The inaugural Central Illinois High School Art Exhibition presents 152 works by students at nine Central Illinois high schools. Art teachers submitted their students’ work in nine categories—drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, design, time arts, printmaking, and mixed media—for consideration by jurors. Monetary prizes will be announced during the opening reception on June 1. Awards include Best in Show; 1st, 2nd, and 3rdplace; and honorable mention in each of the categories.
Meiners’ project, Revisiting Rockwell, attempts to contemporize Rockwell’s original works by weaving into each photograph the social issues and elements more suggestive of today. She is examining whether the nostalgia of Rockwell’s work translates into our rapidly changing lifestyles and how his very human tableaux can reflect this moment in time. She is drawn to Rockwell’s work because she has always had a fascination with the past and ends up having a better understanding of the world if she looks at the old in the context of the new. As she continues to examine Rockwell’s work, she has noticed, for better or worse, that while sociological landscape has changed in many ways, there is much that remains the same.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 22, 5 – 7 pm
Ceramic artist Katherine Tauscher uses the hand-building method of pinching to create her functional work. Her organic pinched surfaces, bright colors, and playful use of imagery create an engaging visual and tactile experience for both viewers and users.
Having completed degrees in Architecture, and Fine Arts in Design, now Professor of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University, John Humphries is a visual artist, gardener, and designer focusing on translating one media form to another. The creative work takes the form of photo/watercolor constructions, carved wooden slabs, and automatic poems.
The two artists will fill the Armstrong Gallery with complex color and pattern relationships while exploring the playfulness that mixed media works can allow.
Monaco is pleased to present, After Yesterday Before Tomorrow, a solo exhibition by St. Louis-based artist Gregg Louis.
The exhibition features drawings, paintings, sculptures, and video from two distinct bodies of work produced nearly ten years apart. Louis’ interdisciplinary practice crosses concepts of perception, chance, gesture, and play, often abstracting classic subject matters such as portraiture, landscape, and language.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 5 – 7PM
The invitational show titled Lunacy emphasises the drama of light in nocturnal, lunar, space, stars, distance, and occasional madness of artworks from a select group of Illinois artists including Angel Ambrose (painter), Gary Beaumont (ceramicist), Cathy Crawford (printmaker), Ian Crawley (sculptor), Claire Hedden (ceramicist), Gary Justis (new media), Lyle Salmi (painter), and Elizabeth Graehling (new media).
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 5 – 7 PM
Peter Bushell's current creative efforts challenge the norms of letter forms and letterpress printing. Instead of utilizing type as words and paragraphs to be read, he explores individual letterforms as elements of abstract compositions allowing letters to fall off the page. The visual results are dynamic and colorful abstractions which push the conventional letter forms away from familiarity.