Dec. 5 - Feb. 25: "Crossing the Threshold" Exhibit Features Paintings and Prose

Event Details


Date: December 4 - February 24, 2012

Times: Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Reception with the artist is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Location: The Center for Western Studies is located in the Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave.

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

“Crossing the Threshold: Paintings and Prose,” the Center for Western Studies’ newest exhibit, features paintings by Sioux Falls Artist Sheila Agee and prose by Dr. Ann Pederson, professor of religion and interim department chair of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics for Augustana College.

The exhibit will be display in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Center for Western Studies’ Fantle Building from Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, through Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. A reception is scheduled for 4:30 -6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The works are in response to the question “where are we?”

Agee and Pederson use the exhibit as a window for reflection on our place in the world. Places are like icons — the spiritual windows from which God looks into our world. Art is like that as well — revelations of the places we inhabit.

At moments during the development of this project, the two likened the work to a treasure hunt or a backpacking trip. They say the paintings and prose on display are the spiritual icons of the places in their lives where they have crossed the threshold into the sacred.

Students from the fall 2011 section of Augustana’s Religion 332 class will contribute to this exhibit through artwork and writing. The exhibition is sponsored by LuAnn M. Eidsness, M.D.

The Center for Western Studies is located in the Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave., Augustana College. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 605.274.4007 for more information or visit www.augie.edu/cws.