March Exhibitions

Red, Green & Gray, 8
Marjorie Mau, Red, Green & Gray, 8, Oil and cold wax on wood
Silence of Nature
Ginnie Cappaert, Silence of Nature, Oil and cold wax on wood

March will be here soon and we have some exciting exhibitions planned in the Bush Art Center!

Negotiating Space: Recent Work by Ginnie Cappaert and Marjorie Mau

This exhibition features paintings by Wisconsin artists Ginnie Cappaert and Marjorie Mau. Both artists employ the use of cold wax as they explore abstraction and landscape in their paintings. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m.

(Re)Fashioned

This exhibition explores solutions to the fast fashion crisis, as envisioned by the students participating in (Re)Fashion, an Honors Tutorial at St. Norbert College.

Tarot Nouveau

Tarot Nouveau features a selection of paintings SNC Art Education major, Hailey Buss, created as part of a set of tarot cards. She received a Collaborative Research Grant from the St. Norbert College Collaborative for Undergraduate Research in support of this work.

All three exhibitions run from March 2 – April 1, 2020 . 

 

Current Exhibition: Typography Highlights from the Permanent Collection

This month, don’t miss your chance to see this selection of typography highlights from our permanent collection! This exhibition features work from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Hatch Show Print, Jessica Hische, Louise Fili, and more!

Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Initial Impressions – Renaissance Capitals, and Twenty-six Wooden Soldiers

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin houses an enormous collection of vintage prints, wood type, and machinery going back to the founding of the Hamilton Manufacturing Company in 1880. The museum aims to preserve the history and images of American letterpress printing, and keeps these traditions alive by offering demonstrations, workshops, and many other events. Visit the website to learn more.

Left to right: Hatch Show Print, Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash; The Red Door Press, HAM at 20, for Hamilton Wood Type Museum; Hatch Show Print, Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Music City USA

Hatch Show Print, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is another shop that aims to preserve the history of letterpress by production. Now a historic property of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Hatch Show Print is perhaps most well known for printing classic music posters, such as this Johnny Cash poster. Today, they are still active in designing and printing work for various entertainers, venues, businesses, and organizations.

This exhibition also showcases work from several independent artists. Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, and author currently based in California. She has done work for many well-known clients such as Apple, Hershey’s, and Nike, and has spoken at more than 100 conferences. Louise Fili is a New York-based Italian-American graphic designer who has received numerous awards, including the AIGA medal for Lifetime Achievement. Her firm, Louise Fili Ltd, creates stylish designs for restaurants, packaging, logos, books, and more.

Louise Fili, Mardel Font Specimen Sheet and Mardel in Italian, for Hamilton Wood Type Museum

The typography exhibit runs Jan. 27 – Feb. 21 in the Permanent Collection Gallery.

Current Exhibition: Fragments of the Acceleration by Brandon Bauer

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Visit the galleries before Feb. 21 to see Fragments of the Acceleration, a project that makes use of photography, digital design, and video to craft a thought-provoking investigation into the “Great Acceleration,” the exponential increase in human activity in recent decades and its impact on the environment, particularly since the development of nuclear weapons. Composed of work from Professor Bauer’s sabbatical last year, this exhibit offers a strong portrayal of the intensity and urgency of the climate crisis.

Above: A section of a timeline that shows the development of climate science and major events relating to the discovery and response to growing climate issues.

In the Godschlax Gallery, In Our Hands, offers a continuation of the discussion on climate change. Each picture conveys one line of text alongside powerful images of the environment and industrialization. Read left to right, they reveal a strong message and a call to action – “Our fate is in our hands.”

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Be sure not to miss a couple of exciting events related to this exhibition! Come and hear the 2019-20 Killeen Fellows, Brandon Bauer, Angel Saavedra, and Wendy Scattergood present “Consensus, Civility, and Polarization in the Climate Change Debate,” a panel discussion on the tensions of scientific and political debate surrounding climate change. This presentation, which is sponsored by the Killeen Chair, St. Norbert College, will be held in Bush Art Center 130 on Feb. 6 from 5-6. Afterwards, a reception for the exhibition will be held in the galleries on Feb. 6 from 6-7:30.

Fragments of the Acceleration runs Jan. 27 – Feb. 21 in the Baer and Godschalx Galleries. 

Spring 2020 Exhibitions

Anthropogenic landscape (Fire and Ice)
Brandon Bauer, Still from Anthropogenic Landscape (Fire and Ice), 2019, Two-channel film

Fragments of the Acceleration–A Project by Brandon Bauer

Jan. 27 – Feb. 21, Baer and Godschalx Galleries 

This exhibition explores the atomic origins of what has been referred to as the Great Acceleration of the Anthropocene and the urgency of the climate crisis. The work was created during the artist’s 2019 sabbatical. 

Related events:

Consensus, Civility, and Polarization in the Climate Change Debate, Thursday, Feb. 6, 5-6 p.m., Bush Art Center 130

The 2019-20 Killeen Fellows, Brandon Bauer, Angel Saavedra Cisneros, & Wendy Scattergood, offer a presentation addressing this year’s Killeen Lecture theme “Must We Speak? Civic Responsibility in Times of Polarization”. The presentation will address the scientific consensus, civility, and political polarization in the debates about climate change.

