Eleanor Spiess-Ferris
Heuser Art Gallery
Exhibition: October 23 – November 21
Reception: November 2, 6:00-7:30pm

An exhibition featuring paintings by of artist Eleanor Spiess-Ferris will be on display in Heuser Art Gallery October 23 – November 21.  A reception will be held November 2nd from 6:00-7:30 pm in the gallery. Eleanor will also be speaking at the Midwest Women Artists Symposium on campus November 2 and 3 which will explore the theme, “Transforming Midwest Culture and Society: Women Artists, 1960s-1980s.” Eleanor’s presentation “Out of Orchard” will be held in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on the Bradley University campus from 11:10-11:40am. More information and a full list of the symposium presentations can be found at iwa.bradley.edu/symposium/schedule.

Spiess-Ferris is an American Symbolist painter cited as a significant surrealist, narrative figurative and feminist artist. Her numerous visual works display powerful influences of the Spanish and Native American cultures of Northern New Mexico where she grew up.  She populates her visual landscapes with human forms – often women paired with birds, plants, and natural phenomena. Spiess-Ferris draws deeply on her childhood in the high country of northern New Mexico. 

Learn more about the artist at: http://eleanorspiess-ferris.com

Image: River – Oil, 44″ x 34″, 2013

Additional funding from Mary Jean Bowman.

Emergence : Fifty Five Artists – Twenty Four from Bradley University

The Department of Art is proud to announce that twenty-four artists exhibiting in Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Exhibition Emergence are connected with the Bradley University Department of Art, either as a faculty member (including adjunct), former faculty member, current student, or alumni. Once again, this demonstrates the tremendous impact of our department’s collaborations and our influence within the arts community, locally, regionally and nationally.

From the Riverfront Museum:
As Peoria continues to emerge as a national center for the visual arts, artists, and creative talent, the Peoria Riverfront Museum is leading the region as the finest multidisciplinary museum in the nation by providing our communities a public forum to showcase artistic talents and inspire creativity in this place we call home.

Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois is a collaboration between the Museum and nationally recognized artists to share ideas, build strong community relationships, and continue to develop the national identity of the arts in Central Illinois.

Museum curatorial staff, with assistance from prominent members of Central Illinois Arts organizations and institutions – including Oscar Gillespie from Bradley University, Joe and Michele Richey from the Prairie Center of the Arts, John Miller from Illinois State University, Andrea Ferrigno from Knox College, Anita Tuccillo from Illinois Central College and Susan Czechowski from Western Illinois University – invited more than fifty internationally and nationally recognized artists to participate in this exhibition.

Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois is a platform for an ever-evolving tradition of premier contemporary art exhibitions that recognize the contributions made by our nationally known artists to the cultural landscape of Central Illinois. Traditions communicate values, stories and accomplishments while encouraging groups of people to create and share a collective identity, which in turn serves to shape individual identities. They remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past, shapes who we are today and who we are likely to become.

This exhibition provides context for meaningful pause and reflection on the arts in Central Illinois and is a catalyst for creative and innovative development within our community.

Sponsored by: Sharon & John Amdall

With additional support by: Peoria Riverfront Museum Visionary Society, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and Sid Paul Ruckriegel & Andrew Rand

For more information please visit: www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/exhibits/emergence-the-national-arts-of-central-illinois

Border, Boundary, Frontier: A Decade of Change

Border, Boundary, Frontier: A Decade of Change
David Taylor
Hartmann Center Gallery
Exhibition: August 28 – October 16
Reception: October 13, 6:30-8pm

An exhibition featuring the large format photographs of artist David Taylor will be on display in Hartmann Center Gallery August 28 – October 16.  A reception will be held October 13th from 6:30-8pm in the gallery.

David Taylor earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. His photographs, multimedia installations, and artist’s books have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at venues that include the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The New Mexico Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of Art. Taylor’s work is in the permanent collections of, Fidelity Investments, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum among others. The New Yorker blog, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Orion Magazine, PREFIX PHOTO, Fraction Magazine and the Mexico/Latin America Edition of Esquire Magazinehave all featured his images. Taylor’s ongoing examination of the U.S. Mexico border was supported by a 2008 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His monograph “Working the Line” was published by Radius Books in 2010 and has received numerous “best book” and design excellence awards.

