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. (more >>)
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.
Akinomaage – Teaching from the Earth – Vern Northrup
December 6 – February 28, 2020
Opening reception: December 6 | 5pm-7pm
Interpreter, educator, learner are three words that describe the lens Vern Northrup (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) looks through when photographing the world. Akinomaage, Teaching from the Earth, is the Ojibwe word for what Northrup seeks to do with his photography. As an interpreter, educator and learner, Northrup wants to gain knowledge from the earth.
Using only the camera on his smart phone, Northrup captures the setting of where he grew up, creating a nostalgia for those familiar with the area, and a curiosity for those who aren’t. He uses photography as a tool to educate both himself and the viewer about the rhythm of nature, the preservation of tradition, and the relationship between resilience and sustainability. Northrup recognizes the ability of the land to act as a narrator and uses photography to reveal the story in landscapes. (more >>)
Beyond Whiteness – Monika Lawrence
November 1 – January 31, 2020
Opening Reception November 1 | 5 – 7pm
When I moved from Germany to northern Minnesota about ten years ago, I knew that the winters would be long and very cold. Well, they are. I now know what cabin fever is. But I also found beauty and mystery in the northern winter. The world around me puts on a monochrome blanket, forests become transparent and graphical. Sparse colors seem even more vibrant, a snow-laden sky can appear darker than the snow-covered ground, snowdrifts reshape the landscape, and noises are muted.
I walked through several blizzards with my camera, even if that is a challenge. I love being out on a frozen lake in thick snowfall, when everything dissolves into the stillness of a whiteout. All senses sharpen. (more…)
BSU Harlow|Kleven Gallery
– Japanese and Western Prints and Ceramics
October 7, 2019 through January 24, 2020
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!