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Group show at UICA features the work of seventeen artists from five states across the Midwest

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The public is invited to attend the exhibition opening on August 18, 2016 at UICA to get a first look at the works on view and have an opportunity to meet and mingle with several of the artists who will also attend.

/Courtesy of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

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/Courtesy of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

/Courtesy of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) will play host to superusted: The 4th Midwest Biennial from August 18 - October 23, 2016. Superusted presents the work of seventeen artists from five states across the Midwest including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. The public is invited to attend the exhibition opening on August 18, 2016 at UICA to get a first look at the works on view and have an opportunity to meet and mingle with several of the artists who will also attend.

The 4th Midwest Biennial, superusted, originated in 2015 at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, and was curated by St. Paul’s Cheryl Wilgren Clyne. Clyne made a series of more than 120 studio visits across the Midwest searching for artists whose works address challenges from this moment in time. Several of the artists she selected respond to relationships between nature and humankind, a purpose that is prominent in her own art practice. The exhibition features performative and interactive pieces as well a mix of media — wax, straw, porcelain, laser-cut plywood and 3-D photography.

Why superusted? Clyne said that, “Change is all around us, every day. We are hyper aware of all the changes, many are extreme, to the point of super-sized differences. This might be a thread that connects the artists in superusted. As I met with the biennial artists, I tried to find words that described those selected. Super certainly fit: Here are some of my favorite people and artists in the Midwest. An awareness that their work was changing developed, seeing progressions, how they were inspired by, or how they interpreted the world. Super and rust were relevant words to attach to the findings.”

The exhibition has already seen national attention, and UICA is the second stop of superusted’s tour. Superusted will open with a member preview and opening reception which is open to the public on August 18th, and will be on view until ArtPrize officially begins on September 21, 2016. During ArtPrize, docent-led group tours will be available weekly starting at $10.00 a person. Superusted group tours can be booked online at uica.org 72 hours in advance.

“I enjoy the tactile experience of this show; it’s an exhibition I saw three days in a row and was pleasantly surprised to find new ideas and meaning in the work every day,” shared Miranda Krajniak, UICA’s Executive Director, who experienced the exhibition in September of 2015. “Parts of the exhibition are very subtle and can be appreciated through a slower meditation and viewing.”

Artists featured in superusted: Alexa Horochowski, Andrea Carlson, Areca Roe, Carlos DeGroot, Clarence White, Dyani White Hawk Polk, Jennifer Rogers, Jessica Christy, John Fleischer, Laura Primozic, Lindsay Smith, Mandy Martinson, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Phil Olmstead, Pritika Chowdhry, Shana Kaplow and Sonja Peterson.

About the Curator: Cheryl Wilgren Clyne is a multimedia artist, curator, social media director and educator based in Saint Paul, MN. She received a BS in Architecture and Film and an MFA in Experimental Media Art both from the University of Minnesota.

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