The 2014 Rosenquist artist-in-residence at NDSU is prepared to show off her latest work.
Megan Mitchell’s solo exhibition “Borrowed Landscapes” is scheduled to open Tuesday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery. An opening reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The exhibition explores the diverse range of work Mitchell has created throughout her semester as artist-in-residence at NDSU. She also will give a gallery talk about her work Friday, May 9, at 3 p.m.
A native of New Hampshire, Mitchell earned a bachelor’s degree in painting and printmaking at Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., and a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Utah State University. In July 2013 Mitchell completed a year-long residency at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Mont. She was the Mellon fellow in ceramics at Marlboro College, Vermont, in fall 2013.
Mitchell’s practice examines the human relationship with place and is a meditation on the intrinsic, contradictory yearnings for belonging and freedom. “Borrowed Landscapes” draws on conceptual inspiration from Japanese gardening and landscape painting, where “borrowed scenery” refers to the exploitation of surroundings in an attempt to create expansive space. Similarly, Mitchell’s work considers the exchange between illusory and actual space. Through the overlay of pattern and structure, several pieces in the solo exhibition simultaneously convey intimacy as well as a sense of great distance.
The James Rosenquist Artist Residency Program is housed at the Department of Visual Arts and is named in honor of the visual artist who was born and spent his formative years in North Dakota. NDSU presented Rosenquist an honorary degree in 2005.
The exhibition is sponsored by the NDSU Department of Visual Arts. It will remain open until June 5.
To learn more about Mitchell and see images of her work, visit www.meganmitchellceramics.com.
More information about the exhibition is available at www.ndsu.edu/mu/programs/gallery/upcoming_exhibitions_and_programs.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.