2023 Exhibitions - Southwestern Illinois College

Gateway East Artist Guild: Gateway to Art at the Schmidt 2023 Prospectus

October 16 – November 15

This exhibition includes work by members of The Gateway East Artists Guild, a non-profit organization of artists and art enthusiasts working to encourage self-expression through the visual arts and to foster awareness, appreciation, and artistic development through educational programs throughout the Metro-East community.

These members are from a wide variety of artistic backgrounds and skill levels. From professional, nationally recognized artists, to those just starting out or those who appreciate and support the arts, the GEAG has something to offer.

Bryce Olen Robinson: FLOOD

August 28 – September 20

Sculptor Bryce Olen Robinson creates meticulous, often large-scale works that examine contemporary social, environmental, and political themes. In 2014, he founded Jeske Sculpture Park in his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri. Currently the Assistant Manager of Shops and Making Spaces at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis, he holds an MFA from Washington University and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Linda Vredeveld: SMASHING THINGS

August 28 – September 20

Working in the St. Louis area, artist Linda Vredeveld focuses her work on one’s comic/tragic relationship to the body through the lens of Feminism and cultural critique. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she holds a BFA from Calvin College and an MFA from The University of Illinois. Her career began with representation by Chicago galleries. She continues to work, show, teach, and raise a family with her artist husband.

Edo Rosenblith: Plastic Golems: 2012-2023

February 23 – March 22

A compulsive draftsman, Edo Rosenblith works in various mediums, including murals, painting, drawing, printmaking, and book arts. With these methods of image-making, he implements a cartoon vernacular while reexamining personal and historical narratives. He currently lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.

Janie Stamm: Sargassum

February 23 – March 22

Janie Stamm was born and raised on the edge of the Everglades in Broward County, Florida. She resides on the western banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her work focuses on preserving Florida’s environmental and Queer history in the face of climate change. She uses a craft-based practice to tell these stories.

Laurén Brady: Faster Than The Sun Could Set

January 12 – February 8

Paintings that seek to pause, acknowledge, and reflect on the everyday through tendency and tenderness, reverence and reverie, memory and memorabilia, storage and stories.

Jessica Forys-Cameron: Souvenirs

January 12 – February 8

Through the use of familiar domestic materials such as fragments of cloth or lace, quilting remnants, buttons, old wallpaper, etc. a sense of romanticized domestic comfort is evoked.

Metra Mitchell: Threshold Guardians

January 12 – February 8

Threshold Guardian serves to test the character of those who wish to enter beyond the visible world and aid those committed to the journey into the realm of shadows. These characters help guide us across the vestibule from this world into otherworldliness.