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Monmouth's Stephanie Baugh part of exhibit at Rock Island Gallery

Barry McNamara
Works by Monmouth College art professor Stephanie Baugh are being featured at an exhibit through June 30 at Quad City Arts Rock Island Gallery.

A member of the College’s art faculty, Baugh is showing 20 collage panels created from 2014-17. Also featured at the exhibit is art by Karen Blomme of Davenport, Iowa, and Matt Moyer of Columbia, Mo. The gallery is located at 1715 2nd Ave. in Rock Island. An opening reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. May 19.

Baugh’s abstract panels are expressions of self, reflecting her experiences, memories and conditions of consciousness. Using a variety of techniques and materials, she “distills an object, image, experience or event down to essential shapes or movements.”

“That can only happen when I soften my focus on the world and hold onto some quality of the experience that denies realistic representation. ... I rely on associative thinking and aesthetic cues when selecting and assembling imagery, and I sometimes shape the compositions with collections of lines that are derived from words and letterforms,” she said.

Despite recognizable imagery, Baugh considers her collages to be abstractions, as “their creation is motivated by very specific attitudes or questions, but the presentation is suggestive rather than representational.”

Baugh, who joined Monmouth’s faculty in 2006, was promoted to assistant professor last year. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Montevallo in Alabama, an M.A.Ed. from the University of Georgia and an M.F.A. from Goddard College.

More images of the collage panels are available on Baugh's website.