Elder Gallery Exhibit Features Self Perception Drawing Project

NWU's Elder Gallery opens the new year with "In Progress: Illusions and Delusions" by artist Anne Harris.
"In Progress: Illusions and Delusions" runs Aug. 30 through Oct. 9.

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Elder Gallery will open with “In Progess: Illusions and Delusions” by artist Anne Harris.

Harris, a drawing and painting instructor at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, has been re-inventing her self-portrait for the last 25 years. The self-perception has become a catalyst for invention. She thinks about mortality, aging, awkwardness, the relationship between subtlety and intensity, and lately, the relationship between visibility and invisibility.

The exhibit runs August 30 through October 9. An artist talk and reception will be held Friday, September 9 at 6 p.m. in Elder Gallery.

Harris has exhibited at museums and galleries ranging from The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art to The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, to Alexandre Gallery and DC Moore Gallery in New York City. She has received many grants and awards, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist’s Fellowship.

As part of the “In Progress” exhibit, Harris will also display the “Mind’s I Archive,” a collaborative drawing project meant to generate questions and conversation about perception. In this display, Harris invited other artists to join her in drawing in the gallery while looking in a mirror. Their only limitation besides the size of the paper was that the experience was unmediated by technology including photographs and computer screens.

“Mind’s I Archive” includes artists Candida Alvarez, Joanne Aono, Claire Ashley, Karen Azarnia, April Behnke, Jerry Bleem, Deborah Boardman, Steven Carrelli, Edmund Chia, Paula Crown, Paul D’Amato, Dana DeGiulio, Katherine Desjardins, Josh Dihle, Susanne Doremus, Judith Geichman, Michelle Grabner, Danny Giles, Carrie Gundersdorf, Anne Harris, Nancy Hejna, Lindsey Hook, James Kao, Jason Lazarus, Eric Lebofsky, Louise LeBourgeois, Jin Lee, Riva Lehrer, Jim Lutes, Betsy Odom, Sabina Ott, Kim Piotrowski, Mario Romano, Viki Siliunas, Jennifer Taylor, Chris Toepfer, Elizabeth Tjepkema, Maria Vergara, Jay Wolke, and Caleb Yono.

Elder Gallery is located inside the Rogers Center for Fine Arts, 50th Street and Huntington Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.