By Steven Krolak
Daily from Fri., May 20 to Fri., May 27, Artebella will present one work of art or research, along with a text that explains the piece and gives a brief portrait of the student artist as well as an overview of the vision that lends context to the work.
The placement emerged from conversations between Susanna Crum, associate professor of fine arts (printmaking) at IU Southeast and Keith Waits, LVA facility and gallery manager. The conversation explored ways that the two institutions could spread the word about the work of IU Southeast students while at the same time helping those students access local opportunities off-campus after graduation.
The series kicks off with “A Production of Somnolence,” a 2016 monotype installation by Angela Marie Howard that leads viewers into the world of dreams. According to Howard’s artist statement, the light patterns are set up so that a dramatic change will occur with the prints by pushing one layer back as a new one emerges, causing the viewer’s senses to rouse upon discovering these hidden images.
The series continues with works by Michael Kopp, Angela Bolen, Christina Stettenbenz, Chelsea Markuson, and David Spencer-Pierce.
While the artwork is stunning, the professionalism of the presentation is also a key component as emphasized in the IU Southeast BFA program.
“It’s important for emerging artists to see and understand that making artwork is only one part of a sustainable, ongoing studio practice—it’s crucial to have great photographic documentation and well-articulated artist statements to support it and speak for the artwork when they’re not present,” said Crum. “This year’s BFA students had high-quality work, documentation and writing readily available for Artebella posts, which means they are also prepared for applying to jobs, residencies, further education and more.”
Louisville Visual Art has been improving lives through visual art education, community outreach, and artist support for over 100 years. As a creative hub now established in the Portland Neighborhood, they are dedicated to engaging and encouraging artists through programming such as Artebella Daily, Open Studio Weekend, and weekly calls for artists. LVA is shaping and inspiring the next generation of creative leaders by providing quality instruction to over 5,500 students annually through Children’s Fine Art Classes and outreach programs in schools and community centers. Louisville Visual Art aims to engage, inspire, and improve our community and city through the arts.