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Aug. 27-Sept. 10: Art Exhibit Featuring Work by Painter Alan Montgomery

Exhibit is in Centennial Student Union Gallery.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-20-2018

Mankato, Minn. – Painter Alan Montgomery’s art will be on display in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Gallery (located on the building’s lower level) from Aug. 27 through Sept. 10.

The exhibit, titled “Bog Cycles,” is free and open to the public. Gallery hours for the Centennial Student Union gallery during the dates of this exhibit are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Montgomery wrote the following in his artist’s statement (the paragraph below is an excerpt from the statement):

“The inspiration for the Bog Cycle series began back in 1994 in graduate school reading the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Heaney’s seminal pieces on the Irish peat bog is a journey through time and space and a signifier of the Irish culture. I spent the early part of my life in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the period known as the troubles. Heaney wrote a number of bog poems during this time and they reflect that period, but they also answer to the metaphysical, the ancient, and the richness of the Irish language and landscape. The patterns and rhythm of Heaney’s writing struck a chord in me. I see something in the writing that is profound and immense. I am not illustrating his poems, but rather I am interpreting the written text through the visual language of design and art in an effort to better understand how meaning occurs in my own work and how I can move forward with the Bog Cycle series.”

Montgomery, a professor of art at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Minnesota State Mankato and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. The complete 2018-2019 Department of Art Exhibition Schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is published online.

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art is part of the University’s College of Arts and Humanities.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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