MSUM’s first exhibition of the fall semester, “Abstraction 100”, is a centennial exhibition that marks 100 years since non-objective art was first recognized. It will be showing through Sept. 22 in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery, and feature the work of 31 artists, demonstrating the breadth of approaches possible within abstraction, and the wide variety of methods and materials that can be employed.

Each of the artists has a connection with the immediate region, having been born, lived, studied or taught here. Some artists have left the region to practice art in different parts of the country; for instance Barbara Hatfield and Greg Montreuil in New York, Bernel Bayliss in Minneapolis and Linnea Glatt in Dallas. Some have shifted directions such as Mark Barnhouse, who now teaches architecture at NDSU, and Janna Warcup who became more focused on her art once she retired from a career teaching elementary school. Others are fairly new to the field having recently graduated from local universities, for instance Andrew Stark and Cameron Peterson.

This exhibit has been curated by local artist and professor emeritus of MSUM, Timothy Ray. The work that he selected spans from an early piece by John E. Anderson, “Untitled” 1954, and includes examples from every decade including several pieces from 2010.

Along with this exhibit is a series of presentations and special events all of which are free and open to the public. These programs, the exhibit and the production of a catalog have been made possible by the generous support of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Lake Regional Arts Council, North Dakota Council on the Arts and The Dille Excellence Fund.

Other events scheduled in conjunction with this show:

Thursday, Sept. 2, 4-6 pm

Meet the Artists Reception

Roland Dille Center for the Arts

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6-7 pm

Curators Roundtable Discussion on Abstraction

Ester Hockett, Tim Ray, James O’Rourke, Colleen Sheeehy

Roland Dille Center for the Arts foyer

Thursday, Sept. 9, 6-7 pm

Gallery Tour by Curator Tim Ray

Roland Dille Center for the Arts

Saturday, Sept. 11, 2-5 pm

Studio Visit—Watch Mike Marth at work & ask him questions

211 10th St. S. Moorhead, MN

Monday, Sept. 13, 4-5 pm

“The Dimensionist Manifesto, Paris, 1936”

Art historian Oliver Botar, University of Manitoba, School of Art

Livingston Lord Library 103

Thursday, Sept. 16, 6-7 pm

“Shamanic Influences on the Art of Wassily Kandamani”

Art historian Kristi A. Groberg, NDSU

King Hall 110

Saturday, Sept. 18, 2-4 pm

Abstraction in the Making

Hands-on workshop for 7-12 year olds

Moorhead Public Library

Registration limited to 20.

Call 233-7594 to register.