The Caestecker Art Gallery, adjacent to the Department of Art and Art History, features shows by artists with national and international reputations. Gallery openings draw students and faculty from across campus. Learn more about the 2017-2018 Ripon College Fine Arts Season.
2017-2018 Show Schedule
September 8-October 13, 2017
Art exhibit by James Thompson, “Celestial Bodies.”
James Thompson is an inter-media creative practitioner, with a reputation of being one of the most innovative and intriguing artists in the Pacific Northwest. This exhibit consists of kilnformed glass, inspired by the solar system. Thompson is a Professor of Art and Curator at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He earned his A.B. from Ripon College in 1973, and his M.F.A. from the Washington University School of Fine Arts in 1977. Thompson will give an artist talk in the lobby of Rodman Center for the Arts at 7:00 p.m. on September 8, as part of an opening for the exhibit. Caestecker Gallery, Rodman Center for the Arts. This exhibit is supported by the Caestecker endowment.
November 3-December 8, 2017
Art exhibit by Gyan Shrosbree.
Gyan Shrosbree is an abstract artist, who makes colorful paintings and assemblages from paint, tape, fiber, and other materials. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Fine Arts at Maharishi University. She lives and works in Fairfield, Iowa. Shrosbree received her B.F.A. from The Kansas City Art Institute in 1998 and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2000. Shrosbree will give an artist talk in the lobby of Rodman Center for the Arts at 7:00 p.m. on November 3, as part of an opening for the exhibit. Caestecker Gallery, Rodman Center for the Arts.
January 26-March 9, 2018
Art exhibit, “Art and Mass Production: From Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol.”
This exhibition focuses on how artists use mass-production to disseminate their work as well as how artists use the concept of mass-production as the subject of their work. Examples of work by well-known artists will be on view, along with interpretive material written by Ripon College students. The exhibit is curated by Assistant Professor Travis Nygard along with students. Nygard will deliver a talk in the lobby of Rodman Center for the Arts at 7:00, followed by an opening for the exhibit. Caestecker Gallery, Rodman Center for the Arts.
March 30-May 4, 2018
Art exhibit by Pete Railand and Jenna Valoe.
This exhibition is a collaboration between Pete Railand (formerly Pete Yahnke) and Jenna Valoe, including works inspired by 19th century union banners, suffragist banners, and modern day activist banners. Railand identifies as a printmaker, educator, bike rider, self-taught musician and stay at home dad. He earned his B.S. and M.Ed. from Portland State University and an M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico. Jenna Valoe is a self-taught textile artist with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropolgy from UW-Milwaukee. She is a daydreamer who attributes her innate fiber skills to the abundance of makers in her ancestry. Considering place-making, symbolism, and magic in daily life, she employs large color planes in unique combinations to capture the calm of skylines and the sacred geometry of nature. Railand and Valoe will give an artist talk in the lobby of Rodman Center for the Arts at 7:00, as part of an opening for the exhibit. Caestecker Gallery, Rodman Center for the Arts.
April 27-May 13, 2018
Art exhibit by Senior Studio Art Majors
Brief Description: Art by seniors majoring in studio art is featured in the lobby of Rodman Center for the Arts. This exhibition is a culmination of the students’ studies at Ripon College, each of whom will have produced a cohesive body of work using the media and subject matter of their choice. An art opening will take place at 7:00 on April 27.