Anderson, Indiana

The Works of Michael Dinges come to AU

Wed, 2013-10-09 14:14 -- univcomm
October 9, 2013

The Jessie C. Wilson Galleries at Anderson University present The Works of Michael Dinges. The exhibition will be open November 16 through December 19 in the Wilson Gallery East with the opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. This show will run concurrently with the Department of Art+Design Fall Senior Exhibition.

Dinges works primarily in the tradition of the 19th century sailor’s art of scrimshaw and the soldier’s folk art style of trench art in order to explore the legacy of the industrial revolution and its effects on society. By working with the techniques and iconography of these eras, his work explores the contemporary disruptions inherent in the rapid and immense changes that are the hallmarks of our time. These disruptions have radically affected societal behavior and relationships. Through much of his work, Michael asks the questions: “Is this what you wanted? Are these the results you intended?” In addition he asks, “How do we orient ourselves in this rapidly changing, dynamic era?”

Michael Dinges received his bachelor’s degree from the Art Center College of Design in 1982 and his master of fine arts degree from the University of Chicago in 2005. He has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, Detroit, New York and Miami as well as Vancouver, B.C. [Top Photo: Lifeboat: The Wreck of the Invisible Hand, 2011; Bottom Photo: Sampler, Dead Laptop Series, 2007]

He received an Artist’s Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council as well as a residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program. He recently completed a commission for the City of Chicago’s Arts in Transit public art program with a mural at the CTA’s Fullerton elevated train station on the Brown Line.

The Jessie C. Wilson Galleries serve Anderson University and East Central Indiana with monthly exhibitions that feature the work of regionally and nationally recognized artists. Through these exhibitions, the gallery is dedicated to enriching and engaging AU students, as well as promoting the visual arts within the greater community.

For additional information contact Tai Lipan at or call (765) 641-4322. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.