Recognized | Visual Arts

Wendy Wischer Chosen as Epicenter Frontier Fellow

“Resonating Nexus,” by Wendy Wischer, West Valley City. Courtesy the artist.

University of Utah sculpture intermedia professor Wendy Wischer has been chosen as one of Epicenter’s Frontier Fellows in the eighth year of the program. Fellows come from a variety of disciplines and include designers, poets, visual artists and folklorists. They are chosen “to discern and celebrate the town of Green River [Utah] and its surroundings,” providing critical insight and reflection on contemporary Western America.

Originally from Wisconsin, Wischer has an MFA from Florida State University (1995) and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1993). She creates work in a variety of media from sculptural objects, to installations, videos, sound and public works. Her conceptual focus highlights environmental issues, fusing scientific processes and understanding into poetic, personal works.  “I am excited to spend time in Green River, away from the city, immersed in this unique rural community and learn more about the land and the people there. I hope to be inspired and to inspire in ways I cannot yet imagine from afar,” she said.

 Wischer’s work “Once there was a tree. . . and she loved a little boy” can be seen in the current UT ’17 show at Rio Gallery (see our review here). This video profile of the artist was produced in 2014, in conjunction with the Utah Division of Arts and Museum’s annual Visual Art Fellowship program.

 

Additional 2018 Frontier Fellows:Jason Dilworth: Chautauqua County, NY
Katie Hargrave: Chattanooga, TN
Jess Lamar Reece Holler: Columbus, OH
Jamie Horter: Lyons, NE
Jacob Kahn: Oakland, CA
Thomas Richardson: Santa Fe, NM

For more about Epicenter and its programs, visit ruralandproud.org.

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