“Winds of Ancestry,” an exhibit of artifacts and videos by artists Rae Goodwin and Casey McGuire, will be on display in the MCC Overbrook Art Gallery from Jan. 9-Feb. 23, 2017.
In the summer of 2016, McGuire and Goodwin rode their red rocking horses across this grand nation. They followed the Lewis and Clark Trail to Montana and stopped along the way to memorialize their foremothers and to acknowledge the fleeting winds of ancestry.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Overbrook Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. For more information, call (231) 777-0324.
A closing public reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Overbrook Gallery lobby. The artists will discuss their exhibit from 4-5 p.m.
Goodwin currently lives in Lexington, KY, where she works as an Associate Professor and the Director of Foundations at the University of Kentucky. She has taught at the University of Pikeville and Winthrop University and ran an arts enrichment business for nine years in North Carolina.
In her work, she uses a process of self-reflection and analysis to prompt the viewer into a self-reflective state, where concepts of identity, family, community are challenged. Goodwin relies on repetitive processes and suggestive materials that are evocative of her past, gender, faith and community. Her performance and sculptural works have been shown regionally, nationally and internationally; in places like New Zealand, McColl Center for Visual Art in North Carolina, Berlin, France, and the contemporary in Atlanta.
She earned her MFA in sculpture from Winthrop University in SC and her BA in art from Framingham State College in MA. Goodwin’s current art practice revolves around an investigation of maternal ancestry.
An Assistant Professor of Foundations and Sculpture at the University of West Georgia, McGuire received her BFA from Alfred University and her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
McGuire was featured in the October 2009 issue of Sculpture Magazine. The daughter of a taxidermist and decoy carver, she was subject to object making at a young age. Growing up in Vermont has left a lasting impression and fuels the work produced today. Her installations contain video, found objects and constructions of roadside detritus that are conceptualization of the housing crash and the myth of the American Dream.
Her Installations have been exhibited across the U.S., including the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids MI; Diary Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO; Mississippi State University, Oxford MS; and Terminal 136, UTSA San Antonio, TX. She has also been invited to be a resident at Hambidge Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center.