"Writing in Stone" To Open D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Lecture Series at Viterbo Sept. 11; Art Exhibit on Display Sept. 11-13
Aug. 23, 2017
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“WRITING IN STONE” TO OPEN D.B. REINHART INSTITUTE FOR ETHICS IN LEADERSHIP LECTURE SERIES AT VITERBO SEPT. 11; ART EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY SEPT. 11–13
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Acclaimed artist Terese Agnew will present “Writing in Stone” to open the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership 2017 fall lecture series at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.
Writing in Stone is a large-scale, traveling immersive art experience that incorporates the work of dozens of artists, writers, historians, performers, and skilled craftsmen. The exhibit takes viewers through a setting of towering monuments, painted as if by the soot of ages. The monument sculptures serve as an evolving stage set for a multimedia experience that incorporates “living statues,” oral history, sound recordings, and opportunities for the audience to contribute to a message of hope and perseverance.
“From a distance, the monuments may evoke a cemetery,” Agnew said, “but the magic of Writing in Stone is that up close everything is surprisingly alive. As viewers walk among the monuments, pondering engraved texts, history comes to life around them. They discover figures from the past that preserved and championed the places and rights that we enjoy today. Each monument is an example of selfless leadership and people who looked beyond their own desires to make the future more just and life affirming for everyone.”
Writing in Stone will be on display in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center and Assisi Courtyard from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11–Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Agnew’s artwork can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C., Merton College, Oxford in the U.K., The Milwaukee Art Museum, the John M. Walsh III Collection of Contemporary Art Quilts, and numerous other private collections. She has been featured in the PBS Craft in America series and received the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Her best known artwork, Portrait of a Textile Worker, is a quilt constructed with over 30,000 clothing labels contributed from people from across the globe.
The Writing in Stone exhibit is sponsored by Pieper Electric with additional support from The Kickapoo Cultural Exchange, Viterbo University, The Wisconsin Arts Board, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation and many individuals.
The lecture and art exhibit are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership events, visit www.viterbo.edu/ethics.