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A Man Worthy of Your Attention - Original Illustrations by Dana Ellyn, 2012

The McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries has joined with USI's RopeWalk Press to display the original mixed media artworks that illustrate the Press's 2012 publication. USI Associate Professor of English Nicole Reid chose this year's selection and says of the book, "A Man Worthy of Your Attention" is a fully illustrated short story published in perfect bound chapbook form by Ropewalk Press. Janet Freeman's tale of a girl standing somewhere between victim and puppeteer, and the cop sent to help her, is masterfully illustrated by painter Dana Ellyn, whose art brings additional layers of nuance and strange beauty to these vibrant characters and their off-kilter world".

Dana Ellyn has been a full-time artist for over a decade, living and painting in her studio in a subsidized artist housing unit in downtown Washington DC. Her artworks have been shown throughout the U.S. and internationally. Ms. Ellyn committed herself to full-time artist status in 2002 when she decided to leave her corporate job and pursue painting. Janet Freeman's fiction has appeared in PANK, Word Riot, Chicago Quarterly Review, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of several awards for her work, including a Million Writers Award. A native of North Carolina, she currently resides in Northern Colorado.

On Thursday, August 30, the artist and the author will present a joint reading and artist talk at 5:00 pm in Kleymeyer Hall. There will be a book signing and reception in the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries following the presentation. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Anima Chronic – the Sculptures of Alan Wadzinski, 2012

The McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries has partnered with the Department of Art to present the amazing art of Minneapolis sculptor Alan Wadzinski, the Department of Art's Fall 2012 Visiting Artist. Mr. Wadzinski creates life-size and larger-than-life-size fantastical animals, birds and insects from common and often discarded materials, repurposing them into artworks that are visually intriguing and conceptually complex. These richly surfaced and lushly beautiful figures convey the majesty, dignity and pathos of these co-habitants of our planet and their place in our human world and hierarchy.

Mr. Wadzinski will conduct an all-day student workshop at USI October 18, 9 am – 4 pm in the Technology Center, room 109. He will also present a talk on his sculptures at 6 pm in Kleymeyer Hall in the Liberal Arts Center that evening, with a reception to follow in the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Image of cotton swabs and a comb
Cover art by Dana Ellyn.
Sculpture of three conjoined birds
3 Angry Birds, Alan Wadzinski.