The Last Supper: 550 Final Meals of US Death Row Inmates
January 18, 2014 - March 1, 2014
Julie Green, professor of art at Oregon State University, presented 550 ceramic plates depicting the last meal requests from death row inmates. The artist created the series in the early 2000’s and she intends to paint 50 plates annually until the death penalty is abolished. Green sees the plates as a way to humanize the individual inmates and as a commemoration for people unlikely to receive such recognition. The sheer number of meal requests in one room brings home the gravity of the subject matter. She uses cobalt blue mineral paint on found and vintage tableware. The blue is a reference to Chinese porcelain and Delftware, as well as more metaphorically “the blues” and “blue plate specials.”
Fifth Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition
October 19, 2013 - December 6, 2013
The fifth annual, national, juried visual art competition and exhibition was open to two-dimensional figurative artists (referencing the human figure), working in painting, drawing or printmaking who are over the age of 18. This year’s juror was Alessendra Sulpy, a figurative painter and art educator currently living and working in Winona, Minn. Sulpy selected the exhibition works and announced the awards during her gallery talk at the opening reception.
Remains to Be Seen: Alternative Process and Manipulated Photography
August 31, 2013 - October 5, 2013
This group photography exhibition is curated by Adam Dienst-Scott, a photographer and educator currently living and working in Omaha, Neb. He will speak at the opening reception regarding the eclectic works he selected for the exhibition. The work in the exhibition showcases different styles and techniques of alternative process photography. Artists include Carol Golemboski, Dan Estabrook, Adam Dienst-Scott, Kalee Appleton, Heather F. Wetzel, Lisa Kokin, Daniel Coburn, Carol Panaro-Smith/James Hajicek, James Kueffner and Charlie Stock.