Rosenquist Fellow Exhibition Announced

March 13, 2012 copyright Lori Larusso

Lori Larusso, the 2012 James Rosenquist Artist in Residence with NDSU Visual Arts, will present a solo exhibition April 17-May 31 at the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery.  An opening reception is scheduled for April 19 from 4:00-6:00 pm.  Admission to the gallery and reception are free and open to the public.

Ms. Larusso uses as representations of generic and stereotypical middle-America in her paintings to remind the viewer of the culture one maintains on a daily basis.  She uses this to explore the contradictions that exist in society’s system of beliefs by pointing to the complexity of individual situations.  She believes ideals are reflections of the way one wishes things were, rather than the way they are actually experienced.  At NDSU, Ms. Larusso will teach a seminar course and her residency will culminate with an exhibition and donation of a piece of artwork to the James Rosenquist Artist Residency Collection.  Additional information about Ms. Larusso can be found online at

Ms. Larusso holds a B.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and a M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s graduate interdisciplinary program, the Mount Royal School of Art.  She works in her community as an advocate for reproductive rights, a part-time professor of art, and maintains a solid studio practice.  She exhibits her work locally, nationally, and internationally.  In 2011, Ms. Larusso was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, the Kentucky Art Council’s Al Smith Fellowship, and was a Milton and Sally Avery Fellow for 2010-11.

The James Rosenquist Artist Residency is funded in part by BisonArts, an organization designed to nurture and support the work of NDSU Division of Fine Arts.

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