Visual art of yellow lights depicting fire

what opens—like a blaze of fire (for Joyce Sutphen & Galilee Peaches)

East & West Gallery
November 6, 2021
December 12, 2021
Charles Matson Lume

Artist Talk: Thursday, December 2, 6:30–8:00pm (Visual Arts Building lecture hall) – join us for an in-person discussion with Charles Matson Lume, Joyce Sutphen and Galilee Peaches. Please RSVP here by Monday, November 29.

what opens—like a blaze of fire is a collaboration between Charles Matson Lume and poets Joyce Sutphen (Minnesota’s second Poet Laureate) and Galilee Peaches (interdisciplinary artist). Layered with themes such as the body, relationships, transitions and what it means to be “open”—to discovery, to change, to understanding the complexities of this world—Lume’s site-specific light installations rely on everyday objects and architecture to reflect and expand upon the poetry, and vice versa. This show is accompanied by a book created by the three artists, effectively intertwining visual art and the written word in the gallery space.

Jerry Poling, light, objects create sensory ‘blaze of fire,’ UW-Stout Highlights News Center

Sheila Regan, Dancing With What's Absent: 'what opens — like a blaze of fire' at St. Kate's,



Charles Matson Lume is a visual artist whose art is engaged in the pas deux of light and matter. Like William Carlos Williams, Matson Lume believes, “It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” His installations have been exhibited at institutions such as: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, (Dublin, Ireland), Babel Kunst (Trondheim, Norway), Kemijärvi Art Gallery, (Kemijärvi, Finland), and Hunter College, (NYC). He has received fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Charles has participated in artist residencies located in: Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Ireland, and the US. He holds an MFA & MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Psychology from Wheaton College. He has taught art at the university level since 1996, and currently is Professor of Art and Interim Associate Dean/Director, School of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Charles lives in Saint Paul, MN, and his art can be found online at the following curated artist registry:

White Columns (NYC)

Charles Matson Lume is a fiscal year 2020 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.