Wednesday, April 27, 2011

UIS Visual Arts Department presents senior exhibition

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield is proud to present “VIII,” an exhibition of recent works by the graduating seniors of the Visual Arts Department. The artists will show an eclectic collection of fine art pieces, representing numerous disciplines and medium.

WHEN: The exhibition will run May 2-15, 2011 with an opening reception taking place on Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. starting in the Visual Arts Gallery.

WHERE: The exhibition will be located in Visual Arts Gallery located in the Health and Sciences Building and the Access Gallery located in the Visual and Performing Arts Building.

DETAILS: Artist Matt Abrell uses digital media to obscure the boundaries between fiction and reality. Sarah Ayers thematically represents organic subject matter by way of paint and print. Geoffrey Chandler pays homage to iconic video games, employing ceramics and mixed media. Charde Creasey reveals feminist concepts through the eyes of a female gamer. Erin Freeman sculpts stylized busts with exaggerated features out of stoneware. Photographer Joe Gardner uses digital media to enhance his images and subjects. Paintings and prints by Judah Johnson explore personal and iconic American imagery, conveying a historical exposé. Mixed media artist Joel Walter re-appropriates computer keyboards to create a mosaic self-portrait.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception and view the exhibition. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

For more information on the exhibition, contact UIS Visual Arts Gallery at 217/206-6506 or email

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