McElroy prints exhibited at BSC Gannon Gallery

 Nov 11 2015

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'It's a Gas"
Screen prints by Jackie McElroy are on display in the new Gannon Gallery space at the Bismarck State College Communications and Creative Arts Center through Nov. 28.

A public reception is planned for Thursday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the second floor gallery.

McElroy is retired associate art professor and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of North Dakota. The show is an overview of 26 of her prairie-inspired prints donated recently to the Minot State University permanent art collection.

In her artist statement, McElroy defines herself as a regionalist, whose work is about place. Using images such as elevators, hot air balloons, drains and ships, she juxtaposes unrelated elements into an improbable landscape to create different points of view.

"I hope that my fantasy landscapes help viewers invest time in appreciating the subtle beauty of the open plains, the dazzling skies and color schemes," she said.

McElroy taught printmaking and art history at UND, all the while making art about the vast and empty-yet-full reaches of the Red River Valley. During her long and active career, she was represented by galleries in Chicago, St. Paul, and on the East Coast. Her work was accepted into more than 80 national juried print shows and featured in numerous solo exhibitions in the Midwest and eastern United States.

The "Prairie Prints Portfolio" will tour to member galleries of the North Dakota Art Gallery Association through 2016.
 

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