Wanserski retrospective art exhibit on display

Wanserski retrospective art exhibit on display
The University of South Dakota Art Galleries is pleased to present a 40-year survey of sculpture and drawings created by Martin Wanserski.

Titled "An Anatomy Lesson:�Marty's 40 Years of Trying to Figure Things Out," the show is on view in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD's campus in Vermillion Sept. 8-28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. A public receptionis scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.

According to John A. Day, director of USD's Art Galleries, Wanserski's exhibit will be accompanied by a catalog documenting and critiquing the artist's contributions to South Dakota's art history.

"Over the past 30 years, Marty has had a major impact on the state's arts community not only as a practicing artist and an influential teacher but as one of the artists who has helped define our arts community as an active participant in it," Day said.

Wanserski grew up in Racine, WI, and earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from the Layton School of Arts in Milwaukee and his master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Syracuse University in New York. After a stint in the Peace Corps, he worked as an exhibition designer for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago before joining USD's art faculty in 1975.

Wanserski has exhibited in over 50 group shows and has nine solo exhibits to his credit. His work is included in seven corporate and public collections, and he has created nine commissioned works including a large concrete sculpture "Rapid Trout" for Rapid City, in 1995. A regionally noted artist, Wanserski retired as professor emeritus of art this past spring.

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