Minneapolis Artist Featured in Staniar Gallery Exhibit
Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery will host an artist’s talk with Minneapolis painter Michael Kareken on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall. It will coincide with his exhibition Salvaged Views, recent paintings and drawings by the artist, which will run from until Dec. 10.
The artist’s talk will be followed by a reception and both are free and open to the public.
The exhibition features a series of works that began as observations of the chaotic urban landscape surrounding Kareken’s Minneapolis studio. The paintings and drawings evoke a quiet elegance, unsettling the ordinary associations with the subject matter he depicts: the accumulation of debris found at garbage dumps, recycling centers and junk yards.
Kareken is a professor of fine arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he has taught since 1996. His work is included in the collections of The Walker Art Center, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art and the Minnesota Historical Society, among others.
Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.