Category: Art


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Work of ECC Art and Design Students on Display in Gallery


April 25, 2022 | Art Campus News

The work of East Central College art and design students is on display now in the ECC Art Gallery.

The annual showcase is an opportunity for the college staff, faculty, students and the community to see the works of ECC art students, according to Jennifer Higerd, assistant professor of art and gallery curator.

The show began April 20 and will run through May 4. A reception will be held April 28 from 5-7 p.m. in the Gallery.

“The works in the show are chosen from numerous entries and they were selected because of the quality of the works and the ideas engaged in the work,” Higerd said. “We invite everyone to come join us to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our students.”

She added that the art faculty selected the works to be on display, and an outside judge – Michael Behle, artist and art professor at the university of Missouri-St. Louis – chose the best works in each category, as well as the Best in Show award.

The awards will be presented during the reception Thursday.

Students with work in the show are:

Abby Stanfield, Ash Dodson, Blake Rodgers, Bobby Claspill, Caleb Brinker, Carolyn Horst, Carter Hanse, Charity Reynolds, Chloe Eades, Emily Knoppe, Emma Brown, Emma Lombardino;

Joe McCary, Kimberlee Clements-Thompson, Kylee Perriman, Kylee Vawter, Lacy Buchanan, Madison Barbarick, Manny McQueen, Mary Bequette;

Megan Pritchard, Milo Guile, Miriam Bondor, Paige Pelster, Parker Williamson, Sage Sparkman, Sara Carter and Travis Gatlin.


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Four Rivers Conference High School Art Exhibited at ECC


March 31, 2022 | Art Campus News

The works of many talented high school artists from the area are now on display in the East Central College Art Gallery.

Winners of the 36th Annual Four Rivers Conference High School Art Competition are being exhibited featuring students from Hermann, New Haven, Owensville, Pacific, St. Clair, St. James. Sullivan and Union high schools.

ECC Assistant Professor of Art and Gallery Curator Jennifer Higerd said art teachers from each of the schools taking part on the Four Rivers High School Art Exhibition installed their students’ work Friday, March 25.

“It’s a rich selection of different styles, media, and projects from our area’s talented students and teachers,” Higerd said.

The show will run through April 7 and culminate with a closing reception that evening from 5-7.

The Best in Show for 2D is Natalie Lotshaw, Hermann High School. The Best in Show for 3D is Hallelujah Medlock, Sullivan High School.

Listed below are the first-, second- and third-place winners of the competition by category.

Painting

Carlie Shaw, first; Maddison Jaegers, second; and Arianna Willard, third.

Honorable mention — Kylee Ware.

Drawing (black and white)

Cecelia VanNess, first; Erin McCool, second; and Allie Jobe, third.

Honorable mention — Aubrey Harris.

Drawing (color)

Lillianne Morell, first; Kylee Ware second; and Mackenzie McCauley, third.

Honorable mention — Luke Berblinger and Katelynn Bertram.

Mixed Media

Grace Godat, first; Anna Gerling, second; and Loren Halmick, third.

Honorable mention — Loren Halmick, Isabelle Gillam and Dawn Birdsall.

Sculpture

Hallelujah Medlock, first; Shaley Parmentier, second; and Alyssa Manning, third.

Honorable mention — Carlie Shaw.

Digital Art

Camryn Mathis, first; Jon Queen, second; and Bee Day, third.

Honorable mention — Maria Guevara.

Ceramics

Amber Crisler, first; Amber Harbert, second; and Cassidy Cunningham, third.

Honorable mention — Shaley Parmentier and Amber Crisler.

Prints

Natalie Lotshaw, first; Maddison Jaegers, second; and Danielle Allen, third.

Design

Abigail Chase, first; Al Earnheart, second; and Hannah Dew, third.

Honorable mention — Aaliyah Johnson.

Fibers

Grace Godat, first place.


