Mount Mercy showcases the artwork of alumna Meghan Bean ’08

Mount Mercy University's Janalyn Hanson White Gallery will exhibit the paintings of alumna Meghan Bean '08 during a special exhibit running November 4 – December 16. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

An artist talk will be held November 4 at 4:00 p.m. in Lundy 3 in Lower Level Lundy, with an artist reception immediately following at 5:00 p.m. in the gallery.

Bean's current studio practice is invested in analyzing how social relationships are impacted by visual representation. As an artist, Bean is interested in what we can learn about contemporary society by tracing and deconstructing the genealogy of art historical images.

"My art is about my reaction to representations and interrelationships of marginalized groups and individuals," says Bean, who recently earned her Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

Issues relating to feminism and animal advocacy are at the forefront of her current body of work. Through painting and other media, she explores the politics of gender and visual representation, questioning the relationship between the relentlessly painted female nude and what we encounter in popular media. Through its seductive form, visceral color, and tactile oil paint, Bean's work uncovers the subtext of coded pictures, allowing her to express a wide range of emotions and provoke paradoxical feeling such as simultaneous desire and disgust.

The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery serves as a special venue to showcase regional and national artists, students' capstone projects, the local talent of area high schools, and many other exhibitors. Thanks to an endowment from the Tim and Jan White Family, the Gallery has been renovated and offers enhanced exhibition space. The gallery has month-long exhibitions of nationally and regionally known artists who apply years in advance to exhibit in the gallery. Visiting artists often come to meet with students and give lectures during the exhibit's opening reception. In recent months, exhibitions of painting, drawing, digital video interactive works, installation, fiber arts, printmaking, sculpture and video by artists from New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Mexico, and London have been on display in the gallery.

The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery is open:
Monday – Friday | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Viewings outside of normal business hours can be arranged by checking out a gallery key from the University Center Information Desk, or by calling 319-363-8213. 

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