Jenny Bye: An Encaustic Connection

Inlaid by Jenny Bye

Jenny Bye, “Inlaid,” 30 x 30 in. Encaustic collage on panel, 2018.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University opens the academic year with the exhibition “Jenny Bye: An Encaustic Connection,” running Sept. 5 - Oct. 5. Encaustic is an ancient technique of painting with wax. Jenny Bye, a Sioux Falls-based artist, has been painting in the technique for ten years. She uses beeswax, damar resin, and collage elements that are fused into layers, variously added and scraped away. “It is a very physical, mysterious, and exciting medium to work with,” notes Bye. “Not knowing what will happen next, what that next scrape will reveal, fuels my need to create.” Her abstract paintings invoke atmospheric moods, and have a feeling of mystery and organic movement. As a part of her exhibition, Bye will hold an encaustic workshop for Augustana advanced painting students.

Jenny Bye grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and Sioux Falls, and has lived and worked in Wyoming, Montana and Iowa. She studied art at Eastern Montana State University in Billings, Montana. Before relocating to Sioux Falls five years ago, she was the education coordinator at the Sioux City Art Center. She has had solo exhibitions at the Sioux City Art Center, the Sioux Falls Arts Council, JLG Architecture Firm and Eastbank Art Gallery. Her work has also been published in the Briar Cliff Review (2016, 2017, 2019).

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located on Commons Circle (30th Street and Grange Avenue), in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana University. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., and Saturday 1-4 p.m.


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