“The Emergence of Modern Joliet” art exhibit ends July 11

Explore the past with an eye on the future through “The Emergence of Modern Joliet” art exhibit June 16-July 11

Published: June 4, 2014.

“The Emergence of Modern Joliet: Art, Industry and Urbanization” will be on display from June 16-July 11 in The Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. A special reception for the exhibit will be held at 5 p.m. on July 9. The free exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends.

The art exhibition features the work of Lewis University students and historical collections in a partnership between Lewis University and the Joliet Area Historical Museum. The History of Illinois class of Dr. Dennis Cremin, history professor and director of the Lewis University History Center, researched the topics and drafted text for the exhibit panels. The exhibit’s scheme was a group effort by students in the Advanced Design class directed by Leslie Colonna, Lewis University instructor of art and design.

Those students who participated in the History of Illinois class included: Sean Barber, Nicholas Czerwinski, Jocelyn Davila, Joshua Dittman, Patrick Franks, Samantha Glackin, Adrienne Gonzales, Michael Hines, Sarah Langheld, Anthony Larocca, Zeferino Martinez, Kelsey O’Brien, Tyson Polack, Alan Rosas, Brittany Russell and Zachary Zalewski.

Advanced Design students who contributed significantly to the exhibit included: Elizabeth Apostolos, Lauren Kill, Connor McLennan, Kendra Mills, Cory Seng, Lauren Trzeciak and Sandra Zuchara.

At its core are original works of art from the past and present placed in the region's history. The exhibit features 15 original drawings by Adele Fay Williams (1858-1937), which are part of the Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University.

The gallery is part of 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 swainna@lewisu.edu.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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