“Lately I’ve been interested in the genre of landscape; I’d always been a figure artist,” said Paula Haniszewski, the art department chair.
“I had two big shows in 2016 and kind of burned out — so let’s see what happens” with landscapes, she said of the shift.
Paula has three landscapes at the exhibit, none of which are traditional landscapes. One is an areal made of watercolors — and glitters and stickers — depicting a rural farm. Next to it is a lineup of suburban homes, and around the corner is a large painting featuring a golf course with a floating gypsy wagon and stylized trees, as well as a golfer relieving himself.
“Really thinking about ... the idea of territory,” inspired the painting, she said.
Albert Yowshien Kuo, who teaches design and art appreciation at SWIC as well as St. Louis Community College, also recently went from painting figures to landscapes.
His fabric pieces are brightly colored and organic shapes, purposefully “undefinable.”
“A lot of these pieces define social injustice,” he said. “It describes how we should see one another without stereotypes” just as the shapes are not a strict circle or oval.
His piece called “The Dividing Line But An Attempt To Close The Gap (After Michelangelo’s Sistene)” is priced at $3,800.
Most of the faculty’s work line the walls of the Schmidt, but Emily Dunlap’s takes up floor space.
She created a life-sized all-terrain vehicle out of paper mache and covered it in a wedding dress. Titled “Mama Says He’s the Best in Town,” it’s priced at $5,800.
Southwestern Illinois College Art Faculty Exhibition
- Where: The William & Florence Schmidt Art Center, on the SWIC campus in Belleville
- When: Through Feb. 23; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday
- Featuring: Faculty Don Bevirt, Dawn Blum, Emily Dunlap, Nancy Friederich, Paula Haniszewski, Albert Yowshien Kuo, Todd May, Shawn Niebruegge, Cory Sellers and Wayne Shaw