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Art @ the Y


From Laura Wennstrom's collection "Trauma and Growth" Media: Collage

Emerging Artist @ the Y presents:
INSIDE/OUTSIDE, Works by Laura Wennstrom

At the University YMCA's Murphy Gallery
On view from 9am to 9pm weekdays through May 17, 2014


April 22: (Re)Sew Quilting Bee @ the University Y, 12:30-2pm
Visitors are asked to participate in a collective re-sewing of the deconstructed quilts that make up (Re)Reticulation in a traditional quilting format.

April 29: Post-It Not Quilt Mural @ the University Y, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Participants will create a Post-It Note mural in the Y's Murphy Gallery using the modular and geometic quilt design as inspiration.

May 2: Collaborative Zine Project @ University Y, Noon-3pm
Participants are asked to collaborate with Laura Wennstrom on a zine tha will exist as an exhibition catalog for the INSIDE/OUTSIDE project and events. Participants will receive a completed zine.

All events are free and open to the public.

Always a highlight of the Spring and coinciding with the Boneyard Arts Festival, this year's Emerging Artist show will feature the work of multimedia artist Laura Wennstrom, an MFA candidate in New Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Laura has worked with children in underserved neighborhoods across the Midwest and in rural Ecuador teaching art, reading, and special education. She has developed and implemented art curriculum for after school programs and art classes for students of all ages. In addition, Laura has created several public murals in collaboration with children and adults from local communities.

“In the process of making art, I am interested in gathering those materials and objects – the cast off, the forgotten, the incidental, the profound – and through combining and layering, I find new ways to tell stories. My art represents the intersection of my life with the people I have worked with while honoring their experiences and trying to make sense of my own. Sometimes this intersection happens within the studio, sometimes this exchange happens outside of the studio with others. I am interested in these spaces and how they inform my practice."

-Laura Wennstrom's new installation piece Reticulation has been selected as the 2014 Boneyard Arts Festival Signature Image and will be on display at Figure One from April 18 - May 17. 

Parking Nearby:
Parking lot on 6th between Daniel & Chalmers - Free after 5pm.
Parking garage on 6th & John - Free after 5pm.
Street parking on Wright, Chalmers, & 6th Streets for 75¢ per hour.
Municipal lot on Green & 5th Streets for $1 per hour.


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