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

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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 

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

2019 Senior Art Exhibition

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The 2019 Senior Art Exhibition boasts the work from seventeen graduating studio art and graphic design major seniors, featuring mediums such as printmaking, packaging design, short film, oil painting, and sculpture, just to name a few. Up now until May 3, 2019 in the Bush Art Center Galleries you can come see the ultimate works of:

  • Julia Allen
  • Emerson Bartch
  • Sarah Chojnacki
  • Carla Davila
  • Joseph Donohue
  • Madeline Gassner
  • Jennifer Han
  • El Hein
  • Katie Hopkins
  • Sam Kalies
  • Lindsay Kropp
  • Emma May
  • Kayla Mitchell
  • Cate O’Brien
  • Morgan Pennings
  • Nicolette Sylvain
  • Elizabeth Schaal

Artist statements explaining the artists’ work and visions are provided by each artist and are available for viewing in a binder found inside the doors of the Baer Gallery. Come celebrate the hard work of the graduating art class of 2019 while you can!

 

Current Exhibitions: February/March 2019

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Sandra Martinez: Between the Lines

Baer Gallery

February 25-March 29

Sandra Martinez is a symbolist painter based in Door County, WI. Martinez renders contemporary works on paper, vellum and other materials that reference human, plant, and shelter forms. As part of Martinez Studio, she was recently awarded a prestigious USA Artists Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited at many institutions, including the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

Martinez’s exhibition, Between the Lines, displayed in the Baer Gallery, is a mixture of paper sculptures and wall hangings, paintings, and woven rugs. Her bold sense of shape and design transports the viewer into entirely new physical and mental spaces: a feat well worth the time to come and experience. Come see her work before it moves on!

Martinez will also be giving an Artist’s Talk in the Bush Art Center on Friday, March 1 from 12-1p.m. Refreshments will not be served, so feel free to bring your lunch while listening and learning something new.

Details on this exhibition’s reception can be found at the bottom of this post.

Visit Martinez’s website here.

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Brian Pirman: Experimental Digital Patterns

Godschalx Gallery

February 25-March 29

Recently returned from a fall semester sabbatical, Brian Pirman, Associate Professor of Art at the BAC, has taken over the Godschalx gallery with an explosion of color and pattern. From wall to wall and floor to ceiling, Pirman’s Experiemental Digital Patterns is a visually kinetic space that refuses to be ignored. Don’t miss your chance to experience this show and be struck with wonder.

Visit Pirman’s website here.

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Reception

A reception for both shows will take place on Thursday, February 28 from 5-7p.m. in the Bush Art Center lobby. Both Martinez and Pirman will be in attendance, and light refreshments will be served.

Awards Results: 2018-2019 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

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This past Thursday, November 15 marked the 2018-2019 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Awards Reception. Students, both art majors and non-majors, put out a strong showing for this year’s exhibition, creating a monumental task for awards judge Dr. Carol Bruess.

Dr. Bruess is an alumna of the St. Norbert College Art Program and received her M.A. and Ph.D from Ohio University’s School of Interpersonal Communication. She is the author of numerous books spanning topics of family relationships, marital relationships, and communication in the digital age. Dr. Bruess remains an active supporter of the arts and was a jovial and inspirational presence for the students at last week’s event.

The awards shook out as follows:

Honorable Mentions:

Morgan Pennings, A Day in the Life, Short film

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Lukas Thornton, Dysphoric, Watercolor on paper

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Emerson Bartch, Flesh Eater, Wax, soil and wood

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Third Place:

Katie Hopkins, Communio, Screen print on paper

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Second Place:

Elizabeth Hein, Reliance, Screen print on paper

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First Place:

Devin Morrisroe, Eavesdropping, Charcoal on paper

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To see even more of the artwork in this exhibition, come visit the gallery when its regular hours resume after Thanksgiving Break: MTWF from 9am-3pm, and Th from 9am-7pm. The show is up until December 7.