THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Sep
29
Thu
Paho Mann: “Paho Mann”
Sep 29 – Nov 12 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from September 29 – November 12, 2022.

Paho Mann investigates the personal and cultural relationships to objects we collect to address shifting values, perceptions, and memory. In the project, Fragmented Cameras, Mann used a consumer-grade 3D scanner to scan historic and obsolete cameras ranging from early stereoscopic cameras to first-generation iPhones. These images explore connections between new and historic imaging technologies. Often, the use of an emergent technology results in some deterioration in quality – in using consumer grade 3D scanning technology the scans often depict objects as fragmented versions of themselves, almost as if they have exploded. This becomes a metaphor for the constant transition of photographic technology and the use of new technology to comment on increasingly obsolete formats of historic image making. The new technology displaces the old, reflecting a tempestuous relationship between the two.

From its inception photography has been thought of as a way to replicate human vision, making copies of the real. This link to the real is intertwined with photography’s relationship to new technology, resulting in various possibilities of how to depict reality. But photography’s fixed vantage point always shows only one possibility of reality or truth. Stereoscopic cameras were an early example of a new technology shifting expectations of how photography replicated human vision, attempting to expand this singular vantage point of a photograph to include the depth and physicality associated with human perception. Among the cameras Mann scanned for this project are several stereoscopic cameras ranging from early 19th century examples to 20th century disposable kodak film 3D cameras. As these historic cameras become more obsolete so do the ways that they claim to represent the world.

In the studio, Mann imports the 3D scans into Photoshop, a traditional 2D image editing software. Here he adds colorful backgrounds using color swatches from photography studio backdrops and by sampling the colors of the original cameras. Mann manipulates lighting inside the software, much like a product or portrait photographer would do in a lighting studio. The 3D scan is cropped to reflect the aspect ratio of the original camera.

Mann sees historic ties between the desires embedded in the stereoscopic cameras to the dual-camera often found in our cell phones to computational photography and the virtual worlds made available through 3D scanning technologies. Through his practice of allowing the 3D scans to glitch, Mann calls attention to the way lens-based media only mediates, but never truly represents reality.

Paho Mann’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, AZ), Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, AZ), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA) among others. Mann’s work is included in the collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, the Museum at Texas Tech University, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and the City of Phoenix Public Art Program.

Mann was born in 1978 on his parents’ homestead near Snowflake, Arizona. In 1992 he moved with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico where in 2001 he received a BFA from the University of New Mexico. He received his MFA from Arizona State University in 2007. Currently, Mann lives and works in Dallas, Texas where he is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of North Texas.

For more information about the artist click HERE!

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Nov
17
Thu
Meredith Setser: “Strata Verse”
Nov 17 2022 – Jan 7 2023 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from November 17, 2022 – January 7, 2023.

Meredith Setser is and printmaker and textile artist currently employed as an assistant professor of printmaking at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. She studied at both Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and Indiana University (IUPUI campus) for her undergraduate studies, earning a BFA in 1997. She also attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she completed her MFA degree in 2004. Meredith has taught printmaking courses as an adjunct instructor at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Milwaukee School of Art and Design.

Meredith is an active member of the printmaking community and has attended several conferences, including the Southern Graphics Council Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, where she gave a demonstration entitled “Printing on Unusual Surfaces”. She most recently gave a plaster pronto plate lithography demonstration at the 2008 Mid-America Art conference. Her plaster technique is featured on Friedhard Kiekeben’s site dedicated for nontoxic printmaking, www.nontoxicprint.com.

Some recent shows include the Qijiang International Print Exhibition in South West China, the 12th Annual Washington Printmaker’s Small Print Exhibition in Washington, DC, Folly, a solo exhibition at the Basile Gallery in Indianapolis, and Perform/Install III at the South Bend Museum of Art. Along with teaching printmaking, Meredith has given several workshops and demonstrations in the textile medium of felt making across the United States. She currently resides in Indianapolis with her partner George, 3 iguanas, 4 birds, and 9 tortoises. Although she now lives in the great state of Indiana, Meredith was born in Wyandotte, Michigan and spent much of her childhood here. In spite of her busy work schedule, she still finds the time to vacation annually in Rose City, Michigan, and migrates to Detroit several times a year to catch Red Wings hockey at the Joe Louis Arena.