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ECC Students Selected to Show in Art St. Louis Exhibition


February 25, 2022 | Art Campus News

East Central College art students Madison Barbarick and Emily Knoppe will show their works in the 26th annual “Varsity Art” exhibit presented at Art Saint Louis.

Barbarick, Washington, and Knoppe, New Haven, were selected by the ECC Art Department to show at the “Varsity Art XXV,” a multi-media invitational visual art exhibition, from March 4-31.

They have been invited to show their pieces alongside 42 other regional artists at the multi-media exhibition. The artists all are undergrad and grad level art students representing 23 St. Louis regional colleges and universities from Missouri and Illinois.

This year’s exhibit presents works in a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video. The themes represented in this show are representative of contemporary art and trends.

Madison Barbarick 

To create “Beauty in Nature” Barbarick applied oil paint as a base and used colored pencil on top.

“I wanted to create a piece that embodied self-love and acceptance,” she said. “I, and most females, struggle with their body image.

“It hurts to see society not represent every body type,” Barbaric added. “We are a part of nature and we deserve to accept ourselves because everything in nature is perfect.”

She further added she is grateful for being selected to exhibit in “Varsity Art XXV.”

“I have been working hard on my art and being selected is very rewarding,” Barbarick commented. “It gives me confidence that I am on the right path.

Barbarick is working toward an Associates in Fine Art degree at ECC and after graduating this May, she plans on transferring to the Kansas City Art Institute.

Emily Knoppe

Knoppe’s piece, titled “Aerial Witchcraft,” is watercolor and acrylic on illustration board.

“What inspired this piece was a connection I made to witches flying on broomsticks, and aerial skateboard tricks,” Knoppe said.  “The image popped up in my head of a witch riding her broom like a skateboard, and I just had to create it.”

She drew inspiration from St. Louis architecture.

“The buildings behind the witch are, loosely, based off buildings in the Delmar Loop in St. Louis, to keep her connected to our area in some way,” Knoppe noted. “This piece was a great opportunity for me to flex my creative muscles and make something fun.”

She considers selection to the Art Saint Louis exhibition an honor.

“I’m thankful to my instructors for having faith in me and allowing me to be a part of this,” Knoppe said.

She is working toward an Associate of Fine Arts at ECC, then she will transfer to Webster University to get a Bachelor’s degree in Animation.

Collaboration

This annual exhibit is a collaboration between Art Saint Louis and the participating collegiate institutions, their art faculty, and students.

Art Saint Louis’ Artistic Director works closely with art Professors and faculty at the area’s colleges and universities, inviting the professors to select two outstanding art students to represent their art department and institution in its annual show.

Learn more about the annual exhibit at www.artstlouis.org or on its Facebook page.

 


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‘Monsterbet’ Exhibit Coming to ECC Art Gallery


January 19, 2022 | Art Campus News

The East Central College Art Gallery will present “Monsterbet: An Aberrant Abecedarius,” a solo exhibition of oil and mixed media paintings by California-based artist Heidi Brueckner.

The exhibition will run from Jan. 25 to Feb. 15, in the gallery located in Hansen Hall. Heidi Brueckner painting

“Monsterbet” is a series of cultural allegories based on the traditional format of children’s ABC books, but with a layer of social commentary. Each letter of the alphabet stands for an invented monster that has a particular quirk.

The works are playful and fanciful, while simultaneously symbolic and conceptual, touching on some of the artist’s favored themes of human vice, morality and fear.

The series includes many types of mixed media such as sewing pins, safety glass, vintage Italian doll’s eyes, eyelashes, screen, seeds and pods, flocking, dollar bills, AstroTurf, computer keyboard keys, leaves and blossoms, band-aids, dice, garlic skins, lace, glitter, springs and paper. A companion book of the series is available.

Brueckner has been a professor of art at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., for over 20 years. She graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz, with degrees in both art and art history. She earned a master’s in fine arts in painting from the University of Kansas.

