We are fortunate to live in communities that are rich in the arts. Numerous artists of extraordinary talent call our area home, and we have many venues in which to take in their works along with the works of others from outside the region.
Were you aware that your local community college is one of those places? That’s right, both campuses of Ridgewater College (Willmar and Hutchinson) boast art galleries with exhibits running each month throughout the year.
Here’s a rundown of what’s being presented this fall at both campuses. The galleries are open to the public between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Make it a monthly date to come out to Ridgewater and take in each exhibit. We’ll see you on campus art lovers!
Willmar Campus Gallery
The current exhibit in the Willmar campus art gallery is from Brian David Downs entitled “Spicer is Nicer: Blitz”. The exhibit from the Spicer artist will be on display through September 21st.
“Spicer is Nicer: Blitz”, is a drawing installation which presents wall drawings and mixed media works that navigate an alternative universe for Vikings Football fans that encompasses depictions of Ziggy Wilf and a few past infamous characters from the team. His sensitivity and brutality with materials will be a fresh look for many. “If you aren’t looking, you are doing it wrong”, says Brian when asked to decipher his cryptic works. “A narrative about having “no voice, anywhere and nowhere. A narrative about one more ignored tax dollar. A narrative about one more billionaire safely flying under the radar. A narrative about inciting a curse upon the wicked.” And lastly, ” a narrative about Minnesota football.”
In October, Willmar hosts Minneapolis artist Jaron Childs, whose exhibit of new paintings is titled “Do Something Pretty While You Can”. Jaron’s meticulously crafted works contemplate representation and the role of photography within contemporary art.
Bill Gorcica will populate the gallery with his works in November. Gorcica is a Professor of Art at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota where he teaches multimedia art. According to his website, Gorcica has followed an interesting path which merges art and science. His artmaking practice has moved from traditional mediums of sculpture, printmaking and painting to digital art, particularly interactive art which attempts to fuse traditional and new media art forms.
Hutchinson Campus Gallery
Currently in the Hutchinson campus gallery is an Exhibition by recent MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) graduates, who exhibit together frequently as well as share studio space. Ridgewater College alumnus Matthew Reimers and collaborator Ryan Hughes present “Up”. Their mixed media and oil on canvas compositions re-investigate the dilemma of form and space within the format of painting.
The October exhibit will feature St. Cloud artist Bill Gorcica, who will present “Rowing through the Sub-conscious”, a multi-media exploration of sensory perception through the metaphor of an experience of navigating a row-boat through the mind. His drawings Michon Weeks, an artist from Watertown Minnesota, will turn the Hutchinson College gallery into a display of her interpretations of the New Testament in the month of November. A repository of iconography, Weeks explores the notion of collective narrative and interpretations of signs and metaphors.
The December exhibits for both campuses will feature works by Ridgewater College art students.