2015 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
Widely recognized for her work in print media, St. Louis based artist Lisa Bulawsky’s practice spans installation, works on paper and temporary public art. The artist exploits the inherent qualities of printmaking, including the uniqueness of the printed mark, to explore correlations between private life and civic space. In her site-specific installation in the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Bulawsky responds to the quality of light, the pull of the vertical, and the idea of the hollow square. Using scans of newsprint sheets that she has collected, used, and reused as backing paper while printing, her work covers the gallery wall. The exhibition highlights Bulawsky’s accidental archive and serves as a monument to the unexalted, the marginal, and the ahistorical. Multimedia aspects reinforce the artist’s interest in personal memory and shared experience.Bulawsky received her B.A. in Fine Art from the University of California Santa Cruz, and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas. She has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and is the recipient of several awards and residencies, including a National Endowment for the Arts individual artist fellowship. She is currently associate professor of Printmaking and Director of Island Press in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the College and Graduate School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work is in the collections of the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Belgium, and the House of Humour and Satire, Bulgaria, among others. Recent exhibitions include the Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington D.C.; the International Print Center New York, Opole Contemporary Art Gallery, Poland; and the Dalarnas Museum, Sweden.
Power and Restraint: a Feminist Perspective on Mormon Sisterhood
Roanoke artist Page Turner collects items of deep personal meaning to painstakingly create delicate objects that honor the feminine, and the desires, experiences, and roles of women. Raised as a devout Mormon, she looks to the Church and its complex history as inspiration. Her works are informed by the traditional hand-working skills that have been passed down through the generations. In this body of work, Turner explores the divide between righteousness within the faith and women’s personal power; with deep reverence, she pays homage to the original pioneer women of the Mormon Church, as well as the contemporary sisterhood.Turner has exhibited widely in the Roanoke area, in Washington, DC, and in Los Angeles as part of the group exhibition Oneira: I Dream the Self. She was the cover artist for Exponent II - Publishing the Experiences of Mormon Women since 1974, and has been featured in multiple issues of Studio Visit Magazine, blogs and other media.