Reception to follow the panel discussion, Feb. 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Bush Art Center Galleries

Negotiating Space: Recent paintings by Ginnie Cappaert and Marjorie Mau

March 2 – April 1, Baer Gallery

Reception: Friday, Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m.

Featuring recent paintings by Wisconsin artists Ginnie Cappaert and Marjorie Mau. Both artists employ the use of cold wax as they explore abstraction and landscape in their paintings. 

 

(Re)Fashioned

March 2- April 1, Godschalx Gallery 

This exhibition explores solutions to the fast fashion crisis, as envisioned by the students participating in (Re)Fashion, an Honors Tutorial. 

 

Senior Art Exhibition

April 14 – May 8, Bush Art Center Galleries 

Reception, Friday, April 17, 5-7 p.m.

The Senior Art Exhibition is the capstone experience for all St. Norbert College art majors.   

October and November in the Galleries

October and November saw much good art in the Art Galleries.  Material Worlds was featured in the Baer Gallery in October and filled with still life paintings by Cassie Marie Edwards and ceramic sculptures by Craig Clifford.

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Material Worlds, Baer Gallery 

Craig
Material Worlds, Baer Gallery

The Godschalx Gallery featured the exhibition, Plywood by Post. Project organizer, Katie Ries, Associate Professor of Art, St. Norbert College, invited artists to join her in a collaborative mail art project.  The artists shipped thin pieces of birch plywood to each other, once a month, adding to each panel when it was in their possession.

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Plywood by Post, Godschalx Gallery 

The 2019 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition was featured in the Baer Gallery in November.  The exhibition included works by seventeen current St. Norbert College students.  Awards were juried by curator, artist, and owner of the James May Gallery, Kendra Bulgrin. This year’s winners were: 1st Place, Hailey Buss, for the painting Celebration, 2nd Place, Megan Huth for the sculpture, Jumbo Avo, and 3rd Place, Bridget Van Beckum for the pattern design, Mallard Ducks.  Honorable Mention Awards went to Hailey Bush for Freshwater Fish of North America, Rhiannon Cooper for Great Grandmother, and Noah Fidlin for Birdhouse.

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Baer Gallery, 2019 Juried Student Art Exhibition

Also on exhibit in October was 6×880=One, a collaborative project by students in Art 389, Aesthetic Rites and Rituals, taught by Fr. James Neilson. Each student created a piece that in length is one sixth of a mile, collectively making the work in the gallery one mile long.

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6 x 880 = ONE, Godschalx Gallery

There are still a few days to catch the November exhibitions, which run through Friday, Dec. 6.

 

September in the Bush Art Center

An image of the a gallery wall hung salon style with works of art
Baer Gallery, Why We Collect Exhibition

Welcome to the start of a new academic year!

In the Bush Art Center, we’ve opened the year with two exciting exhibitions.  Why We Collect, in the Baer and Permanent Collection Galleries, features work from the St. Norbert College Art Collection as well as the chance for visitors to purchase art out of the Art for All vending machine. April Beiswenger: “In collateral light must I be comforted”, in the Godschalx Gallery, navigates the intersection between clothing, technology, and the art of perception. Both exhibitions run through September 21, 2019.

Gallery image featuring mannequins with clothing designs on them, including hand-sewn dress jackets and tutus
Godschalx Gallery, April Beiswenger Exhibition,

 

Tubular knitted sculptural rope-like forms, in red and orange, hanging in a gallery.
Work by artist Jean Stamsta that was gifted to the art collection at St. Norbert College by Jean and Duane Stamsta and Kohler Foundation, Inc., in the Why We Collect exhibition.

 

A snack vending machine full of works of art.
A vending machine full of art curated by Katie Ries. Everything is for sale for $5 or less.

 

A bubble vending machine full of stickers.
A vending machine full of stickers featuring awesome women. Curated by April Beiswenger and located in the Bush Art Center lobby.

September Exhibitions, August 26 – September 21

Welcome to our 2019-20 season!  We’re kicking off the year with a celebration of creative work on campus.  Why We Collect, in the Baer and Permanent Collection galleries, features work from the St. Norbert College Permanent Collection.  After taking a look at some of the works collected by St. Norbert College, you’ll have the opportunity to add to, or start, your own collection with a purchase from the Art for All vending machine. The vending machine, curated by Katie Ries, Associate Professor of Art at St. Norbert College, offers the opportunity to purchase art for $5 or less. 

The Godschalx Gallery features April Beiswenger: “In collateral light must I be comforted”, an exhibition that navigates the intersection between clothing, technology, and the art of perception. April Beiswenger is Associate Professor of Theatre at St. Norbert College. 

During these exhibitions, which run from August 26 – Sept. 21, we encourage visitors to enjoy a self-directed exercise in Slow Looking.   A guide to this practice will be available in the gallery.  Also, join us for fun activities in the Bush Art Center during the campus-wide SNC Day event on Sept. 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.