It’s Only Clay
October 4 – December 21
Opening reception & award presentations: October 4 | 5pm-7pm
Watermark Art Center’s 15th annual “It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Exhibit & Competition” (IOC) will open to the public on Friday October 4 with a reception from 5 to 7pm. “It’s Only Clay” submissions are required to be functional clay vessels. Work is judged on function, form, aesthetic, craftsmanship and surface design. The award recipients will be announced at 6pm along with a brief introduction by this year’s juror, ceramic artist Marion Angelica.
IOC 2019 is made possible by collaboration between Watermark Art Center and BSU Department of Technology, Art & Design and BSU Foundation, and special sponsor First National Bank Bemidji. Admission to Watermark Art Center is free and open to the public.
Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughter of Turtle Island
October 11 – November 30
Opening reception: October 11 | 5pm-7pm
Featuring original work by 20 Indigenous artists from across the United States and many tribal nations, Bring Her Home highlights the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. In light of the local movement to stop sexual exploitation and the international #MMIW awareness campaign, Bring Her Home shares visual stories of the impacted women through paintings, digital work, sculpture, and photography.
Bring Her Home is a project organized by All My Relations Gallery, an initiative of Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, and American Indian Community Housing Organization. The exhibition is curated by Angela Two Stars and assistant curator Moira Villard.
Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life)
August 9 – Oct 25
Opening reception: August 9 | 5 – 7 p.m.
“Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life)” is a series of portraits by Bemidji artist Tawnee Corning, with images of outer space and nature projected onto them to portray the feelings that come with the struggle of finding the meaning and purpose of one’s life.
Inspiration for the psychedelic themes of Tawnee’s paintings come from her love of 1960’s & 1970’s music, poster art, and psychedelic light shows.
“In my latest series “Existential Psychoanalysis (What is life?)”, I am examining the haunting void felt in day-to-day life, consequential to directing the attention towards thoughts of the unknown. Specifically, the mysteries of how our universe, and our life as a whole, came to be.” (more…)
This project was funded, in part, by an Individual Artist’s Grant from Region 2 Art Council, 2018.
August 9 – Oct 25
Opening Reception: August 9 | 5 – 7 pm
Lonnie Knutson created in a myriad of mediums and subject matters for some 40 years, eventually landing in abstract. This exhibit includes acrylic and oil on canvas.
“I prefaced with this story as it expresses my feelings about the creative experience. The work begins with a seed and grows, building on layers giving it depth and importance. The idea doesn’t go away, but keeps building until it reaches the point where it is time to ‘rest’ and do the work.” (more…)
This project was made possible by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funds from the McKnight Foundation
BSU Harlow|Kleven Gallery
– Japanese and Western Prints and Ceramics
June 1 – September 14
The work on display is a combination of Japanese and Western prints and ceramics. There are common threads between some of the works because artists have learned from one another (more…)
Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for their support of our exhibit programming!