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Resilience - Art Installation by Shelley Caldwell

July 17, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Resilience will feature the mixed media of artist Shelley Caldwell. Weeds or wildflowers? Pervasive pests or persistent pleasures? Crop invaders or native species? Growing up in a rural environment, you witness the wonders of the natural world, appreciating the beauty and strength of even the prickliest of specimens. This lesson has had a profound impact on Caldwell’s work as an artist whose practice combines mixed media drawing with subjects from nature and daily life.

Challenging the farmer’s practical mindset, this body of work features plant species considered problematic to crop and livestock production. Collected from a disused barnyard floor, the work’s subjects demonstrate nature’s resistance to and endurance of the industries of man. Using Micron pen and India ink, the contrast between drawing processes echoes man’s simultaneous reliance upon and struggle against the environment. The exhibition will run from June 15 – July 19, 2017 in the Emy Frentz Arts Guild gallery.

Intrigued by the talent surrounding her as a child, Shelley Caldwell has engaged with the arts from a very young age. Studying liberal arts and graduating with honors, Caldwell received her Associate of Arts degree from Ridgewater College of Hutchinson, MN in 2012. She then continued her studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MNSU), where she earned an art department scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (concentrating on drawing and painting) in 2015. She was awarded a teaching fellowship for her pursuit of a Master of Arts degree at MSU Mankato where she focused on installation and drawing, graduating in 2017. 

Regularly participating in group and juried shows, Caldwell’s work has also been featured in six solo exhibitions. She has shown work both on the MNSU campus and throughout the greater Minnesota community in venues such as the 410 Project, Emy Frentz Gallery, Carnegie Art Center, The Grand Center for Arts & Culture, and others. Surrounded by the landscape which inspires her most, she presently lives and works from her family farm in rural Faribault County.

The opening reception for Resilience is Thursday, June 15 from 
5-7 PM at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild (523 S Second St, Mankato) and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

The exhibit is sponsored by Wade and Kellie Abed II.

Emy Frentz Arts Guild Gallery

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