Susan Ferguson’s eco-art exhibition opens at Stocksdale Gallery


Nov. 13-Dec. 18: "We Are The Change"

Susan Ferguson will add her artistic voice and vision to the climate change/environmental issues fray at “We Are the Change,” a free exhibition of eco-art at the Ruth E. Stocksdale Gallery (Brown Hall second floor). An opening reception will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. The exhibition runs from Nov. 13-Dec. 18, 2021. Masks are required, and social distancing is expected.

The exhibition will feature Ferguson’s eco-art perspectives in an array of different media, including 2D and 3D fiber artworks, encaustic painting, collage, quilting and stitching as well as several oversized works.

The artist will present an Artist Talk on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the gallery to talk about her artworks and the use and reuse of donated, recycled materials in the making of her art. Several additional events are also planned during the exhibition, including a children’s story hour for children of the College’s faculty and staff, and a wire tree sculpture workshop for middle and high school students in the Liberty Public Schools.

The Ruth E. Stocksdale Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Other visiting times may be arranged by appointment by contacting Gallery Director Nathan Wyman. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Liberty Arts Commission, the Transient Guest Tax and William Jewell College.

Ferguson is a self-taught artist. In addition to weaving, she engages in sewing, quilting, stitching, felting, collage, encaustic painting and fiber sculpture. Her goal for this exhibition is to offer people visual opportunities for reflection of their own connections and experiences related to the environment and to consider ways they can help to achieve environmental sustainability. In a creative field that has long emphasized a predictable form of utility, her intention as an artist is to create an unexpected aesthetic through texture and combinations and placement of traditional and unlikely materials.

Ferguson holds two academic degrees in English (B.A. and M.A.). She worked for more than 40 years in agriculture, journalism, writing, editing, marketing and teaching. In southern Arizona, during a hiatus from traditional employment, she discovered a passion for weaving. She lives in Independence where her exploration and experimentation with weaving, fiber arts and encaustic painting now consume much of her time. Ferguson is a member of the InterUrban ArtHouse, Kansas City Arts Coalition, Kansas City Fiber Guild, Weavers Guild of Greater Kansas City, Missouri Fiber Artists, Surface Design Association and Studio Art Quilts Associates. She serves as the newsletter editor for the Missouri Fiber Artists group. Ferguson is a recipient of a Rocket Relief Emergency Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art and Charlotte Street Foundation, and ArtsKC Regional Arts Council Inspiration grants in 2018 and 2019. She was a Fellow in the 2020 cohort of the Artist INC program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Kansas City; Liberty; St. Louis; Prairie Village, Kansas; Overland Park, Kansas; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.