SCULPTURE GARDEN
ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM

SCULPTURE GARDEN
ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM

"Hold" by Alonso Sierralta

The Anderson Center is proud to announce the launch of the Sculpture Garden Engagement Program with a summer 2020 installation of a new sculpture by Alonso Sierralta, a Chilean-born, Minnesota-based artist and educator. Thanks to support from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and a partnership with Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County, Alonso will lead hands-on workshops and engagement activities this fall with high school students participating in Hispanic Outreach's after school Youth and Family Education Program. A capstone event to dedicate Alonso's sculpture and share the students' work and stories is scheduled for Saturday, October 24 at the Anderson Center.

Alonso Sierralta moved from Chile to the United States when he was fourteen, and studied in Nebraska before settling in NE Minneapolis. He has an MFA from the University of Nebraska. He has received several awards, including a Next Step grant from the McKnight Foundation, and his work has been featured throughout MN and in numerous national shows. Sierralta has public work on display at Stevens Point Sculpture Park, in Stevens Point, WI, and at Silverwood Park, in St. Anthony, MN.

"Hold" Sculpture by Alonso Sierralta
Image

Entitled Hold, this new sculpture combines natural and man-made materials to channel Alonso's experience of cultural transplantation into powerful metaphors for growth, challenge, pain and adaptation. The tension, contradiction, and contrast created by pairing organic materials with manufactured ones evokes the mixed emotions of optimism & fear that accompany giving up the familiar and provides an inclusive opportunity to examine the issue of immigration from a fresh & visually expressive perspective.

Migration and moving from one place to another plays a large role in Sierralta’s sculptures, which he usually puts together using wood and resin while adding many natural and organic materials, such as seeds, grass, roots and other things. Among his favorite spots for finding sculpture materials is along the Mississippi Riverbanks. That use of natural materials, along with his interest in exploring form, shape and volume, draws comparisons to work done by artists such as David Nash & Richard Deacon.

Entitled Hold, this new sculpture combines natural and man-made materials to channel Alonso's experience of cultural transplantation into powerful metaphors for growth, challenge, pain and adaptation. The tension, contradiction, and contrast created by pairing organic materials with manufactured ones evokes the mixed emotions of optimism & fear that accompany giving up the familiar and provides an inclusive opportunity to examine the issue of immigration from a fresh & visually expressive perspective.

Migration and moving from one place to another plays a large role in Sierralta’s sculptures, which he usually puts together using wood and resin while adding many natural and organic materials, such as seeds, grass, roots and other things. Among his favorite spots for finding sculpture materials is along the Mississippi Riverbanks. That use of natural materials, along with his interest in exploring form, shape and volume, draws comparisons to work done by artists such as David Nash & Richard Deacon.

Image

The Sculpture Garden Engagement Program program aims to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the arts for area youth through hands-on workshops & accompanying discussion with Alonso, a bilingual speaker and art professor for nearly two decades  By helping share the stories of area Latino high school students in art-making workshops through Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County’s after school program, Alonso is celebrating & lifting up the voices of local youth while also creating opportunities for meaningful exchange across the community through his new piece in the Anderson Center Sculpture Garden.

Stay tuned for more details on the installation of Hold and the program's capstone event on October 24! In the meantime, learn more about Alonso Sierralta and his sculptures via the links below.

The Sculpture Garden Engagement Program is made possible by a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

"Hold" Sculpture by Alonso Sierralta