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Alumni artists have works on display in area galleries

Barry McNamara
09/20/2019
TOP: This life-sized painting by Dusty Scott '03 is on display at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg.
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MONMOUTH, Ill. – Works by Monmouth College alumni will be on display in two nearby locations when the “Monmouth to M.F.A.” exhibit opens at the College’s Len G. Everett Gallery on Sept. 23.

Already on exhibit is “Scots: Still Rollin,’” which opened at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg in late August. It will be on display through Oct. 18 in the Lonnie Eugene Stewart Art Gallery, located in Building D on Sandburg’s main campus.

Three Monmouth alumni are featured in both exhibits: Alexandra Dupont ’16, Lily Guillen ’18 and Azul Nogueron ’17. The fourth graduate with art in the “Monmouth to M.F.A.” exhibit is Brennan Probst ’12.

Dupont and Probst received their M.F.A. degrees this year from Bradley University and the University of New Orleans, respectively. Nogiero is studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Guillen is enrolled at Wichita State University.
 
“Monmouth to M.F.A.” will be on display through Oct. 25 in Monmouth’s Hewes Library. A reception will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 18, with a gallery talk at 3:30 p.m.

Both the Monmouth exhibit and the Sandburg exhibit are free and open to the public.

Artworks presented at “Monmouth to M.F.A.” include ceramic sculpture, mixed-media wearable art, sculptural installation, mixed-media drawing and photography. The issues they address include time, memory, personal relationships, the interaction of the individual with societal institutions, identity, and loss.

“We are so pleased to showcase the new artworks these alumni have created, and we are equally delighted to share this work with our current art students,” said Monmouth art professor Stephanie Baugh. “As this exhibition demonstrates, the study of art at Monmouth provides a solid yet flexible foundation that supports students even after they leave campus and pursue their own personal, professional and artistic interests.”

The guest curator for “Scots: Still Rollin’” is Kendall Scott Thompson, a 2017 Monmouth graduate. His work was exhibited at Sandburg as part of the 2018 exhibit “Those Who Can,” which featured art teachers from the area.

Thompson has art on display in the exhibit, as do Monmouth alumni Nicholas Callaway ’18, Natalie Curtis ’18, Aubreigh Moon Disbennett ’10, Kallie DiTusa ’17, Gabbie General ’17, Patrick Messenger ’12, Eric Olson ’02, Kylee Payne ’19 and Dusty Scott ’03.

“This show simply does my heart good,” said Baugh’s department colleague, art professor Stacy Lotz. “Seeing all of them together at the opening reception was a strong reminder of why I teach – there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing alums who are still passionate about making art and who are willing to come together and share their work and ideas.”

Lotz said that for some of the Monmouth alumni, the exhibition was a way to reconnect with former classmates, while for others it was an opportunity to meet artists from other classes for the first time.

“The level of professionalism, craftsmanship and diverse styles in this exhibition is impressive,” she said. “The goals in our department have always centered on helping and enabling students to find their own style, find ways to tell their own unique stories and find ways to create works that are expressions of their own personal interests. I think this show exemplifies these goals.”