Presidential Gala

September 3, 2019

The University of Saint Francis, President Sister M. Elise Kriss and the School of Creative Arts will host the 2019 Presidential Gala on Sept. 7 on the campus.

The gala will run from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, located off Leesburg Road on the campus, 2701 Spring St. The gala is free and open to the public and is sponsored by 3Rivers Federal Credit Union.

The gala will feature works by sculpture/installation artists Virginia Kistler of Columbus, Ohio, and mixed-media photography/video artist Emily Hanako Momohara of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Additionally, a free concert will be presented throughout the evening by the local Fort Wayne band: Rosalind & The Way.

Kistler will be creating a site-specific installation in the Weatherhead Gallery. Her installations incorporate a variety of media including laser cut rubber, cnc router-cut plastic, 3D printed plastic and photography. Momohara will have photo and video-based works on display in both the Goldfish and Artist Spotlight Gallery. She references Japanese craft and gardening heritage in her work that describes theJapanese American experience over generations. Immigration, heritage and mixed-race identity weave in and out of her work seamlessly.

Kistler will present a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the USF North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St. The lecture is also free and open to the public.

For more information about either the presidential gala or the public lecture, contact 260-399-8064 or e-mail  Information can also be found at