The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 22, 2013

Conkling schedule set; Frink kicks off with recent work

By Tanner Kent

---- — MANKATO — Longtime Minnesota State University art instructor Brian Frink is marking the occasion of his recent appointment with an exhibit of his recent work at the Conkling Gallery.

Frink's exhibit — which opens Monday and remains on display through Sept. 11 — is the gallery's first of the season and comes on the heels of the announcement that Frink will replace James Johnson as chair of the art department.

Frink said the appointment comes at a transformative time in his career. Only a few years removed from the artistic "epiphany" that prompted him to begin painting large-scale pet portraits in addition to his more gestural and abstract work, Frink said he's begun thinking of his work in terms of genre.

"I enjoy the tension between these different styles," he said. "If I can paint these dogs, why ignore that? Why not use that?"

But with change comes risk and Frink said he wants to use the vulnerability he felt as an artist changing his style to inform his leadership style as department chair.

"I would've thought I was nuts," said Frink when asked what a younger version of himself might say if he knew of the stylistic crossroads that lie ahead. "But, as an artist, shouldn't that be the kind of work you're doing?"

Frink's exhibit will include several examples of his pet portraits as well as his "Memory of Water" series.

Additional MSU art and gallery events include:

Conkling Gallery

Brian Frink's sabbatical exhibition: Aug. 26-Sept. 11; reception 7 p.m. Sept. 9.

Works by Gary Freeburg: Sept. 16-Oct. 2; reception Sept. 30, following 7 p.m. Art Enrichment Lecture.

Works by Randy Regier: Oct. 7-23; reception Oct. 7 following 7 p.m. Andreas Endowment Lecture.

Wesley Taylor's Master of Arts Exhibition: Oct. 28-Nov. 6; reception 7 p.m. Oct. 28 .

Senior Show 1: Nov. 11-20; reception 7 p.m. Nov. 11.

Senior Show 2: Nov. 25-Dec. 6; reception 7 p.m. Nov. 25.

Works by Gary Erickson: Jan. 13-29; reception Jan. 13 following 7 p.m. Art Enrichment Lecture.

Works by Jeffrey Dell: Feb. 3-19; reception Feb. 3 following 7 p.m. Andreas Endowment Lecture.

Amanda Crary's Master of Arts Exhibition: Feb. 24-March 5; reception 7 p.m. Feb. 24.

Hope Thier's Master of Arts Exhibition: March 17-26; reception 7 p.m. March 17.

Senior Show 1: March 31-April 9; reception 7 p.m. March 31.

Senior Show 2: April 14-23; 7 p.m. reception.

Senior Show 3: April 28–May 7; reception TBA.

Art Enrichment and Andreas Endowment Lecture and Residency Series

Gary Freeburg's lecture is 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in Ostrander Auditorium. His department residency Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 is in Nelson Hall photography labs.

Randy Regier's lecture is 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in Ostrander. His department residency Oct. 7 and 8 is in Nelson Hall sculpture labs.

Warren MacKenzie's documentary film will be shown 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at 102 Armstrong Hall.

Gary Erickson's lecture is 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in Ostrander. His department residency Jan. 13 and 14 is the Nelson Hall ceramics labs.

Jeffrey Dell's lecture is 7 p.m. Feb. 3 in Ostrander. His department residency is Feb. 3 and 4 in the Nelson Hall printmaking labs.

Phil Jones's lecture is 7 p.m. March 3 in Ostrander. His department residency is March 3 and 4 in Nelson Hall graphics labs.

Jiha Moon's lecture is 7 p.m. March 24 in Ostrander. Moon's department residency is March 24 and 25 in Nelson Hall Drawing Labs.

Centennial Student Union Gallery

Works by Dave Bassey: Aug. 26-Sept. 11; reception 6-7 p.m. Sept. 9.

Paintings by advanced MSU student artists: Sept. 16-Oct. 2; reception 6 p.m. Sept. 16.

Art League Fall Show: Oct. 7-23; reception 6 p.m. Oct. 7.

Works by Ashton Bird: Oct. 28-Nov. 13; reception 6 p.m. Oct. 28.

Works by Cody Gallas: Nov. 18-Dec. 6; reception 6 p.m. Nov. 18.

Charles Duda's Master of Art Exhibition: Jan. 13-29; reception 6 p.m. Jan. 13.

Inspiration Show: Feb. 3-19; 6 p.m. Feb. 3.

American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Chapter Show: Feb. 24-March 19; reception 6 p.m. Feb. 24.

Art League Spring Show: March 24–April 9; 6 p.m. March 24.

Undergraduate Research Symposium Art Exhibition: April 14-May 2; reception 6 p.m. April 14.

With assistance from Free Press staff writer Edie Schmierbach.

If you go Conkling Gallery 139 Nelson Hall. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and some evenings. For more information, call 389-6412. Centennial Student Union Gallery Lower level of Centennial Student Union. Open during Centennial Union hours. Admission fee: None for either gallery. Parking: Visitors Pay Lot (Lot 4), located across from Centennial Student Union, open 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays. Cost is $3 for first hour, $2 for each hour thereafter.