Art Exhibition: Spiritual Endurance Test


Apr. 22, 2019, 8am to 5pm
Show Recurring Dates

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Jessie Metcalf Gallery, 2nd Floor, Tam Alumni Center
Three playing cards with art drawn on the backs.


Spiritual Endurance Test

Mary Sabo and Karin Miller

Jessie Metcalf Gallery, Tam Alumni Center

Spiritual Endurance Test, a collaborative installation by artists Mary Sabo, class of ’18, & Karin Miller, class of ’12, documents objects and scenes encountered while traveling to Tonopah, NV approximately a year ago. Through their exploration of the rural landscapes of Beatty, Goldfield & Tonopah, the two artists strive to understand and draw inspiration from an intangible eeriness felt amidst these towns. Gathering inspiration from these less traveled sites and using familiar materials, Sabo and Miller assemble talismans, shrines and devotional memorabilia that pay homage to sacred ritual practice and explore themes of isolation, pilgrimage and death. Matching process with experimentation, they mold sculptures from concrete, they reference William S. Burrough’s “ play-back technique ” with recorded sounds from The Clown Motel, and draw images from reference photos of the trip. The resulting pieces are presented in Spiritual Endurance Test. Using various techniques and skills unique to each of their practices, the artists lend a new approach to installation.


No charge for admission

Admission Information

Open and free to the public.

Contact Information

HFA 145, Donna Beam Gallery
Jerry Schefcik

External Sponsor

Donna Beam Gallery, Alumni Association