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2017 Baccalaureate Exhibition

The Visual Arts Department and Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University are pleased to present the artworks of the Baccalaureate Graduating class of Spring 2017. The exhibition will be on display in the Memorial Union Gallery from April 11-April 27. The Gallery will host an opening reception on Tuesday, April 11th from 5-7PM, with an artist talk taking place at 5:30pm. This event is free to the public and all are invited to attend.

The Baccalaureate program at the Visual Arts Department is comprised of a dynamic and multi-faceted curriculum that encourages individual exploration of art practice led by exceptional faculty. Every year, The Visual Arts Department at NDSU graduates many gifted and diverse undergraduate students that go on to successful careers in a variety of professions. The 2017 Baccalaureate exhibition is a cohesive record of the ideas and images that each student has investigated throughout the last semester of their academic pursuits.

“The students that will be exhibiting their body of artworks in this exhibition have been developing their craft and concept for the last four years. Their artwork has become more sophisticated and will now be added to the contemporary discussion about place, value, beauty and individuality. The students have developed thoughtful and often very personal approaches to their body of work,” said Anthony Faris, Gallery Coordinator for the Memorial Union Gallery, “Through photography, printmaking, ceramics and painting, we can view the dedication each students has to their craft, expression and artistic practice.”

The Spring 2017 Baccalaureate Exhibition features the artwork of the following students: Joshua Barduson, Tyler Card, Yeseul Lee, Taylor Moran, Kingsley Permenter, Kaitlin Ridl and Sydney Ulrich.

Visual Art Professors include Kimble Bromley, Kris Groberg, Kent Kapplinger, Aaron Kirchhoff, Meghan Kirkwood, Andrew Stark, Michael Strand and David Swenson.

The Clothesline Project

The Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University and NDSU Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy are proud to present the multi-media installation “The Clothesline Project” at the Memorial Union Gallery. The exhibit opens on March 28 and closes on April 6th. The gallery will host a reception on Tuesday, April 4th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All events are free to the public and all are invited to attend.

This years event includes an exhibition of t-shirts, signs and images/artifacts from victims. The images in the front of the Gallery and the cooresponding clothes hung on the clothesline in the address the rape myth: “You were dressed that way so you were asking for it.” In reality, all people can be sexually assaulted because it’s not about attraction or about sex- it’s about violence, power and control. This part of the exhibition was developed by Mackenzie Eckman. Mackenzie is currently a student,

Women and Gender Studies Major and intern as well as an advocate and activist.

The second part of the exhibition includes signs from Women’s Marches. In February, the Memorial Union Gallery made a nationwide call for images depicting signage from Women’s Marches. The Gallery asked for signage expressing issues related to women’s rights, sexual assault and violence against women. Over the last month, the Gallery received images from 17 States and one foreign country. It is estimated that over 4 million people joined marches in 600 US cities. One of the guiding principals of the Women’s March, held on January 21st, was that “women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.”

The Clothesline Project explores the personal experiences of individuals affected by sexual assault and violence in local communities. The Clothesline Project is a global event with approximately 500 projects located around the world. The exhibition uses t-shirts as a medium of expression for students, faculty, staff and members of the Fargo-Moorhead community who have been impacted by sexual assault or violence. In addition to the t-shirts on display, supplies are available for visitors to create and add a t-shirt to the project. This year, the Clothesline Project also includes a video installation examining confession and secrets. The NDSU project is a collaboration between the MU Gallery, NDSU Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy, NDSU Violence Prevention Educators, and the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center.

The Memorial Union Gallery is on the second floor of the NDSU Memorial Union, located at 1401 Administrative Avenue in Fargo. Visitor parking is available in the South Union Lot; free parking available after 4:30 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends. The gallery is open Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. All events are free and open to the public. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NDSU will honor reasonable requests for accommodations.

For more information or media inquiries, contact Anthony Faris at 701-231-8239 or james.faris@ndsu.edu

Speculative Architecture and Oblique Representation

The Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University is pleased to present new work from NDSU's Master of Architecture Program for the exhibition “Speculative Architecture and Oblique Representation”. This exhibition will feature artefacts by Gretta Berens, Diedrich Harms, Kara Iliff, Natalia Jara, Richard Maas, Bailey Nelson and Aaron Warner who are currently studying in Professor Stephen Wischer’s section of Design Thesis Studio.. The exhibition will be on display in the Memorial Union Gallery from March 7-23. There will be a reception on Tuesday, March 7th from 5pm-7pm. An artist’s talk will take place at 5:30pm in the Gallery. This event is free to the public and all are invited to attend.

