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Salina Biennial: Contemporary Art from the Mountain-Plains Region
February 21 – May 20, 2018
This exhibition has been made possible through the support of John & Kristin Gunn
Anthony Hawley, Fault Diagnosis, 2016, mixed media (13 minute film inside a 1985 Nissan Pulsar NX)
In October 1979 the Salina Art Center organized its first exhibition in Sams Hall of Fine Arts on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University—a selection of work chosen from over 150 submissions by Kansas artists. Robert Sudlow (1920‒2010), then the doyen of Kansas landscape painting, was the juror. The success of the inaugural exhibition gave rise to the Art Center’s annual juried exhibition, a popular mainstay of the organization’s programming for many years. In 1989 the annual exhibition was expanded to include artists working in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Subsequent annual exhibitions followed this general format through the twenty-third installment in 2001‒02, after which the juried exhibition was discontinued.
Salina Biennial: Contemporary Art from the Mountain-Plains Region revives the Art Center’s tradition of juried regional exhibitions, redrawing the geography under consideration to include artists living and working in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.
Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, is this year’s juror. Her thoughtful and considered choices are rich and revelatory. Collectively, these seventy-two works by forty-two artists are testament to a vital and robust visual arts culture at work in the nation’s middle third.
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The Salina Art Center’s exhibitions and programs are supported by Art Center donors and members and the Salina Arts & Humanities Grants Program, the City of Salina.
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