Brooklyn artist to present talk, workshop at Northwestern

An artist talk and collage/mixed media workshop is planned for Oct. 28 by the Northwestern Oklahoma State University visual arts program’s October artist-in-residence Alyssa Klauer, a painter based in Brooklyn, New York.

Klauer, who began her residency on Oct. 4, will discuss her studio practice, process, influences and body of work during her talk in the Student Center Ballroom from 7 to 8 p.m. and will move to Jesse Dunn Annex, room 327, for the workshop at 8:15 p.m. Participants will explore various masking techniques while exploring different mediums and collage applications. Materials will be provided.

Both the talk and workshop are free and open to the public; however, the talk is limited to 30 attendees, and the workshop is open to only 15 participants who must RSVP to attend by contacting Kyle Larson, associate professor of art, at 580-327-8108 or [email protected].

Klauer is developing a body of work in the Jesse Dunn Art Annex, room 323, during her stay at Northwestern and will have a culminating exhibition of the work she creates on Friday, Nov. 6, from 3-5 p.m. in Jesse Dunn Annex 323.

Klauer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has exhibited solo projects in Baltimore and has participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally in Anjo Aichi (Japan), San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C. She has held residencies at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont; Grin City Collective in Grinnell, Iowa; Chautauqua (New York) Institution; and NYU Steinhardt. Her work has been featured in the publications “Burnaway” and “New American Paintings.”

“My paintings are constructed on a foundation of visual effects – faux finishes, faux worlds and phantasmagoric qualities – in an attempt to create a feeling of polyphony or mixed response, difference in sameness, repulsion in attraction,” Klauer said about her artwork. “I employ the constructed still life to engage and pull together incongruent images to make an intense psychological space. The works are dangerously alluring, their propensity to transform rooted in their fragmentation. I am interested in visceral metamorphic elements and how they combine to create autonomous feminine forms. The fragmentation heightens the artifice of the figures or constructions, and shows the body’s agency in reclaiming the artifice.”

To view Klauer’s work, visit

To learn more about the artist-in-residence program at Northwestern, visit or contact Larson.


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