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St. Norbert College Art Gallery Hosting Tiny House On Campus as Part Of Early Fall Art Exhibition

From St. Norbert College, August 31, 2016
by Matthew Matuszak, matthew.matuszak@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The St. Norbert College Bush Art Center is hosting a tiny house on campus from Aug. 29 to Sept. 23. The house is part of a campus art exhibition, "Shelter and Clothing: Using Sustainable Design to Rethink How We Live Today," in the Baer Gallery of the Bush Art Center. Open house hours are Mon.-Thurs. from noon to 2 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a special open house on Sept. 17 during SNC Day -- the college's community-wide open house -- from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The galleries in the Bush Art Center are open to the public and admission is free.

The visiting house was designed, built and decorated by homeowner Rebecca Rutter, a local pastor, and is 98 square feet. Built from thrifted and recycled materials and sleeping up to five people, the home was constructed for approximately $4,000. A self-taught designer and carpenter, Rutter built the home while working on her seminary degree as a way to balance the time she spent on her studies.

The exhibit highlights design that nurtures individuals and communities by scaling down and working with sustainable materials. It celebrates the handmade object and the spirit of making.

Tiny houses are part of a social movement in which people choose to drastically downsize the space they live in. The typical American home is about 2,600 square feet. By living in a tiny house, often between 100 and 400 square feet, residents can curtail high payments for larger homes and conserve resources.

For more information on the tiny house and other St. Norbert College art center exhibitions, visit http://www.snc.edu/artgalleries, call 920-403-3072 or email artgalleries@snc.edu.