Wednesday, September 5, through Wednesday, October 31
Quad City International Airport Gallery, 2200 69th Avenue, Moline IL
Beautiful and thoughtful works by artists from both Iowa and Illinois will enjoy a September 5 through October 31 showcase at the Quad City Arts International Airport Gallery, with a variety of artistic mediums employed in new pieces by Lori Miller of Eldridge, Iowa, and Janis Wunderlich and Paul Scott Page, both of Monmouth, Illinois.
Miller uses carefully cut pieces of fabric and found bits of metal to create mosaic compositions reflecting the effects of natural phenomena found in nature, specifically rock and ground formations. Extolling her fiber-art passion at LoriMiller.com, the artist wrote: “I have always been intrigued with doing things a little bit differently. In my work with fiber, I take an unexpected approach in creating mosaic works. I work from my original drawings and then complete each in a mosaic style. Each piece is hand-cut and placed in the design, creating one-of-a-kind works. By using the mosaic technique, I feel it expresses how I see our world. Even with all of the chaos and imperfections of the world, I seek out a beauty and a grace in the everyday. I believe there will always be an amazing balance between confusion and hope and I work to express that connection to the viewer.”
Wunderlich, who creates abstract figurative sculptures, drawings, and etchings, completed her BFA degree at Brigham Young University with dual emphases in ceramics and printmaking. Her MFA degree was consequently completed at Ohio State University, and Wunderlich's ceramic sculptures have been showcased in numerous national and international exhibitions. She has held workshops and lectures at many museums and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, received multiple fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and is currently an assistant professor of art history, ceramics, and art foundations at Monmouth College. Describing her creative outfput, Wunderlich says that her work is “inspired by the joys and struggles in everyday life and symbolizes the daily journey by the use of water and river imagery.”
Page, meanwhile, will present his exhibition Maps to Non-Existent Places, a series of color photographs that will look somehow familiar to the viewer regardless of whether they've been in the captured locales; Page's images are of places that could be anywhere and subtly remind viewers to take a closer look at their environments and meanings. He received his 2012 BFA in Photography from Utah State University and 2015 MFA in Photography from Oghio State University, and, like Wunderlich, is currently on the art faculty of Monmouth College. His works, meanwhile, have been on display in galleries and festivals from coast to coast, and Page is a member of both the College Art Association and the Society for Photographic Education.
The Quad City International Airport Gallery is located opposite the airport's gift shop and restaurant, there is a $1 fee for parking, and more information on the Miller, Wunderlich, and Page exhibits is available by calling (309)793-1213 extension 108 or visiting QuadCityArts.com.