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The Western Illinois University Art Gallery will host Minnesota artist Liz Ensz for his solo exhibition, "UNORGANIZED TERRITORY: MUTABLE LANDSCAPES," on display Monday, Jan.16- Thursday, Feb. 8. Admission is open free to the public.

A reception for the artist will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb.8. The artist will speak about her work at 5 p.m..

Ensz was born in Minnesota (unceded Dakota, Chippewa, Ojibwe land) to a resourceful family of penny-savers, metal scrappers and curators of cast-offs. Ensz received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005 and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.

Ensz has exhibited textiles, installation and sculptural work internationally, including The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK; Frontviews Gallery, Berlin, Germany; HTW University of Applied Sciences School of Art and Culture, Berlin, Germany; Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; and Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL.

Ensz’s work has been supported by The John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Franconia Sculpture Park, City of Chicago DCASE Individual Artist Grant, The Creative Baltimore Fund and The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Travel Fellowship, and more.

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