Artists represent Bradley in international show
Works by undergraduate student Nicole Wenger ‘06, graduate student Tami Schmidt MFA ‘06, and alumnus Joe Lupo ‘99 are among the 162 chosen for the 2005 Bradley International Print and Drawing Show. The event occurs every other year, and this year’s show continues through April 7. Artwork is displayed in five Peoria venues, including Bradley’s Heuser Art Center and Hartmann Center Art Gallery.
Wenger’s piece “Night Watcher” is a charcoal drawing. “As an undergrad, we look at other artists’ works, and I was studying work by Jim Dine and by Ben Watkins, a graduate student here. Dine is famous for his crows, and Ben has done a lot of paintings of birds. I did a series of drawings that were birds, and this is one of them,” she says.
“Charcoal is my favorite medium,” Wenger adds, noting her professors have encouraged her to try different disciplines and to combine different materials and different studies in her work.
Schmidt discusses her work, titled “It’s Over.” She says, “I was taking a drawing class when my father died. I’m a ceramicist, and this shows a broken ceramic doll. No matter how old you are, you always feel like a child with your parent, and this represents how I feel.”
Schmidt appreciates the help that Oscar Gillespie, professor of art, gave her with this piece. “This was done on acidic board, which you’re supposed to throw away. I asked Oscar if I could use it because it was on the back of an old picture I had framed for my Dad. Oscar told me what I could do to preserve it so it would be more archival. That really meant a lot to me.”
Lupo also praises Gillespie for influencing him while he studied on campus and as a grad student at the University of Georgia. He continues to impact Lupo’s teaching style at West Virginia University where he is an assistant professor of art teaching printmaking and drawing classes.
“Oscar enjoys national recognition and is very well respected in printmaking circles. I don’t know where I’d be without him today.”
Lupo’s piece, “10/24/01,” is an etching of an actual-size gas station receipt matted in a 24 x 36-inch frame. His process involves collecting, cataloging, and reproducing receipts documenting his buying habits since 2002. Says Lupo, “Receipts are a kind of diary through buying habits. They can be symbols of desire; when you buy something, that promise of happiness always falls short, which is why we keep buying, and why I keep documenting my buying habits. There is something special about gas receipts because they can be a testament of a specific time. There are many political reasons why gas prices change, so it can be about much more than gas.”
Wenger, Schmidt photo by Duane Zehr, Lupo photo by Scott Cavanah MFA ‘04
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