Steampunk aesthetic featured at the NAU Art Museum’s Todd Volz exhibit

Art work by Todd Volz

Jan. 30 2019

Circuitous: Sculpture by Todd Volz, the Northern Arizona University Art Museum’s new exhibition, evokes the gear and girder age by featuring sculptures with a steampunk aesthetic.

The exhibit opens Feb. 5 and is on display through March 29. Volz is giving a free public presentation at 4 p.m. March 29.

Volz, a professional artist and educator, has had artwork featured throughout the United States. His sculptures reveal a spirit of inventiveness and ingenuity and draw inspiration from the glass and steel surfaces of antique medical devices, farm machinery and domestic appliances.Art work by Todd Volz

“The mechanical forms and antiqued surfaces that I use are meant to engage viewers in a creative process of the their own as they attempt to discern the true function of the objects amidst varying levels of real and imagined functionality,” Volz said.

The NAU Art Museum sustains its role as a leading cultural institution in northern Arizona through its acquisition of challenging, contemporary art.

“It has long been the objective of the NAU Art Museum to complement the robust fine arts scene in Flagstaff by introducing artists to the community who provide something different from what we typically see,” museum director George Speer said. “With this in mind, we have consistently sought out practicing artists whose messages or aesthetics offer that complementary vision.”

The NAU Art Museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Entrance to the museum is free, but a $2 donation is suggested.


Tallie Valverde