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St Olaf Fifth Year Emerging Artists Present: 4 Fifths

Opening Reception: Friday, March 31. 7pm-10pm
Gallery Hours: Tues April 4 – Saturday April 8, 12pm-5pm daily
Location: Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Websites: www.publicfunctionary.org / http://wp.stolaf.edu/art/5thyear/

About the Show

“4 Fifths” features new work by Madison Vang, Marra Evans, Jon Tiburzi and Erika Terwilliger—recent graduates of St. Olaf College that have been granted a year of independent studio experience through the emerging artist program. In “4 Fifths” the artists present diverse mediums from printmaking, ceramics, game design, illustration to sculpture. Each of these artists pushes conventional audience interaction with gallery-ready work, presenting alternative ways of viewing and experiencing the art and objects.

About FYEA + Public Functionary

The 5th Year Emerging Artist program offers studio art graduates of St. Olaf College a fifth year intensive studio experience in their area of expertise to better prepare them for graduate school or a professional career in the arts. For “4 Fifths” the artists worked with Public Functionary curator, Tricia Heuring, over a period of 6 months and a series of studio visits to refine the presentation of their art works for a gallery space in the Twin Cities. For all of the artists, this is their first official exhibition since completing their B.A. in Studio Art.

About the Artists

Jon Tiburzi is a game designer whose work focuses on the exploration of spaces and atmospheres, an interest of his that developed out of a love for nature and architecture. He began creating video games in middle school, and has since expanded into the fields of programming, electronic music composition, and sound design.

Erika Terwilliger works primarily in printmaking and ceramics crafting multi-work installations in these mediums. She is fascinated by the interaction between organic patterns of decay and human-made objects and structures. Her work uses time and labor-intensive making processes to investigate these relationships between the human and natural, the organic and the inorganic.

Madison Vang creates sculptures using bronze, wood, and a variety of other media designed to involve viewers in a tactile way. Through this she hopes to foster personal connections between the viewers and the art as well as to educate audiences about the materials and methods behind creating sculpture.

Marra Evans follows a path into medical illustration, a field that urges artists to have a strong connection between what they see in front of them and translating it onto paper. Being able to have that strong connection of catching every particular detail is what helps educate people (doctors, nurses, patients, medical students, technology workers) on the anatomy and physiology of humans. Marra strives to enhance her technique in realism and land into the world of medical illustration.