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Winged Shadows: Life Among Birds

By Staff | Nov 2, 2012

The North Dakota Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Cando Arts Center, is pleased to announce the opening of Winged Shadows: Life Among Birds. The exhibition will open Tuesday, November 6, 2:30 pm, at the Audi Theatre in Cando, ND. Matthew Wallace, Director of the North Dakota Museum of Art’s Rural Arts Initiative program, will be on hand to discuss the exhibition and the Museum’s Rural Arts Initiative. Winged Shadows will be on display until November 16, 2012. Gallery hours are Tuesday Friday, 1-4 pm, or by appointment by calling 701-968-3655.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is the State’s official art museum. As it is located in Grand Forks, it can be difficult for schools to plan day-trips to the Museum. Due to the great distances some schools face, the Museum began bringing exhibitions to towns throughout the State. Exhibitions have been installed in all corners of North Dakota, including smaller towns such as Crosby, Pekin, and Bowman, and larger cities such as Jamestown, Fargo, and Bismarck. Through this program the Museum delivers and installs exhibitions of original artwork free-of-charge to all North Dakota communities who are interested. In addition to touring exhibitions, the Museum’s Education Department creates lesson plans and makes them available on the Museum’s website at www.ndmoa.com.

A Primary goal of the Museum’s Rural Arts Initiative program is to provide North Dakota schools with quality arts education opportunities. The Museum works with community members to bring schools within a 50 to 60-mile radius of the exhibition site to participate in this unique arts education program. To assist schools with out-of-pocket expenses, the Museum offers travel reimbursements for North Dakota schools wishing to participate. Schools interested in touring Winged Shadows should contact The Audi Theatre to arrange times.

Winged Shadows: Life Among Birds is the Museum’s seventh traveling exhibition through its Rural Arts Initiative program. We who live in the woodlands; the moraine ridges, washes and sloughs of the Northern Plains; or along the Central Flyway-that migration route from the Arctic to South America-live among birds. Collected in this exhibition are dozens of ways of looking at birds through paintings, photographs, prints, video, and electronic media by artists including Barbara Bosworth, Terry Evans, Kenojuak (Ashevak), David Krueger, Victoria Neel, Guido van der Werve, Rebecca Norris Webb, and others. The artists, from the United States, Canada, and Europe, have created works of art that remind the viewer of the sheer beauty of birds and the various relationship that exist between them and humans.

Included in the exhibition will be floor-to-ceiling banners by Utah-based artist Rosalie Winard, known for her photographs of pelicans in the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 15 miles northwest of Medina, North Dakotas, which was established as one of the country’s first wildlife refuges in 1908 by executive order of President Theodore Roosevelt. Viewers will also experience an electronic installation by Winnipeg-based artist Erika Lincoln. Lincoln’s work explores the relationship between birds and urban environments, and how they adapt and thrive in cities around the world, more specifically, how the magpie thrives among urbanites and their refuse. Matt Anderson’s eight foot digital drawing takes a different approach. In Anderson’s work, birds devour cities and reclaim what they lost to development. Photographer Terry Evans is known for photographing the Great Plains. When she moved to Chicago and could no longer shoot the grasslands, Evans gained access to the Field Museum’s prairie specimen collection. Evans worked to photograph bird specimens taken over 100 years ago by collectors, professional and amateur, as they sought to document the wildlife of the Great Plains.

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