Augustana Professors Participating in P3 Exhibition
SIOUX FALLS, SD—Four Augustana professors are participating in P3 (Painters, Poets and Pavilion) 2009 at the Washington Pavilion. Augustana professors Tom Shields, Carl Grupp, Scott Parsons and Patrick Hicks are among the 25 artists and 25 writers who have their work on exhibit at the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science now through February 28.
Read the Argus Leader's December 10 writeup on this unique pairing and collaboration.
“P3 is in its second year as an annual exhibition,” said David Merhib, director of the Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center. “The response by artists and poets has been remarkable; their professionalism and commitment towards this exhibition shows the strength of the humanities throughout this region. The Visual Arts Center is pleased to showcase this extraordinary exhibition.”
Patrick Hicks, Augustana’s Writer-in-Residence, is paired with artist Nathan Lee Holman. "Nathan and I examined the concept of mortality and played around with the idea of Death's own weariness,” said Hicks. “We liked the idea of the Grim Reaper being so exhausted from his endless work that he's aching for a little breather, a little vacation. This is especially true after the sad and brutal history of the 20th-Century. But how does Death relax? What does he do during his time off? It's a humorous take on a very serious subject."
Scott Parsons, assistant professor of art at Augustana, is paired with poet Beth Oness. “My collaboration with Beth began with the notion of the artist's studio,” Parsons said. “I have often thought of my studio as looking like something out of a 17th-century European cabinet of wonders (wunderkammer), with the strange collection of objects I have for my students to draw. Beth and I focused on the juxtaposition of a couple of objects on one of my shelves and from there we created our art: a piece of poetry and an intaglio print. The two objects are included in our final work. My print is entitled "Night Alchemy" and Beth's poem is "Aubade for Pam."
Tom Shields, associate professor of art at Augustana, is paired with poet Allison Hedge Coke. Shields’ artist statement says: “Trees have been a primary source of inspiration for as long as I can remember. I’m drawn to the old ones that have interesting shape and total relationships between dead branches and leaves that elicit suggestive imagery. This painting was inspired by a drawing done from life, a drawing influenced by the smells of grasses and earth, the felt warmth of the sun and the sight of light reflecting leaves and branches of a cotton wood tree in the latter years of its life.
“The experience of working in the South Dakota landscape gives me a deep sense of connecting to something that is a mystery. I like to think that I am what Loren Eisely calls the type of practitioner who ‘still has a controlled sense of wonder before the universal mystery, whether it hides in a snail’s eye or within the light that impinges on that delicate organ.”
Carl Grupp, Professor Emeritus of Art, is also participating in the P3 Exhibition, collaborating with poet Jerome Freeman.
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