WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Performance Center will host a closing reception for Sharon Mansur’s visual installation, “Cedar Tree: DISTILLED,” Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m.

“Cedar Tree: DISTILLED” reflects key elements from “Dreaming Under a Cedar Tree,” a performance and visual installation project with Middle Eastern flavor, which premiered in fall 2017 at Outpost Winona. Created and performed by Winona-based dance/visual artist Sharon Mansur, this immersive event invited people to share dance, visual art, food, and conversation while reflecting on Mansur’s Lebanese heritage, the complex and fluid nature of cultural identity, and the power of place in our dreams.

Mansur was inspired by the current U.S. political and social landscape to share this aspect of her background within an artistic context. The work offers a vehicle to engage with others regarding these themes, supporting increased understanding, empathy, and respect for difference.

“Cedar Tree: DISTILLED” is a selected array from that project’s multimedia installation, including family photographs; oil paintings by her father, Raymond T. Mansur; photographs from family visits to Lebanon; performance images; maps, text, cedar sculptures and other 3D objects; and video.  

The reception will include light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artist. The event is free and open to the public. The installation may be viewed in the Performance Center’s Ben Miller Lobby daily through April 24.

About the Artist

Sharon Mansur is a Winona-based contemporary dance and visual artist, educator, curator, body worker, mover, and shaker. Originally from Boston, Mass., her creative practice integrates improvisational techniques, somatic (body/mind) practices, collaborative approaches, and site-responsive art. She is also committed to dance as a transformational and healing catalyst for individuals and communities. Mansur’s performance projects and dance films have been presented throughout the U.S. and abroad.

About the Performance Center

Serving more than 25,000 visitors each year, the goal of the Performance Center at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is to be Southeastern Minnesota’s premier performing arts center, bringing artists and community together through imaginative programming, unique collaborations, a welcoming atmosphere, and exceptional service. The Performance Center strives to be the venue through which artists and community connect — where audiences can experience a variety of cultures through quality performances of music, theatre, and dance, and discover the relevance of the arts in their daily lives.

Activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.