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Panel discussion to highlight artist's use of literature, history



Kelly Sassi and Gary Totten, NDSU assistant professors of English, are scheduled to take part in a panel discussion of the influence of literature and history on the works of artist T.L. Solien.

The discussion, part of the 3.2.1 community event, is slated for Thursday, Sept. 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Plains Art Museum.

Sassi, Totten and Colleen Sheehy, director and CEO of Plains Art Museum, will present several different viewpoints for further review at the free, open forum. 

Solien, who is a professor of painting at the University of Wisconsin, is from Moorhead and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

His work has been included in collections at the National Museum of Art in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Australia, the Tate Gallery in London, the Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and New York University.

Solien is showing 58 works of mixed media pieces, collages and painting that were inspired by the Herman Melville classic novel “Moby-Dick” at Plains Art Museum.

The 3.2.1 event, which stands for three communities, two books, one art exhibit, includes the Solien exhibit, the panel discussion, a marathon reading of “Moby-Dick” and book discussions of “Ahab’s Wife” with author Sena Jeter Naslund.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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