A collection of paintings by Monmouth College assistant professor of art Tyler Hennings is currently on display in the college’s Len G. Everett Gallery.
Titled “painting schmainting,” the exhibit will conclude with a faculty colloquium by Hennings on Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. A gallery reception will be held for the artist on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m.
“I work from direct observation,” said Hennings, who has been teaching two-dimensional art – painting and drawing – at Monmouth since 2004. “My paintings are about the process of looking and painting. I choose objects to paint that are not considered ‘important,’ which makes the choice of those objects very important. I want to make paintings that can exist as a painting without an underlying story, so that the meaning comes from the painting itself. I do not consider abstraction and figuration to be mutually exclusive ways of working.”
Hennings, who holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Western Illinois University, earned his master of fine arts degree, also in painting, from Northern Illinois University in 2002.
Located on the second floor of Hewes Library, the Everett Gallery is open during regular library hours: 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.