APTitude Exhibit Open at MSUM, Reception Thursday

We’re always thrilled when our Partners collaborate to bring new art experiences to our community.

For its first exhibit of the school year, MSUM joined forces with the artists of APT, a creative incubator for APTitude — an exhibit featuring art from 14 APT artists — at the school’s Center for the Arts gallery.

All are invited to the opening reception from 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday, August 24.

I visited the exhibit on Tuesday afternoon, and after taking in the exhibit piece by piece, I made my way to Marissa and Nathan Jensen’s giant loom in the middle of the room titled “Community.” Next to it was a basket with cut fabric strips of all sizes.

I chose a navy blue strip, tied it to the last trip woven through by a stranger and made my contribution to the piece — making sure to leave enough of a tail for the next person. I thought the process was soothing, and it always feels good to be part of something. That’s the goal of this piece.

“Through inclusive, collaborative art making, an invitation is extended to the viewer to participate in creating this visual representation,” the Jensens’ statement of the piece says.

“Community” by Marissa and Nathan Jensen.

“The ongoing tapestry prompts us to remember that communities function better when the individuals, in all their diversity and complexity, work together as a whole.”

Artist Kayla Cote van Rensburg of Dak & Collaboratives features her original Dak the Bison design in the show that incorporates a hand lettered font in the shape of a bison and a wood background from Grain Designs.

“After moving to Fargo, I was inspired (to create the piece) by the community, and the love they have towards their town,” Cote van Rensburg says. “I knew I had to come up with something to share in the enthusiasm of Fargo.”

“Dak the Bison” by Kayla Cote van Rensburg.

Cote van Rensburg and her husband have had a studio at APT since June. She said this show at MSUM is a good opportunity for area artists to display their work in a new setting.

“When creativity brings joy to the community, and the the community helps support creatives, beautiful things happen,” she says. “When we bring creative events into the community it inspires the community in their creativity as well. Combining creativity and community promotes thoughts, interactions and conversations.”

APTitude displays a variety of media including textiles, ceramics, painting, woodcarving, and interactive art from the following APT artists:
Annie Clark                                      Erika Edwards
Marissa Jensen                               Jeff Knight
Nathan Jensen                                Shelby Tagestad
Spencer Johannes                          Dina Hammersley-Schulz
Amber Noel Parsons                      Shane Taavola
Tara Fermoyle                                 McCal Joy
Brittany Ryba                                  Kayla Cote van Rensburg

APTitude is on display at MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts until September 7 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit the APT Facebook page.

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