Lewis University’s 8th Annual President’s Show

This year’s first show was yet again one of my favorite places to visit, the Lewis University’s 8th Annual President’s Show.  I have also taken part in the past three years and have loved every second I step back onto campus.  I love going back there when ever I can.  It feels like I am going back to one of my “homes” from my past.

Brown pelican, 18x24, colored pencil on matte board

Brown pelican, 18×24, colored pencil on matte board

The five years I spent at Lewis were some of the best I will remember.  Most of the art department has changed physically but the small family bonding experience is still there.

Thanks in part to my old classmate and friend Mark Swain, professor and head of the art department, and his wife Natalie, the gallery manager (who once again put up an awesome display of artwork), the place still has that family friendly feel to it.  Our old mentor and teacher, Paul Mitchell, was one of the best professors that guided me to create what I do today.

I went to the opening of the Presedent’s show this past February.  I spent some time talking to some of the students and was happy that they are getting the same wonderful education I did back almost 20 years ago.  It makes me proud to say I am an alumni from Lewis U.  What was also nice was the fact that we got to celebrate Brother James’ last year as president of the university and his last time hosting the annual show.  He hasn’t changed all these years.

Me with fellow alumni and Brother James.

Me with fellow alumni and Brother James.

I cannot wait until next year and what will be brought to the show from all the alumni and students.  If you want to check out more photos from the show, you can visit the gallery’s Facebook page here, www.facebook.com/LewisuArt.

Lewis University’s annual art show

Lewis University hosted the opening reception for the President’s 7th Annual Art Exhibition in the The Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery on Wednesday, February 4th.  I, once again, did participate in the alumni part of the show this year.  I also was able to get out to the reception this on the 4th, unlike last year due to Chicago’s lovely and snowy weather, LOL.

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Red-tailed hawk in pastel. The President’s 7th Annual Art Exhibition at Lewis University, Romeoville, IL.

Although, the gallery was not at Lewis when I was in school, it felt like it has always been there.  I think it is one of the best features of the entire art department and campus at Lewis.  This is one upgrade to the campus that everyone should see.

Northern grey wolf in pastel (top), Snowy owl in colored pencil (bottom).  Me standing with two of my pieces in the show.

Northern grey wolf in pastel (top), Snowy owl in colored pencil (bottom). Me standing with two of my pieces in the show.

As the reception took place you can see the talent that the school has.  When I was in school back in the late 90’s, the department of art majors was small (if we were lucky we had 10 art majors all year round).  Now, there are art majors not just in painting and drawing, but also computer graphics, graphic art, and sculpture.I took a peek at the old drawing and painting rooms; memories came flooding back to me.  I can see myself in my studio painting 4×4 foot paintings, drawing portraits of famous and not-so-famous people, and creating 3-D looking landscapes on programs that were beyond what any computer geek could reach at the time.  I had two shows while I was at Lewis.  Both were milestones for me during my time at school.

Painting room at Lewis.

Painting room at Lewis.

Drawing room at Lewis.

Drawing room at Lewis.

I have reminisced enough so I would like to invite everyone to go and see the show and gallery with all the work by past and present students from Lewis University.

The President’s 7th Annual Art Exhibition is a free exhibit and is open to the public and will be on display from 9:00 am-9:00 pm weekdays and 9:00 am-5:00 pm on weekends from Feb. 3-27.

For more information you can go to the Lewis University Alumni website here, http://www.alumni.lewisu.edu/Page.aspx?pid=567&cid=5&ceid=427&cerid=0&cdt=2%2f5%2f2014.