“Re-veiled” is unveiled in Watkins Art Gallery

Allison Mueller

“Re-veiled” art gallery, located in Watkins hall on Winona State’s campus. (Photo by Gina Scott)
“Re-veiled” art gallery, located in Watkins hall on Winona State’s campus. (Photo by Gina Scott)

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Emerging artists Andrew Musil, Cassandra Buck and Renee Springer showcased their work in Winona State University’s first art gallery of the year, “Re-veiled.” The gallery is open for viewing through Sept. 16, with a reception on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The gallery is displayed in the Watkins Gallery. The artists worked with a variety of mediums including photography, drawing, video and painting.

Musil graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a Bachelors of Science degree in studio arts and a minor in art photography. His piece titled “Based on a True Story” is a collection of cyanotypes- photos processed to result in a cyan blue color- and toned cyanotypes picturing actors in their roles of historical figures.

His second piece displayed in the gallery, “The Censored Eleven,” includes photographs showing cartoons that were deemed inappropriate, and pulled from the air in 1968 by the United Artists Association.

Musil commented on how these 11 prints ironically expose the censored cartoons.

“[It] mimics the contemporary cultural issue of the avoidance of a discussion regarding racial inequality,” Musil said.

Another artist, Buck, is a graduate from Winona State University with a Bachelors degree in art education.

Buck commented on the consistency of her art.

“[It] has always focused on two things, expression and the feminine,” Buck said.

She displays this through a wide variety of color and texture in her mixed media piece, “Let It Go,” and her collection titled “Layers.” Buck’s art gives the viewer the freedom to interpret whatever personal feelings may come when seeing the pieces.

Springer has a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Her collection included colored pencil drawings titled, “Burger Beauty,” and a mixed media piece titled “Quality Calories,” as well as other untitled pieces.

Her artwork is very symbolic in both the imagery and artistic techniques in creating these pieces.

“[It] explore[s] peripheral themes of female identity, body politics, consumption and gender roles to pursue wholeness,” Springer says.

“Re-veiled” is now open to the public for viewing. The pieces included in this gallery inspire reflection and emotional connections; the small exhibit creates an intimate setting for a viewer to get to know each artist and his or her work.

These pieces are open to create conversations amongst viewers about past, current, political and social culture, ideas and issues. The art displayed in this gallery expose the topics that we as a society do not normally think about, whether it is on a personal or global scale.

Because of the variety of mediums and themes, all students and faculty have the chance to find something to connect to in the “Re-veiled” art gallery.