Regional Juried Exhibition opens at Freeport Art Museum Nov. 21

Staff Report

FREEPORT, Illinois — The 11th annual Regional Juried Exhibition at the Freeport Art Museum (FAM) features work by artists living in the tri-state region of Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. Opening Friday, Nov. 21, the show runs through Jan. 10, 2015.

Created to encourage contemporary art, this show provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their latest work. The Regional Juried Exhibition continues to build momentum each year, and now attracts more than 200 submissions.

A variety of media is accepted, from traditional materials such as painting and sculpture, to conceptual and new techniques including video, interactive media, performance and installation art.

FAM has gained the distinguished reputation of displaying a range of contemporary art, allowing this exhibition to become a favorite among visitors.

The invited juror selects works for inclusion and chooses recipients for cash awards for first, second and third place. Winners will be announced at the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, followed by a gallery walk with the juror.

This year’s juror is Theresa Abel, owner of the Artisan Gallery in Paoli, Wisconsin, where she previously served as art director for more than six years. Abel received a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also studied painting and art restoration abroad at the Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy.

Abel’s interest in theology and art history led her to stylistically reference medieval painting within her artwork. Over the years, she has created her own visual vocabulary, painting works that seem ancient and contemporary. Some pieces pose a critique of contemporary Christianity, and others simply work on composition and portraiture. Abel’s elaborate patterns mesmerize the viewer and blur the line between modernism and medieval, forcing human models to become unimpassioned pattern.

Artists who had work chosen for the exhibition include Jessica Andersen, Ellen Bartels, Victoria Bein, Jess Beyler, Dan Brinkmeier, Sue Cibulka, Denise Crute, Ed Derwent, Simone Doing, Dan Edler, Susan Emmerson, Kurt Erickson, Charles Finch, Debra Gottschalk, Karen Halt, Elise Hanson, Michelle Hartney, Tony Kokes, Tom Linden, Bob Logsdon, Randall Manus, Nate Mathews, Brian McCormick, Tom Neiman, Paul Nitsche, Ann Orlowski, Paul Pinzarrone, Brian Reis, Sara Risley, Bob Rivoire, Jo Scheder, Steven Schroeder, Cindy Vondran, Dwight Walles and Kathleen F. Wilken.

FAM is at 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, Illinois. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m., Saturday. Tours may be scheduled by calling (815) 235-9755. Admission to the museum is free, although donations are appreciated.

Posted Nov. 20, 2014

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