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Chicago artist Christine Rojek to present workshop Sept. 13

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Chicago-based artist Christine Rojek will present a free sculpture workshop at Monmouth College on Sept. 13.

Open to the public, the three-hour workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 110 of the College’s McMichael Academic Hall, which is one building east of Wallace Hall.

She will especially be working with our students enrolled in ‘Construction and Foundry,’” said Monmouth art professor Stacy Lotz. “This will be a hands-on work day for the students as they continue to plan and create a piece based on an assignment that Ms. Rojek provided to them earlier this semester.”

While in Monmouth, Rojek will also serve as the juror for the 64 Arts Exhibition at the Buchanan Center for the Arts.

Rojek specializes in public sculpture and uses the tenets of fine design to create interactive environments that appeal to a wide audience. Her installations, which can be provocative, theatrical or whimsical, have become destination pieces in more than two dozen locations throughout the United States.

After completing a bachelor of fine arts degree at the University of Illinois, Rojek continued her studies internationally, attending the American School of Art in Fontainebleau, France. There, she focused on both performance and installation art.

Rojek has received widespread recognition for her achievements, including several fellowship grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and an AT&T Technology in Art Grant. She is currently producing a wind-activated sculpture for “Sculpture on the Grounds,” a national competition sponsored by the Evanston (Ill.) Art Center.

When she is not creating sculpture, Rojek teaches at Columbia College in Chicago and is the co-founder of SculpTours, an exhibition and touring company that promotes the appreciation and advancement of sculpture in Chicago.