The James Wegner Arts Gallery provides an educational experience to students and the community by featuring exhibitions from regional, national and international artists working in a variety of media.
The James Wegner Arts Gallery is located in the Austin East building.
JAMES N. WEGNER, ARTIST
James Wegner taught art at the Austin Community College for 28 years and for ten years in the Jr. and Sr. High Schools in Austin, Minnesota.
Wegner has a Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in Painting and Art History. He has done additional graduate work at the University of Colorado, Mankato, and St. Cloud State Universities. He has studied with noted artists Max Weber, Millard Sheets, Dong Kingman, Carl Morris, Richard Diebenkorn, Ralston Crawford, and Cheng Kee Chee.
Simple forms derived from nature become my Primary concern. I like to work directly with my material, allowing the forms to emerge as natural and uncomplicated as possible. The things an artist makes become the best testament to what he feels and believes.
Awards have been received for his work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and fiber.
Wegner’s work is in a number of private collections on the East and West Coasts, in the Midwest, Canada, and Europe. He has exhibited at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Art Institute, Tweed Gallery in Waseca Art Center, and Rochester Art Center, as well as in Austin ArtWorks Center, Albert Lea Art Center, and Naeve Hospital.