November 29, 2018 to February 15, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 29th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Artist talk beginning at 7:20 p.m.
28th Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition
Tia Salmela Keobounpheng: Permission
Bosom Bowl no.3, 2018, copper and copper wire
Tia Salmela Keobounpheng (Tia Keo), the 28th Finnish American artist and designer to exhibit in Finlandia University’s Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition, has spent much of her life exploring around the intersection of architecture, design, art and craft. Across disciplines, she creates work that is rooted in the spirit of everyday design principles and organic handcraft of her Finnish heritage. After ten years of growing as a designer & creative entrepreneur with her Silvercocoon collection of everyday laser-cut acrylic and wood jewelry, she is returning to exploring in art and craft. “Permission” is a collection of work across mediums that she gave herself the freedom to make – not tied to marketplace considerations. Hand-sewn wool jewelry, hand-woven wall hangings, watercolor and acrylic paintings spurred from her daily painting practice are fodder for her expansion into woven metal sculptures that pull together all of her skills and vision. They are her current, most passionate, permission.
This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) through a grant from the McKnight Foundation
February 21 to March , 2019
Finlandia University School of Art & Design Faculty Exhibit 2019