‘My Mother’s Flowers’

black and white photograph of flowers in a pot“Pao Houa Her: My Mother’s Flowers” opens the 2018-19 University Gallery season, running Sept. 6-27. Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment/during events in Toland Theatre.

Opening exhibition features photos by Pao Houa Her; gallery season set

Photographs that explore the enduring presence and significance of flowers in Hmong culture will fill the UW-La Crosse University Art Gallery during September.

“Pao Houa Her: My Mother’s Flowers” opens the 2018-19 University Gallery season with a reception from 4-6 pm. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the University Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St. Her will give an artist talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the gallery. The exhibition runs through Thursday, Sept. 27. The events are free and open to all.

Her is recognized for provocative and unflinching photographs of the Hmong, indigenous people of Laos who immigrated to the U.S. at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Her family fled Laos in 1983 before finally settling in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1986.

In “My Mother’s Flowers,” Her explores through a highly personal lens the enduring presence and significance of flowers in Hmong culture. This is her inaugural solo exhibition that was first hung in Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis in 2016.

Her, born in 1980 in Laos and raised in St. Paul, currently lives in Lino Lakes, a suburb of the Twin Cities. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Masters in Fine Arts in photography from the Yale University School of Arts in New Haven, Connecticut.
Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment and during events in Toland Theatre. Admission is free.

Funding for this exhibition is provided by the UWL Provost Office and the College of Liberal Studies. The exhibit is part of an initiative to bring more Hmong professionals and leaders to campus.

For more information, contact the UW-L Department of Art at 608.785.8230

If you go—
What: “Pao Houa Her: My Mother’s Flowers”
When: Opens with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. Runs through Sept. 27. Regular gallery hours: noon-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment/during events in Toland Theatre
Where: University Art Gallery, UWL Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St.
Admission: Free
Extra: Artist talk 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13., Student Union Theater, 0120, Free

 

The 2018-19 UW-La Crosse University Art Gallery Schedule

Sept. 6-27
Pao Houa Her: My Mother’s Flowers
Photographs explore the enduring presence and significance of flowers in Hmong culture.
Opening reception: Thursday, Sept. 6, 4-6 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, Sept.13, 4 p.m., Student Union Theater, 0120

Oct. 4-25
UWL Art Faculty Exhibition
UWL art faculty share current work.
Opening reception: Thursday, Oct. 4, 4-6 p.m.

Nov. 2-20
Wisconsin Metals NOW
A celebration of contemporary art metal production in Wisconsin.
Opening reception: Thursday, Nov. 2, 4-6 pm

Nov. 30—Dec. 12
Senior Art Students Exhibition
Graduating UWL senior art students present their current work.
Opening reception: Friday, Nov. 30, 4-6 p.m.

Jan. 31—Feb. 14
Linda Levinson: Incidents of Light
Images by UWL art professor from a 2018 sabbatical.
Opening reception: Thursday, Jan. 31, 4-6 p.m.

Feb. 22—March 14
All Student Juried Art Exhibition
Students from any UWL major exhibit their best new work.
Opening reception: Thursday, Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m.

March 25—April 14
Wisconsin 3rd Congressional District High School Exhibition
Local high school students celebrate art and creativity.
Opening reception and awards TBA

April 18—May 10
Senior Art Students Exhibition
Graduating UWL senior art students present their current work.
Opening reception: TBA

University Art Gallery, UWL Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St.
Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment and during events in Toland Theatre. Admission is free.