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.
Need a few minutes away from your work to spark your creative juices or see your current project from a different perspective? Take an Art Break in the galleries! Stop by the Bush Art Center for coffee, tea and treats and a stroll through the galleries. Art curator Shan Bryan-Hanson will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the art on exhibit, or you can stroll in silence. Warm drinks and a fresh take await!
Art Break will take place on the following dates; stop by for five minutes or settle in for a longer visit, whatever your schedule allows.
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.