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Visiting Artist Exhibit: Santiago Cal (Opening Reception)

  • January 18, 2018
  • 3:45 pm
  • Gardner Hall Auditorium

Artist's talk at 3:45 p.m., followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. Exhibit is open through Feb. 20.

Santiago Cal Art Exhibit

Born in Belize, Santiago Cal of Lincoln, Neb., draws on childhood memories and Latin America symbolism to spin tales of discovery and fable through art. Wayne State College presents Cal’s engaging artwork Jan. 18 through Feb. 20 in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery.

Sculptures and Drawings depicts emotional imagery created by Cal in the past two years. Five of the pieces have never before been exhibited, making their debut in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery. Cal’s media includes wood, metal, plastic, and fabric.

The intent of Cal’s artwork is to evoke an affecting response through vignettes depicting narrative displacement. He draws inspiration from accounts of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, explorers of the Mayan culture in the 1800s; photographs by Rodrigo Moya, a Mexican photojournalist during the 1950s and 1960s; and his father’s slide library of Belize. 

Cal received a BFA in visual art from Kutztown University, Kutztwon, Pa., and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. He serves as associate professor of art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cal has exhibited works in Barcelona, Taipei, Havana, Auckland, and New York, and served as artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Neb., Gruber-Jez Foundation in Mexico, and Poustinia Land Art Park in Belize.

Dr. Andy Haslit, assistant professor of art history, curates the exhibit as gallery director. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 3 to 7 p.m. Shows end at noon on closing day. 

For more information on this exhibit or upcoming shows, visit www.wsc.edu/artgallery or contact Dr. Haslit at 402-375-7031.