ABERDEEN, S.D. – Beulah Williams Library will feature the work of art student Alissa Blinder in her exhibition from April 14-25 at Northern State University.
A reception is set for 6-8 p.m. on April 17. The public is welcome to attend.
Blinder’s art ranges from traditional oil paint on wood or canvas to works that utilize “mixed media elements,” which incorporate various materials into one piece.
“My artwork aims to question and undermine typical gender constructs and status quo,” said Blinder. Several of her pieces are included in her Everyday Sexism Project, inspired by the writer Laura Bates’ online forum
. Blinder hopes to capture the spirit of Bates’ website by using everyday objects to illustrate common occurrences of sexism.
Born and raised in Aberdeen, Blinder graduated from Central High School in 2010. Her parents Christie and Steve Blinder are alumni of NSU, and she appreciated how “it’s close to home and affordable. I had heard great things about the art department and its faculty.” She will graduate this May with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts
and a minor in psychology
“[After graduation] my friend Hannah is convinced we will be raising sheep together in New Zealand,” Blinder joked. In the meantime, she will enter Southwestern College’s graduate program in Santa Fe, N.M., where she hopes to receive a master’s degree in art therapy/counseling.