WAUKESHA, WIS.— Carroll University's gallery season opens on Sept. 1, 2011, with an exhibition by R. Justin Stewart, a New York City-based artist who was born in Waukesha. His sculpture is on display through Sept. 25 in the Rowe Art Gallery of Humphrey Memorial Chapel and Art Center, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha. A reception will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, and is free and open to the public.
As a student at Waukesha West High School, Stewart thought he could get an easy A in a ceramics class taught by his football coach, Peter Loose. He immediately fell in love with creating art. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003 from Kansas City Art Institute then continued to the University of Minnesota for his Master of Fine Arts, completed in 2008. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Stewart uses ordinary materials, such as pen and paper, fleece, wooden spheres, ropes, zip ties, and o-rings to create two- and three-dimensional maps, systems and structures. His work tends to be simplistic in the materials and construction techniques, yet simultaneously intricate and complex in final manifestations. These artworks are often based upon empirical data that Stewart gathers from the world, either through research into pre-existing systems like transit maps, or more personal information based on his own movements.
He has exhibited at Like The Spice Gallery, New York, N.Y.; H&R Block ArtSpace, Kansas City, Mo.; Winkleman Gallery, New York, N.Y.; Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Spaces SpaceLab, Cleveland, Ohio; +Plus Gallery, Denver, Colo.; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J.; Soo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis, Minn.; Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Neb.; and Klein Art Works, Chicago, Ill.
An award-winning artist, Stewart has received the International Sculpture Center 2007 Student Achievement in Sculpture Award and the Katherine E. Nash Purchase Prize. He was an artist-in-residence at Red Line Studios in Denver in 2009 and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha in 2005.
Carroll's gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2-4 p.m. All visits are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Peggy Thurston Farrell, gallery director, at 262.524.7195 or email@example.com.
[Image] "systems of knowing 05 (orange stripes)," mixed media sculpture and drawing