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News that Trinity professor Emily Kennerk had been commissioned by the city of Indianapolis to create a public art installation for its Cultural Trail has been quickly followed by news of another achievement in the life of this artist.

On July 12 Kennerk celebrated the opening of her exhibit “Suburban Nation” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This is her first major museum exhibition.

Suburban Nation features four installations made from mass-produced materials and influenced by the American suburban landscape.

According to the museum’s Web site: These works will use mass-produced materials such as vinyl siding, decking, and other home building materials in order to formalize the prefabricated dwellings that blanket the American horizon.

“The idea is to take familiar and non-threatening things and put them in a new environment,” Kennerk told the Indianapolis Star. “Then they become surprising and unexpected.”

Kennerk, a sculptor and installation artist, began teaching at Trinity in 2006. She was a recipient of a 2006 Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship, which funded her work Suburban Nation. Kennerk earned her Masters of Fine Art from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan.

Visit to see a fun video promo of the exhibition, which runs through October 7.

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