'Stations in the Street' starting Friday in Steckline Gallery

By: Reiley Bartel, Online Editor

Steckline Gallery in DeMattias Hall is hosting “Stations in the Street,” an exhibit of modern graphic representations of the Stations of the Cross by Washington-based artist Scott Erickson.

The show, which opens on Friday, is a downloadable street-art show that galleries can buy and display. Shannon Johnston, a Newman Art professor who is in charge of the Steckline Gallery, said she was excited to bring the show to Newman.

“I discovered Erickson’s work on Instagram and was really intrigued by how he takes spiritual concepts and gives them artistic form through the lens of contemporary culture,” she said.

The show, which features artistic renderings of each of the Stations of the Cross, will be displayed not only in the gallery but also outside around campus, where the posters will be put up using biodegradable poster paste

“Father Adam (Grelinger) and Emily Simon have carefully selected meaningful locations for each station,” Johnston said. “A guide will be available at the gallery for anyone who wants to walk the stations outside in addition to seeing them in the gallery.”

The show was brought as part of a collaboration with Campus Ministry and is sponsored by the Gerber Institute.

This is the second show the gallery has put on this year. Johnston said she has many more shows planned for the year that will include lots of variety, and each will open on the first Friday of the month.

“Each show is completely different from the others and offers a totally new viewing experience,” she said.

The gallery also always hosts an artist talk called Art for Lunch the day before First Friday. Erickson will participate in this Friday’s Art for Lunch via Facetime, which happens at noon today in the gallery. Pizza will be served. “These talks are my favorite part of each exhibit as students get to hear directly from the artist,” Johnston said. “Each artist we have this semester brings a unique perspective to their artwork. I love getting to help expose students to that range of creativity.”

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