This winter, three solo exhibitions at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center will offer art lovers a chance to question how they see nature; view portrait photographs and stories of SWIC faculty, staff, students and community members; and embrace the lighter side of botanical imagery.
Artists Margaret Keller, Terri Shay and the Humans of STL exhibits will be displayed from Jan. 17 through Feb. 21 at The Schmidt. An opening reception will be held from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17 and artist talks at 6 p.m. at the art center on the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave.
“All three exhibitions are visually unique and will appeal to a variety of audiences,” said Schmidt Curator Nicole Dutton. “It is great to see local artists showcase such detailed and inspirational pieces that incorporate our community and culture.”
St. Louis’ own Keller will showcase “The Space Between” series of paintings that look at nature and question how to see nature, both visually and conceptually, now that the virtual world and its companion imagery have become more real than reality for so many.
The Humans of STL exhibition, in line with “Humans of” project, will display portrait photographs of faculty, staff and students from SWIC as well as community members from the Metro East and St. Louis. Along with their photographs will be the individuals’ stories meant for viewers to connect to their fellow humans and evoke compassion for their lived experiences.
Botanical Artist Shay’s pieces embrace lighter subjects and palettes, childish melodies, and sometimes the absurd. The artistic process adapts to the changing and mercurial seasons, botanical harmonies and cycles.
For more information about these exhibitions, The Schmidt, the art center’s calendar of events and arts education programs, visit swic.edu/theschmidt or call 618-222-5ART (5278).