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'Fenced Waves'

The Foster Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present Fenced Waves, an exhibition featuring artists Sherrill Roland and Antoine Williams. The exhibition will be on view September 9 through October 7, 2022, with a reception Thursday, September 8, 6-7:30 pm. The exhibition and events are free and open to the public.

Socially engaged interdisciplinary artists Sherrill Roland and Antoine Williams investigate cultural identity by exploring power, migration and parameters; and the complexities of liminal spaces of existence in contemporary Black life. The "Fenced Waves" exhibition includes work from Roland's "Jumpsuit Project" - inspired by his 10 months in prison for a crime he did not commit and was later exonerated for - and Williams' audio collage sound installation, "Othered Suns" that deals with the themes of migration and the body. Both artists create work that illuminates social and political constructs and generates an inclusive space to process, question and share.

Image of man standing next to a large drawing wheat-pasted to a gallery wall

Antoine Williams. "A Moment of Rest While Convincing Monsters That I Am Human" Wheat-paste. 15ftX15ft. 2020

Two freestanding sculptures replicating prison cell doors

Sherrill Roland, "Fig Leaf on Cell #19, Cell #45", 2019

Curated by Suzanne Truman, Retired Assistant Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Barron County. 

Other Events:
  • Artist talk with Sherrill Roland and Antoine Williams: Thursday, September 8, 10-10:50 am, Foster Gallery
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8, 6-7:30 pm, Foster Gallery
  • Panel Discussion in the gallery with Mr. Segdrick Farley, Ms. Nycki Wallsch,  and Ms. Kelly Mahoney as they share lived experiences and comment on advocacy efforts through community organizations to raise awareness about injustices that our society perpetuates by incarceration and prison. Thursday, October 6, 6-7:30pm



Foster Gallery hours starting September 9: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4:30 p.m. weekends. For more information, contact the Foster Gallery at 715-836-2328 or, or visit the Foster Gallery Facebook page.