Albany artist Mary Pat Wager will offer a gallery talk on the making of her salvaged and recycled sculpture series at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
A sculptor for more than 30 years, Wager constructs “assemblages,” taking personal, historic, industrial, agricultural and natural objects and combining them with diverse materials such as bronze, copper, steel, clay, antiques and wood in order to transform, manipulate and weld the pieces into new and revered compositions.
Wager has received numerous awards for her work in sculpture, including a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and her work is exhibited nationally and internationally in many public and private collections.
Wager represented the United States with her work at the International Sculpture Exhibition in Budapest, Hungary.
At the Quick Center, her work is exhibiting in both the Front and Paul and Toni Branch galleries as well as the Theater Atrium.
Wager’s work is presented as part of the Quick Center’s sustainability spring exhibition theme alongside its Trashion Fashion event and “Green Revolution” exhibition as part of St. Bonaventure’s larger Recyclemania efforts. Wager’s works offer a fine art approach to how people everywhere are living more sustainable lives, demonstrating how many items can take on entirely new meanings and offer a new sense of purpose once their “useable” life cycle has ended.
While on campus, Wager will meet with students in the visual arts program and offer an “Artist In Action” demonstration for local middle and high school students, working one on one to help them construct their own salvaged art sculptures.
The gallery talk is free and open to the public while the “Artist In Action” demonstration is open only to participating schools. The exhibition is on view through June 5.
Learn more about upcoming programs and performances at www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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