Focused on "alternative modalities" of representation not typically associated with modern architectural conventions these works evoke values, philosophies, historical and mythical reference as well as personal interpretation in ways that engage architectural inquiry as a situation, in time and space. Not reducible to prescriptive visual measure implied in standardized architectural notations after the nineteenth-century, these prospective works are part of a tradition of “resistance” in architecture that borrows lessons from the arts to query embodied experiences for further translation into meaningful architectural programs. This exhibition introduces an ambiguous space where the definition and distinction between art and construction can not or will not be easily identified.

Memorabilia from Socialist Eurasia and Paintings of Cuba in the Gallery

The Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University is pleased to present two new exhibitions for February. The exhibition is Gallery A, Memorabilia: Faculty Collections from Former Socialist Eurasia, includes artifacts and posters representing socialist aesthetics in art from former Soviet republics. The exhibition in Gallery B is titled “Cuba” and showcases an intimate view into the Island nation during the 1990’s. The exhibitions will be on display in the Memorial Union Gallery from January 31-March 2nd. There will be a reception on Thursday, February 2nd from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Gallery events are free to the public and all are invited to attend.

Gallery A in the Memorial Union Gallery includes artifacts, videos, posters and designs that showcase the often celebratory aesthetic of Socialist Eurasia. Soviet rule based in Moscow had a profound impact on society in multiple countries from Eastern Europe to Central Asia and the Pacific coast. Several professors at North Dakota State University have experiences ranging from growing up in the region, visiting as exchange students, studying the region, and visiting as professionals. Often faculty have returned with souvenirs of their trips. This exhibit presents the memorabilia that faculty have collected from the region and includes pieces from the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection, Germans From Russia Heritage Collection and images of socialist-realist, also known as socialist-aesthetic art. This exhibition offers an opportunity for viewers to interact with items and imagery that represent a time that has since passed but whose items, ideas and goals still resonate in both the history and identity of these post-soviet nations.

Gallery B is an exhibition of paintings by Kimble Bromley titled “Cuba”. The show represents an intimate portrait of the people, places and architecture of this Island nation. The works were completed after a visit to Cuba in the 1990’s and offer an expressive, exploratory and a-political vision of a place set apart. The recent opening of Cuba’s borders after more than a half-century of isolation makes this collection of paintings a timely and insightful view into an issue and location that remains a mystery for many North Americans.

“In light of the ongoing discussion about Russia in our political discourse and the recent opening of communist Cuba to North America makes these exhibition an interesting and relevant view into other cultures and ideologies that have sometimes directly and other times indirectly affected our national objectives,” said Gallery Coordinator Anthony Faris, “These exhibitions asks the viewer to look back into history as a way to understand what some aspects of what is going on with contemporary issues in our world today.”

The Memorial Union Gallery is on the second floor of the NDSU Memorial Union, located at 1401 Administrative Avenue in Fargo. Visitor parking is available in the South Union Lot; free parking available after 4:30 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends. The gallery is open Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. All events are free and open to the public. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NDSU will honor reasonable requests for accommodations.

For more information or media inquiries, contact Faris at 701-231-8239 or james.faris@ndsu.edu

Post Capture Photography Exhibition

This exhibition features new work from current North Dakota State University photography students. These fourteen students are enrolled in either Advanced Photography or a photography Independent Study.

In Advanced Photography students explored a topic of their choosing through five “variations,” which required them to produce five different bodies of work about their topic over the course of the Fall 2016 semester. After completing all variations each student chose one series to display in the gallery in frames that they built.

Students who enrolled in Independent Study designed a large, semester-long project that explored a topic and technique of their choosing. Work from these students’ ranges from photographic installation to darkroom prints, and nearly all presentations include frames made by the students.

As a whole, this exhibition displays the breadth of interests and skill present in a group of student artists and showcase the depth of the Visual Arts program at NDSU. Preparing work for the Memorial Union Gallery provides students with an opportunity to develop their professional skill sets and share their work with the broader campus community.

- Meghan Kirkwood, Assistant Professor

Participating Student Artist:

Josh Barduson, Shelby Biffert, Kellie Clark, Nichoal Gordon, Kelsey Hanson, Derek Hatzenbuhler, Hannah Jessen, Mama Mangue, Ben Neyers, Kaitlin Ridl, Kiley Smith, Breanna Thompson, Christopher White and Laura Wuflestad


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