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Diverse works by art faculty members on display

Barry McNamara
One of the paintings on display is this colorful work by Brian Baugh.
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MONMOUTH, Ill. – An exhibit featuring almost three dozen works by seven members of Monmouth College’s art faculty is on display in the Len G. Everett Gallery in Hewes Library through April 6.

Featured are painters Brian Baugh, Jessica Bingham Ott and Mary Phillips, collage artist Stephanie Baugh, sculptor Stacy Lotz, photographer Paul Scott Page and ceramicist Janis Mars Wunderlich.

A gallery reception for the artists will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. March 23. The artists will speak at 3:30 p.m.

“With so many artists included in the exhibition, diversity among the artworks is expected, but in this show, we present an exceptionally wide range of art-making practices that are evidence of the versatility of the faculty and the breadth of our interests – both visually and conceptually – that tell the story of our different histories and experiences with making art,” said Assistant Professor of Art Stephanie Baugh. “We are glad to present this range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work because it represents a core philosophy of art-making that we teach our students: make art that matters to you, and work in the media area that best fits the ideas that you wish to communicate or express. There is no hierarchy of materials or styles.”

Baugh said that despite the diversity of types of work represented, the show still has “a strong feeling of cohesion and unity.”

“In many cases, there are visual characteristics or qualities in the art of one person that seem to be reflected in the work of someone else,” she said. “Looking across the gallery, you can find unexpected but satisfying relationships between a sculpture and a painting or between two very different types of two-dimensional artworks.”

All seven artists will speak at the March 23 gallery talk, which Baugh said will be “a fun event.”

“Typically solo-artists speak for 15-20 minutes with time for Q&A,” she said. “Since there are seven of us, we each have a more limited time frame, only 3-5 minutes, so gallery visitors will get to not only see our different approaches to making art, but in a short period of time will also get to hear the different motivations and meanings that we engage in our work.”

The exhibit, reception and talk are all free and open to the public.