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Student and faculty weaving experience together

Kaleigh Weaving Internship

Kaleigh Wall (Left) and
Rowen Schussheim-Anderson

This summer, Kaleigh Wall '13 and faculty member Rowen Schussheim-Anderson are taking advantage of Augustana's Student-Faculty Academic Partnership Grant to work together on Schussheim-Anderson's upcoming art exhibition, Tapestries: Inspiration and Innovation. This partnership grant provided by Augustana supports students' involvement in faculty members' scholarly and creative projects. Over the summer, Schussheim-Anderson will be preparing for two one-person exhibitions of her work, with help from Wall. These solo exhibitions are scheduled for West Shore Community College in Scottville, Michigan, in the fall; and Alma College in Alma, Michigan, in the winter.

Wall will work on a variety of tasks to prepare for these exhibitions such as adding finishing techniques to one tapestry underway and another one not yet begun.  Additionally, finished pieces need to be prepared for the exhibition, including steaming and pressing, or attaching needed hardware. Wall also will help complete an artist's statement and biographical panel. All works need to be documented/photographed. Final preparations will include creating labels and packing all the works for delivery. By helping with this work, Wall can learn about all aspects concerned with preparing for an exhibition, beyond the creation of the tapestries.

Kaleigh Weaving Internship 2

Wall was chosen to help Schussheim-Anderson because of her experience with tapestry at Augustana. A 2013 Augustana graduate with a major in art, Wall took many fiber and weaving classes at Augie, and concentrated on fiber techniques for her Senior Inquiry last year. She already knows how to warp the loom and wind the shuttles, and is familiar with all basic tapestry weaving methods. Though she is well prepared and skilled, Wall's apprenticeship will be a strong learning experience as exhibition preparation entails many areas one does not learn within the traditional classroom.

Wall commented on her experience with Schussheim-Anderson, saying,"this summer is such a wonderful opportunity to see how another fiber artist creates and unifies a body of work to prepare for an art exhibition. Since the moment I took my first art class as a junior at Augustana, I knew that weaving would be something I would enjoy for the rest of my life. Working with Rowen for the last two years has been a blessing, and her support in independent and directed studies has helped expand my interest in all forms of fiber art."

She added, "I'm so thankful that Augustana offers opportunities for professors and students to work together to gain experience in their field of study, and let students see firsthand how they are able to use their experiences from Augie in their future."

-Jens Hurty '15