VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Art welcomes Sayaka and Christopher Ganz for two artist talks to be held in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, April 9-10.
Both talks are at 2 p.m. in room 172. The presentations will focus on their creative process and will share images of their professional work.
Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. Sayaka is a sculptor. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Indiana University-Bloomington. In 2008 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She taught design and drawing courses at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne between 2002 and 2012. Since then, Sayaka has worked as a full time visual artist. Using reclaimed plastic objects as materials, Sayaka’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. Her work is currently on display in an exhibition entitled Metamorphosisat Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska.
Christopher Ganz grew up in Northeast Ohio. Christopher received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at the University of Missouri and his Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at Indiana University in 2001. Christopher is a figurative artist who utilizes repeated images of self in large, cinematic, dehumanized environments filled with art historical references as a critique of power structures. Artists ranging from traditional masters such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio to twentieth-century artists such as Lucian Freud and Michael Mazur inspire his work. Christopher is now an associate professor of printmaking and drawing at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
For more information about these artist talks, contact Cory Knedler, chair of the Department of Art, at (605) 677 5637.