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Art & Design Study Collection
On display: Third floor
Jackie McElroy is a former Professor and Chair of the University of North Dakota Art Department. In her unusual landscapes, McElroy draws attention to the unexpected and illustrates how creative exploration of a physical location can reveal a uniqueness of place and culture.
Student composed text panel:
Jackie McElroy-Edwards (American)
Titanic II, 1976
UND Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection
Former Professor and Chair of the UND Department of Art & Design, Jackie McElroy-Edwards created thousands of surreal artworks that provide those who view her pieces a journey into the beauty of North Dakota. McElroy-Edwards’s screen-prints were a method of sharing what she and the people of North Dakota hold sacred – the iconic landscapes. After 30 years of service, over 300 of her works remain at the University.
Titanic II depicts a set of grain elevators in the form of a ship. It appears tipped over in a lake covered in vegetation, pointing out the decline in the traditional farming culture that took roots in North Dakota. The water’s gold hue indicates that what we are losing should not be seen as a dreadful farewell but as a precious remembrance within the history of the state.
A capsized ship in a pond of yellow water in a green field.
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