Blast from the past

Minot State University art students Nichole Bennett and Cassandra Anderson will present their senior capstone exhibit, “Lives of Bones,” May 6-30 at the Northwest Art Center’s Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery, MSU.

Opening reception is May 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library.

“Lives of Bones” is a collection of paintings and mixed media works on the theme of life and death. Both artists are interested in memory and anatomy, and use their art to connect the “mental” concept of life and death with “physical” bones.

Bennett used past experiences in the medical field and time spent working in a nursing home for inspiration.

“I have a strong desire to make things look right – realistic – but my challenge is accepting myself as I am and what I am capable of as my best,” said Bennett.

Anderson works in scrimshaw, a technique that uses surface design to “elevate” bones “to symbolize more than death and to evoke thoughts of life.”

Anderson said she adds non-objective designs to skulls and bones “to inspire the viewer to wonder about the life that animal had previously led.”

Bennett is originally from Williston and currently resides in Minot. She graduated in May 2012 with an art degree from MSU. Anderson is from Velva and now lives in Rugby. She will graduate from MSU in May with a degree in art.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Parking on campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Northwest Art Center activities, call 858-3264.