Brueckner has shown her work nationally and internationally in over 100 solo and group shows. During 2020-21 she won 11 first-place awards among others, including Italy’s International Prisma Art Prize and the Faber Birren Color Award. She lives and works in Oakland, Calif.

To learn more or see Brueckner’s work, visit www.heidibrueckner.com.

For additional information about the exhibit or the ECC Art Gallery, contact Assistant Professor of Art and Gallery Curator Jennifer Higerd at jennifer.higerd@eastcentral.edu or 636-584-6653.

Heidi Brueckner paintings


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Sally Dill to Exhibit at ECC Art Gallery


June 18, 2021 | Art Campus News

New York City artist and former Franklin County resident Sally Dill will be featured this summer at the East Central College Art Gallery.

Dill’s show will be from July 1 through Aug. 27. It is called “Pieces” and the exhibit is dubbed, “Playful Collage Works.”

Dill was born in St. Louis and moved to the Krakow area in 1949 when she was 5 years old. Her family remained in Krakow and Dill graduated from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School before she left the area to attend the University of Saint Mary, Kansas.

She noted that her brother, Tom Dill, is a former teacher and baseball coach at ECC. He also served on the College’s board of trustees. He encouraged her to seek a show at ECC.

Dill worked as an art teacher, on and off, from 1967 to 2001. She first taught art in Blue Springs, Mo., and later Kansas Cit. She moved to New York City in 1995 and took a position as an art teacher at the Claremont Riding Academy.

First Body of Work

Dill began creating paper cuts of human figures in 1988, introducing her into the art world. She utilized the “blind contour line method” to cut directly into paper.

“A focusing of the eyes almost exclusively on the subject as I cut, whereby capturing a gesture — the essence,” she explained. “Later, the cut shapes, positive and negative, move me in unplanned ways to a composition”

Krakow Revisited

Part of Dill’s show at ECC will be her “Krakow Revisited” collection, which are pieces she created while in Krakow, Mo.

“It will be nice to show at ECC because my roots are in Krakow,” Dill said.

“Krakow Revisited” was inspired by the St. Gertrude Church’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1995, and her family’s history in the area. Her great grandfather, Gerhard Voss, settled in Krakow from Germany in the late 1830s.

Dill worked with the sesquicentennial committee to exhibit her Krakow cut photo collages, which included wax and natural elements, such as tree bark from Krakow.

“I used dogwood, pinewood needles and dirt from the church ground,” she added.

Her work was displayed in the St. Gertrude Catholic School lobby in the spring of 1995 and she worked with schoolchildren as a visiting artist during the display.

New York City

While walking around the streets of New York City, Dill noticed gloves of varying styles and sizes in gutters, and on sidewalks and streets.

“I am so interested in lost gloves,” she said. “They are such a metaphor for all of humanity. I found so many kinds of gloves — Children’s, gloves, men’s and women’s, gloves, work gloves. . .”

Dill would collect gloves she found abandoned or misplaced on roads and sidewalks, wash them, and incorporate them into her artwork.

Other Works

Dill also creates mixed media collages of found objects displayed in antique frames that she has collected, and other small-format works of cut photo pieces and other paper.

She has exhibited in 40 states and Montreal, Canada, since 1988 and is a signature member of the National Collage society since 2000.


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Art & Design Student Exhibition Winners Announced


May 6, 2021 | Art Campus News

The overall Best of Show in the Annual East Central College Art & Design Student Exhibition is “Nocturnal Feast” by Kate Shelton.

Shelton’s piece is one of the many student works that has been on display in the ECC Art Gallery. The student exhibit ends May 6.

Jennifer Higerd, ECC art instructor and gallery coordinator, said the Annual ECC Art & Design Student Exhibition is a celebration of the culmination of the year’s hard work, growth and learning by the students.

