The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present “Local & State” by Ann Resnick as the seventh show of its 2015-2016 season. The exhibition of paper/mixed media, which begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 25, will be on display through April 22. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
An “Art for Lunch” presentation by the artist will be held Tuesday, March 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.
Trained as a printmaker, Ann Resnick has engaged a broad range of materials and processes, from wood burning to digital signal processing, and uses that range to produce large-scale, thought-provoking, sui generis works. Resnick is also a cultural advocate, and dedicates a large portion of her time each year to activities that advance the arts as a whole.
“The impulse to remember the passing of friends, relatives, and those whose lives might otherwise go unremarked is the foundation of much of my current work,” Resnick said. “Sometimes, I start with obituary pages from the Wichita Eagle and transform the paper through the use of colored pencils, spray paint and stencils. The pages are then burned; a pattern of vaguely floral, or nature-inspired shapes remain.
“Remember Me, is a wall-sized installation of more than 200 small memorials from the pages of the Sunday paper. Through judicious use of spray painting and burning, sentiments of affection and other bits of text remain in almost poetic form.
“Other works in the exhibit also make use of stencils, spray paint and burning, but do not refer so specifically to the language of memorials. Instead, they propose a recursive process — a reiteration of the theme, without clear references.”
Resnick earned a BFA in Printmaking/Art History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C., and has studied at art schools in Alaska and New York. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and overseas. She lives in Wichita. To learn more about Resnick, visit her website at: https://lotech.wordpress.com
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2199.