Bemidji State Alumnus Lou Ferreri Opens 2018-19 Talley Gallery Exhibition Schedule

Print from Bemidji State alumnus Lou Ferreri.Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery opens its 2018-19 exhibition calendar with “The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible,” a collection of prints from Bemidji State alumnus Lou Ferreri.

The exhibition, open now through Oct. 17, features a selection of 25 prints from a series of hundreds of drawings — done on editorial pages of the New York Times — produced by Ferreri as part of the “Mr. Invincible” collection between 2010–2017.

Ferreri will visit the gallery to deliver an artist’s talk Oct. 4 from 1–2 p.m.

“Drawing on the surface of ever-changing newspaper headlines underscores the idea that, beneath the surface of our lives, the news resides as perpetual background noise,” he said. “This subtext infiltrates our consciousness. My drawings elaborate on ordinary and extraordinary phenomena, physical preoccupations, anxieties and observations regarding the details of everyday living.”

The project has been supported by an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. He has received two grants from the arts board during his career, as well as a McKnight Foundation fellowship and a Bush Foundation Artist in Education grant.

Prints from Ferreri’s collections have been included in BSU’s Lillie M. Kleven Print Collection, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Library of Congress.

In addition to his drawing work, the St. Paul, MInn., resident wrote and illustrated the poetry book “Ostrich Logic” and wrote a memoir entitled “So Long, Betty and Veronica.”

Bemidji State’s presentation of “The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible” is made possible by funding from the university’s Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee.

About the Talley Gallery

Bemidji State University’s *Talley Gallery* was dedicated to the memory of Ila Mae Talley on Sept. 27, 1975. Talley joined the Bemidji State Teachers College faculty in 1946 and taught at the college until her death in 1963. During her tenure, she organized the Bemidji Creative Arts Center and the Minnesota Art Education Exchange, now known as the Art Educators of Minnesota. At BSC, she taught a variety of students in elementary art, techniques of weaving, Introduction to Art and Methods of Teaching Art.

The Talley Gallery’s exhibits, collections and programs have supplemented BSU art education and cultivated a greater understanding of and appreciation for creative expression in the Bemidji region. Each year, the gallery hosts six visiting professional artists and juries three BSU student shows – two senior art shows and one scholarship show.

Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


  • Laura Goliaszewski, Talley Gallery director; (218) 755-3737,


Oct. 4 – 1–2 p.m. – Gallery talk and artist presentation by Lou Ferreri for “The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible,” an exhibition of 25 prints in Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery. Location: Bridgeman Hall, Bemidji State University campus. Admission: Free. Information: (218) 755-3737,


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