Fine Arts Weekly Preview: September 26 to October 2 Posted on September 26th, 2022 by

This week features the annual Family Weekend Showcase at Christ Chapel, the Nobel Dance Feature Concert: Resonance, as well as the public receptions of both FOCUS IN/ON at the Hillstrom Museum of Art, and Are you ok? I am not. And that’s ok. at the Schaefer Art Gallery.

Resonance: Songs, Dances, and Poems that explore mental health and (in)equity
Wednesday, September 28 | 7 p.m.
Bjorling Recital Hall

There is a special alchemy that occurs when words are transformed into a poem, a song or a dance. Something essential is distilled and has the potential to communicate complex feelings for which words alone are inadequate. This is the power of the arts – the ability to speak from heart to heart without intermediary. Please join us for a special evening where Gustavus student dancers, poets and musicians will explore the themes of this year’s Nobel Conference – Mental Health and (In)Equity in Young People.

The Hillstrom Museum Public Reception of: FOCUS IN/ON: George Ault’s Lower Broadway and His Traumatic Life / Ralston Crawford: Torn Signs, Oscar Bluemner’s Sonnet Series, and Stuart Davies in Black and White, trio of focused exhibits from the Vilcek Foundation, New York City
September 28, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

FOCUS IN/ON project explores artist Ault, his work, and the chronic mental health issues that plagued him throughout his career.  Ault suffered numerous mental traumas, including the loss of all three of his brothers and a sister-in-law to suicide, and Ault’s own sudden death was also ruled a suicide.
Concurrent with the
FOCUS IN/ON exhibit is a trio of exhibits organized by the Vilcek Foundation in New York City, featuring the works of three American Modernists, a primary focus of the Foundation’s art collection.

The Schaefer Art Gallery Public Reception of: Are you ok? I am not. And that’s ok.,
September 28, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

During spring 2022, Dr. Colleen Stockmann led the Critical Issues in Art cohort to examine how arts institutions address and inform social issues including mental health. In an application of their research and inquiry, the cohort curated an exhibition of a series of immersive experiences that address mental health topics and tactics for wellbeing. In creative conjunction with Nobel Conference 58, the Schaefer Art Gallery has created an exhibition by selecting some of these experiences and installing them for viewers to participate in.  The exhibition includes immersive stations and installations designed to engage a viewer’s multiple senses within topics of creative expression, wellbeing, and self-reflection.

Family Weekend Showcase
October 1 and 2, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Christ Chapel

All of Gustavus instrumental and choral ensembles will perform during Family Weekend. 



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