The FMAAA Art Center is pleased to announce the Opening Reception on Friday, August 5 from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. of Shifting Matters, a solo exhibition of paintings by Chicago Artist Elisabeth Heying.
The Art Center hosts several activities in association with each month’s exhibition. This month Heying will be conducting an Artist Talk to discuss her work in depth on Saturday, August 6 at 11 a.m. Lunch-ala-Art at the conclusion of the month on Friday, August 26 at noon will feature a Gallery Talk by visiting Curator, Journie Kirdain also of Chicago.
Kirdain is exceptionally familiar with this body of work and will take attendees through a discussion of the concepts the works engage with and questions it presents. Reservations are recommended if you intend to eat lunch and can be made by contacting the Art Center. You do not need to eat lunch to attend the talk that commences at 12:30 p.m.
FINALE, a free performance series, will be held later that evening also on August 26 with open mic at 6 p.m. and a 7 p.m. musical concert by cello duo Mary Brockman and Madeline Taylor. Brockman and Taylor have been playing together and exploring cello duet repertoire for the past 4 years playing first desk together in the Nauvoo Community Orchestra.
Brockman has played in the cello section of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra for over 25 years. The FINALE program will include early music, some sonata selections, as well as shorter period pieces. We are delighted to have them share their considerable talents with us as we celebrate the conclusion of this exciting exhibition.
Funding for this exhibition was made possible by Charles and Kathy Osmanski who are pleased to share artist work from outside the region with our community.
The FMAAA Art Center is located at 825 Ave G in Fort Madison, Iowa and the exhibition will be on display in the Main Gallery from 10am – 5pm Tuesday through Saturday until August 27.
Heying lives and works in Chicago, where she is an artist, material researcher and educator. The Art Center is very excited to welcome Heying and Shifting Matters to the Main Gallery for August where we can visually explore her unique painting and materials talents while considering the deeper ideas her work engages with.
“Matter endures until it doesn’t, and then it becomes something else; we don’t notice until we do, and then what becomes of us?," Heying said.
Shifting Matters is an exhibition of paintings exploring the transience of our surroundings, the fluidity of the stationary, and our ever-human response to change. This body of work investigates the material of paint and the materiality of the world around us as a negotiation of time, space, and energy.”
Heying’s paintings explore place, landscape and surface as records of and containers for human experience. The inherent identities of material, both within the landscape and within the painting process, serve as a reflexive key to unlocking connection between people and place. In her work, the painted surface plays different roles from one piece to the next to mirror the process of perception. Paint is used as color and form to render pictorial space, it’s accrued to physically evoke textured surfaces, and it’s used in complement to the actual minerals and objects of the land. This varied approach to materiality engages ideas of truth and artifice, nature and construction, and entropy and control as poetic metaphor.
Born in Minnesota, Heying moved to Chicago in 2011. She received both her MFA in Painting & Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2022, and her BFA in 2015. She was the director of a state-of-the-art facility called StudioLab at SAIC, where she educated students on how to make and use traditional and modern painting and drawing materials for over six years.
She developed education resource collections including a Library, a Material Archive of historic pigments and materials and a Virtual Database of instructional videos. Elisabeth received the Roads Scholarship for Research and Travel in 2020, has exhibited widely in group exhibitions throughout the Chicago area and debuted her first solo exhibition, Ache of Erosion, at SITE Galleries in 2021.
For further information, find Fort Madison Area Arts Association on the web at fortmadisonart.com and on Facebook, or by contacting 319-372-3996.
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