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Olson Gallery to exhibit tattoo art in ‘Inked’

August 25, 2011

A work by painter and sculptor Michael Ferris Jr.NIU’s Jack Olson Gallery will host “Inked: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art” from Monday, Aug. 29, through Thursday, Oct. 13.

Reception and gallery talks are scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.

Related programming:

  • Thursday, Sept. 15: Visiting Artist Talk by Jeff Crisman from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 26: Visiting Artist Talk by Gary Dobry from 5 to 6 p.m.

The exhibition evolved as a direct result of the enthusiasm generated by “Tattoo: An American Evolution,” which was curated by the 2010 Curatorial Practice students of the NIU Museum Studies Program.

While that exhibition explored the origins and evolution of tattoo in America, “Inked” showcases the work of contemporary artists who document, reference, appropriate and interpret both traditional and contemporary style tattoo imagery in their work.

Curators Agnes Ma and Peter Van Ael are interested in showcasing the wide range of media and concepts contemporary artists use as they engage tattoo imagery in their work. The exhibition brings together the work of seven artists, all of whom bring a highly individual approach to exploring tattoo imagery.

Featured artists are Jeff Crisman, Glen C. Davies, Gary Dobry, Maren Erwin, Michael Ferris Jr., Ellen Greene and Mitch O’Connell.

Located in Room 200 of the Visual Arts Building, the Olson Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

For more information, call (815) 753-4521 or email [email protected].