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Tell the Bees: Gallery Talk & Artist Reception with Erin Anfinson
September 15, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDTFree
Gallery Talk & Artist Reception September 15, 2022 | 5:30-7:30pm
Join us for a gallery talk and artist reception with artist Erin Anfinson on her works, Tell the Bees, on view now in our Forsberg Riverside galleries.
August 3 – November 6, 2022
In 2021, Iowa native and University of Northern Iowa alumni Erin Anfinson worked as an artist-in-residence at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Unexpectedly through the course of her residency she found herself visiting Victorian-era township cemeteries. Amongst the elaborately carved and decaying headstones, Anfinson observed descendants of the 0.1% surviving tallgrass prairie plant species, and the biodiversity that depends upon it. The irony of seeking life in a place of death and mourning was too much to ignore. The stories of Iowa’s settlement and the settlers’ Victorian-era cultural norms, decorations and mourning customs seeped its way into her work and informed this new exhibition, Tell the Bees.
Erin Anfinson is a Professor of Art at Middle Tennessee State University where she teaches drawing, design and digital art courses in the foundations program. Her encaustic-infused collages and animated films are often inspired by an interest in science, conservation, natural history and narratives of ecosystems in flux.
Exhibition supported by the University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center