Paintings by Byron Anway (LC '04)
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
October 25 - December 16, 2010
Byron Anway graduated from Luther College in 2004 with a BA in art and a K-12 teaching certification in art education. He did post-baccalaureate studies in 2008 at the University of Minnesota where he also served as a teacher’s assistant in painting. In 2011 he will earn his MFA from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. There, he has been a teaching assistant and instructor of record for drawing and painting courses. In 2010 he received the Mayor’s Art Award from the Lincoln (NE) Arts Council as an outstanding visual artist. The award included a two-week residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Visual Arts along with a generous stipend.
His work has been included in such prestigious group exhibitions as the International Juried Show at Rogue Studios – Chelsea Gallery Space in New York City; the 23rd Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition at Lake Charles, Louisiana; and the National Juried Exhibition at the Baker Arts Center in Liberal, Kansas, all in 2010. Solo exhibitions include New Oil at the Spativm Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2010; and Illuminations: Foreign Places/Distant Faces at the Northfield Arts Guild in Northfield, Minnesota in 2009. In 2010 he was a featured guest on Nebraska Public Radio’s show, Live at the Mill, with Bill Stibor.
"In July 2010, a young man from Kansas drove his car into my house. The Police report stated that he was traveling at speeds up to forty-five miles per hour. The officer at the scene said that when he approached the vehicle, the driver spit most of his teeth out into his lap. There were bite incisions in the steering wheel.
For the past two years I have been making oil renderings of my low-income neighborhood in Lincoln, NE. I am interested in a liminal space, a space that is neither inside nor out, how the surface of the painting creates space but prohibits entrance. These paintings are meditations on my entrance into domesticity, adulthood, and my first truly committed relationship."
-Byron Anway, 2010