Artist Binod Shrestha, professor of art at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, will present a public lecture as part of a two-long residency in the Gustavus Department of Art/Art History, November 14-15. The residency is funded through the Edgar and Ethel Johnson Endowment for the Arts at Gustavus. Shrestha’s lecture will focus on his work on the transitory nature of challenging political issues and will begin at 4:30 p.m. on November 14 in the Art Lecture Hall on the upper level of the studio arts building of the Schaefer Fine Arts Center. With funding from the Johnson Endowment, the lecture is free and open to the public.
Binod Shrestha was born in Nepal and his work reflects the challenges an artist faces growing up in a country embedded in a long history of political strife. As a guest artist at Gustavus, he will present this public lecture in addition to working with classes in the Department of Art/Art History and presenting individual critiques for studio art majors in upper-level art courses.
Shrestha earned MFA degrees from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (Painting and Installation), and Bangalore University, Bangalore, India (Art History). He was also a Resident Fellow at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine. He currently teaches in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse. He recently completed a solo exhibition at the Rochester Arts Center and is currently showing his work at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Over the past eight years, he has participated in solo and two-person exhibitions across the U. S., Nepal and India. His honors received include Art Matters Foundation Grants, New York; a fellowship from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia; a Skowhegan Fellowship, New York; a Faculty Research Grant from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and a Summer Development Grant from the University of Tulsa.
Binod Shrestha’s lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. on November 14 in the Art Lecture Hall on the upper level of the studio arts building of the Schaefer Fine Arts Center. The lecture is open to the public. Admission is free.