SNC Day 2017 at the Bush Art Center

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.

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Visitors enjoy Fr. Neilson’s work in the Baer Gallery.
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Some lucky visitors get to hear from Fr. Neilson (left), the artist himself.
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A steady stream of visitors came to make their own pennants throughout the day.
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Artist and faculty member Katie Ries brings her son to make a pennant.
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Gallery Director and Curator Shan Bryan-Hanson helps the daughter of Art faculty member Debbie Kupinsky create a pennant of her own.
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Visitors enjoy the Triennial Faculty Exhibition.
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Art major Katie Hopkins shows off her humorous side with this Magritte-inspired pennant.
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Art students and alumni volunteers ready to help make SNC Day at the Bush Art Center happen.
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Earning those badges!
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A Land Scouts field book for participants to record their observations of campus in return for earning a limited-edition, St. Norbert College color Observation badge.
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A small selection of the field books handed in.

Triennial Faculty Exhibition

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St. Norbert student, Neale Tracy, takes in Katie Ries’ The Land Scouts’ Guide Book.

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Explore a Tiny House

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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.

 

 

Undergraduate Research in the Galleries

BringtheWarHomeTwo 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.

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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.