Barry McNamara  |   Published April 26, 2017

‘A+’

Second exhibit of senior art on display in College’s Everett Gallery
The works of four Monmouth College seniors are on display in the Everett Gallery of the College’s Hewes Library.

Titled “A+,” the exhibit will be on display through May 6. The featured artists are Krista Foiles of Batavia, Ill., Emma Gawron of Chicago, Anita Herrera of Galesburg, Ill., and Kendall Thompson of Galesburg, Ill.

A gallery talk will be held at 1 p.m. April 28, and a reception for the artists will be held from 3-5 p.m. April 29.

Foiles said the focus of her work “stems from my fascination with psychological disorders. … I create my work the way I do as an attempt to inform people about the struggles and experiences of people with mental disorders. I think of an image or set of images that can work as a metaphor for what they are experiencing.”

Gawron said, “I believe in people and what they can create. This is what inspires me to draw – everyday life.”

A non-traditional student, Herrera said she draws on more than 50 years of personal life experiences, with her artwork taking “a critical view of ecology, political science and childhood and adult events.” In particular, the feminist and civil rights movements are a major part of her art.

When he attempts to create, Thompson is pulled in several directions, including lifelong loves of math and numbers, as well as basketball.

“Different forms, and arrangements of those forms, are often inspired by the mindset, tactics and thought processes utilized in the game that I hold so close to my heart,” said Thompson, who is also influenced by music and by ancient people and their respective cultures.

The Everett Gallery is open during regular library hours: 7:30 a.m.-midnight Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and noon-midnight Sundays.
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