Ridgewater College welcomes visual artists for two new exhibits in the Fine Art Galleries

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Alexandra Beaumont presents a new exhibit in the Hutchinson Campus, titled “Version”.
Beaumont, a textile artist, studied fashion design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY, and worked as a menswear designer before turning to fine art. Alexandra considers the visual, kinetic, and metaphoric elements of “parades of self”. She strives to feature intimate stories and totems of personal history; the pieces themselves becoming acts of reclamation, documentation, myth creation.

Abstraction is central to this exhibit, in the sense of “drawing from”, in which one takes visual elements or cues from personal iconography, architecture, or other stimulus.

“As I explore the universality of these thoughts, I am also delving into questions of my own identity, how I see myself and my community, particularly as it relates to my Jamaican heritage. While my Jamaican lineage is fact, my relationship to the island and my ancestry has felt very distant at times. In my evolving body of work called “Version” (a reference to the original moniker for Dub music), I confront these feelings of loss by exploring material permeability, unraveling, and negative space. Simultaneously, I anchor myself in my own Jamaican story by using motifs and materials that evoke strong sense memory – foods (sorrel/hibiscus blossom that I’ve used for painting and dying cloth, tamarind seeds left over from candies), traditional Jamaican madras fabric (its pattern referenced throughout), and the decorative ironwork swirls from my family’s home in Mandeville.”

The exhibit is on display in Hutchinson from September 1st Until September 28th, where it then will be on display in Willmar from October 3rd to November 2nd, 2022.

Photos: Alexandra Beaumont in the studio (photo credit the artist)
View of “Version” (photo credit Andrew Nordin)

Alexandra Beaumont in the studio (photo credit the artist) View of “Version” (photo credit Andrew Nordin)








Lela Pierce is exhibiting work on paper, in an installation titled “Sankofa”, in the Willmar Gallery September 1st through 28th. Pierce draws on iconography from her African and European ancestry to explore notions of rebirth and transformation. Evoking the concept of the African Sankofa bird; which often manifests as a bird looking over one’s shoulder, originally found Akan art of Ghana. In its feet are pointed forward but its head is turned back, suggesting that one must look to the past in order to build a future. The walls of the Willmar Gallery have been painted black for the exhibition, making Pierce’s bold colors and geometric forms pop. Pierce’s work creates a spiritual, de-colonialized space.

“The persistent practice of imagining transformation is vital for seekers of freedom. My work imagines an existence beyond the corporeal. Beginning with the body and the memories it holds, I search for an interconnected existence within and beyond materiality. I am interested in letting condensed places of in-betweenness hold more space in pursuit of freedom. Diving deep into ancestral specificity, displacement, and genealogical shapes of estrangement, my process seeks to transform and transition to vast futures of possibility. “

Lela Pierce “Sankofa” will be on display in Hutchinson October 3rd – November 2nd.

Photos: Lela Pierce, “Witness Blue” and “Witness Purple” Gouache and pen on paper (photo credit Rik Sferra)









Both Galleries are open from 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. You will find the Willmar gallery in the Fine Arts and Athletics building, near the theatre entrance. The Hutchinson gallery is located in the commons. For more information, contract Gallery Curator and Willmar Art Instructor Andrew Nordin., or follow social media and the college website.

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