Ulrich Museum hosts younger artists in 'Almost 30'

1:24:15 PM CDT - Friday, January 20, 2006

By Shannon Littlejohn

It's a widely held assumption in America that you have to at least 30 to be taken seriously or achieve true success. That magic year is even the minimum age requirement for running for Congress.

The panel discussion on opening day of the Ulrich Museum of Art's latest exhibition "Almost 30" helped bust the notions that 30 is an automatic marker or a magic turning point in the quest for artistic success. Five of the six up-and-coming young artists Jeff Degolier, Sarah Anne Johnson, Stacie Johnson, Renee Lotenero and Adam Sipe were on hand for the panel and opening reception. Larissa Bates was unable to attend, said Ulrich officials.

Some of the artists are already represented by commercial galleries. For an informal survey on their individual notoriety, plug in each name on an Internet search that also incorporates the word "artist," and you'll find plenty of references to all of the exhibiting artists. Here's a quick glimpse at who they are:

Bates is a Vermont native and Hampshire (Mass.) College graduate who is represented by Monya Rowe in New York. Her paintings have been in group exhibits in Minneapolis, Chicago and Los Angeles. She'll experience her second solo exhibition in fall 2006. Her home base is Chestnut, Conn.

DeGolier, who produces photographic art, was born in Bellingham, Wash., and received his master's of fine arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Living and working in Brooklyn, he has exhibited at renowned galleries in Chicago, New York and Seattle.

Sarah Anne Johnson is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York. The Canadian-born artist lives and works in Winnipeg. "The Village Voice," in a gallery review, called her "the latest of a long list of young women to go straight from Yale's famous MFA photo program to a New York gallery."

Stacie Johnson, who teaches painting at Northern Illinois University, is an Iowa native who was born in Spirit Lake. Her master's in studio arts is from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she lives and works in Chicago. She has exhibited in galleries in Chicago and Milwaukee.

Lotenero, a sculptor who received her MFA from the University of California in Los Angeles and continues to live and work there, has exhibited in Spain, Houston and Los Angeles.

Sipe is a Greensburg, Penn., native who earned his BFA in painting from Pennsylvania State University; he is working on finishing his MFA from Bard College. Living and working in Queens, he has exhibited in Pittsburgh, Mill Gallery at Carnegie Mellon, and in Chicago.

For more information, call 978-3664 or e-mail ulrich@wichita.edu.

"Almost 30" will run from Thursday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. There is no admission charge.

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