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Art exhibit features student’s multiple identities

For one year, Travis Beauchene, a visual arts baccalaureate student, continually changed his outward appearance, including his hair color, facial hair and clothing, and created distinct personality types to explore how people would react. In the process, the observer became a participant who affected Beauchene and his work. The result is a show that explores society, communication and psychology, as well as many forms of artistic expression – visual, auditory and sensory.

The Memorial Union Gallery will feature Beauchene’s interdisciplinary, multimedia work Dec. 1 through Jan. 10, 2012. It will include a written nonfictional self-narrative, 137 paintings, two charcoal portraits, three photo performances, five videos and one live “happening.” A reception is scheduled for Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes a musical performance composed by Beauchene. 

“It is truly a show that has a component of interest for each person as the entire exhibit experience is designed by Beauchene to take the viewer through his year-long endeavor as a process of the experience as a whole,” said Amy Nash, graduate assistant for visual arts and the Memorial Union Gallery.  

Throughout his undergraduate career, Beauchene also has been a long-time employee of the Memorial Union Gallery, helping hang and maintain artwork on campus. “As people take note of the pieces throughout the campus and throughout the Memorial Union, it should be recognized that Beauchene was a key component in making such works available in a quality manner to enhance the visual arts throughout NDSU,” said Esther Hockett, director of the Memorial Union Gallery.

The Memorial Union Gallery is on the second floor of the Memorial Union directly above the Bookstore. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday evening hours are extended to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about this show or the Memorial Union Gallery, contact Hockett at or Nash at

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