Lakeland hosts work of ‘found material’ artist

The work of Sheboygan Falls artist and Lakeland graduate Sara Willadsen will be featured as Lakeland University’s Bradley Gallery opens it first exhibit of 2017.

An opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's campus. The exhibit will be on display until March 3.

The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the university is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.

Willadsen, a 2010 graduate of Lakeland’s art program, is the owner of Sara Willadsen Studios, and she works as graphic designer and marketing coordinator at Bemis Manufacturing in Sheboygan Falls.

A multi-award winner, Willadsen’s work has been featured in exhibits all over the country, most recently in Milwaukee, Chicago, Texas and California. She has served artist residences in LaPorte, Ind.; Los Angeles and Sheboygan North High School. In 2014, she received a master of fine arts in painting from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.

The work she will show as part of this exhibit was created between 2014-16. The show will include work from her thesis exhibition in graduate school, her spring 2015 residency at Sheboygan North and her fall 2016 residency at Eastside International in Los Angeles.

“I make pictures that satisfy my curiosity in aesthetics and found materials,” Willadsen said. “Combining these articles with reappropriations of my own work allows me to employ past patterns and marks as prompts for new structures and environments. The aggressive process used to construct these secretive spaces is kept in balance with the consciousness to know when to stop.”

Earlier in the day, Willadsen will participate in Lakeland’s first Humanities & Fine Arts Colloquium, which invites successful alumni to return to campus to share their stories and network with current and prospective Lakeland students.

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