How Great I Am will feature a series of recent trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye) ceramic works by artist in residence Tim Kowalczyk. This series of sculptures and cups is inspired by Muhammad Ali’s legendary, poetic trash-talking prior to his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight with George Foreman.
Since graduating with his MFA from Illinois State University in 2011, Kowalczyk has maintained an active studio practice from his home in Minonk, Illinois. He has taught at Illinois Community College, Kankakee Community College, and at University Illinois Springfield, and participates regularly in juried, group, invitational, and solo exhibitions throughout the United States.
Residency: February 12 – 16
During his residency week, Tim will share his unique ceramic process, working on sculptural work as well as his signature “cardboard” mugs. Kowalczyk will lead a two-night, hands-on workshop. Public demonstrations will be posted on plainsart.org.
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 15, 6 – 7 pm • Free
City Geode, created and installed in May 2019 by students and Professor Josh Zeis from NDSU is the latest creation. In response to the work, the lead artists said, “What is a city? This City Geode incorporates many of the things that we thought a city needs; buildings, streets, electricity, drainage, and above all else, the human spirit.View Exhibition
Community artist and school art teacher MeLissa Kossick, who guides youth classes at the Museum on art, gardens, and pollinators, has created an enchanting mosaic design in the Creativity Pathway in the Serkland Gallery called Bee in Flight.View Exhibition
Drawing on his childhood memories of the Great Plains, he created a work that speaks to the wide open spaces, huge vistas, and ocean-like skies of the region.View Exhibition
While the Tallgrass Prairie is a community made up of a great diversity of species, Fragile Preservation represents a selection of them.View Exhibition