August 2, 2016: Iowa
native Ellen Wagener will bring a collection of her pastel drawings to Clarke University
with an exhibition titled “Ellen Wagener: Beyond the Horizon.” The exhibition
will run from Monday, Aug. 15, to Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Quigley Art Gallery
on the Clarke campus.
An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 16, in
Quigley from 5-7 p.m.
This exhibition will run in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition, “Ellen Wagener: No
Ordinary Moments,” which will be on display at the Dubuque Museum of Art from
Aug. 16 through Nov. 6.
“Over the years, Ellen Wagener has developed a penchant for
certain areas and places, revisiting these sites to observe the changing crops,
weather, time of day or season,” said Jane Milosch, director, Smithsonian
Provenance Research Initiative, Washington, D.C. “She absorbs the
characteristics of a location and recreates it anew on paper. Her
tour-de-force, F5Tornado, 2003, in the Figge Art Museum permanent collection,
demonstrates her ability to work within her own alphabet of realistic landscape
imagery to create symbolic, abstract works. Stormy clouds, burning fields, dust
storms and tornadoes move across her formerly pristine, carefully groomed
landscapes, demonstrating the powerful force of nature.
“Contrast is key in Wagener's work. There are strong gestural
elements and ethereal clouds that soften the focus. While her renderings of
fields and trees have a tactile quality, the skies are always elusive. The warm
tones of the land against the cool colors of the sky are depicted in endless
variations, whether spring, summer, fall or winter. Her ability to capture the
color, light, shapes and textures of nature allows us to feel the cultivated
land, to marvel at the endless diversity of the sky, and to have a mysterious
encounter with nature.
For more information, contact the
Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.
Clarke University is a Catholic,
liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who
positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings
include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs,
a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843
by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near
the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM
university in the country.