Listed are the show winners and honorable mentions by category:

Best of Show                                     Nocturnal Feast – Kate Shelton

 

Digital Design (Poster Design)

Honorable Mention                         Whoville – Abi Wheeler
Best in Category                                Pandora – Madison Barbarick

Digital Photography                       

Best in Category                                Lilac – Olivia Berariu

Photography

Honorable Mention                         Nude Figure I – Joe McCary
Honorable Mention                         Paused in Time – Olivia Berariu
Best in Category                                Childhood – Alexis Kinnison

Sculpture (3D Design, Ceramics)

Honorable Mention                         Backyard – Manny McQueen
Honorable Mention                         Mr. Turtle – Joe McCary
Best in Category                                Cornucopia – Alexis Kinnison

Functional Ceramics

Honorable Mention                         Life is Sweet – Alexis Schmidt
Best in Category                                Plant Family – Alexis Kinnison

Painting

Honorable Mention                         Outsider – Sara Carter
Best in Category                                Hills and Mountains – Madison Barbarick

Drawing

Honorable Mention                         Skulls & Bottles – Emily Knoppe
Honorable Mention                         Holy Trinity of 2020 – Kate Shelton
Best in Category                               Untitled – Sara Carter

2D Design

Honorable Mention                         2005 Subaru – Layne Hinds
Best in Category                               Bees? – Emily Knoppe

Illustration

Honorable Mention                         Diversity within Unity – Kaitlyn Dodson
Best in Category                                Abandoned Faith – Kate Shelton


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Students Selected to Show in Art St. Louis Exhibition


February 12, 2021 | Art Campus News

Two East Central College art students have been invited to show their works alongside regional artists at a multi-media exhibition in St. Louis.

Kate Shelton, Union, and Sara Lynn Carter, Cuba, both in their second year at ECC, have been selected by the college art department to show at the “Varsity Art XXV,” a multi-media invitational visual art exhibition.

Art Saint Louis is celebrating its 25th annual “Varsity Art” exhibit at Art Saint Louis, 1223 Pine Street in downtown St. Louis, from March 5 to April 1.

This year’s exhibit presents works in a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video. The themes represented in this show are representative of contemporary art and trends.

ECC Students

Shelton and Carter are part of 44 undergrad and grad-level art students of all ages representing 22 St. Louis regional colleges and universities from Missouri and Illinois.

Shelton’s piece is acrylic on watercolor paper called “Memento Mori.”

“Falconry has always been a big part of my life and heavily inspires me to create,” Shelton said.

“Growing up working with birds of prey with my father taught me invaluable lessons. The Red-Tailed Hawk is the most common bird of prey in Missouri, and the primary species we hunted with,” she commented, “Depicted here is the single most pregnant moment of the hunt, realizing graceful power and sheer terror had in a split-second.”

Carter’s artwork is titled, “Outsider,” and is watercolor and acrylic on a cattle skull.

“Growing up on Western (movies) as a kid, it was only a matter of time before it worked itself into my art,” Carter said.

“The majestic setting of the American cowboy inspires me the most, from the dusty cattle drives to bronco busting on a bustling ranch. Recently I have been drawn to painting on cattle skulls,” she added. “When I use a skull as a base of my work, I view it as giving it a new life.”

Collaboration

This annual exhibit is a collaboration between Art Saint Louis and the participating collegiate institutions, their art faculty, and students.

Art Saint Louis’ Artistic Director works closely with art Professors and faculty at the area’s colleges and universities, inviting the professors to select two outstanding art students to represent their art department and institution in our annual show.

Learn more about the annual exhibit at www.artstlouis.org or on its Facebook page.


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Art, Design Show is Online; Winners Announced


May 8, 2020 | Art Campus News

The East Central College Art Gallery may be closed, but that didn’t prevent the art department from showcasing students’ work. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closure of the ECC campus, the exhibition was moved online.

Jennifer Higerd, ECC art instructor and gallery coordinator, said the Annual ECC Art & Design Student Exhibition is a celebration of the culmination of the year’s hard work, growth, and learning by the students.

Typically, a reception follows the exhibition, which is an opportunity for parents, friends, and family to join the faculty to acknowledge and honor the hard work of the students, she added.

