August 31 to December 20, Artist Reception on December 7, 4:30-6:30PM
Rose-Hulman's Fall 2017 Art Exhibit
August 31 - December 20, 2017
Closing Reception on December 7th, 4:30 - 6:30PM, Moench Hall, 1st and 2nd floors
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has four very unique artists in its fall show, and this show spans three different east-side-of-campus buildings, Moench Hall, Hadley Hall, and Myers Technology Building. Local and regional artists Erin Alise Blitz, Wyatt LeGrand, Debbie Anderson, and Sandy Fisher are featured. Rose-Hulman's scenic campus is just over an hour drive from Charleston, Illinois, and roughly 54 miles in distance. Right off of Highway 40, the address for the school is 5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN, 47803. Visitor parking is available on campus, and the show is free and open to the public as it is featured in the open hallways of the classroom buildings. Visitors to the exhibit are welcome to campus between 8AM and 7PM. The show will remain on exhibit from August 31st to December 20th, and an artist reception will take place on December 7th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on the 1st and 2nd floors of Moench Hall. Visitors to the reception have a special opportunity to meet the artists of the show, who will be in attendance. Refreshments will be provided.
Charleston, Illinois' own Erin Alise Blitz is featured in Hadley Hall on the second floor. Blitz has always been drawn to geometric figures and visual repetition. Since discovering fused glass, she has found it to be the best medium for expressing her love of pattern while creating unique works that I find challenging. Blitz enjoy the process; the step by step progression of building a work of art. Fused glass fulfills this need.
Her background, perhaps not surprising to those who view this exhibition, is in ceramic tilework. Blitz received her MA at Eastern Illinois University in 2000 with the study and creation of a large tile installation. At the time she was dealing with issues of preciousness. She found multiples not only her preferred design component, but comforting. If something blew up in the kiln she always had more.
For a number of reasons Blitz began experimenting with fused glass in 2008. The transition was rapid. The precision of construction, the necessary experimentation, and the amazing range of techniques sucked her in. She says, "I found it curious that I would find a medium seemingly so fragile, so appealing. In my case the rate of failure is much higher when working with glass than in clay, but I’ve found the results more satisfying."
Blitz's current work still explores visual repetition. As her work matures she imagines the patterns will remain in one form or another, but she looks forward to expanding that definition; finding rhythm in the less obvious. There is more work to be done, more skills to master, more glass to break, and more fingers to bleed.
Moench Hall's first floor features Wyatt LeGrand. LeGrand is a painter and teacher from Bloomfield, Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University in 2009, he returned to his hometown and began pursuing painting and teaching as a career. LeGrand is currently the visual arts teacher for grades 7-12 at Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School. In addition to teaching and working from his Bloomfield studio, LeGrand regularly travels to paint on location, including annual plein air excursions to the western states. LeGrand’s work has been regularly exhibited across the country, recognized by the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and in September 2016, acknowledged by Southwest Art Magazine in their annual “21 Under 31” feature. Of his work, LeGrand says "This group of work features sentimental subjects that have become increasingly prevalent in my paintings; my wife, my grandparents, my home, and my travels. While the search for excitement and new subjects is a thrill, being away from home has had a lasting impact on my views of life here in Indiana. As I learned with my grandparents in their final years, I continue to discover through my own travels that defining what you love is often dependent upon finding what you can’t live without."
You'll find Debbie Anderson's work on Moench Hall's second floor.. Anderson, an intarsia (inlaid wood) artist, was raised in Terre Haute, Indiana, and now resides in Parke Country. After taking intarsia lessons from Charlie Girton in the fall of 1999, Anderson fell in love with wood as an art medium. Anderson designs doors, murals, portraits and abstract pieces. Anderson has won numerous “Best of Show” and 1st place awards. She holds degrees in Art Education and Physical Education. Anderson taught Physical Ed for Vigo County School Corporation for over twenty years and has retired from teaching at Lost Creek where her two granddaughters were among her students. Debbie has been married to Joe for nearly 40 years, and he’s her biggest critic and fan and "carry the heavy art guy!" The granddaughters belong to their son, Tom, and daughter-in-law, Tanya. Tom also helps to carry the heavy art sometimes.
For those unfamiliar with intarsia as an art medium, intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses varied shapes, sizes, and species of wood ¬fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with an illusion of depth.
Sandy Fisher is featured in Myers Technology Building on the second floor. Fisher is a lifelong resident of Terre Haute, Indiana. She has been painting since she was very young. She is mostly self-taught, but in recent years she has been mentored by local artist Pat Grigg. Pat has encouraged her to share her world with the public.
Sandy has traveled through many states studying our Native American culture from Alaska to the Carolinas. She has shown her series of paintings depicting Native American life, and other subjects, in our Native American Museum here in Terre Haute, The Shawnee Theatre in Bloomfield, IN, the Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois, and various other places.
Sandy feels deeply that the Lord has been with her guiding her hand as she paints. She is humbled to realize that what she has created on canvas is enjoyed by others, and she has reached heights in her art that she never imagined.
Contact Christy Brinkman-Robertson, Art Curator, for additional information about this exhibit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812.877.8523.