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About the Confluence of Art Annual

Juried Annual Exhibit Featuring Recent Works from Regional and National Artists

Confluence of Art Annual Exhibition: Homecoming resides in each fall in the James W Hansen Gallery at Pablo Center at the Confluence. Regional and national artists submit their work for review for display in the exhibit with over 50 works crossing different media, techniques, and motifs selected for display in the exhibit each year.

Year after year, the volume and quality of works submitted continue to grow and is a testament that arts scene in the Chippewa Valley and beyond is thriving, alive, and well. We welcome guests and artists alike to participate in the exhibit and share in artistic excellence of our region.


2022 CONFLUENCE OF ART ANNUAL EXHIBIT

SEPTEMBER 9 - NOVEMBER 13, 2022

Exhibit Information

September 9 - November 13, 2022

In-Person in the James W Hansen Gallery & Virtual

Pablo Center Galleries are open two hours before your ticket performance and during normal business hours. You may also view exhibits during the artist reception or anytime through our virtual exhibits.

Artists Reception & Award Ceremony

Artists Recpetion & Award Ceremony date and time soon to be announced

Grab a drink at our lobby bar and join us for an evening of artfull conversations. Meet the exhibiting artists, listen to their stories and methods, and ask them questions about their work in an enjoyable evening of free-flowing conversation.

 

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2021 First Place Winner, Of Nests by Jeanne Arenz

Artist Information

Call to Artists

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10 AM ON JUNE 24, 2022

Interested in being a part of this year's juried art exhibit, Confluence of Art Annual?

We are seeking recent, original works by artists of all visual mediums. Up to three works may be submitted per artist. See full registration rules and eligibility below.

Download the fillable form and return it via email. Registration entry fee is $20 plus tax for up to three works.

REGISTRATION FORM   PAY REGISTRATION FEE

Confluence of art annual awards

The following awards are selected by the juror:

  • Best of Show: $500   
  • First Place: $250        
  • Second Place: $150    
  • Third Place: $100

Meet the Juror - Susanna Guant

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See Susanna Guant's work on her website.

Susanna Gaunt has been an artist for over 30 years, transitioning from strictly photography to installation art in recent years. In addition to a BA degree in Philosophy from Boston College, she received a BFA in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2017. Her degree culminated in Taking Stock, a solo exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth. In the years since, Susanna has had solo shows at Kruk Gallery at UWS in Superior, WI, MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN and the Duluth Art Institute. Many of these exhibits were funded in part through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. She has also shown pieces in numerous juried exhibits including Pablo Center’s Confluence of Art in Eau Claire in 2016 and 2021 and the DAI’s 61st and 63rd Biennials. She taught photography for 10 years at Rocky Mountain School of Photography, has given workshops in collage, photography and sculpture at Duluth Art Institute and has been a reviewer for the Minnesota State Arts Board and juror for multiple exhibitions in the region. She lives and works in Duluth, MN. 

Artist Statement

"Working with mediums such as drawing, photography, embroidery and collage, I analyze the human condition through a philosophical and scientific lens. Inspired by historic European curiosity cabinets, natural history museums and personal specimen collections, I tangle human anatomy with animal taxonomy, creating works that encourage curiosity and wonder. In recent years, my work has evolved from two-dimensional photographs to mixed-media installations. These are a coherent assembly of repeated forms designed to encourage the viewer to move in for a closer look at the details. In the work, I search for ways to impose unexpected connections between human and animal, blurring the lines between the observer and the observed: The human figure is pinned in a specimen drawer; translucent paper sculptures are reminiscent of both insect chitin and a person’s skin; human and animal details are inventoried on toe tags. The entanglement can disrupt what is known and therefore open a door to reflection."


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Integument
by Susanna Guant


Explore Previous Exhibitions

Each juror, artist, and year brings new experiences and perspectives to the Confluence of Art Annual. Explore our previous exhibits to view the history of the Confluence of Art Annual at the confluence.