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Foster Galley exhibit 'Domesticity' opens Oct. 6

RELEASED: Sept. 26, 2011

'Domesticity' will run Oct. 6-27.

EAU CLAIRE — A new University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire art exhibit will open in October in the Foster Gallery in the Haas Fine Arts Center on campus and at the same time in three private homes in Eau Claire.

"Domesticity" — a progressive art exhibit that features works by visiting Utah artists Paul Stout, Jared Steffensen and Michael Handley — will be displayed at the four Eau Claire locations Oct. 6-27.

Curators hope the exhibit will encourage the Eau Claire community to embrace the notion that "home is where the art is," said Jyl Kelley, an assistant professor of art & design who is co-curator of the show.

"Art can be found anywhere and what better place than to find art in your home, if only temporarily for the three participating Eau Claire homes," Kelley said, noting this is a first-of-its-kind exhibit for UW-Eau Claire.

The artists will create and construct installations in homes in Eau Claire's Third Ward and northside neighborhoods. To set the stage for "Domesticity," contents of each living space will be displayed in the Foster Gallery on campus with live video feed from each of the homes.

An opening reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Foster Gallery and at the same time in the three Eau Claire residences that are part of the exhibit. The private homes are located at 616 Wisconsin St., 458 Garfield Ave. and 1429 Drummond St.

The homes will be open to visitors from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 6-27.

A public presentation by the visiting artists is slated for 10 a.m. Oct. 7 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Art Center. The artists will discuss their work and installations in an effort to better connect UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery with the greater Eau Claire community.

"Domesticity" is intended to encourage the community to think about where artworks are displayed and how they function, said Ned Gannon, associate professor of art & design and co-curator of the show.

"This contemporary archaeological display of residential homes in a formal setting, and with homes as the prominent gallery spaces for new artworks, creates the starting point for community discussion and involvement about where art belongs, and the limitations of public and private spaces," Kelley said.

The exhibit will take place in three local homes as well as Foster Gallery.

The project is a distinct educational experience for the Eau Claire community, while providing artists a rare opportunity to create artwork in homes, Gannon said, noting the exhibition connects Eau Claire residents and the domestic "gallery spaces" with the university.

UW-Eau Claire students have participated in the design and curatorial decisions throughout the production of this exhibition.

"From early planning stages to working with artists to co-curate the show, students will have their hands in every aspect of 'Domesticity,'" Kelley said. "Students have a wonderful opportunity to be voices throughout the entire process of creating a unique and ambitious art installation show. UW-Eau Claire is known for immersing students within their field of study in unique and rewarding ways, and this show will demonstrate the talent and hard work of our students to the community and beyond."

Co-curators of the exhibition are Kelley, Gannon, and Paul Stout of the University of Utah. Shari Berg, a senior art major from Monticello, is serving as assistant curator.

Other student organizers and designers for "Domesticity" include Kevin Krueger, a senior art major from Alexandria, Minn.; Andrew Hagen, a junior art major from Eau Claire; Katherine Grundl, a senior art major from Thiensville; and Glenn Terpstra, a senior art major from Bloomington, Minn.

For more information about "Domesticity," contact Jyl Kelley at, Ned Gannon at or Shari Berg at Also visit the "Domesticity" website.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4:30 p.m. weekends.

For information about gallery exhibits, contact Tom Wagener, Foster Gallery director, at 715-836-2328 or

"Domesticity" is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, College of Arts and Sciences, department of art & design and the Blugold Commitment.



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