked about ways to transition to a more ethical and eco-friendly wardrobe.
Here are a few suggestions:
Buy used clothing. There are many great resources for used clothing–yard sales, consignment shops, thrift stores, and online consignment and swap sites like ThredUp and Poshmark.
Buy quality garments that will last many years. Uncertain about how to assess quality? Inspect your clothing items that have lasted many years. Study the feel and drape of the fabric, inspect the seams and overall construction of the garments. Compare this to a garment you recently purchased that quickly stretched or ripped.
Care for your clothes. Read care instructions on labels. Put delicate items in mesh garment bags before tossing them in the wash. Line dry clothes whenever possible. Learn and use basic mending skills. Store clothes with care.
Shop like my grandmothers did. They both had lovely wardrobes and chose clothes based on their personal styles rather than the latest trends. They also purchased well-made clothes that would last many years.
Create a capsule wardrobe. Check out Project 333 for inspiration. A traditional capsule wardrobe is one that lasts for years, not just a season. Build a capsule wardrobe slowly, with classic pieces that won’t go out of style. If you crave new clothes each season try building a capsule wardrobe from thrifted clothes.
As part of the exhibition Shelter and Clothing, a tiny house will be on display on the lawn outside the Bush Art Center. Open house hours are M, T, W, Th, 12-2 p.m. and F, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Aug. 29-Sept. 23. The house will also be open for tours on Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming exhibitions in the Bush Art Center:
Shelter and Clothing: Using Sustainable Design to Rethink How We Live Today Baer Gallery, August 29 – Sept. 23 Open for SNC Day on Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“And where she ends she doth anew begin.” – the 1000 t-shirt project by April Beiswenger Godschalx Gallery, August 29 – Sept. 23 Artist’s Lecture: Fashion This! Sustainable Clothing and You, Sat., Sept. 17, 3-3:45
Kevin J. Miyazaki: Camp Home Baer Gallery, October 3 – October 28 Reception, Thursday, October 13, 5-7 p.m.
A Potter Collects: The Collection of Reid Schoonover Godschalx Gallery, October 3 – October 28 Reception, Thursday, October 13, 5-7 p.m.
2016-17 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Baer Gallery, November 7 – December 9 Awards Reception, Thursday, Nov. 10
Graphic Design and Rock & Roll – the Art of the Music Poster Godschalx Gallery, November 7 – December 9 Reception, Thursday, Nov. 10
Two current exhibitions in the art galleries feature undergraduate research. “Bring the War Home” is a class research project directed by Brandon Bauer, Assistant Professor of Art at St. Norbert College. He describes this project as follows:
For this project we restaged and re-photographed an archival image of a Vietnam War protest that took place on the St. Norbert College campus in 1969. The project was inspired by class discussions about conceptual strategies contemporary artists use, including narrative approaches, staged documentation, and ideas of the cinematic in contemporary photography.
More about the “Bring the War Home” project can be read in the latest edition of St. Norbert College Magazine.
The Permanent Collection Gallery features a curatorial research project by Rebecca Swanson. She completed this project as part of her Research Fellowship in the Art Galleries. Rebecca chose two works from the St. Norbert Art Collection to research and analyze, an untitled work by Daniel Dickhut, founder of the St. Norbert College Art program and a painting by Juan Soriano, gifted to the collection by BMO Financial Group and Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Stop by the galleries the week of March 28-April 1 to check out these exhibits (the galleries are closed for Spring and Easter breaks this week). Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the academic year.