MANITOWOC, Wis. – The Holy Family College Art Department will host an exhibit by Sheboygan Visual Artists (SVA) titled, “Meet the Artists,” which celebrates personal diversity and identity. Sixteen artists from their nearly 100 professional and amateur artists will be displaying work from Feb. 25-March 22 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery in Main Hall on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
The College’s Art Department will host a reception on March 7 from 5-7 p.m. celebrating both the SVA exhibit and an exhibit by Green Bay artist Andrew Linskens in the DuCharme Erdmann Gallery; the reception is free and open to the public. Music will be provided by the Holy Family College Jazz Ensemble.
SVA is a growing and active network of visual artists and supporters that enriches the community through the visual arts.
Erin LaBonte, an associate professor of art and Art Department co-chair at Holy Family College, notes that SVA member Chrisje Sanders came up with the “Meet the Artists” theme. “Each artist was invited to create and submit a work of art that was a self-portrait, so to speak,” LaBonte said. “The ‘self-portrait’ did not have to be literal, but was meant to share something personal or a glimpse into the life of the artist. I imagine this was an interesting challenge for the artists.”
Among the 16 SVA members contributing work to the “Meet the Artists” show is current Holy Family College student Kimberly Nysse. A large-scale self portrait artist, Nysse uses bold color and graphic imagery to illicit a powerful, immediate response in her work. She draws from her personal emotional experiences as a catalyst for her art, and hopes the viewer feels a connection within themselves through her portraiture.
Nysse is a current Art Studio major at the College, and her background is in costume design for the theater. She also experiments with photography and ceramics. Her work has recently been shown at the Arts Mill in Grafton, Cedarburg Cultural Center, and Thelma Sadoff Gallery in Fond du Lac.
Sanders, an SVA member who will contribute works in mixed media, fiber and sculpture for the “Meet the Artists” show, says, “It is an honor and privilege for all of us to be part of a creative process where we push our own boundaries and inspire each other in artistic growth.”
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Donald P. Taylor Gallery is located in the main campus building through the East Entrance.
PHOTO: “Self Portrait Chrisje” by Chrisje Sanders, Acrylic and fiber, 36x72 in. Image courtesy of Chrisje Sanders