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BSC ArtsQuest kicks off with Polage art exhibit

Published: Mar 21 2019
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Bismarck State College kicks off ArtsQuest 2019 with its first event, an exhibit showcasing Austine Wood-Comarow’s Polage art. Austine: Polage Exhibit will be on display now through April 15 in the Elsa Forde Gallery, first floor of BSC Schafer Hall.
A reception will be held on Tuesday, March 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. Cara Wood Ginder, Austine’s daughter and fellow Polage artist, will speak at 5 p.m. in the Schafer Hall Foyer by the Elsa Forde Gallery.
Polage art was invented in 1967 by Wood-Comarow with no pigment of any kind. The material used breaks up light, creating color. Viewed without a lightbox or polarizing viewer, a Polage piece looks primarily gray with areas of color. When viewed through a polarizing filter or motorized lightbox, an intricate, colorful flow of imagery is revealed.

Wood-Comarow grew up in postwar Europe where her father directed the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, which won the Nobel Peace Prize under his leadership. Having lived abroad for many years, she speaks five languages fluently. After attending Swarthmore College, she obtained a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature at the University of Indiana, and later earned an M.F.A. in illustration from Syracuse University.

Museums all over the world have commissioned and collected Austine’s Polages including The Boston Museum of Science, La Cite des Sciences et des l’Industrie, Paris, Technorama, Switzerland, Singapore Science Center, Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland, and Disney’s EPCOT Center in Orlando.
Austine: Polage Exhibit & Reception is a BSC ArtsQuest event. Each year, the BSC Fine Arts Department and English and Mass Communications programs collaborate with other groups across campus to present ArtsQuest, an extended month-long campus celebration of music, art, theater, literature and film. ArtsQuest highlights the talent of BSC students and brings performances and presentations by guest artists to campus. All ArtsQuest events are open to the public with most presented at no charge. For a complete list of BSC ArtsQuest events visit or