Six prominent women artists exhibit works

August 22, 2019 - The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Department will exhibit painting, printmaking and drawing by six prominent women visual artists Sept. 4-27 in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The exhibit is free and open to everyone.

The artists exhibiting are: Emily Arthur, Shannon Estlund, Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Karen Gustafson, Eleanor McGough and Joanne Price. A closing reception is set for Friday, Sept. 27, from 4:30-7 p.m.

Emily Arthur earned her MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and is a professor of printmaking at UW-Madison. She has received numerous grants for her art which can be seen in art museums in Duluth and the Twin Cities, Sante Fe, N.M., Los Angeles, and Denver. Her work examines the controversies between scientists, environmentalists and the government and the manipulation of scientific data in relation to endangered bird populations.

Shannon Estlund is a painter who has an appreciation for the “impermanent and interdependent nature of things” as they relate to her surroundings in Fridley, Minn. An MFA graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Estlund has received Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants for fiscal years 2014, 2017, and 2019, and two Community Foundation Art Ventures grants. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at museums and galleries including the Crisp Ellert Art Museum (Florida), the Elmhurst Art Museum (Ill.), Soo Visual Art Center (Minn.), the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (Florida), and at the National Galleries of Scotland. 

Pippin Frisbie-Calder is a Louisiana-based artist who received her MFA in printmaking from Tulane University in 2017. Her prints examine the natural histories and narratives of the Gulf Coast. She has exhibited her work in Louisiana, Michigan, Denver, Maine, South Carolina, Rhode Island and Indonesia. She teaches printmaking at Tulane University.

Karen Gustafson is a professor of art at Normandale College in Bloomington, Minn. Her delicate drawings reflect on the complexities in the natural world. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with an MFA and has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and abroad at prestigious institutes including GV Art (London), Plains Art Museum (N.D.), Lexington Art League (Ky.), Pence Gallery, (Calif.), and Burnet Gallery (Minn.). Grants awarded include the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017, 2012) and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant (2014).

Eleanor McGough is a painter who resides in the Twin Cities. She received her education from Kansas City Art Institute and studied abroad in Brighton, England. Her paintings reveal a lifelong fascination with biology. Of nature, McGough relays in her paintings a temporal quality of insects which relates to their rapid decline in the ecosystem. She is represented by Rosalux Gallery and Veronique Wantz Gallery in Minneapolis and was featured in a segment on the Twin Cities Public Television arts program, MN Original, in 2013. She is the recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board grant awards as well as a Bemis Foundation Residency. 

Joanne Price is a Kentucky-based printmaker and president of the National Woodcarvers Association. Her prints reveal a keen observation about nature and the environment. An MFA graduate from the University of Minnesota, she is founder of Starpointe Studio, specializing in wood engraving, letterpress, and book arts and she teaches printmaking part-time at the University of Kentucky. Price’s work is represented in public collections including: Guangdong Museum of Art, China; Museu da Casa Xilogravura, Campos do Jordão, Brazil; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Scripps College, Claremont, Calif.; Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. 

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 2-7 p.m., and Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The closing reception is September 27, from 4:30-7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

For more information, email or call the Art Department at 715-425-3266.

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