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Holus Bolus Graces the Morrison Gallery

Posted by Michael Eble, Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery curator on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Event Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 6:00 pm
Location: Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery


The Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery concludes its fall semester with Holus Bolus: A Rural Aesthetic Initiative by Andrew Nordin and Lisa Bergh of New London. The exhibit opens on Thursday, October 24, and runs through Friday, November 29. Nordin and Bergh will give a joint artist lecture on Thursday, October 24, at 6 p.m. in Humanities Fine Arts 6. A reception follows from 7–9 p.m. in the Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery.

Rural Aesthetic Initiative is the most recent work by Nordin and Bergh. The project combines their studio practices, collaborative projects, curatorial work, and community arts programming interests. It has received two Minnesota Legacy grants. Other projects by the two include The Traveling Museum, which will bring contemporary art experiences to communities and locations throughout the state, and ARThouse, a residential exhibition event space that works to nurture and support the creative endeavors of artists and deepen public understanding of contemporary art.

Nordin studied art at Ridgewater College in Willmar as well as painting and graphic design at St. Cloud State University. He received his master of fine arts in pictorial arts from San José State University in California. Nordin’s aesthetic of ruggedly crafted works that mix landscape elements with the language of painterly abstraction was informed by experiences he had while growing up in the farmland areas of southern Kandiyohi county and spending his youth exploring the lakes area. He is the gallery manager and art instructor at Ridgewater College. Nordin is also an adjunct instructor at St. Cloud State University, where he teaches digital art, drawing, and painting.

Bergh holds a bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from the University of Arizona and a master of fine arts in spatial arts from San Jose State University. Her work moves from two-dimensional works on paper to small sculptures to installations, all of which are informed by the ideas of the body and the cerebral, memory and abstraction, and an ongoing curiosity in space, display, and presentation. In addition to her own studio practice, Bergh is an adjunct instructor at Ridgewater College and St. Cloud State University.

The Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery is open from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday, and from 1–4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Michael Eble, Morrison Gallery curator, at 320-589-6285 or meble@morris.umn.edu.