2016 State of the Art: Drawing Invitational

November 14 – February 4, 2017

  • Reception: Thursday, November 17, 2017, 5-7 p.m.
  • Shelby Shadwell, Curator’s talk at 6 p.m.
  • Music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
  • Additional Artist Lecture by Shelby Shadwell, Thursday, November 17 at 11 a.m.

Exhibiting artists include Tamie Beldue, Susan D'Amato, Alison Denyer, Erin Fostel, Christopher Ganz, Michael Hook, Seth Marosok, Jeremy Plunkettt, John Sabraw, Christopher Troutman, and Hong Chun Zhang. States represented include Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

A two-time recipient of the Visual Arts Fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council, Shadwell actively exhibits across the nation. He earned his BFA from Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, where he studied printmaking and drawing as a Kenneth E. Hudson Scholar. He accepted a full fellowship to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale and went on to graduate with an MFA in printmaking and drawing in 2006.
In his curator's statement, Shadwell explained his rationale for the works chosen for this national invitational.

"I started with an assumption that, to the extent it can be observed, quality in visual art, including drawing, consists in the creation of objects that inspire a sense of awe and wonder through their expressed form and content," he said. "I believe the pieces in this show succeed at that on every level.
"In terms of form, the artists demonstrate great ability to construct a convincing plasticity of space and the illusion of volumetric forms that encourages me, and hopefully all viewers, to marvel in sublime satisfaction at Homo sapiens' ability to translate what are essentially abstractions (observed lines, shapes and values) into highly organized representations in the mind."