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Everett Gallery opens 2013-14 season with painting exhibit

“Architecture,” an exhibit of paintings by Melissa Wilkinson, is on display through Oct. 4 in Monmouth College’s Everett Gallery.
A reception and a talk are scheduled for Oct. 11 in the gallery at 3:30 p.m. 
A series of paintings focusing on the aftermath of manmade and natural disasters, the exhibit was inspired by photographs taken by the artist or Google image search results. Her reference material is archived and manipulated using digital collage techniques before she paints the final piece. The resulting art is neither abstract nor representative, but rather a dialogue with modernist painting through postmodern practice.
“I am both drawn to these images and repelled by them,” said Wilkinson, who is an assistant professor of art at Arkansas State University. “They speak of a time where agenda setting, political rhetoric and consumption are perpetuated and often manufactured by the media. Mass media sets the psychological and emotional tone for life as we know it, so I attempt to differentiate between my own neurosis and understanding reality.”
Wilkinson, whose work has been awarded numerous grants and student prizes and exhibited extensively across the U.S., received a BFA from Western Illinois University in 2002 and an MFA from Southern Illinois University four years later.
Located in Hewes Library, the Everett 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.