Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | FREE
Please join us on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for a reception to meet artist Melanie Kehoss and to view the exhibition “Curious Origins,” which will be on view in the Terrace Gallery from November 5 through December 17. In her solo exhibition, Kehoss presents a series of light boxes which combine paper-cutting, painting, sculpture and light to explore the influences that continually form and re-form culture in the United States. Her medium of paper-cutting — a craft which has traveled from China, to the Middle East, to Spain, to Mexico, to the U.S. — embodies the idea of cultural fluidity. Fascinated by the histories and peculiarities of “American” traditions, Kehoss’ light boxes depict a spectrum of celebrations and interactions, rituals that have formed from the mingling of our various ethnic and religious backgrounds. With a tantalizing balance of simplicity and complexity, her silhouettes invite us to challenge stereotypical assumptions and place ourselves in these scenes.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Melanie Kehoss received her MFA in printmaking from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her BA in studio art from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and Georgetown University. Kehoss’ work has been widely exhibited regionally and nationally in juried exhibitions as well as solo shows at Artisphere, Arlington, VA; Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC; and Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA. She has taught college art classes at Georgetown University, Carthage College, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kehoss, a native of Milwaukee, WI, maintains her studio Arlington, VA. Learn more at: www.kehoss.com <http://www.kehoss.com/>