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Michael Litzau: Acts of Devotion
Nov 17 2022 – Jan 7 2023 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from November 17, 2022 – January 7, 2023.

“Ritual is described as an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite. In a sense, a ritual is a physical action that affirms ones connection and belonging to a higher being. If one were to devote more time and effort to something, would they be more connected or valued? My artwork embraces tedious techniques and time consuming art making. I utilize a variety of techniques that are aesthetically different but connected in subject matter. In my work I use cross-stitch, hand cut copper and printmaking because they are meticulous and repetitive. The visuals in my artwork are players of the Green Bay Packers. Through my dedication to time consuming processes I am proving my worth as a fan. By spending obsessive hours on attention to detail I elevate my subject matter from a mere image to an iconic level.

Growing up in Wisconsin I was indoctrinated into being a fan of the Green Bay Packers. As I have moved around the country I find that running into a random Packer fan is a welcome connection to another person but also to home. With fellow fans I can talk about how the season is going, last weeks game, or even where they are from. It is human nature to want to be a part of a group. My artwork, in part, is about connections with others over shared interests and experiences.”

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Jan
13
Fri
Picasso’s “La Reve” Sip n’ Paint
Jan 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Date: Friday, January 13
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
For Ages: 21+
Materials: Provided (Welcome to bring your own, too!)

All Experience Levels Welcome!

Price/Tickets:
$35 Non-Member | $28 Members

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Jan
19
Thu
Women’s Art History Lecture | Frida Kahlo
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thelma’s Women’s Art History Lecture Series aims to highlight influential women in art history. Frida Kahlo influenced the world through her art, paying homage to indigenous Mexican culture and feminist values. Discover her life and work in this exciting and engaging lecture.

Date: Thursday, January 19
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
For Ages: All Ages Welcome!
Price/Tickets: FREE Admission

Feb
1
Wed
Homeschool Art
Feb 1 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

In collaboration with the FDL Public Library, we are excited to present a new program, Homeschool Art! At this new monthly program just for homeschoolers, join us the first Wednesday each month to learn about a new artist and create a project in their style. Projects will be adaptable for all ages.

Students will start at the FDL Public Library (McLane Meeting Room) and make their way to THELMA halfway through the program.

Feb
6
Mon
The Power of Poppies Sip n’ Paint | Mocktail Monday
Feb 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Date: Monday, February 6
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
For Ages: All Ages
Materials: Provided (Welcome to bring your own, too!)

All Experience Levels Welcome!

Price/Tickets:
$35 Non-Member | $28 Member

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Feb
7
Tue
Charcoal and Curves
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join our figure drawing studio, where we study the nude form. Instruction, lighting, posing and modeling will be provided. Bring your paints from home or make use of our traditional drawing materials.

Date: Tuesday, February 7
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
For Ages: 18 and up
Materials: Provided (Welcome to bring your own, too!)

All Experience Levels Welcome!

Price/Tickets:
$15 Non-Members | $12 Members

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Feb
11
Sat
Lake Winnebago Sip N’ Paint | Sturgeon Spectacular
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
For Ages: 21+
Materials: Provided (Welcome to bring your own, too!)

All Experience Levels Welcome!

Price/Tickets:
$40 Non-Member | $32 Members

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Feb
14
Tue
Card Making
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Let’s get crafty! Make the perfect card for the special person in your life. Enjoy our wonderful craft supplies and make something truly unique.

Date: Tuesday, February 14
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
For Ages: 14 and up
Materials: Provided (Welcome to bring your own, too!)

All Experience Levels Welcome!

Price/Tickets: 
$15 Non-Member | $12 Members

REGISTER HERE