October 5, 2014–February 15, 2015
Opening Celebration: October 3, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Sebura & Gartelmann, Church; plywood, paint, and shoes; 12 x 12 x 12 ft. Photo: Tim Rogers.

This exhibition considers the ways in which artists feel and think about the formative places in their lives. Through various mediums and methods, the works investigate what it means to be in a relationship with a place.

Rather than simply describing the physical properties of a location, these artists hone in on the visceral and subjective qualities of special places they have been, remembered, or dreamt. Whether through scale, material choice, or construction, these artists have altered their chosen places to evoke specific qualities. A filmmaker, two skateboarders, a musician, an art teacher, a public health nurse, a prisoner, and a retired engineer ruminate on the stories’ meanings and narratives of their chosen places.

Artists in this exhibition include Heather Benning (Saskatchewan), Beverly Buchanan (MI), Scott Carter (IL), Sanford Darling (1894–1973), Frank Albert Jones (1900–1969), Alexandre Larose (Quebec), and Sebura & Gartelmann (NY, IL).

Our gratitude is extended to BMO Harris Bank, Efroymson Family Fund, Herzfeld Foundation, and the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts for major support of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE. Arts Center programs are also made possible by the generous support of its members.