MA Thesis Exhibition

An exhibition for the MA thesis work of David Smit will be on display in Hartmann Center Gallery May 2nd-13th, 2012.

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The reception for this exhibition will be held May 4th, 5:00pm-7:00pm at Hartmann Center Gallery.
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The Smalls, Paintings by Nina Rizzo

Hartmann Center Art Gallery

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March 29 – April 27, 2012

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Reception: March 29th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

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Rizzo’s paintings are equal part fact and fiction. Using her direct experience with a place, event or object as a catalyst, she abstracts, invents and explores new realities in painted space and form. Rizzo imagines places unseen or hybrid spaces, creating a world that is full of wonder and possibility. Her use of exaggerated color, fluid brush strokes, and spatial ambiguities reveal sensual environments where interiors and exteriors collide and our notion of reality is questioned.

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– Stephanie McMahon, Curator, Perceiving Place, 2010

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3rd Biennial Central Time Ceramics


\nHeuser and Hartmann Galleries
\nFebruary 27 – March 23, 2012

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Lecture by Central Time Ceramics Juror, Delores Fortuna
\nDate: March 1st, 5:00pm
\nHorowitz Auditorium, Global Communications Center
\nReception: March 1st, 6:00-7:30pm

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This exhibition is the third installment of the biennial juried exhibition of ceramic artwork, Central Time Ceramics. Produced by Bradley University this exhibition has been generously funded in part by Robert Freeland.  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 55 ceramic works by 37 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.

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“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. Delores Fortuna, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the SAIC 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. Bradley University Galleries is proud to announce the following artists will be exhibiting in the 3rd Biennial Central Time Ceramics juried exhibition;

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Zach Balousek
\nAmanda Barr
\nBo Bedilion
\nJill Birschbach
\nDavid Bogus
\nEric Bosch
\nKeith Carter
\nG E Colpitts
\nKelly Cox
\nWilliam Cravis
\nAudra Darbyshire
\nAngela Dieffenbach
\nDaniel Gardner
\nJohn Gargano
\nKelly Kessler
\nTim Kowalczyk
\nChris Kukla
\nCassandra Lawlor
\nChris Leonard
\nHollie Lyko
\nLaura Marmash
\nEric Mullis
\nKate Nelson
\nTybre Newcomer
\nSheryl Paulson
\nNila Petty
\nDon pilcher
\nMegan Quinn
\nWilliam Rimel
\nTammie Rubin
\nJessica Smith
\nMike Stumbras
\nSarah Teasley
\nJulia Timm
\nKelsie Ward
\nJennifer White
\nSarah Zaleski

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Update: Central Time Ceramics Award Winners
\n1st Place – Kate Nelson
\n2nd Place – Keith Carter
\n3rd Place – Angela Dieffenbach

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Honorable Mentions:
\nKelsie Ward
\nJill Birschbach

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Image: Keith Carter, Spacil-Phylum Cnidaria IV
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Drawings by Christopher Troutman


\nHeuser Art Gallery
\nNovember 14 – December 18, 2011

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Reception: November 17, 5:00 – 7:00pm

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Christopher Troutmans drawings and paintings concentrate on the remembrance of direct observation as a vehicle for exploring the relationship between memory and pictorial expression.  Troutman draws from his experiences of living in Japan, and then changes views when he moved to Southern California, Richmond, Kentucky, and now  Vincennes, Indiana.  He uses ordinary people and their environments as subjects.  Troutman focuses on the unique gestures of human figures and amplifying urban settings.

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Born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Christopher graduated from Bradley University in 2003 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting.  He then moved to Japan where he and his wife opened a conversational English school.  In 2005 Troutman was the first foreign resident of Kagoshima to be awarded the Grand Prize at the 52nd  Kagoshima Prefectural Art Exhibition and received an Award of Excellence at the 60th Southern Japan Art Exhibition. In 2008 Christopher completed an MFA in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach.  Troutman formerly taught drawing and painting at Eastern Kentucky University and currently teaches at Eastern Illinois University.
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In Progress


\nArtwork by current Bradley graduate students.

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Hartmann Gallery
\nOctober 20 ­– December 3, 2011

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Reception: October 20, 5:00 – 7:00pm

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In Progress will feature current graduate students in the MA and MFA program at Bradley University. This show will include Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Graphic Design, and Sculpture.
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A Broader View – Lecture & Reception

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Join us this Thursday September 1st at Bradley University for a lecture by local artist Preston Jackson.  Jackson is Bradley University’s Artist in Residence and an exhibition of his work titled A Broader View is currently on display in Heuser Art Gallery. Reception to follow lecture.
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Jackson’s recent work deals with the subject of our history, both precise depictions of well-known historical figures as well as innovative portrayals of individuals whose lives, though unfamiliar to us, are part of our history he wants us to learn. Jackson will be presenting both paintings and sculpture at this exhibition.
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Preston Jackson received his BFA from Southern Illinois University and his MFA from the University of Illinois. Jackson has been a professor of Sculpture and head of the Figurative Area at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1989. Jackson has served as owner of The Raven Gallery in the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois for the past 16 years. His works are mostly shown around the Chicago land area, which includes a bronze relief of Ernie Banks for ESPN Zone Chicago. He was also part of the group exhibition Pierwalk 1996 though 2001, at Navy Pier in Chicago. Jackson and his wife maintain homes in Dunlap and Chicago, IL.

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Lecture
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5:00pm – Horowitz Auditorium, Global Communications Center
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Reception
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6:00 – 7:30pm – Heuser Art Gallery
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A Broader View will be on display August 22nd – September 23rd at Heuser Art Gallery during gallery hours.
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