Sunday, August 1st, 2021

Arts Council announces judge for Regional Exhibit

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019

The LaFontaine Arts Council is pleased to announce that Sayaka Gantz has been selected as the judge for the Regional Art Exhibit. Gantz received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and continued to create welded sculptures of animal forms independently. In 2008 she received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She taught design and drawing courses at Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne between 2002 and 2012.

Using reclaimed metal and plastic objects as materials, Gantz’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. She describes her style as “3D impressionism,” creating an illusion of solid form using plastic objects as brush strokes that become visible upon observation from close proximity. Her recent exhibitions include: “Danze Della Natura” – solo exhibition at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, and “Metamorphosis” – temporary installation at the Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. Her recent commissions include a series of marine life sculptures for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and a permanent installation of an underwater scene featuring whales and turtles in the lobby of Cimer Spa at the Paradise Resort in Incheon, Korea.

Gantz believes one of the important tasks for artists of our time is to bring more of the natural world back into people’s lives, especially in urban areas. When we encounter the true wonders of nature, the beauty we behold transcends our intellects and reaches directly to our hearts. She desires a similar response from viewers of my work; to provoke a re-examination of our relationship to the natural world. Her work is also about perceiving harmony, even in situations that appear chaotic from the inside. When observing her sculptures up close, one might see gaps, holes and items being held on only by small points; one must step away.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday, August 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson Gallery in the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University. The show will be open to the public beginning August 2 through August 28. Gallery hours are 9 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Entries will be released Wednesday, August 29 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information regarding the exhibit, contact Debbie Dyer at the LaFontaine Arts Council at (260) 358-0055 or email If you are an artist interested in receiving an entry form for the LAC Regional Art Show, please use the contact information listed above to request an entry form.