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Artists across the plains gather for group exhibit at Mines
Release Date Monday, January 6, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 6, 2013) – Artists and faculty from South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Wisconsin will display their work in a group exhibition, entitled “Collage Aesthetic,” Jan. 13 through Feb. 14, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the Apex Gallery. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Employing collage, montage, assemblage or the mash-up, the artwork in this exhibition speaks to a contemporary aesthetic that found its roots in early Modernism. Whether the aim is to subvert, embellish or enhance the original image, each of the artists in this exhibition relies upon a found source.

“Long before the Internet, Dadaists, Cubists and Futurists were breaking new ground with collage, performance and assemblage. From the quaint craft practice of decoupage to the scathing political critiques of Hannah Hoch, contemporary artists working in this vein give ready-made images new life,” said Deborah Mitchell, associate professor of the Humanities Department and director of the Apex Gallery.

Artists in the group show are:

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Denver, Colo.

Mike Koppa, Viroqua, Wisc.

Robert Vore, Beulah, Wyo.

Jeannie Champine and Bob H. Miller, Rapid City

Chris Francis, Madison, South Dakota

Gina Gibson, assistant professor, digital communication, Black Hills State University

Diana Behl, assistant professor, visual arts, South Dakota State University

Cory Knedler, chair, associate professor, art education, and Jontimothy Pizzuto, associate professor, printmaking, University of South Dakota

Angela Behrends, adjunct instructor, College of Arts and Sciences, and Giles Timms, assistant professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Dakota State University


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