Friday, January 23, 2009


Life up to This Point
Erik Wenzel • Life up to This Point (detail) • 2008 • fabric • courtesy of the artist and 65GRAND

My colleague Matthew Metzger and I are representing the University of Chicago in the North American Graduate Art Survey which opens this weekend in Minneapolis. NAGAS, as it is called was juried by Christopher Atkin, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Macalester College. "In addition to teaching, his interest in visual cultures inform his exhibition reviews, essays, are large-scale research projects. He received his MA & MRes degrees from Goldsmiths College, University of London," state the organizers of NAGAS. Students selected are from MFA programs across the US and Canada such as Yale; Tyler School of Art; Hunter College; the Art Institute of Boston; the University of the Arts, Pennsylvania and RISD among others.

If you happen to find yourself in The Land of Ten Thousand Lakes, do come by. It's been literally 20 years since I left. I remember the late summer/early fall afternoon the family car pulled out of Toledo Circle in Bloomington, Minnesota. [cue improvised sound effects and Garrison Keillor describing the scene with quaint phrases and a hint of deadpan sarcasm] We headed down to Chicagoland for the second time in less than two years. This time for good; and this time to the South Suburbs. I'm looking forward to returning and plan to visit sites like the Walker Art Center. There will probably be photos of this excursion in the future as well, so that is something for you to look forward to.

North American Graduate Art Survey
Juried by Christopher Atkins

January 20 – February 19, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, January 23, 6-8:30 pm

Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Regis Center for Art
University of Minnesota
405 21st Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Open: TU - SA: 11A - 7P
(612) 624-7530


David said...

blog awesomeness

Christopher said...

Hi Erik, thanks for the coverage of the NAGAS show, and it was a pleasure to meet you back in November! There's a slight typo...could you add an 's' to my last name? It should read 'Atkins'. Thanks and best wishes,