Mission Statement of Student Union Fine Arts Gallery
The purpose of the Student Union Fine Art Exhibitions Program is to display a variety of art media and to provide challenging and interesting work while encouraging an aesthetic understanding. All exhibitions and gallery receptions are free and open to the public.
In Narratives, Samuel Paden’s work focuses on the male figure as a catalyst for a conversation on sexual identity, patriarchy within American culture, and gender representation. Using collaged materials from pop culture magazines, Paden moves figures from their original, amatory contexts and places them in a layered, abstract manner, inviting the audience to challenge their perception of the obscured subjects as well as to complete the images with narratives of their own. Stylistically, his work is “like Matisse and Hieronymus Bosch had a child,” though his themes will resonate with contemporary viewers. Rather than stepping into answer the problems resulting from a clash of civil rights, cultural/national identities, and religious beliefs, Paden instead focuses on his subjective experience as an out, gay man in the United States and the ironies and double standards he witnesses in regard to representations of gender and sexuality.
Exhibition runs from January 7th through February 9th, 2018 in the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery. A reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, January 9th, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the Fine Arts Gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Samuel Paden will present an artist talk on Thursday, January 11th, 6:00-7:00 PM, in the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery. In this rare opportunity at the Student Union Building, Paden will explicate his own understanding of his work and offer you a unique space to hear directly from the artist. Born and raised in Central Africa to an American father and a Swedish mother, Paden has traveled the world, spending many years in Brooklyn, New York and Reykjavik, Iceland. He now lives in Garden City, Idaho and uses his diverse background and experience as the catalyst for painting. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
In The In-Betweens, Katy Rogan riffs on a body of work she began for her BFA exhibition in May 2016. Digitally splicing and layering sections of different 35mm color photographs, she presents her visualization of constructed mental space and the scrambled, optical manifestation of memory. Inspired by the distortions caused when a VHS tape is paused, Rogan’s work explores the fragility and flexibility of memory in order to become more aware of the inherent inventions in recollection. The Student Union Fine Arts program is pleased to exhibit Rogan as an alumna and to introduce her work to a new generation of students.
Exhibition runs from January 7th through February 11th, 2018 in the Student Union Trueblood Pop Up Gallery. A reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, January 9th, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the Trueblood Pop Up Gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
2018 Annual Student Juried Exhibition