In Their Element: Artists Inspired by Earth, Air, Water, and Fire

Spring 2016 Exhibition

Date & Time:

Monday, February 1, 2016
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
February 1 – May 15, 2016


O’Shaughnessy Educational Center lobby gallery

For centuries, cultures have identified and classified the physical world into earth, air, water, and fire. Ancient concepts of these four classical elements are connected to current environmental issues which necessitate a renewed, more mindful approach to how our actions impact the earth and how we envision the future for subsequent generations. These ancient conceptions and current issues combine to provide contemporary artists the means to interpret, respond, and react to the physical forces at work within their creative environments.

“In Their Element: Artists Inspired by Earth, Air, Water, and Fire” is a first-of-its-kind exhibition for the University of St. Thomas that brings together invited artists with juried submissions. The invitational artists, all working in two-dimensional media, explore the world around us through their responses to the four classical elements.  Their work is exhibited alongside jury-selected three-dimensional pieces that draw on this same theme.  Overall, the exhibit invites the viewer to contemplate their own relationship with the elements and encourages mindfulness and thoughtful action. 

Invitational Artists:
Bernice Ficek-Swenson
Linda Gammell
Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin
Holly Newton Swift

Juried-Selected Artists:
James Gabbert
Katie Harris
Nancy Hicks
Jesse Lentz
Brighton McCormick
Jane Powers
Eric Riner

Curated by Dr. Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, Director of University Collections
Assisted by Alex Kermes and Angie Daniels, Art History Graduate Students

Reception: Friday, April 15th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Viewing Hours:
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday  
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.   Friday
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.   Saturday
NOON – 10 p.m.  Sunday
Free and open to the public.
Parking is available in the Anderson Parking Facility, corner of Grand and Cretin Avenues.
Gallery location and parking directions:

The O'Shaughnessy Educational Center is handicap accessible. For accessibility requests: (651) 962-6315.
Image: Ann Ginsburgh-Hofkin, Sicily_05_2


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