Following the University’s decision to transition courses online after spring break, Bradley University Galleries will be temporarily closing both campus galleries, Heuser Art Gallery and Hartmann Center Gallery, and all events until further notice.
THROUGH OUR EYES is the online exhibition of the Bradley University Senior Photography Capstone class. The dedicated and talented students showcased in this exhibition have spent the semester considering individual concepts that include social justice issues, environmental concerns, and investigations of identity. Though challenged with the transition from working on campus in the studios and darkrooms to working at home, these students have found creative ways to continue their photographic practice incorporating alternative processes and digital collage techniques.
Please enjoy perusing this online exhibition which features the works, artist statements, biographies, and personal website links to the ten senior photography students in the capstone class. The exhibition was originally planned to be held at the beautiful Peoria Magazine gallery space but was reconfigured due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This website is a testament not only to the tenacity and flexibility of these student-artists, but also to their creativity and ingenuity in overcoming adversity. ~Margaret LeJeune Associate Professor of Photography www.bradleyuniversityphoto.com
7th Central Time Ceramics Heuser Art Gallery, Hartmann Center Gallery Canceled until further notice
This exhibition is the seventh installment of the biennial juried exhibition of ceramic artwork, Central Time Ceramics. The show brings together ceramic artwork from across the Central Time Zone to a city not only centrally located but also commonly associated with the central United States: Peoria, Illinois. Assembled in Peoria at the Bradley University Galleries are 51 ceramic works by 36 artists living and working in the Central Time Zone. From Minnesota to Texas, the locales represented are as varied as each artist’s aesthetic, yet the level of craftsmanship and innovation remains high throughout.
“Central” often refers to being in the middle, inferring sameness or mediocrity, yet the multiplicity of styles, methods and materials in this exhibition is anything but. This year’s juror is Doug Jeppesen. Jeppesen holds a BA in Art History and a BFA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Tulsa, and a MFA from Northern Illinois University. Doug holds the title of Associate Professor of Art/Ceramics at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois where he has taught full time since 1998.
Jeppesen has superbly selected a diverse group of work full of color, technical expertise, and experimentation. This exhibition may be centrally located yet it depicts the Central Time Zone as a multifarious region including diverse perspectives on the materials, methods, and styles of contemporary ceramic art.
Exhibition: February 12 – March 13 – Red Door Gallery, Heuser Art Center 3rd Floor Gallery Hours: 2-5pm M-Th, 2-4:30pm F, and by appointment Workshop: February 14, 3:30-5:30 – Heuser Art Center, Photo Area
Join us for an exhibition featuring the artwork of photographer Millie Tibbs. Tibbs’ work will be on display February 12 – March 13 in the Red Door Gallery located on the third floor of Heuser Art Center.
Tibbs is an associate professor of photography at Wayne State University. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of two MacDowell Colony fellowships, as well as multiple national and international artist residency awards. Her work has been published by the Humble Arts Foundation, NYC and the Aperture Foundation, and is held in the permanent collections of the George Eastman Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, the Chrysler Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the RISD Museum.
Exhibition: February 6 – 20, Heuser Art Center 2nd Floor Catwalk Gallery Reception: February 6, 6-7:30pm
YEAR IN (RE)VIEW is an undergraduate art exhibition that features the artwork of nine select BU undergraduate students; Amanda Brito, Taylor Fawcett, Matthew Hoffert, Megan Le, Dylan Pashke, Sydney Ryan, Theresa Sample, Brandon Towns, and Kendall Welch. This exhibit will be on display in the Heuser Art Center 2nd Floor Catwalk Gallery February 6 – 20. A reception event will be held February 6th from 6-7:30pm. This exhibition was curated and organized by BU graduate student Peter Ahart.
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm Friday: 9am – 4pm and by appointment
Hold Fast – Margaret LeJeune, Sabbatical Exhibition Hartmann Center Gallery January 22 – February 20 Lecture: February 20, 5pm – Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center Reception: February 20, 6-7:30pm
The exhibition Hold Fast by Associate Professor of Photography Margaret LeJeune will be on display in Hartmann Center Gallery January 22 – February 20. Join us for a Visual Voices lecture presented by LeJeune on February 20th in Horowitz Auditorium, which will be immediately followed by an artist reception in the gallery.
This exhibition features five bodies of photographic work created over the course of LeJeune’s year long 2018-2019 sabbatical. Issues of climate change, habitat loss, native species, ecology, and our complicated relationship to the sea are explored in these works.
Dornith Doherty – The Bunn Lectureship in Photography Heuser Art Gallery January 13 – February 20 Lecture: February 6, 5pm – Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center Reception: February 6, 6-7:30pm
This photography exhibition by Texas-based artist Dornith Doherty intertwines science and art, showcasing the planet’s botanical diversity through 17 images from seed banks across the world.
For nearly 10 years, Doherty traveled the world from Australia to Russia photographing seed banks, which are designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants against species loss brought by blight, development, global warming, pests, unexpected change, and war. Long interested in how humans shape the land, Doherty explored seed vaults and the activities of their research scientists. Starting with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, she visited key facilities across five continents, including the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, just south of the North Pole on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. Svalbard, one of more than 1,700 seed banks across the globe, is special because it houses duplicate seeds from other vaults to serve as a backup in case of a natural or man-made disaster. Because of its location, it is better positioned to withstand the potential aftermath of global warming or other man-made global disasters.
Spurred by the completion of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Dornith Doherty began Archiving Eden in 2008 as a way to explore the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change and the extinction of natural species.
This program has been made possible by the generous support of The Bunn Lectureship in Photography series. Because of this support from Bradley alums, Jacob and Lorrie Bunn, for over 20 years The Bunn Lectureship in Photography has brought nationally and internationally recognized photographers to Bradley’s campus. With the goal of broadening and enriching students’ educational experience, this program provides exhibitions, lectures, and workshops where students benefit from direct interaction with professional photographers.