Marian University Faculty Exhibition
November 17 – January 14
Reception: Thursday, November 17, 5 – 8 pm
Meet the Artists:
Tami Joe DeLisle
Rafael Francisco Salas is a Wisconsin-based painter who received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He combines landscape, the legacy of Byzantine iconography, portraiture, architecture and country music into artwork that evokes a strange, rural poetry. It reflects a personal journey of mixed race identity, conflict, beauty, and devotion played out on the vast landscapes of rural Wisconsin.
The use of non-representational and still life elements in his artwork creates a dichotomy between figure and ground, between the perceived and the felt. Like the nature of the landscapes he observes, the artwork aspires toward a certain nobility, but often illuminates a poignant contrast to that aspiration. Salas is a contributing writer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and associate professor of art at Ripon College. His work is represented by the Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee.
Ripon College Student Exhibition
January 19 – March 18
Reception: Thursday, January 19, 5 -8 pm
This exhibit will feature work from students of Ripon College’s art department. Selected by Ripon College professor Rafael Salas, alumni as well as current students will participate in this exhibition of student work.
The Ripon College art department aims to provide students with an engaged and personalized learning environment that prepares students to live in a diverse and complex visual world. The curriculum is designed to give students the fundamental concepts, skills, methods, history and contemporary practice of image-making that result in an independent, senior capstone project. Art majors participate in the creative process as it is understood in the visual arts to the point where they can assume a critical standpoint and interact with the art world after graduation.