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'Hidden Fortress' to open Nov. 3 in Foster Gallery

RELEASED: Oct. 27, 2011

"Sybil"
"Sybil" by Rudolph Carlson

EAU CLAIRE — A new University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire art exhibit, "Hidden Fortress," will open with a reception from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Foster Gallery in the Haas Fine Arts Center.

"Hidden Fortress," which will have a guest curator, Andrea Carlson, will feature pieces from 11 artists.

The Foster Gallery is lucky to have a guest curator with an established record as an artist and curator, said Dr. Karen O'Day, associate professor of art history at UW-Eau Claire.

"Andrea has developed a strong idea for the show that connects with global popular culture, but also connects with important ideas right now about making art and artist identity," O'Day said.

Carlson works as an artist and curator in Minneapolis. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and a master's of fine arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. Her work has exhibited widely, and she has been awarded several fellowships including the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2006 and McKnight/MCAD Foundation Fellowship in 2007.

Pieces from artists Graham Asmundson, Frank Big Bear, Ernest Bryant III, Rudolph Carlson, Suzy Greenberg, Ming Hon, Pamila Matharu, Margaret Penzella-Gunland, Jaimz Asmundson, Rio Saito and Joe Sinness will be displayed, with mediums ranging from assemblages to video.

"Each contributing work can be viewed as the remaining evidence of a hidden performance that has already taken place," said Tom Wagener, director of the Foster Gallery. "They are metaphoric empty stages."

The exhibit will run through Nov. 23. For more information, visit the Foster Gallery website or contact Tom Wagener at wagenetk@uwec.edu.

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