Art Collections: Photography

Artist: Marcus Akinlana

Marcus Akinlana Artist Statement/ Info: http://www.akinlana.com
Title: Flame Throwa 
Medium: acrylic on photography 
Year: unknown
Location: Student Center cafeteria hallway

Artist: Christian Arrecis

Christian Arrecis

Christian Arrecis

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Title: Chance, 2010
Medium: archival ink on paper
Location: Student Center, 2nd floor, near Sherriff’s Office
Title: Untitled (Rabbit)
Medium: archival ink on paper
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TitleSpeaking in Tongues
Medium: archival ink on paper
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Title: Bliss
Medium: archival ink on paper
Location: Student Center, 1st floor, cafeteria
Artist Statement/ Info: 
Artist Statement:
Phaenomena Naturalis is a series of photographs through which I attempt to navigate and understand the natural world; it is an attempt at understanding some of life's universal and enduring questions. Light and shadow function on a symbolic level—the revelation of truth. Books and their time-worn pages, bits of text and images, and found objects all serve as a vehicle to suggest a figurative voyage, that the mysteries of the world can be unlocked and revealed.

I am interested in an exploration of the world through referencing legend, through the intersection between science and magic and where superstition meets history. As such, an intimation of the arcane, the mythological and the mysterious informs these photographs.

Artist Bio:
Christian currently teaches photography at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL. after having taught at both Kishwaukee College and Northern Illinois University. His work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions including Spokane Fall Community College (solo, 2010), Magic Silver 2010, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky; Photography and Literature: Light Writing, 19th Annual New Image Juried Show, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Tallahassee International 24th Annual Juried Competition Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (2009), Visual Narrative, Washington-Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania (2009), Staged: The Constructed Photograph, at Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, Georgia (2009), Mythological RenderingsInterpreting Myths and Legends Through Art, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville Massachusetts (2009); 32nd Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition (2008), Emerging Illinois Artists ’07, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois, ArtXposium in West Chicago (2008). He was selected as Showcase Artist for Light Leaks Magazine, journal of low-fidelity photography which published his pinhole photographs. He earned his MFA from Northern Illinois University in May 2008.

Artist: Eleanor Bennett

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Eleanor Bennett

Eleanor Bennett
Title: Untitled, 2009
Medium: Digital Photo on paper
Location: C Wing, C1201-C1228
Title: Walking Through Skeleton Trees, 2009
Medium: Digital Photo on paper
Location: C Wing, C2250-C2265
Title: We All Need Water, 2010
Medium: Digital Photo on Paper
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Title: Wings of Difference, 2011
Medium: Digital Photo on Paper
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Title: Untitled, 2012
Medium: Digital Photo on Paper
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Title: Untitled, 2012
Medium: Digital Photo on Paper
Location: C Wing, C2250-C2265
Title: Untitled, 2012
Medium: Digital Photo on Paper

 

Artist Statement/ Info: www.eleanorleonnebennett.zenfolio.com 

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature's Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United States and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited , having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles,Florida, Washington, Scotland,Wales, Ireland,Canada,Spain,Germany, Japan, Australia and twice exhibited with The CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.eleanor.ellieonline@gmail.com

Artist: Matthew Derezinski

Matthew Derezinski Artist Statement/ Info: http://mderezinski.wordpress.com/

In the past years my work has been directed towards photographic manipulated imagery. This work incorporates layers of textural and organic imagery that draws upon my interest in decaying architecture, nature and the Mid-Western landscape in which I live. This imagery, rich in personally derived symbolism, is organized into mystical and mysterious landscapes. It is my hope that the viewer can relate to the work on a subconscious or emotional level. While the stories created in the work are not explicit, I incorporate symbols that, like signposts, encourage the viewer to navigate the implied narratives in their own way, based on their own personal experience.
Title: Aftermath, 2011
Medium: digital photograph, # 7/25 edition
Location:Student Center near the Sheriff's Office

Artist: Shirley Guay

Shirley Guay Artist Statement/ Info: http://www.galleryguichard.com/
http://www.artjaz.com/artists/guichard/index.html 

Shirley Guay was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1943. She attended Harold Washington College (formerly Loop College). Has traveled the United States and now calls Amboy, Illinois her home. Shirley has exhibited at the Museum of Science & Industry in                     
Chicago, the Freeport Arts Museum in Freeport, and the Phidian Arts club has her work in the Loveland Museum in Dixon, IL. She continues to exhibit her work throughout the Midwest. 

I have loved painting as long as I can remember. My Mother was a major influence for me as I watched her paint, draw, and sculpt every chance she got. At the age of eleven, I would take the bus alone from the housing projects on the west side of Chicago, to the Art Institute which is on Michigan Avenue downtown. There I participated in lecture classes for children and after class would wander through the galleries looking at art. There I saw African tribal art, but contemporary art done by African American women was nowhere to be found. My paintings are suggestive of the human form and how they relate to other forms in nature. I keep the colors simple and pure.  I give the negative space as much importance as the positive space.  By eliminating detail the viewer is free to use their imagination, thus creating a personal communication between myself the artist, and you the viewer. 
   
When working abstract; I typically lay out my palette, then cover the canvas with geometric and organic shapes. When the canvas is covered I compose the picture by pulling out the figures I see and defining them. During the final stage of the painting I create images within the negative space. The end result is usually a picture within a picture. Therefore, the more you look, the more you’ll see.
   
The colors and images seem to emerge from my ancestral past which is West Africa. The work I create reflects my environment, then and now.  By viewing the paintings it is my hope we can transcend the cultural gaps that we as a people have. That our children will have an opportunity to see a diverse selection of art when they find themselves wandering through the galleries and museums.
Title: Homage to Romare Bearden
Medium: mixed media on paper
Year:
Location: Student Center, 1st floor, Student Conference Room

Artist: Jody Quinn

Jody Quinn Artist Statement/ Info: Kish Student
Title: Shadow Rabbit, 2011
Medium: Photograph
Location: C Wing, C2250-C2265

 

Artist: Randy Richmond

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Title: Safety in Numbers
Medium: fictional cabinet card, varnished pigment print 
Location: A1200 wing, Student Quiet Zone
Title: Harvest Dance
Medium: fictional cabinet card, varnished pigment print
Location: A1200 wing, Student Quiet Zone
Title: A Young G. Randal Logsdon Contemplates the Gravity of Things
Medium: fictional cabinet card, varnished pigment print
Location: A1200 wing, Student Quiet Zone
Artist Statement/ Info: http://michaelbarnes.us