Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Elder Gallery opens with a collaboration between artists Josh Johnson and Allison Wade who together explore the possibilities of contemporary sculpture.
The exhibit, “Low Form Frequency,” features a range of materials including wood, fibers, metal and clay. The exhibit tells a story of the peculiarities of objects drifting in real and imagined spaces and of the instinctive way the artists examine the particularities of memory and aesthetics in inventive ways.
The exhibit runs through Friday, October 4 and will conclude with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. The artists will be in attendance.
Wade is a visual artist working across sculpture, drawing, and painting. She received her MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, completed a post-baccalaureate certificate at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and holds a BA in English literature from Stanford University. Her work has been exhibited at Hagiwara Projects, Tokyo; Peana Projects, Monterrey; Scotty Enterprises, Berlin; Ditch Projects, Eugene, Ore; Rhodes College, Memphis, Tenn. and Chicago venues including Devening Projects, LVL3, Adds Donna, and Slow. Born and raised in Texas, she lives and works in Chicago where she is a lecturer in the Department of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University.
Johnson makes objects connecting multiple environments – one at hand and others remembered. Johnson earned a BFA at the University of North Dakota, and a MFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has exhibited nationally, including shows at the Joslyn Art Museum, the Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis, Colorado State University, and Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. Johnson received a 2016 Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and was twice selected as a finalist for the William and Dorothy Yeck Young Sculptor’s Competition at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. From 2016-2019, he served as the Residency Arts Technician at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha. Johnson has taught sculpture at Nebraska Wesleyan University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the College of Visual Arts. He currently teaches sculpture and 3D foundations at Missouri State University, living and working in Springfield, Mo.
Elder Gallery is located inside the Rogers Center for Fine Arts at 50th Street and Huntington Ave.
Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Closed on Monday.