Exhibition: January 26 - May 7, 2021
Every two years, the WCU Fine Art Museum offers faculty in the School of Art and Design the opportunity to share their artwork with the University community. For this year’s Biennial, each faculty member contributed work that connects with the University’s 2020-2021 campus theme of Water.
Often, water is not only part of the process of creating art, or the inspiration behind a piece, but an integral, and occasionally moving, element in the final product.
In the context of artmaking, water has endless purposes, for example:
On a practical level, the works encourage us to think about how water functions in our everyday lives and how we depend on water to perform day-to-day activities, whether at home or in the studio. While many of the faculty use water to produce their work, the presence of water is most powerful when it is used to create meaning.
The exhibition highlights representations of water, such as steam, rivers, flooded landscapes, and even the atmosphere around us. You will notice allusions to water in the form of toy boats, maps, andmonsters. All of these experiences come together to illuminate the important role water plays in human myths and legends, memories and identities, histories and rituals, and even our safety in the era of COVID-19.
These works ask us to consider our physical and psychological relationship with water, as well as its spectrum of impact on our lives and ecosystems, as both a destructive force and sustainer of life.
The instructors train students in a variety of studio-based practices, from sculpture, ceramics, and book arts to painting, drawing, and design. As professional artists, they pursue their own research outside the classroom and express ideas through visual form.
Tom Ashcraft, Heather Mae Erickson, Ben Hamburger, Matt Hellgeth, Jane Hughes, Morgan Kennedy, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Ron Laboray, Mary Anna LaFratta, Matt Liddle, Susan Alta Martin, Greg McPherson, Martha Neaves, Nathan Ellis Perry, John Seefeldt, Laura Sellers, David Skinner, Erin Tapley, and Richard Tichich.
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