Art Gallery Releases Fall 2018 Exhibit Schedule

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Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery Releases Fall 2018 Exhibit Schedule

Published: August 2, 2018.

As part of the Fall 2018 Gallery Events, artwork by three contemporary artists as well as the Lewis University student Senior Capstone Art Exhibition will be on display at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The exhibit, free and available to the public, will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The first exhibition, "Doni Doni," by Gretchen Beck, will be on view from August 27-September 21 with a Reception and Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 at the gallery, which is also free and open to the public.

For the images Beck produces as an artist, she has conducted research in Niger, West Africa, where she lived for three years. Her art involves an exploration of the Nigerien landscape, the Djarma and Fulani cultures and the art forms they create. This abstract work portrays ritual and tradition in Nigerian culture. Beck served as professor of Art, chair of the Art Department, curator and on the faculty at Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., for eleven years. Currently, she is a professional artist.

The artwork of Paul Schranz will be on view from October 1-26. A Reception and Gallery Talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 11 at the gallery, free and open to the public.

Schranz is retired professor emeritus of Art, Governors State University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate studies in aesthetics, techniques and photo history. He was director of the Preston Contemporary Art Center and Mesilla Digital Imaging Workshops in Mesilla, New Mexico. Celebrating 50 years as a photographer, his work has evolved from black-and-white landscapes to two current digital collage series, Entropy and In These Times. Digital collage work can simultaneously show the past, present, and a predictable future by applying traditions of both analytic and synthetic photography. Today, Schranz's work moves toward synthetic sensitivities - directed more from a world within than from without.

In November, contemporary artist Ilie Vaduva will present at a Reception and Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 at the gallery, also free and open to the public. His artwork will be on view from November 1-30.

Born in Romania in 1979, Vaduva started drawing and painting as a child, attending art school at an early age. He moved on to study mural painting at the high school of art and then he enrolled in graphic art studies at the Art University in Timisoara. He has completed extensive work as a decorative and mural painter in both contemporary and traditional styles and has participated in a number of group shows in his native country. Vaduva immigrated to America and currently resides and works in his studio in Chicago, Ill. He has developed and perfected his signature mixed media technique that combines transparent layers of oil colors and pen with white ink on canvas. His art combines classic painting techniques with surrealistic concepts and violent contrast of light and dark, where darkness becomes a dominating feature of the image. Depth and drama of his images are highlighted throughout in a spotlight effect. Vaduva's work has been subject to solo and group shows in the U.S., Mexico and Romania.

The Lewis University Department of Art and Design will present the Senior Capstone Exhibition and Reception at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 in the gallery. This biannual art show coincides with the capstone course, Senior Project. This course challenges the graduating students to put their newly acquired skills and understanding of art to the test by participating in a professional exhibition experience. Artwork will be on view from December 6-17.

The Wadsworth Family Gallery is located in the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery events, which include Lewis University student shows, local and regional artist shows, annual high school exhibits, faculty shows, academic-based exhibitions and cultural and religious based art shows. More information is available about the Art Gallery and exhibits by contacting Natalie Swain, Art Gallery coordinator, at

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