Unleashed: Emerging Conversations about Public Art in the Big Sky
- Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:30pm
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Montana State University President Waded Cruzado will lead a roundtable discussion among four prominent artists about the roles of contemporary art in public spaces and on campus during an event scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in MSU’s Reynolds Recital Hall.
Public art is the lifeblood of many prominent university campuses, as sculptures, paintings, prints, ceramics and other media contribute to an immersive environment of creativity. Coming into prominence in the 1920s with Mexican muralism, public art gained incredible traction because of a core belief in accessibility and visibility. The point of public art (though prominent artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo) was the integration of creative vision and everyday life, but it was also about community and shared messages—rallying people together around ideas, cultures and goals. For the 2017 President’s Fine Arts Series, we wish to engage public art through a roundtable discussion about contemporary arts and architecture and their roles on our campus: talking with artists, designers and performers who do their magic in the public realm, and having conversations about how MSU’s new parking structure will host not only vehicles but new ways of thinking about space, creativity and expression. How can arts, architecture and creativity contribute to our growing campus in interactive, visible and innovative ways? What does it mean to have a university campus whose mission is, in part, to use art as a strong platform for new ideas and critical thinking? How can (and how will) public art interact with our values, beliefs, goals and dreams and complement our journey of living and learning?
The panel discussion, “Unleashed: Emerging Conversations about Public Art in the Big Sky” is part of the MSU College of Arts and Architecture’s annual President’s Fine Arts Series and is free and open to the public.
Heath “Tad” Bradley, an architecturally trained designer who works in mediums of mixed-media sculptural installations, including a 25-panel fused glass panel installation on the second floor of Gaines Hall and a sculpture north of MSU’s Danforth Chapel. An architect who has worked in firms in Montana and Boston, Bradley also maintained a part-time job as a blacksmith apprentice at a local shop while teaching full time in the MSU School of Architecture. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on fundamentals of design, architectural design, graphic design, psychological effects of space, graphic design, typography and the craft of fused glass.
Rick Griffith is the principal at MATTER, a design studio and typographic laboratory in Denver. MATTER’s works have been on exhibit at the Denver Art Museum and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and have been celebrated by the Type Directors Club, Print Magazine, Dwell and the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers. His works are in the permanent collections of the Tweed Museum, the Denver Art Museum and the Butler Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Columbia University.
Matika Wilbur is a photographer who has exhibited extensively in regional, national and international venues such as the Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, The Tacoma Art Museum, the Royal British Columbia Museum of Fine Arts and the Nantes Museum of Fine Arts in France. A Native American woman of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes, Wilbur is currently working on Project 562, a national documentary project dedicated to photographing contemporary Native America.
Marina Zumi is an Argentinian street artist and muralist whose work has been selected for installation in the MSU parking garage. Zumi is known for her serenity murals and sewn artwork inspired by her study of the quantum theory. Currently residing in San Paulo, Zumi’s independent and collaborative works appear on the streets and in gallery settings all over the world.
Reynolds Recital Hall is located inside Howard Hall, across the street from the MSU Duck Pond.
Free and open to the public
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