Professor, two students have poem, artwork published

December 1, 2017

A painting of poppies by student Lindsey Cherek was chosen for the international 1340Art Magazine blog.

A professor and two students from the UW-Stout School of Art and Design have had their creative work on display locally, regionally and internationally.

A poem written by Assistant Professor Ursula Murray Husted has been chosen for the Impressions series in Minneapolis-St. Paul. A painting by student Lindsey Cherek was selected for the 1340Art Magazine blog. A print by student Zion Guzman has been featured on the cover of Volume One, an Eau Claire arts and entertainment magazine.

The poem “Prometheus Waits for the 21 Uptown” by UW-Stout Associate Professor Ursula Murray Husted will be featured on Metro Transit buses and trains in Minneapolis-St. Paul during December.Ursula Murray Husted

Husted, an associate professor, wrote “Prometheus Waits for the 21 Uptown.” The poem is one of 24 selected for the Impressions contest sponsored by the St. Paul Almanac, a literary-focused arts organization.

More than 300 poems were submitted to the contest, and 24 were chosen. Six poems, paired with artwork by local artists, have been released every three months during 2017 and displayed on Metro Transit buses and trains for one month.

The latest grouping of six poems and artwork will be unveiled at a public reception at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Western-U Plaza, 360 University Ave.

Husted’s poem, with artwork by Andy Singer, a Minneapolis cartoonist, reads:

With a touch of my mittened finger
bug zapping space heaters burn yellow
at the 21 Uptown/84 Express bus stop on
the corner of Snelling and University.

I am a golden god: Prometheus the fire stealer,
Coyote making the moon.
Moth instincts denied by metal cages,
the waiting crowd ceases blowing on their hands.

The bank sign blinks 7:40 p.m. to -4 c and back again
with a click we are plunged into cold despair.
Frozen life smoke curling upward,
I push the button again.

Husted is program director for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in entertainment design at UW-Stout.

Lindsey Cherek

Cherek, of Iola, is a senior majoring in studio art. Her painting of poppies in a field was chosen for a blog published by 1340Art Magazine, from the Netherlands, and is being considered for the international print magazine.

“A Sinking Feeling” by UW-Stout student Zion Guzman is on the cover of the Nov. 29 issue of Volume One arts and entertainment magazine.In her art, Cherek “paints to understand and create dialogue around the human experience of marginalized individuals. Her process involves attention to light and space and the use of color to evoke emotion reflecting her subject matter,” the blog said.

Zion Guzman

Guzman, of Presque Isle, is a senior majoring in studio art with a concentration in printmaking. “A Sinking Feeling,” the cover art for the Nov. 29 issue of Volume One, is a multiblock woodcut relief print.

Guzman said he is inspired by “American traditional tattoo flash, 1940’s superhero comic art and the indigenous culture of my Mexican heritage. I create prints that are a reflection of me and all that inspires me.”

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Top: A painting of poppies by student Lindsey Cherek was chosen for the international 1340Art Magazine blog.

Middle: The poem “Prometheus Waits for the 21 Uptown” by UW-Stout Associate Professor Ursula Murray Husted will be featured on Metro Transit buses and trains in Minneapolis-St. Paul during December.

Bottom: “A Sinking Feeling” by UW-Stout student Zion Guzman is on the cover of the Nov. 29 issue of Volume One arts and entertainment magazine.