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Land Escape: A Collection of Works on Paper by Jackie McElroy-Edwards
This stunning exhibition features several works by artist, author, and former Professor and Chair of the UND Department of Art & Design, Jackie McElroy-Edwards. McElroy-Edwards' creative exploration of the North Dakota landscape offers the viewer a chance to both appreciate the beauty of the region while simultaneously escaping realism through her often surreal representation of the land, sky, and objects depicted in her work.
Prior to retiring with her husband Tom to Arizona from Grand Forks , Jackie McElroy-Edwards made a significant donation of artwork to UND Art Collections. More than 200 pieces of work were received - including watercolors, pastels, and prints.
Over the past year, a small group of UND students and I have been documenting the approximately 10,000 pieces of art housed within UND Art Collections. When we began working on the McElroy Collection, interesting conversations about the artist and the artwork emerged. The students showed a special interest in her brightly colored, regionally focused drawings, paintings, and prints. For this exhibition, I have chosen works that were most memorable to us, sparking dialogue about subject matter, use of color, McElroy Edwards’ artistic processes, and the common themes we observed throughout her portfolios.
JOIN US FOR REFRESHMENTS AND A FREE PREVIEW OF THE EXHIBIT:
Monday, Sept. 24, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Mark Kennedy, President of the University of North Dakota, Sarah Heitkamp, Exhibition Curator, and DeAnna Carlson Zink, UND Alumni Association & Foundation, CEO, will give remarks at 5:15 p.m.
Exhibition Dates | September 24, 2018-January 11, 2019
The Living Museum Across the Campus and Beyond
The University of North Dakota (UND) Art Collections program preserves the works owned by the University and the UND Foundation and tells their stories.
The UND Art Collections includes works by well-known artists, such as Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Audrey Flack, and many others, as well as historical pieces extending back in time to ancient Egypt. The extensive collections contain:
- Chinese calligraphy
- Jewelry and metalwork
- Fabrics and textiles
Art lives throughout campus in the Living Museum and is exhibited at the UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. View the University's Art Collection in the UND Scholarly Commons Gallery.