Published November 27, 2016

College Invitational

Seven Monmouth students featured at Figge Art Museum exhibition

Seven Monmouth College students have artwork on display at the ninth annual “College Invitational” at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

The exhibition, which features approximately 60 works of art by students from eight area colleges and universities, is on display in the museum’s Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery through Jan. 17.

A variety of techniques is represented in the artworks, from ink, collage, stoneware clay and etching to digital illustration, watercolor, silkscreen and found materials. Art professors from each of the participating colleges were tasked with selecting the top works from their school to provide the framework for this year’s College Invitational.

“It is an honor for our students to show their work in a large professional art museum and to get a chance to show their work alongside area college students,” said Associate Professor of Art Brian Baugh. “Last year Monmouth students (Alex Dupont ’16 and Gabrielle General ’17 of Skokie, Ill.) took home more awards than any other college in the show.”

General has a piece on display again this year, along with Kallie DiTusa ’17 of Johnsburg, Ill., Samantha Schmitz ’17 of Elmwood Park, Ill., Kendall Thompson ’17 of Galesburg, Ill., Rubi Nogueron ’17 of Chicago, Lily Guillen ’18 of Round Lake, Ill., and Hannah Weis ’19 of Aledo, Ill. 

Said General of her work, From the Sticks, which she completed this fall: “This sculpture is about leaving home and making something of myself. (It) is symbolic of where I am in my life right now. The hawk is made out of the materials of his old home. Determined to fly, the hawk is frozen in the moment of take-off, similar to me in my last year of college awaiting the next stage of life.”

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