THELMA: Marian professor, students to exhibit at THELMA

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New York-based artist adds to show with own solo exhibit

Two new solo exhibits and a group student exhibition will open at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) Thursday, February 26. A free reception with the artists is set for Friday, Feb. 27.

Marian University adjunct professor and renowned artist, Shane McAdams, will have his first solo exhibit at THELMA with Before the Weight Can Leave the Air. McAdams has a studio in New York and has exhibited around the world, most recently London. THELMA also welcomes a solo show by New York-based artist Erik Benson, and a group show of Marian University students.

Benson has also exhibited in numerous galleries in New York, throughout the United States and in Spain.

“We are thrilled to bring in the works of these amazing artists while fostering the future of art,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director.

THELMA’s Contemporary Wing is free to the public, thanks to the generosity of Horicon Bank. Horicon Bank has a tradition steeped in art and shares the belief that art should be accessible to all. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. Thursdays. Check THELMA’s website for any changes in the hours due to private events.

McAdams’ paintings in Before the Weight Can Leave the Air reflect a year of exploration of unconventional, overlooked, often industrial materials that have since been refined and reintegrated into more traditional contexts. The collision of these diverse, seemingly disparate elements and materials force the viewer to question basic presumptions of what is natural and what is unnatural in terms of content and form.

McAdams work is ultimately about landscape, exploring it from a formal, linguistic, historical and most importantly, a material, perspective.

Erik Benson’s paintings in Night Moves emerge from odd fragments and skewed glances of the urban landscape. They are rooted in the familiar even pedestrian imagery one often takes for granted, but they take on a more idiosyncratic presence in his hands. Each composition inhabits a peculiar crease between generic and specific, universal and personal.

The Marian University Art Students Exhibition: Make It Strange, will be in Café 1906. In this exhibit, viewers may explore the strange and singular artistic visions of the school’s students. The exhibition is comprised of a variety of media with a flair for the extraordinary.

All three shows run from Feb. 26 to April 11. A free reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. The bar will be open for the reception and cheese from Grande will be available.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District.

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