“It is such a rite of passage for our graduating students to be able to show in a formal, gallery setting the amazing work they’ve been making,” Higerd said. “And while, admittedly, it’s not the same as being physically together in the gallery space, the online exhibition does that in a way — friends and family can take part from a distance.”

“The faculty wanted to celebrate and honor our students, their hard work and dedication, and their works.”

The online exhibition is located at www.eastcentral.edu/art-gallery/current-exhibition/.

Show Winners

The students submit their work into several categories, including drawing, painting, photography, digital, figure and sculpture. Then a winner is selected for each category, along with a “Best of Show” for the entire exhibit.

The 2020 Best of Show winner was Anna Wright, Gerald, for her watercolor “Fowl.” According to Wright. Her winning piece was part of a series of farm animal paintings.

“I have been experimenting with my application of watercolors and inks,” she said. “I like how I was able to contrast the colors and textures of the guinea fowl.”

Wright’s painting was completed during Watkins’ art class.

“It really is a stunningly simple piece that combines wonderful gestural marks and fluid use of color,” Watkins said. “The form is suggested rather than being imposed. Anna has been working through a process to combine line and color in a way to accentuate the form, push the value and increase the volume while maintaining a painterly quality — This piece really shows that process come into being.”

The winners in other categories are: Olivia Tucker and Alexis Kinnison, drawing; Tucker, painting; Kinnison, photography; Olga Tomescu, digital; Wright, figure; and Tucker, sculpture.

For Tucker’s award-winning painting work, “Reveal,” she used acrylic paint on paper.

​”We believe that we have to cover up our weakness because we don’t want to appear sensitive, but the more you learn to execute yourself and become okay with revaluing your true self,” she said about the piece.

Kinnison winning photography submission is called “Songbird.”

“I heard the bird before I saw it resting in the bush. The bush is very tall with many branches for the bird to hide in,” she said. “In order to take this picture, I had to find the perfect angle where the bird could be seen fully through the twigs. The angle I captured encased the bird in an elegant knot of nature.”

Olga Tomescu, winner in the digital category, made a piece titled “Iceland Poster.”

“Iceland is a small, beautiful country. I am amazed by its nature. Walking on glaciers and huge icebergs that float on the water; touching the black sand and watching the Northern Lights in a beautiful cold night winter made me create this travel poster for Iceland,” she commented.

“This digital art was created with straight and curvy lines. The most unique element in this artwork is that I used the same brushwork to define the ice, waves of the water, the lights, and highlights on the mountain and the sky,” Tomescu added. “The Northern Lights element was created by layers over layers of color with a radial blur, while for Iceland title I used its original font.”

Moving Online

Higerd explained that adjunct instructor Clayton Petras, the department’s “tech whiz,” built the exhibition website. Higerd, Petras and Adam Watkins, assistant professor and Fine and Performing Arts Department chair, developed a plan to take the show online.

According to Higerd, students submitted images of the work and information to Petras, who organized it into google files, shared them with art faculty, and set up a voting ballot.

“This is the first time we’ve done an online exhibition,” she added. “The physical exhibition in the gallery space is really the ideal and best way to see and experience the art, but we may continue with the online exhibition — in addition to the physical exhibition— in the future as a way to more broadly share and commemorate the annual show.”

About the Show

The Annual ECC Art & Design Student Exhibition showcases the work ECC students accomplished over the course of the academic year.

“The work selected to be displayed is strong in terms of technical skill, composition, craftsmanship, and meaning,” Higerd said.

Students may submit up to five works to be considered for the exhibition. The Art & Design faculty select which works are in the exhibition, and this year, the faculty also voted on the award-winning works.

Students in the exhibition are enrolled in a wide range of courses and are predominantly art majors. They are not required to submit work, but they do for the opportunity to be recognized.

“In a way, it’s like a little reunion for us — I see the works, and I remember when the students was creating the work in the studio,” Higerd said. “Each of the works are so integrally linked to the student who made it, it calls to mind that student.

