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Spring 2015 Visual Arts Baccalaureate Exhibition

April 14 – May 1, 2015

Opening Reception April 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., artist talks begin at 5:30

Graduate Panel Discussion May 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Eight graduating NDSU students—Mataya Armstrong, Gretchen Barker, Thomas Brennan, Jonathan Carlson, Michael Duncan, Rosalin Kelly, Alea Mettler, and Zachary Sandberg—present individual, aesthetically diverse projects in a variety of media. This exhibition is the product of years of vigorous effort, critique, and artistic evolution by the eight emerging artists. 

From cyanotype prints to digital illustration to ceramic sculpture, projects explore the relationship between material and content in a variety of ways. Carlson’s ceramic baby blanket and Kelly’s pop culture-infused portraits, for example, expand the possibilities of material while communicating deeply personal narratives.

Absence: Selections from NDSU Advanced Painting

January - April 2015

Memorial Union Main Level

Hands reach out from unseen bodies to convene in an unknown space. A single drop of water falls from a faucet to a pool of water below, traversing a wide expanse of open canvas. Wings on a momentarily still fly are left partially unpainted—signifying their translucent fragility. “Absence” highlights paintings made during the Fall 2014 semester by three students enrolled in Advanced Painting: Megan Johnson, Mackenzie Alexander, and Andrea Qual. Each piece embraces the notion of “absence”— the absence of bodies, of content, of paint. Despite these absent elements, the paintings do not feel incomplete. Instead, viewers are invited to look closely at what is present in each piece: to consider the closeness of this community of gathered hands, to anticipate the dance of a drop of water, and to appreciate the oft-unseen beauty of a fly’s wing. 


Semester Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday,
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and
Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Summer + Holiday Hours:
Tuesday through Friday,
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Or by appointment

Contact the MU Gallery:
(701) 231- 7900
2nd floor of the NDSU Memorial Union




April 10: Clothesline Project Open House, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

April 14: Spring ’15 Baccalaureate Exhibition Opening Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

May 1: Graduate Panel Discussion, 10: 30 am – 11:30 am

May 7: Sam Fein Exhibition Opening Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

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