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Barry McNamara
An exhibit of paintings by Monmouth College assistant professor of art Tyler Hennings is on display in the college’s Len G. Everett Gallery through Sept. 24.

A reception for Hennings will be held on Sept. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit and reception are all both and open to the public.

“These paintings are about the act of looking, the process of painting, and the foundations of art,” said Hennings, who has been a full-time member of the faculty since 2008. “It is my goal to create work from carefully observed reality with an abstract sensibility; to create a dialogue between representation and abstraction, which I do not see as mutually exclusive ways of working.”

Continued the artist, who first began teaching at Monmouth in 2004, “I make forceful, confident marks that describe the subject, and that also document my emotional and painterly reaction to that subject. I choose ubiquitous subjects that have a subtle and unassuming sense of humor or personal warmth, and when painted in my assertive style, allow me to create non-literal meaning in my work.”

Hennings received a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Western Illinois University in 1999. He earned a master of fine arts degree, also in painting, in 2002 from Northern Illinois University. In addition to teaching art at WIU and NIU, he has been an instructor in Galesburg at Carl Sandburg College and the Henry C. Hill Correctional Center.

Located in Hewes Library, the gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to midnight.