Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College welcomes contemporary painter and University of Wyoming Visual & Literary Arts associate lecturer, Patrick Kikut, for his exhibition entitled Square States, opening in the Edward A. Whitney Gallery, Thursday, Nov. 15. Kikut’s artist talk begins at 4 p.m. Reception to follow at 5 p.m. Square States features large format oil on canvas and 3D sculpture. It remains on view until January 20. All Edward A. Whitney events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Kikut’s works convey his personal exploration of open roads across the West, and the intersection of our evolving culture on the most pristine edges of wilderness. Both beautiful and striking, his art conveys the nature of the exploitation of protected landscapes by contemporary pressures. Geographically, Kikut’s work communicates his experiences from Great Falls, Montana in the North; to Reno, Nevada in the West; to Marfa, Texas in the South; and Dodge City, Kansas to the East.

“I often find landscapes that read like empty stage sets where props are strewn about as the actors have finished their narrative and exited the scene,” said Kikut. “I hope that a viewer can enter into these spaces and get a sense of the rugged and enduring beauty of the West as well as our persistent attempts to exploit and survive on a landscape that is mostly inhospitable and unsustainable for the huge demands of our contemporary culture.”

Kikut was born in a small beach town in Southern California. He earned his BFA from the University of Colorado and his MFA from the University of Montana. In between lectures and studio time with students at the University of Wyoming, Kikut seeks out new landscapes and stories along the open highways of the west. Kikut was selected for the Wyoming Arts Council Visual Fellowship in 2017. His exhibition entitled Square States & Moonscapes was recently on display at the Nicolaysen Museum. You will find his work at El Paso Art Museum, Missoula Art Museum and University of Wyoming.

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