“And also, it’s just a delight to see these amazing, beautiful, compelling artworks and to reflect on how much each of our students have grown over the course of the year.”


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Art Students to Show at Regional Exhibit


February 18, 2020 | Art Campus News

Two East Central Art students have been invited to show their works alongside regional artists at a multi-media exhibition in St. Louis.

Anna Wright, Gerald, and Olivia Tucker, Washington, will be part of the Varsity Art XXIV show that is slated to run Feb. 28 through March 26. There will be a free public reception Friday, March 6, from 6-8 p.m.

Varsity Art XXIV is a multi-media invitational visual art exhibition featuring works by 40 undergrad and grad level art students. The artists represent 20 St. Louis area regional colleges and universities.

This year’s exhibit presents artworks in a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video.

The Art Saint Louis’ artistic director works closely with art professors and faculty at the area’s colleges and universities, inviting the professors to select two outstanding art students to represent their art department and institution in the annual show.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our student artists to exhibit their work alongside peers from other institutions at both the two-year and four-year levels,” said Adam Watkins, associate professor and fine and performing arts department chair.

“Anna and Olivia have both shown great skill and fluency in their artistic skills and conceptual problem solving,” he added. “They are wonderful representatives for the rest of the art and design students, our department and ECC as a whole. The art department could not be more proud of these young artists.”

Wright’s piece is a portrait of a classmate using charcoal. The work took her three hours to complete.

“I was able to capture what she looks like, and I did it all in a class period,” she said. “That is something I am really proud of.”

Tucker used mixed media to portray winter, spring, summer and fall in four panels that will be exhibited together. She used India ink with watercolors and a wash.

“It is the four seasons personified,” she said. “They have a change of clothing to represent the seasons, so I thought, ‘Why not make them fashion icons?’ “

Art Saint Louis is a non-profit art organization working for over 35 years to enrich lives through the creative activity of the region’s contemporary visual artists.

Art Saint Louis is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed Sundays and major holidays.


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ECC Art Department wins award for Hexagon Project


December 9, 2019 | Art Campus News

East Central College received an Outstanding Community Partnership award from the Interdependence Hexagon Project for hosting the Midwest Regional event titled Transforming Conflict “River to Ocean Project.”

The Hexagon Project is managed by a dedicated group of artists, educators and friends – who join with others in various parts of the United States and the world. The Hexagon Project Arts Program [or “Hexagon Arts”] aims to use art, in the shape of a hexagon, as a vehicle to bring social change, promote social justice and transform individuals and societies.

ECC Art faculty partnered with schools from across the area on the project, including Bourbon high school, Cuba elementary, Lucy Wortham James Elementary in St. James, Owensville high school, Sullivan high school, and the Sullivan elementary art club.

“We were pleasantly surprised to receive the award,” says Adam Watkins, Assistant Art Professor.  “To be acknowledged for the collaborative work of our faculty, area elementary and high school students and their teachers is a testament to the partnership between the College and our area schools.”

The project was titled “The Dead Zone” and focused on the pollution of local waterways with herbicides/pesticides and raw sewage through runoff and flooding. The tainting of local waterways ultimately creates problems in the Gulf of Mexico.

“This project was a way to get students thinking about our actions here in Missouri, “says Jennifer Higerd, Assistant Art Professor. “We want to show how the actions in the Midwest affect us and ultimately result in a cumulative effect on the Gulf.”

The project lived by the intent of the Hexagon Project. 146 textbooks intended to be placed in a landfill were used to create the 292 hexagons in the display that was featured in the atrium of the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center earlier this year.

“My goal is to educate our youth about environmental issues through the creative process of creating artwork,” adds Valarie McEuen, an Art educator at Sullivan high school. “I find it concerning that so many students are familiar with broad terms but have very little connection with how individual and local activities play into this issue.”

For more information about the Interdependence Hexagon Project, visit www.hexagonproject.org