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    September 25, 2019
    The University of Wisconsin-Superior Visual Arts Department will host artists John Sebelius and Chris King for an art exhibition and series of events celebrating humor in art and our role in creation.
    The artists will present a public workshop geared toward area veterans on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in UW-Superior’s Kruk Gallery. A public artist talk will take place Friday, Oct. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Holden Fine Arts Center and will be followed by an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kruk Gallery. During their two days at UW-Superior, Sebelius and King will explore the role of humor in art and will feature a participatory comedy club as part of the installation.
    Sebelius, from Lawrence, Kan., is an interdisciplinary artist who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from Rhode Island School of Design. Sebelius’s work has been featured in Harper’s, Express, DETAILS, Review, CNN, Aspen Daily News, The Washington Post, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has shown work in Gallery Two (Sydney, Australia), Woods-Gerry Gallery (Providence, R.I.), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Va.), Kansas City Artists Coalition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and had a solo exhibition at the Gonzo Museum (Aspen, Colo.). Sebelius’s short documentaries have screened at Austin Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, Free State Film Festival, and The American School of Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo.

    King lives and works in Natchitoches, La., where he serves as the head of the Visual Arts Program and gallery director at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and The Arts. Born in 1970 in Taunton, Mass., he attended the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in both sculpture and art education. In 1995, King received his master’s degree from The California Institute for the Arts in Los Angeles. King’s artwork includes painting, sculpture, performance, and video and has been exhibited in venues such as Diverse Works (Houston), Acadian Center for the Arts (Lafayette, La.), The Front Gallery (New Orleans), Healthcare Gallery (Baton Rouge, La.), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
    All events are free and open to the public. The exhibition will be open for viewing weekdays Oct. 11 through Nov. 8. The Kruk Gallery is open Monday from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, contact Anne Dugan at (218) 310-4703 or adugan1@uwsuper.edu. The Kruk Gallery is located in the Holden Fine Arts Center at 1805 Catlin Ave. in Superior. Gallery reception event link: https://www.uwsuper.edu/calendar/gallery-reception-born-to-kill-john-sebelius--chris-king_calendar369891832

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