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Bock-Nelson's paintings on display through Sept. 30

Barry McNamara
“Drive,” an exhibit of paintings by Jennifer Bock-Nelson, will be on display Sept. 2-30 in the college’s Len G. Everett Gallery.

A reception for Bock-Nelson will be held Sept. 2 from 3 - 5 p.m. in the gallery, and she will speak about the exhibit at 3:15 p.m. The exhibit, talk and reception are all free and open to the public.

In addition to her exhibit at Monmouth, Bock-Nelson’s work has also been part of solo shows this year in Crystal Lake, Ill., and Dayton, Ohio. Her work will also be on display in Keokuk, Iowa. Bock-Nelson’s art has won several awards, including honorable mention at this year’s Quad-State Biennial in Quincy, Ill.

“‘Drive’ is an exploration of transitional space,” she wrote in her artist’s statement. “I am interested in perception and the ways in which we process sensory stimuli. The paintings portray recognizable symbols juxtaposed with the natural landscape in an environment warped by motion. Strange yet familiar, the imagery is intended to evoke the sense of a place that is in between.”

Continued Bock-Nelson, “I find the act of driving to be symbolic. Other than the obvious metaphor for life as a journey, driving represents the self in auto-pilot, awakened by pauses in which we see something beautiful in the mundane.”

A native of Chicago, Bock-Nelson spent most of her early years in Zeeland, Mich. After completing her undergraduate work in art at Houghton College, she received a master’s degree in art from Northern Illinois University.

A part-time instructor at Culver-Stockton College, where she also serves as director of the Mabee Art Gallery, Bock-Nelson resides in Quincy with her husband and two sons.

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