Painting inspired by Victorian-era photo wins year-end exhibit

By University Communications
May 23, 2016
Gina Secord’s painting, “Portrait of a Lady on the Moon,” was inspired by a 19th century photo.

Photo: Gina Secord’s painting, “Portrait of a Lady on the Moon,”
was inspired by a 19th century photo.

 Gina Secord enjoys going back in time — to a moment in time — when she creates a painting.

“My work in general is inspired by photography in the early Victorian period and how it freezes the briefest moments of time into one image,” Secord said.

She drew inspiration from once such photo from the middle 19th century to create a recent painting, “Portrait of a Lady on the Moon.”

The oil painting won Best of Show, the top award, in the Year End Juried Student Art Show at UW-Stout. The awards were announced in early May. The show runs through Friday, Sept. 16, at Furlong Gallery.

Secord, of Boyceville, is a senior studio art major. She is intrigued by historic photos that aren’t necessarily identified, leaving much to the imagination.

“We see the resulting photograph but often know nothing of the figure's life beyond it. With my paintings I am trying to evoke the sense of distance or blurriness. Do we really want to know who the figure is, or is it better left a mystery?” she said.

Secord also received an honorable mention in the show for her entry “Life Under Ether.”

A total of 50 students submitted 108 pieces to the show. Juror Paul DeLong accepted 45 of the pieces representing 33 artists. DeLong is a professor emeritus of printmaking at UW-Stout.

Five other students were honored for their work:

  • Andrea White, of Menomonie, “Light,” second place
  • Maggie Budd, of Menomonie, “Rustic Rooster,” third place
  • Galilee P. Wojahn, of Minneapolis, “Paint as a Preferable Mirror,” honorable mention
  • Alysha Strangstalien, of La Crosse, “Portrait Study,” honorable mention
  • Sarah Robey, of St. Paul, “Armamentarium,” Bill and Edna Hunt Silversmithing Award

School of Art and Design offers six undergraduate majors and a Master of Fine Arts in design.

End of the Year Show 2016



 Second Photo: Furlong Gallery in Micheels Hall