Located in the Fine Arts Center (Southview), the Fine Arts Gallery hosts a variety of exhibits from community and student artists.
Fine Art Exhibit
New Art Exhibit Features Artist Diana K B Hoover:
"Where the Water meets the Land (Lake Michigan Layers)
October 24, 2014 - December 12, 2014
Water is Life. Where the water meets the land is a special ecotone, a zone of transformation. The shore is the boundary marking a new realm. An area of separation is also a place of connection.
The pieces in this show are from my series, ‘Lake Michigan Song: connecting to place.’ For this work, I circumnavigated the Northern – Northwestern portion of the lake, documenting specific places with video and photographs. Layered onto the photographs are historic maps, schematic diagrams, charts and data sets related to the site, or issues affecting water and affecting all of us. Vials of Lake water, sand, and stones were collected at each of the sites documented.
Lake Michigan is a body of water in perpetual transformation. Situated between Wisconsin and Michigan, it is the second largest of the American Great Lakes, 307 miles long and 118 miles at its widest. It connects to Lake Huron and they share water levels. Over the last decade, these water levels have been reaching record lows. The lake’s ecosystem has undergone great changes over the centuries from fishing and other industrial practices. Michigan-Huron is currently experiencing a reengineering by invasive species. Catastrophic algae blooms are regular occurrences and the Lakes are becoming more toxic. Water wars are on the horizon. What will become of the Water? What will become of us? What action is needed?
With this work I want to increase awareness about these matters and advocate for greater care of our sacred waters.
About the Artist
Diana K B Hoover is a professor of Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She received an Associates Degree in Art from UW-Waukesha, her BFA in Graphic Design from UW-Milwaukee, and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison in Graphics and Interactive Art. In her practice, she works as a Creative Director, a designer and an artist. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in both public and private collections.