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Fall 2015

Jennifer Niswonger: Gray Area
The 2015 Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship Exhibit

December 9, 2015 - January 17, 2016
Reception: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Jennifer Niswonger: Gray Area, The 2015 Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship Exhibit is the final show in celebration of 2015 University of Southern Indiana's 50th anniversary. It opens on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries with a reception for the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues through January 17, 2016.*

Oil painting of a woman's face looking upward
The Saint, oil, 2014
Oil painting of a woman touching her face
The Sinner, oil, 2015

Niswonger is a 2014 studio art graduate and has spent 2015 creating paintings and drawings to perfect her portfolio for graduate school application as the 2015 Efroymson Bridge Year Fellow. 

"My paintings give the audience an opportunity to consider mortality and to reflect on the fragility of life. The themes portrayed are meant to stimulate the audience intellectually and encourage the viewer to consider the role of the scene depicted and their own role in a larger context," Niswonger said, in her artist statement.

"For example, in The Trophy, the audience is challenged to consider our relationship with a common source of food for many in Southern Indiana: deer. While many families benefit from the animals' flesh, we are forced to examine other reasons humans hunt. Trophy hunting and population control are themes I hope to scrutinize in my current and upcoming work."

Oil painting of a dead deer
The Trophy, oil, 2015
Image of a butcher about to saw off a person's leg
The Surgeon, oil, 2015

The Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship is a competitive funded award program that provides a highly motivated and talented recent graduate of the University of Southern Indiana's Art department a post-undergraduate year to greatly develop her artistic vision. The University of Southern Indiana and the Art department are most grateful to the Efroymson Family Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this outstanding award.

* The galleries will be closed December 19, 2015 through January 4, 2016 for winter break.

Jennifer Niswonger (third from left) and family at opening reception
Jennifer Niswonger (third from left) and family at opening reception