College staffer takes first-place in art competition

July 07, 2014

Erick Wiger, a college lab assistant at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, recently was awarded first place for his installation "My Silica Mycelia" and third place for "Glass Cairns" at Art In The Hollow, a celebration of visual and performing art in Swede Hollow Park on the east side of St. Paul.

In creating “My Silica Mycelia,” which is made of blown glass, he said, “I tried to capture the ephemeral spirit of mushrooms by using clear glass and placing them in a wooded area so people could discover them.” “Glass Cairns,” also made of blown glass, highlights the part of the park that has been an important gathering site for different cultures since Native Americans first populated the land.

During his 11 years at the college, Wiger has taken glass-blowing classes as well as providing a myriad of services for students and faculty. “Being at the college has allowed me to immerse myself in a creative environment and support students in developing their artistic self-expression,” Wiger said.  “I enjoy working with students.”

Art In The Hollow presents local artists with the opportunity to create live art and sell their work while enjoying the outdoors and interacting with community members. This celebration of art and natural beauty, also allows the public to experience different art forms, learn about the history of the Swede Hollow neighborhood, community organizations, and to support local businesses.

Art In The Hollow takes places in Swede Hollow, a valley that was home to hundreds of people who were new residents to America from the 1850s until the 1950s. Today it is Swede Hollow Park, which is in the heart of the city. Art In The Hollow is a project of Friends of Swede Hollow.

Erick Wiger

Erick Wiger, a college lab assistant at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, was recently awarded first place for his installation "My Silica Mycelia" (shown) at Art In The Hollow, a celebration of visual and performing art in Swede Hollow Park on the east side of St. Paul.