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Land, Sky, Water | Donna Kjonaas and Vicki Kessler

June 4 – July 2, 2015

Public Reception June 9, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Humans live in the context of the natural world. We depend on land, sky and water for our survival. The rhythms and patterns of nature take hold of our imaginations, rooting themselves deep in our psyches. In Land, Sky Water, fiber artists Vicki Kessler and Donna Kjonaas investigate multiple manifestations of universal elements within the particularity of Dakota.

This exhibition uses contemporary fiber as medium. Reclaimed, repurposed and recycled material undergoes a variety of processes (discharge, monoprint, dye, collage, etc.) to create a complex background. Embellishment with stitch, buttons, beads and found objects completes each composition. 

In Land, Sky, Water, Kessler and Kjonaas invite viewers to reflect on their experience of these three elements. Which land lives close to your heart, calling you back again and again? Where is the water that gives life to your spirit? What droughts constrain possibility? How does the arc of sky lift you to a broader understanding? When does the sky drive you to seek shelter from its immense power? What new relationships do you imagine for yourself and your community with these elements? How will these relationships extend and enhance the quality of human life? In what ways will emerging challenges around land, sky, and water compel realignment in our practices of use?

Angles: Selections from NDSU Advanced Painting

May - September 2015

Memorial Union Main Level

The three paintings in “Angles,” an exhibition on the main level of the Memorial Union, capture unique perspectives, framing scenes one might briefly catch in passing. Each piece presents a glimpse in time shown through a distinct, third person perspective. An aerial view of blond hair pulled into a bun, secured with a pink scrunchie. A solitary lifeguard tower perched on an empty beach, set against a fading blue horizon. A cinematic frame of figures exposed yet blurred through a windowpane. These paintings are testimonies to individual moments, filtered through varying perspectives that allow viewers to focus and fixate.

This exhibition wall was curated by Juan Arce of the Memorial Union Gallery and highlights paintings made during the Spring 2015 semester by students enrolled in Advanced Painting at NDSU. For more information and pricing, stop by the Memorial Union Gallery.


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:
Monday through Friday,
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Or by appointment
* Summer hours begin May18

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




May 7: Reception - Sam Fein // Pie in the Sky, 5:00 – 7:00 pm 

June 4: Land, Sky, Water exhibition opens, 12:00 pm

June 9: Land, Sky, Water reception, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

July 10: Governor’s School reception

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