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Sculpture Talks: Alive and Strong- Beverly Pepper and Woman Sculptors

Aug 21


Arc Theatre

Beverly Pepper, now 96, is still going strong, living in Italy and sculpting large metal works. She was recently credited with using Cor-Ten steel well before any other sculptors such as Richard Serra, as well being a visionary in environmental land art. Milwaukee-based sculptor Jill Sebastian will present a talk about Beverly Pepper and other women artists who changed the art world, working with unexpected materials and feminist concepts. Pepper's work in Sculpture Milwaukee, the issues that challenged her and how she has paved a path for women working on a grand scale today will be the focus of this talk. Jill Sebastian grew up in steel towns of the Midwest rust belt which has formed her as an artist. Her sculpture, drawings, and installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and internationally (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee, Tele Aviv, Amsterdam and more). Sebastian’s public art includes a musical fence in New Orleans; an architecturally integrated literary project for the Milwaukee Convention Center (with Woodland Pattern Book Center); a streetscape (with Ken Saiki Design) for Madison, WI; and a mosaic for the Genome Center at UW-Madison. Her concerns with community participation and subliminal choreography underlying all her public work is expressed in the site-specific sculptural pocket park she developed among five baseball fields in Wick Park, Milwaukee. Sebastian has collaborated with Deb Loewen, Wild Space Dance Company to create a site-specific installation and hour-long multi media work, Art of the Ordinary, at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Other collaborators include composers Burt Levy and Josh Schmidt, writers John Koethe and Jon Erickson and filmmaker Jake Fuller. Among her awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship 1985, (City of Milwaukee Artist of the Year 1997 and Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award 2016. Jill Sebastian is a Professor Emerita at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Sculpture Talks is a series of dynamic discussions by some of the region’s art and cultural leaders. Speakers will explore contemporary trends and historical notes in relation to the artworks in Sculpture Milwaukee 2019. Come for the talk, stay for a drink (First one’s on us!), and deepen your understanding and appreciation of contemporary public art. Sponsored by Guardian Fine Art Services and organized by Debra Brehmer of Portrait Society Gallery.

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