Published Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
The exhibit, by visiting artist Shannon Sargent of Sioux City, Iowa, opens Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery and runs through Sept. 30.
"Residual Stripes" is an immersion of charming color from an erstwhile place. The exhibit, by visiting artist Shannon Sargent of Sioux City, Iowa, opens at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery at Wayne State College. An artist talk precedes the opening at 3:45 p.m. in Ley Theatre. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30 and is free and open to the public.
“For many years, I have used multicolored stripes and recycled materials in my work,” explains Sargent. “For this installation, I used materials from Longfellow Elementary School gathered while I was using space in the school as my studio. The work has special significance because I attended Longfellow as a child. My studio was, in fact, my old kindergarten classroom.
“The title 'Residual Stripes' looks back at where I came from and how some of that is still there and some of it is gone,” Sargent continues. “The exhibit envelops the viewer with bright, colorful objects and hopefully makes them happy.”
Sargent holds a B.S. in art from Morningside University and an MFA from the University of South Dakota. He also served six years in the United States Marine Corps as a mountaineering instructor. Sargent currently serves as exhibitions/collections coordinator at the Sioux City Art Center, and adjunct professor and curator at Morningside University. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the Midwest as well as New York, Colorado, Arkansas, and Texas.
The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Saturday. Shows end at noon on closing day. For more information on this exhibit or upcoming shows, visit www.wsc.edu/art-gallery or contact gallery director Dr. Andy Haslit, associate professor of art history, at 402-375-7031.