Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ken Holder- Posses and War Parties

Reported by Ashley Fishman, art major, ISU

Ken Holder has a new solo exhibition of paintings and artist's books at the MCAC from January 14 through February 19, 2011. He taught painting in the School of Art at Illinois State University from 1969 to 1998. He got his BFA from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He grew up in Texas, but currently works and lives in Illinois. His reoccurring themes in the works on display are of horses and the wild west. His style is very minimalistic, and his paint handling is very fluid. Holder created several books of works inspired by the Lewis & Clark trail.

He also plays banjo in a band called Old Men Boyz that played at the opening of his show.
Below you'll see some pictures taken at his current exhibition.

If you'd like to read more about this show, and a interview with Ken Holder, please click here

Shades of Summer

The McLean County Art Center is holding a Juried Watercolor Exhibition from June 24-August 6th. This show is a great opportunity for both professional and amateur artists alike. The entry fee is $25, but the juror's choice award is $600, and the two merit awards are $200 each.
The deadline for entries is April 29, and I have heavily encouraged all my students to submit something, since this is such a great chance for up-and-coming artists to get their name published.
For more information, and the full entry form, click here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Active Painting

A Month of Sunday Walks features the quick impressions of illustrator and author Leanne Shapton as she walks the area of the Titucus Reservoir in N. Y.  I can't tell of the paintings are done in gouache or acrylic, but they are fresh impressions that give us inspiration to do art work every day.