New Acquisitions

Southwestern Illinois College and Foundation have obtained four new pieces of artwork by Illinois artists, and one new outdoor sculpture, which is on loan to the college.

The new pieces can be seen in and around the Schmidt Art Center on the college's Belleville Campus at 2500 Carlyle Avenue.

Yellow and White Tulips
Yellow and White Tulips

"Yellow and White Tulips" is a 60-by 60-inch oil painting by Winifred Godfrey of Chicago. Godfrey is known for the photo-realism of her floral paintings. The artwork was selected at the Interactive Art Gala event this fall where ticket holders voted to add one of three pieces to the permanent collection.

"Illinois Flatscape No. 80" is a 52-by 84-inch acrylic painting on canvas by Harold Gregor of Bloomington. Gregor's flatscape paintings combine unique aerial perspectives and vibrant colors. Also one of the three pieces voted on during the Art Gala, the later approved for acquisition through Art in Architecture funds, a state program that secures artwork by Illinois artists for public buildings.

"Blackbirds" is a 50-by 54-inch oil painting on canvas by Thomas Joseph of O'Fallon. Joseph is noted for his zen-like awareness of nature in his paintings. It also was part of the Art Gala, but later secured with Art in Architecture funds.

"Papercuts" is a ceramic teapot by Annelies Heijnen of Mount Vernon. Heijnen encourages visitors viewing the teapot to create their own explanations and stories around the images. The hand-built ceramic was purchased by the Foundation's Collector's Club.

"Double Happiness" is a painted aluminum sculpture by Richard Taylor of Milwaukee. A gift to the college Foundation from the William E. Schmidt Charitable Foundation, the campus's ninth outdoor sculpture is on loan from the artist for two years. It stands 11-feet high, five-feet wide and six-feet deep outside the southwest entrance to the Schmidt Art Center. It was relocated recently to the campus from Chicago's Pier Walk 2002 exhibit.

"Chemicals in Progress" by Artist Leslie Reuther of St. Louis, an oil painting on wood in three parts. Libby Reuter, Art Center Executive Director/Curator interprets the image as a student poised between feeling lost in the midst of all the new information, while at the same time feeling hopeful that the knowledge gained will help her find her way into the future.