On Display: Feb 2-25, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 2, 5-9 pm
Art Talk: Sat, Feb 3, 5 pm

Constructed on site at Bend Art Center, “Sacred Spaces” combines artist book and installation by Salem, Oregon book artist Ann Kresge.

The wall installation, “Gathering Spaces #4”, is part of a larger series of site-specific pieces that are about building safe and contemplative gathering spaces. Says Kresge, “I am concerned with presenting the sacred geometries of the square, cross, spiral, circle and triangle in unified composition.” Kresge’s installation is printed directly on the wall from relief printing plates. Many of the same shapes and plates are also used in the accompanying artist book, “Sacred Spaces.”

The “Sacred Spaces” book is a collaboration with Kresge and poet Dawn Diez Willis. It incorporates relief printing, composite binding techniques and a handmade box as housing. Through lists, poetry and structure, “Sacred Spaces” explores the sacred geometries, sacred sites throughout world traditions and the viewer’s relationship to these elements. It asks the viewer to excavate, configure and use the book to create a personal meditative space.

Elements of this exhibition were made in recent Artist In Residencies at Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program, Salem Art Association and Vermont Studio Center.

About the Artist

Ann Kresge is an internationally-exhibited artist whose work is in university, museum and private collections. Collections include: The National Museum of Women In The Arts, Washington DC, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Yale University, Vassar College, New York Public Library and the US Library of Congress. Her prints and books have been exhibited throughout the US and Europe, Mexico, Japan, India, China and Hong Kong.
Kresge has served as the Program Director at Women’s Studio Workshop and the Education Director at Salem Art Association. She was born in Wisconsin, has lived in Europe and NY and is currently a resident of Salem, Oregon. She has a BA in Studio Art from Smith College and an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute.
She has been an Artist-In-Residence at Vermont Studio Center (VT), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA), McDowell Colony (NH) , Artlife Latinoamericano (Mexico City), Atelier 17 (Paris), Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), a Library Fellow at National Museum of Women In the Arts (DC), Salem Art Association (OR) and a Teaching Artist at Sitka Center (OR).
Grants include Oregon Arts Commission/ Ford Family Foundation Opportunity Grant. Hallie Ford Oregon Artist Grant and numerous grants from the New York State Council on the Arts. She was awarded an upcoming AIR at ‘Ace Foundation in Buenos Aries.