Jason Patterson is an Illinois based artist whose work predominately deals with the African American condition and history. Patterson employs portraiture to chronicle lives, time periods and cultural significance, of the African Diaspora’s presence in The United States. He re-creates significant imagery with an original utilization of soft pastel. These works not only represent the people they depict, but also the visual media of which the original image was created. His work makes reference to the cultural and historical importance of photographs, film, and video. The technical tools we use to see and represent our past, and what we use to visually organize and archive culture.
Dean Kugler graduated from Western Illinois University in 1995 with a BFA in sculpture and drawing. He then started his own design / build company and didn’t get back to art until 2011. At that point Kugler started sculpting and drawing again and opened up a studio and gallery with a couple friends. Primarily focusing on the figure, Kugler finds that it is the subject matter that best allows him to connect with the viewer and convey thoughts and emotions that he is expressing in his work.
I am a senior BFA Art Therapy student at Millikin University. My primary focuses are painting and drawing with a secondary in printmaking.
My work transforms the familiar shapes into new conceptually layered pieces. By utilizing repeated line, I build texture and form. I experiment with layering different solid shapes over my chaotic linework- juxtaposing the organic with the geometric, the recognizable with the abstract, and the known with the unknown. Most recently, I have been working on flattening out and reducing shapes to simple contour line. This method is reminiscent of children’s artwork- honest and unbiased.
I am inspired by a variety of creative sources, but some of the most significant for my work have been Bernd Haussmann and Cy Twombly. What resonates most with me is the artists’ ability to control their chaos, to reach a beautiful simplicity through layering. Haussmann and Twombly are both extremely free with their mark making but this freedom is paired with an easy balance—balance that I am continually searching for and working towards.
Benjamin Cook (b.1989) is an artist from Northern Kentucky currently living in Champaign, Illinois. He received his BFA from the University of Louisville in 2012 and is a current MFA candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His work has been exhibited across the United States and Canada as well as featured on numerous blogs. Cook is currently represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.
My works explore tensions between organic and digitally structured systems through paint. I draw from the land, social media, skateboarding, graffiti, blogs, and my own personal history. My works are regurgitations of metabolized content that strive to find a balance within the fractured social networks I find myself navigating on a daily basis. Through developing a visual language that reside neither solely in the organic or digital realm, my paintings explore a constant shift back and forth from online to offline media.
Deanne Warnholtz Wortman is currently residing in Sioux City, Iowa, married with three children and two grandchildren. Wortman studied printmaking, drawing, and Intermedia Arts at the University of Iowa. She is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Printmaking at the University of Iowa where she teaches Foil Imaging, a new form of Printmaking created by Professor Virginia Myers.
Angelo Ray Martínez (b. 1981 Boulder, CO) is a third year MFA candidate and Instructor of Record at UIUC. In his paintings he depicts whimsical assemblages of objects and images that merge a variety of image making practices, including the history of painting, illustration, advertising, video games, and many other representational forms. Through these comparisons, he investigates how similar subjects can convey varied meanings when depicted differently. By combining these images from various points in history, his work playfully investigates how meaning is conveyed, not just by what is depicted, but also how it is depicted.
Shelby is currently an Associate Professor in the Art Department at the University of Wyoming, and he has greatly enjoyed teaching and making artwork in Laramie over the past few years.
Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, Shelby spent most of his years in the Midwest. In 2003 he received his BFA from Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, where he studied printmaking and drawing as a Kenneth E. Hudson Scholar. He accepted a full fellowship to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale and went on to graduate with an MFA in printmaking and drawing in 2006.
Shelby actively exhibits across the nation and was the recipient of the First Place Prize in the International Drawing Annual 9 from the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnatti, OH where he also had a solo show in February, 2013. He was invited to participate in two small group exhibitions, “Defining Territory: Contemporary Drawing” at the Parkland Art Gallery in Champaign, IL in fall of 2013 and “SHADES: Contemporary Drawing” at the John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion in the spring of 2014. Shelby was also the recipient of the First Place Award for his work in the Texas National 2014 Exhibition at the Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches, TX from juror Jerome Witkin.
Upcoming solo exhibitions include the APEX Space at the Portland Art Museum in OR, the Haas Gallery at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA and the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, NV. In addition, Shelby looks forward to participating in group shows at the Dayton Visual Arts Center in OH and at the Curfman Gallery at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.