• Kayce Francis-Dodgen

An art exhibit of sight, sound, and touch opens at the Northwest Arts Center

An art show combining sight, sound, and in the case of the Beau Theige exhibit touch, is now open in the Northwest Arts Center on the Minot State University campus. The center is located on the lower level of the Gordon B. Olson Library, with an additional separate entrance on the south side of the building.

Newly appointed Northwest Center Art director, Greg Vettel, is spearheading this exhibit. Vettel is a Minot native and received his bachelor’s degree from Minot State in graphic design.

“I formally worked as a graphic designer for 12 years. A few years ago, in 2016, I started to adjunct at Minot State in the art department for intro level graphic design and when Avis Vickely retired as the Northwest Arts Center director, I applied and was offered the position,” Vettel stated.

Theige’s guitar display welcomes visitors immediately as the enter the center. Theige currently resides in Williston, N.D. with his family on his hobby ranch where he creates unique guitars from odds and ends of bits and pieces of cultural debris like license plates and barn wood.

“They’re fascinating and he actually encourages people to play and handle them,” Vettel said.

The exhibit comes complete with two amps plugged in begging to be turned on.

“He’ll be available to meet and talk a little about his art,” Vettel stated, “But when you have a visiting artist like that, one of the benefits is they actually come and sometimes do a presentation and or a talk to our art majors here at MSU, so we’re kind of like that educational component.”

The second art exhibit currently residing in the Walter Piehl Gallery, Americas 2018: All Media, is one of the two annual exhibits that will be on display this year.

“The exhibit that’s here now is the all media show. So it features artists from all over the United States but also some international artists because it’s a juried show so anybody can submit work to the show. So we have an artist from Russia and from Greece. We also have a number of artists from Canada.”

A juried art show is an understanding that when an artist submits a piece to a show the chosen juror will evaluate it and decide whether the piece will be admitted into the showcase. The juror for this exhibit is Scott Parsons who is currently teaching at Augustana University and residing in Sioux Falls, S.D. He has won a number of awards for his world-renowned glass art as well as various other commissioned pieces for museums, churches, and universities.

“I think one thing the America’s All Media 2018 exhibit provides is a look at art that you might not traditional see in Minot or even in this part of North Dakota,” Vettel said. “We get such a wide range of submissions for it and also, you get to see an incredible variety of technique and medium because it’s an all media show — we have things ranging from ceramic sculpture to encaustic wax to photography.”

The Beau Theige exhibit will run until Thursday Sep. 28 and is open to the public Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. While the America’s All Media 2018 exhibit’s last day is Saturday, Oct. 6.

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