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While Navigating the Distance Around the Sun: Works by Jenene Nagy


April 22 - July 29, 2023

Nagy’s work is a practice of repetition and devotion. Intricately folded paper, layers of graphite, or individually dotted grids provide a temporal experience for both artist and viewer. The subtleties entice the viewer to engage in what Nagy describes as “the simple act of looking, to acknowledge their place in time as they contemplate an accrual.” To behold this transformation of materials into ritualized objects is one way to exist while navigating the distance around the sun. The UW Art Museum exhibits 19 of Nagy’s works, ranging from her smaller grid series to expansive works of folded paper with graphite and silver, up to nearly 20 feet in length. This exhibition also features Nagy’s newest work untitled 5 (From stars) completed in 2023 and never shown before.


"untitled (dusk 1)" and "untitled 3 (From stars)" by Jenene Nagy



Jenene Nagy (American, b. 1975), untitled (dusk 1),2022, graphite and flashe on pigmented abaca, 15 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist

Jenene Nagy (American, b. 1975), untitled 3 (From stars), 2018, graphite and silver on folded paper, 96 x 96inches, courtesy of the artist

Jenene Nagy, the artist behind "While Navigating the Distance Around the Sun"

Related Programs: 

Salvagio Art Talk Series – Wednesday, April 26th - Free

Enjoy a reception at the UW Art Museum from 5:30–6 PM, Jenene Nagy’s Art Talk is from 6–7 PM.

Artist-Led Workshop – Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th

4/29 – 10 AM-12 PM at the Laramie Plains Civic Center – Phoenix Ballroom. Space is limited.

Register here:

Through artist-led prompts and creative experiments, develop a personal symbol that honors and celebrates your identity. During this two-part workshop, participants will use lino-cutting techniques to create a personal flag.

This exhibition is funded through the generosity of the Susan Moldenhauer FUNd for Contemporary Art and the Ron and Patti Salvagio Endowment for Art Museum Programs.

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