Alumni portfolios

  • SLINKY CHICK ROCKS, 2011, steel/automotive paint, 80 x 90 x 74 in.
    SLINKY CHICK ROCKS, 2011, steel/automotive paint, 80 x 90 x 74 in.
  • SLINKY CHICK ROCKS (second side), 2011, steel/automotive paint, 80 x 90 x 74 in.
    SLINKY CHICK ROCKS (second side), 2011, steel/automotive paint, 80 x 90 x 74 in.
  • SLINKY CHICK ROCKS (detail), 2011, steel/automotive paint, 80 x 90 x 74 in.
    SLINKY CHICK ROCKS (detail), 2011, steel/automotive paint, 80 x 90 x 74 in.
  • SACAGAWEA: GUIDE TO THE PERPLEXED, 2012, corrugated anodized aluminum/polycarbonate & glass-beaded base, 95 x 61 x 30 in.
    SACAGAWEA: GUIDE TO THE PERPLEXED, 2012, corrugated anodized aluminum/polycarbonate & glass-beaded base, 95 x 61 x 30 in.
  • SACAGAWEA: GUIDE TO THE PERPLEXED, 2012, illuminated by LED light projected onto the piece, 95 x 61 x 30 in.
    SACAGAWEA: GUIDE TO THE PERPLEXED, 2012, illuminated by LED light projected onto the piece, 95 x 61 x 30 in.
  • SACAGAWEA: GUIDE TO THE PERPLEXED (detail), 2012, 95 x 61 x 30 in.
    SACAGAWEA: GUIDE TO THE PERPLEXED (detail), 2012, 95 x 61 x 30 in.

Perci Chester

Biography 

Perci Chester's sculpture has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, and is represented in various public and private collections. She is the recipient of public art commissions for large-scale outdoor works, including Gyr Family Cycle 2009, her three-element stainless steel installation installed in Promenade Park, Edina, MN; Ella Racing the Wind 2006, the granite sculpture with water feature installed in the Galleria, Edina, MN; and Star Sprint 2006 at Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

Chester's sculpture has won several awards, including the Dayton Hudson, General Mills & Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Fellowship. In 2001, she was selected to participate in a cultural exchange to work with artists in Israel, a project that led to a permanent installation of Family of the Sun and the polychrome steel Girl Dancing on the Sun, sculptures created on-site by the artist and curated for the hospital complex grounds at the Poriya Hospital in Tiberias, Israel.

The nature of Chester's work stretches itself over a variety of mediums, as it is seen as a constant development, often expressing multiple forms in a single work.

Chester trained in studio art at Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned her BFA degree in painting and printmaking, and at Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her MFA and MAT. Since graduation, she has been an exhibiting artist and educator; her involvement includes colleges and schools as well as community based arts programs around the country. Chester has held visiting artist positions at Macalister College, St. Paul, and at Alvarado Art Workshop, San Francisco, as well as instructor positions at San Francisco City College and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

She is a founding member of Traffic Zone Center For the Visual Arts, a prominent artist cooperative located in the historic Minneapolis Warehouse District, where she maintains her principal sculpture studio.

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Statement 

As a sculptor, what interests me is the energy that transforms inanimate objects into images of lingering contemplation; the layering of experience impacted by the force of my imagination.

My sculpture implies motion. The edge between balance and fragility is played with, inserted, and dislocated.

Continually transformative, my work projects the energy of visual fragments, sensory evaluations, and exuberant imaginings.