Wednesday, August 25, 2010

UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents 'Chimeras, Ideals, and Errors'

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery opens a new season with ‘Chimeras, Ideals, and Errors’ featuring artwork by Craig Newsom, Carl Andersen and Bryan Van Donslear. The exhibit opens August 25 and runs through September 22. A reception will be held on September 2 from 5:30-8 p.m.

‘Chimeras, Ideals, and Errors’ explore the relationships between format and content. Each drawing in the exhibit is a single page from one of the artist’s Moleskine Pocket Sketchbook. In addition, each drawing is created with a technical pen. The motives/motifs may differ between each artist, but the substrate is the same and the means are parallel.

Carl Andersen studied painting and drawing at the University of Northern Iowa, graduating in 1992. His work hybridizes his interest in the human figure and design, synthesizing close studies of observable form, human and otherwise, with patterns suggestive of abstract floral fields, mythic landscapes and biomorphic structures, rooted in his interest and work with literature. He works primarily in pen and ink, graphite, or charcoal. Andersen currently works and resides in Minneapolis where he teaches literature and composition in the public school system.

Craig Newsom received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Chicago and is currently an assistant professor in the art department at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. In his work, he explores a personal mythology through the syncretization of traditional and digital methods. The drawings present in this exhibition represent the beginnings of characters and/or significant moments in the narrative arcs of those characters in his personal mythology. Recently he has begun a large body of work composed entirely on an iPod Touch and is a member of the newly formed International Association of Mobile Digital Artists.

Bryan Van Donslear received his MFA degree from the University of Iowa and is currently Visual Resources Curator and Instructor at the University of Northern Iowa. Bryan has explored a diversity of media and subject matter and has exhibited his work in more than 50 solo, group, and juried exhibitions.

The Visual Arts Gallery is located in the Health and Science Building (HSB 201). Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information contact Ken Pease in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery at 217/206-6506 or email

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