Local artists exhibit ‘Three Voices’ at Warren M. Lee Center

Local artists exhibit 'Three Voices' at Warren M. Lee Center
The University Art Galleries at The University of South Dakota is pleased to present "Three Voices" in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Local artists Sigridur Hjaltadottir, Carrie Lingscheit and Ann Lenz will be featured. Their work will be on display from Nov. 27 through Dec. 4, with a public reception in the Main Gallery on Friday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Hjaltadottir will receive her bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in printmaking. The subject matter for her work is primarily people, concentrating especially on women, the artist's grandchildren and the Madonna. As an artist she strives to make work that is both aesthetically meaningful and has a personal meaning for her. Her exhibition includes pastel drawings, prints and various mixed media pieces.

Lingscheit will also receive her bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in printmaking. Her work is focused on human behavior and explores a variety of ideas that are meaningful to her: questions of power and autonomy, commentary on current society and social customs and the effects people have on each other through various social and intimate interactions. Drawing inspiration from folklore and mythology as well as from science, social customs and memories, each of Lingscheit's prints seeks to impart a narrative. Her exhibition includes prints in various media, with an emphasis on the mezzotint process.

Lenz will receive her master of fine arts with an emphasis in painting. The subject matter of her works speaks of an artist's process and an individual's perception using autobiographical vocabulary. Lenz's portraits involve a process using photos that are then segmented using a digitally based mechanism and that are then transcribed by hand with paint. Each segment is created wholly yet individually then arranged with its other parts to form a new organic whole within the piece's "self." This process addresses issues involving perception and cognition.

In addition, the final image acts as a record of the process of its creation. Each of Lenz's pieces strives to create a momentary shift in the perception of the familiar aspects of life and human ways of perceiving. Her exhibition includes paintings and ink drawings.

The Dec. 1 reception for "Three Voices" is open to the public and refreshments will be served. The exhibition can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. The Main Gallery is closed on holidays.

For more information about the exhibit and other University Art Galleries events, please contact Cory Knedler, chair for the department of art, at cknedler@usd.edu.

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