Learn more about the artist at: www.dtaylorphoto.com

Image: Path and Flowers
Calle Caminito Viejo, Residencial Agua Caliente, 22194 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Haunted Places: The Veil of Race in the American Landscape

Haunted Places: The Veil of Race in the American Landscape
Wendel White – Bunn Lectureship in Photography
Heuser Art Gallery
Exhibition: August 28 – October 16
Lecture: Friday, October 13, 5:30pm – Neumiller Lecture Hall, Room 145 in Bradley Hall
Reception: October 13, 6:30-8pm

Photographer Wendel White will present this year’s Bunn Lectureship in Photography Friday October 13th at 5:30pm in Neumiller Lecture Hall, Room 145 in Bradley Hall. Haunted Places: The Veil of Race in the American Landscape, will be on display in Heuser Art Gallery August 28 – October 16.

From the artist:
“The veil (DuBois) has been a visual metaphor for the representation of race within my work for several decades; particularly in the two projects known as, “Schools for the Colored” and “Red Summer.” Each is concerned with the remnants of America’s complex and unresolved history of race. The “Schools” project is a photographic portfolio of the segregated buildings and sites for the education of African Americans located in NJ, PA, OH, IN, and IL. Though we still operate a system of deeply segregated schools in many parts of the country, this project is concerned with the architectural remains of legally imposed segregation between the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. The images in the “Red Summer” portfolio are landscapes made in various locations throughout the U.S. combined with images of contemporaneous newspaper articles  The title refers to a series of deadly race riots that swept across the country during 1919. The photographs describe some of the locations where significant racial conflict occurred between 1917 and 1923, using Red Summer (1919) as a center-point for an era of significant racial violence in post World War I America. The newspapers are the veil of information through which most of the country as well as many in the international community, understood and misunderstood these events.”

This program has been made possible by the generous support of The Bunn Lectureship in Photography series. Endowed by a generous donation 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 supports exhibitions, lectures, and workshops where students benefit from direct interaction with professional photographers.

Learn more about the artist and project at: http://wendelwhite.com/

Elaine, AR. Oct 1, 1919. Muskogee County Democrat, Muskogee, OK
Oct 2, 1919, 2017
Pigment Inkjet Print on Canvas


Eva Hesse – Documentary Film by Marcie Begleiter

September 7, 5-7pm : Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center

Join us Thursday, September 7th at 5pm for a free screening of Eva Hesse in Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center. Watch the trailer here.

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. EVA HESSE, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is: “full of life, of eros, even of comedy… Each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists. −Karen Cooper, Film Forum

6th Biennial Central Time Ceramics – Call for Entries

Announcing the 6th Biennial Central Time Ceramics International juried exhibition!  The show will be juried by Gail Kendall.

Following her formal education at the University of Michigan (BSD) and Eastern Michigan University (MFA) Gail Kendall spent ten years working as an independent studio artist in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1987 she accepted a position in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she taught for twenty-four years.

Kendall has been a resident artist at c.r.e.t.a.Rome, Spode Fine China Works, S-O-T England, Watershed Center, The Archie Bray, Red Lodge Clay Center and Anderson Ranch Art Center. Her work has appeared in articles & books including Ceramics: Art and Perception, Neue Keramik, Emmanuel Cooper’s “Contemporary Ceramics”, and Masters of Earthenware, (US).

This exhibition is open to all ceramic artists over the age of 18, who currently reside in the Central Time Zone.  For entry details and exhibition information visit the Call For Entries page.  Or download the CTC Prospectus.

Awards: 1st place – $1,000, 2nd place – $500, 3rd place – $250


Image: Cones, high iron stoneware, 2015
Kait Arndt – Columbia, Missouri

Closed for the Summer


The Bradley University Galleries are closed for the summer. The Galleries will re-open in August with an exciting new season of exhibitions and events. Please check back in soon for further information about up-coming events.

Have a great summer!

2017 BFA Exhibition

BFA Exhibition
Mary Burwinkel, Kane Fulton, Mason Fulton, Fantasia Graham, Noah Otten, Allison Walsh
Prairie Center of the Arts
May 1 – 9
Reception: May 5th, 5-7pm

An exhibition featuring the artwork of six Bachelor of Fine Arts seniors will be on display at Prairie Center of the Arts May 1st – 9th.  A reception will be held on May 5th from 5-7pm.  Mediums of ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture will be on display.

MFA Exhibition

MFA Exhibition – Annastasia Calvert & Alexander A. Martin
Heuser Art Gallery
April 26 – May 3
Reception: April 28th, 5-7pm

An exhibition featuring the work of Master of Fine Arts candidates Annastasia Calvert and  Alexander A. Martin will be on display in Heuser Art Gallery April 26 – May 3.  A reception will be held April 28th from 5-7pm in the Heuser Art Gallery.  Mediums on display will include ceramics, installation and printmaking.