Fargo-based artist Karen Perry-Anderson will be at the Second Annual North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival artist talk to share about her work, ““A Murder Of… The Last Thing Virgil Saw.” In 2017, Perry-Anderson was the recipient of the “Best 3D Media” and “Best of Show” for her work, “Attested Series.”
The Artist Reception will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Plains Art Museum in Fargo from 6-8 p.m. Artists will be on hand to speak about the motivations and inspirations behind their work. Performances of written works will also take place. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be avilable. The event is free and open to the public.
Perry-Anderson currently teaches at an alternative high school learning program called Youth Educational Services (Y.E.S) located on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus, located in Moorhead, Minnesota. As an art educator for 20 years, she finds the most joy in the relationships formed with students while encouraging them in the creation of their art. As an artist, she finds joy in sharing her art with others.
“Making art is a meditative way for me to give form to thoughts”, she said. “When I decide to create a piece of artwork I begin with the title or idea and work backwards. With the end in mind, I’m guided in combing through all of the images, ideas, and feelings leading to the visualization of my original premise. Usually the art centers on an opinion about a social issue, nature, or current world event. I call myself a Subjectivist, which I define as an artist that matches the medium and expression to the particular subject or concept.”
35 artists from around the world will have their works included as part of the traveling exhibition. 2D and 3D works as well as a series of looping experimental videos will be a part of the festival. Live performance works will take place during artist receptions scheduled throughout the exhibition calendar.
Artists who have work displayed in the exhibition include: Kinaoush Abedi’s “Alphabet”; Rachel Asher’s “Sunlight”; Kimble Bromley’s “Innocence Destroyed”; Jenny Balisle’s “Freedom”; Shane Balkowitsch’s “No Spiritual Surrender”; Kayla Branstetter’s “Innocence”; Kimberly Christianson’s “LOVE Knows no Color”; Gaurav Datta’s “Conflict and Mental Health in Kashmir: Exploring narratives of addiction and recovery”; Nancy Devine’s “The Dreamed”; James Faris’ “10 Commandments”; Kathleen Fettig’s “Shattered Hope”; Laura Forgie’s “Belladonna”; Mark Franz’s “When We Were Free”; Isaac Ruiz Gastélum’s “Iku Manieva”; Michael Genz’s “Mni Wiconi: Water is Life”; Lisa Gordillo’s “Las Cordenadas”, “Todas las poets que he” and “Prisa de Héroes”; Kay Gordon’s “I feel so honored”; Lourdes Hawley’s “Health, a fundamental right”; Glendon Henry’s “DAPL Kong”; Ken Kimmelman’s “Brushstrokes”; Joesph Larson’s “Bright Sky”; Ali LaRocks’ “Awaken”; Brett Lysne’s “The Lower Forty-Eight (HHOSTILE)”; Liz Minette’s “My Scorpio Broke”; Abtin Mozafari’s “Genesis”; Paul Noot’s “Make Music for Us to Enjoy”; Kim Olson’s “Man Made Borders”; Karen Perry-Anderson’s “A Murder Of… The Last Thing Virgil Saw”; Barzan Rostami’s “Balance”; Andrew Stark’s “Fragility”; Marilena Stavrakidis’ “I And Thou”; Beata Weber’s “Brandish”; Joyce Ellen Weinstein’s “The Blind Leading the Blind: Witness II”; Kathleen Williams’ “Ochumaré Takes On the Black Snake”; and Emily Vieweg’s “Vision”. Bios for the artists are available via the festival’s website.
Artist Receptions for Fargo and Bismarck have been scheduled. In Fargo, the reception will take place on Wednesday, January 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Plains Art Museum. In Bismarck, the reception will take place on Friday, February 1 from 6-8 at the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative. The Artist Reception for Grand Forks at the High Plains Fair Housing Center is presently being scheduled to take place in March. Additional information about all receptions will be announced in the near future.
The exhibitions and Artist Receptions are free to the public. Visit the specific gallery locations for exhibition show times.
The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival is to educate, engage and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human rights topics. The Second Annual North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival is made possible through the generosity of The Arts Partnership, the City of Fargo’s Human Relations Commission, the City of Fargo’s Native American Commission, and through partnerships with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, the NDSU Memorial Gallery, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.