Works by local and national artists are featured in group and solo shows in United’s four gallery areas. Students, faculty, and staff live, study, and learn around rotating contemporary and historical exhibits that address important themes. The presence of the art contributes to imaginative experience and becomes an extension of the classroom learning experience.
The Gallery in Bigelow Chapel and the Classroom Gallery
Both/And: A Conjunction of Opposites
The process of weaving represents a visual reminder that even with differences there are ways to find points of connection. This was the impetus for choosing the work of tapestry artist Sheila Held for United’s fall exhibition. Opposite beliefs, positions, or ideologies don’t have to be polarizing if we cross threads and connect with each other in faith. It can be “Both/And.” taking inspiration from the exhibition title. “Both/And: A Conjunction of Opposites” will be on display from September 19 through November 18, 2016 in United’s gallery.
Held’s work has been featured at the Chicago Cultural Center, Penn State University, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Hunter Museum of American Art, and many more. She is the recipient of the Excellence Award at the International Juried Art Competition, the The Gayle Choate Johnson Family Award from the 38th Annual Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, and Best in Show, Arts 2000.
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Spencer Library Gallery
From Our Permanent Collection
James Quentin Young
JAMES QUENTIN YOUNG began his artistic career as a painter, with his signature style of “found art” developing later. Long before the current trend of recycling, Jim was a familiar face at garage sales and flea markets, sifting through broken taillights, bits of metal, driftwood and old tools to reclaim the unwanted and the discarded.
Jim’s works reflect a variety of subjects, but over the last two decades the cross has become his primary muse. Creating and recreating multiple interpretations with metal, wood and miscellaneous objects, he invites us to deconstruct and reconstruct our understanding of the cross. No two crosses are the same, reminding us of the breadth and complexity of this central Christian story— we find we are no longer cast off but found objects restored by grace.
Jim received a B.A. in art education from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and an MFA in painting from the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Mexico. He taught for 32 years in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District, where he guided thousands of students. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Henry Luce Centers in Washington, D.C. (Wesley Seminary) and Prague, Czech Public. Jim has a studio and gallery in Riverstreet Station Antiques in Monticello, Minn., and is a member of Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers. He lives with his wife Joyce, a writer, in Elk River; together they have numerous children and grandchildren.
These works are a gift to United from Jim and Joyce, making them available for use by faculty and students and to be seen by the broader community we serve.
The McMillan Gallery is showcasing a number of pieces from our permanent collection, as well as artworks from 2010 alums DOUG ABBOTT and KIMBER OLSON. Doug and Kimber’s pieces are shown below.
“Avenues of Entry”
Silk, thread, disperse dye
Photographic image transfer
“Seeds of Potentiality”
Palm tree pods, acrylic, photographic images
transfers, gel medium
Silk, thread, disperse dye