Multicultural Art

Joel Soiseth

"Ephemeral Outpost"

September 2014


Professor Joel Soiseth graciously agreed to exhibit at the Multicultural Center his lithograph E.P.H. Outpost, “Ephemeral Outpost.” Ephemera is a term referring to things that are short-lived and transitory. This is lithograph number 2 of 7. Lithography is a form of art media that consist of imprinting images on a stone, and they are done by a process of steps in which it is possible to create more than one version of the same piece. One of these versions is preserved at the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, N.D. Professor Soiseth was inspired to create this lithograph from a photograph back in the 1980’s when he lived in Grand Forks. At that time, he worked at the Air Force base when it was still a missile base. The lithograph is his personal vision of an abandoned homested on the surface, only the house is a photo image, the rest were all drawing. Underneath, he visualizes a stone age arrowhead resembling the shape of a modern missile. His rhetorical questions relate to what it is we cannot see, why, and how time doesn’t play a factor. “My stay at the Grand Forks Air Force Base was both fascinating and sobering, realizing we were all surrounded by nuclear weapons,” he concluded.
The MSUN Office of Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs (ODAMP) invites local and regional artists to exhibit their pieces at the Multicultural Center, preferably those that have some link to multicultural themes. For more information, contact or call (406) 265-3589.