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Book and Paper Alumna Brings Her Interdisciplinary Practice Back to the Source

{ Posted by K. Beste on 21.12.2013 }

This holiday season is a busy time for B+P alumna Teresa Pankratz. She’s currently at work in her Chicago studio preparing a new wall installation piece that will be part of an upcoming solo exhibit of The Dream House Collection OR Tales of Narrow Escape, A Sculptural Novel, opening January 16 at the Fine Arts Center Gallery of Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.

“I’m thrilled to be bringing this interdisciplinary installation of artists’ books, narrative sculpture, prints and drawings to the small liberal arts college where, in the mid 1970s, I learned fundamentals of printmaking, design, aesthetics and craft that still serve as a foundation for my practice,” says Teresa. As the Bethel College’s January 2014 visiting artist, she’s looking forward to interacting with students in the Book Arts class taught by Bethel faculty member Rachel Epp Buller, as well as a Multicultural Drama class led by Ami Regier. 

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After the exhibition’s opening reception on January 16, Teresa is scheduled to perform two live narrations of the exhibit’s primary text, “The View from a House in Kansas.” Both performances (Saturday, January 18 and Monday, January 20, 2:00–4:00 p.m) are open the public, but seating is limited. Pankratz recommends that those who may be in the area and thinking of attending the performances should RSVP to her in a quick email, to ensure a reserved spot.

For more information on the artist, click here.

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Images are details from Because of this, Marnette confronts desire: Marnette Inside, 1952 to 2005. Life-size graphite drawings mounted behind 7-foot architectural drawings, pen and ink on drafting film.