The exhibit celebrates the studio practice of faculty artists who teach fine arts courses at Heartland. Featured are works by Jane Camp, L.J. Douglas, Erin Furimsky, John Giglio, Megan Kathol Bersett, Marie-Susanne Langille, Lisa Lofgren, Michael “Mac” McAvoy, and Michele Peterson.
Late in the spring of 2017, Alexander Martin of Peoria spent time at a residency at T.H.I.Studios in Tottenham, North London, England. This exhibition acts as a visual journal of his time there, analyzing cultural associations with gender, race and sexuality.
William Butler pairs two Illinois educators, Chris Kahler of Eastern Illinois University and Jerry Monteith of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The genesis of Kahler’s unruly compositions could be a petri dish, showing protean birth and growth. Monteith’s bizarre sculptures could be the result of what was hatched in the lab and escaped. Together they tell a story of our natural world under attack and the response to the onslaught with resolve, humor and beauty.
Opening Reception: 5-8 PM
For nearly 30 years, Jim Neeley and David Dow have created and built businesses, managed design projects big and small, and traveled the world—while being always open for the next adventure. Wisecracker Studio is their latest collaboration, showcasing artwork from both Jim and David.
Good Weather is excited to present Jenny Gagalka’s second solo exhibition with the gallery at Monaco in St. Louis. racecar is a palindrome built around the title of Gagalka’s first show with the gallery—E—a letter that acts as a stand-in for everything: the constant rhythm of everyday, the earth turning ’round the sun, and the eternal cycle that we embrace and ostensibly race.
In the Company of Black presents selected photographs from a recent series of the same name by artist and educator Cecil McDonald, Jr., as well as the premiere of a new video. Over the course of seven years, McDonald photographed people he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary.” He explains, “When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism). This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country.
kuntur: sacred geometries presents new and recent works by artist, writer, curator, and educator william cordova. Born in Lima, Peru, and now based in Miami, Lima, and New York, the artist engages with time, displacement, and the histories of places and objects. He cites his particular interest in “reframing history and making the invisible visible” as he interweaves evocative materials—such as gold leaf, feathers, Peruvian cacao, and paint chips reclaimed from a famous 1970s graffiti mural— into richly layered works. cordova describes this exhibition as a “synthesis of Andean and Western architecture, sacred geometries, and historical narratives.”
Mark your calendar for a showing by Carrie Pearce “Sweet Nothings”
The exhibit will run from August 21 - 31st with an artist reception on Friday, August 24 from 5 to 8 PM. It’s going to be a fantastic show with all new works of art showcasing a series of 6 x 6 miniature oil paintings. For more information call the Gallery at 309-693-6180.
I Take The Weight From Your Hands exists in a created space where Masculinity is merely a shield not an institution of strength. Grainy pictures of muscle cars and muscle boys blown up to a physically imposing scale shows the graphic breakdown of images--while glowing neon charges the space in saturated color that feels vivid and urgent.
The Great Peoria Talisman Trade is one iteration of an ongoing work that combines compulsive craft, archive, exchange, and questions of materiality and magic under late capitalism.
The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Visual Arts Gallery is proud to present “Interior Space,” an installation developed by artist Allyson Packer, and in cooperation with Springfield residents. “Interior Space” will open Thursday, July 26, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. That same night, the gallery will also feature a one-night-only multi-channel audio installation by ZW Buckley, “faith comes by hearing.” Both artists are currently in residence at the Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists and were brought to Springfield through a partnership with the UIS Visual Arts Gallery.