Un-Still Life: The Artwork of Jessie Rasche

The Walk Jessie Rasche

In March of 2020, the world fell still as the pandemic sent us into isolation. For more than a year, we shunned our natural need to connect with those around us for the greater good. Now, as we take the first cautious steps out of solitude, it’s time to celebrate the Un-Still Life.

The Center for Western Studies is excited to present Un-Still Life: The Artwork of Jessie Rasche. This gallery exhibition of figure work observes a reemergence of life as we deal with the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. The exhibition opens November 15, 2021, and runs through February 11, 2022.

With her bold brushwork and ethereal edges, Jessie Rasche’s figure work leaps off the canvas with an energy that a quarantine-weary population craves. You’ve never seen the everyday world around you so brilliantly expressed.

While exploring the tableau of the world around us, it’s her rendering of the human form in the act of being human that makes Rasche’s work so dynamic. As she explains, “The paintings are about life, movement, or socializing.”

Along with Rasche’s work in human form, several works in the exhibit examine the movement of animals interacting with the environment.

Un-Still Life: The Artwork of Jessie Rasche runs from November 15, 2021, through February 11, 2022. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition is located in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Center's Fantle Building at 2121 South Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD.

Per Augustana University policy, masks are required in all indoor public spaces on campus, including the Center for Western Studies, regardless of vaccination status.

For more information, please contact the Center for Western Studies at 605.274.4007 or cws@augie.edu.

About the Artist:

Jessie Rasche has always loved both animals and making art, and her work shows it. Her paintings focus on capturing the invisible connection between animals in a group, animals and the land, and between people who love each other— composed in an unsentimental, painterly style filled with visible brush strokes and palette knife marks.

Her work is enjoyed around the country, with collectors in over 30 states (as well as Canada, the UK, and the Isle of Man). Jessie works both directly with collectors and through quality fine art galleries. She has exhibited in galleries and art centers on the West coast, East coast, Midwest and South, and has paintings in the public collections of hospitals, universities, and even a state collection. Jessie is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society.

Jessie draws with her fans every week on her YouTube show Draw With Jessie and helps artists become more confident painters in her ongoing online class Painting Class with Group Coaching.

(featured artwork: The Walk by Jessie Rasche)