New Popup Gallery Debuts in the Woodward Library with works by Anna Wagner

The Department of Art has invaded the Woodward Library with the installation of a new popup gallery. On view are some wonderful prints and sculpture by Ohio artist Anna Wagner in a show titled Mortal Strings. As part of the Art Department’s Living Gallery Program, the popup gallery which appeared in the Morgan University Center throughout the fall will host shows in the library throughout much of the Spring.

Artist Statement about Mortal Strings:

“As the range of our experience and opportunity grows, we must take heed that technological progress cannot erase the brutal reality of our inexplicable existence.  Like all living things, we are born, must struggle to survive, and die.  I suggest a counter proposal of exploration using found materials and traditional media.  Gravel, trash, weeds, bones and stones: there is an almost divine beauty in the detritus of ordinary life that seems to call out: ‘Stop, notice this moment! Here! Now!’  My work is made in praise of this tangible yet mystifying world that we have so much to learn from, if only we pause to notice it. ” – Anna Wagner

For more information about the artist Anna Wagner visit her website at

About Paul Collins

Paul Collins is an assistant professor of art and gallery director at Austin Peay State University. Paul makes drawings, paintings and sculpture that combine humor, tactility and observation to examine the world around us. Paul has an mfa from Yale and has been a resident at Skowhegan, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Vermont Studio Center. Paul is an enthusiastic collaborator and has curated shows or organized artist projects for a wide range of artists including James Surls, Betty Woodman, Liz Ferrill, Danielle Genadry, Paul Jacobsen, Mala Iqbal, Kenny Scharf, David Humphrey, Charles Long, Michael Kreuger, Jason Rogenes, Kim Dickey, and Takashi Nakazato.

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