Eastern Illinois University
Visiting artists Jenny Chi, David Griffin and Denise Rehm-Mott from Eastern Illinois University offer a multi-media exhibit.
Jenny Chi paints in a style reminiscent of the old masters, conducting a personal, sometimes sly dialogue with the Italian Renaissance. She understands the great masterpieces not just as finished works, but as a way of seeing, an inexhaustible language that can be learned and shared and which always retain the power of saying new things. “Art,” Chi notes, “is a celebration of life, and to be a great artist, one has to be a humanitarian and love all beings.”
David Griffin expands and explores the traditional techniques of metalsmithing, cold-metal spinning and wood turning, and the vessels he creates are meant to allude to a possible narrative interpretation of their materials’ origins. Some seem like industrial hardware, while others are more natural. Griffin hopes that these vessels will lure the viewer into spending more time in contemplating the stories of their creation.
Denise Rehm-Mott pushes the limits of intaglio by exploring mark-making and acid corrosion on the plate to produce a rich, sculptural feel, which could not be achieved with any other medium. Her present subject matter is bird boxes integrated into pristine old growth forest settings. The environments in which the bird houses are placed suggest a process of decay, as well as a vivid beauty and suggests also the duality of nature: beneficial and fecund, but also adverse. She changes the perspective of the woods and most of the bird boxes to better personify their spirits and add a psychological tension.
Jan. 7—Feb. 7, 2013
Reception: Feb. 7, 2013, 7–9 p.m.
Artists’ Gallery Talks: Feb. 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Small Colleges’ Art Exhibition
Includes student artwork from Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College and Olivet College
The Michigan Small Colleges’ Art Exhibition is a juried venue for art students from the participating schools (currently Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, and Olivet College) to show their recent work in a professional gallery. The show is fairly eclectic, reflecting the different emphases of the schools and their pedagogy. This year’s juror is Karen Bonderchuk, professor of art at Western Michigan University.
Feb. 11—Mar. 10, 2013
Awards & Gallery Reception: Mar. 10, 2013, 2–4 p.m.
Alma College Art & Design Majors, Class of 2013
The Senior Show highlights the work of the graduating degree candidates in the Art Department and represents the culmination of their years of dedication and hard work in such areas as Graphic Design, Digital Media, Painting, Drawing, Ceramics and Sculpture. Exhibiting seniors this year include Linzee Brenner, Meghan Cheyne, Annalise deYoung, Kathryn Goffnett, Julie Helm, Kelsey Irland-Wright, Meghan Kelly and Mary Ottoman.
Mar. 18—Apr. 19, 2013
Reception: Mar. 23, 2013, 2–4 p.m.