Wednesday, February 18, 2015

UIS Visual Arts Gallery to feature Decatur artist

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present Sublime Light, an exhibition of abstract paintings from Lyle Salmi, associate professor of painting, drawing and printmaking and chair of the Art Department at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

Sublime Light will open on Monday, March 2 and run through Thursday, March 26. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, March 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The exhibition will feature abstract paintings that present variety through scale, palette, and beyond. “These are ethereal abstract paintings that explore the phenomena of light and space,” said Salmi. “They are also rooted in the here and now by the insistence of surface and brush stroke. The resultant forms dissolve and surfaces shimmer with movement and color.”

Salmi received a master’s degree in fine arts and painting from Arizona State University in 1988, and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1983. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Fellowship for painting in 1994, and has also been an artist in residence at the Hambidge Center for the Arts in Rabun Gap, Georgia, and at the Anderson Center for the Arts in Red Wing, Minnesota. Active professionally both in and out of the classroom, Salmi has spoken at regional arts symposiums, served as juror for numerous regional art exhibitions, and has written for The Dictionary of Modern Philosophers, and Fiberarts magazine. Salmi has exhibited his paintings nationally and continues to work both as an artist and teacher.

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, room 201 (HSB 201). Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information exhibition programming, please visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at, or contact the gallery at 217/ 206-6506 or

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