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Current Exhibits

Fall 2022

Constructed Mysteries Poster ImageImage: Cherith Lundin, Surface Incidents, 2020 (detail)

Constructed Mysteries

Heather Nameth Bren, Shin-hee Chin, Caroline Kent, Scott Kolbo, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Marianne Lettieri, Cherith Lundin, Justin Randolph Thompson and Bradly Dever Treadaway

Curted by Kenneth Steinbach and Michelle Westmark Wingard

Adams Hall: Walford Galleries
Aug 24 – Sept 21, 2022
Reception Thursday, Sept 8, (time TBD)

Constructed Mysteries is an exhibit that offers a conversation through artwork and interviews about the ways in which spiritual practice and artistic practice intersect.

The exhibit is based on the idea that artists of faith have a unique set of spiritual insights about a number of important and timely issues because of their experience within artistic practice. These insights have been uniquely discarded within contemporary Christianity and as a result, we have been cut off from sources of wisdom and interaction with the divine that have historically been a part of our spiritual tradition. Recovering this perspective is not only helpful for the artist on a personal level, but also of keen importance to the larger Christian culture.

Constructed Mysteries showcases the art of ten artists or artist teams whose work engages Christian spirituality, and discusses points of intersection with their artistic practice. Interviews with the artists, compiled by artist and author Kenneth Steinbach, offers an in-depth look at such topics such as silence, the importance of process, and the nature of parable. In participating in this project, the artists have opened the door to their practice to an unusual degree in both artwork and personal observation, offering ways of thinking about one of the central questions for artists of faith: What is the relationship between artistic and spiritual practice, and why do those ideas matter?

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The Walford Galleries are located on the 1st floor of Adams Hall and gallery hours are from 9:00am–4:30pm Monday–Friday. For questions or details, email Gallery Manager Sheldon Till-Campbell at sheldon.campbell@wheaton.edu.

 

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Communidad/Identidad

Wheaton X Oaxaca Print Portfolio

Adams Hall: Walford Galleries
Sept 29 – Oct 27, 2022
Reception Friday, Oct 7, from 3:30-5:00pm

Twelve artists from Oaxaca, Mexico and twelve Wheaton College art faculty and alumni use printmaking to explore how identity is shaped by the particularities of place, and how our communities – and concepts of community – are in turn shaped by these identities.

Artists include: Julio García Aguilar, Adrián Aguirre, Armarte, Iván Bautista, Edith Chávez, Alberto Cruz, Javier Antonio Dominguez, José Martinez, Gabriella Morac, Daniel Barraza Ortiz, Beatriz Rivas, Shinzaburo Takeda, Jeremy Botts, Gregory Deddo, James Hapke, Shang Lin, Cherith Lundin, Josepha Natzke, Kaye Lee Patton, Joel Sheesley, Rebekah Stoneberg, Jeffrey Swider-Peltz, Sheldon Till-Campbell, and Christa Tooley

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The Walford Galleries are located on the 1st floor of Adams Hall and gallery hours are from 9:00am–4:30pm Monday–Friday. For questions or details, email Gallery Manager Sheldon Till-Campbell at sheldon.campbell@wheaton.edu.

 

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Hold Your Breath

Joonhee Park

Adams Hall: Walford Galleries
Nov 3 – Dec 9, 2022
Opening reception Thursday, Nov 3, (time TBD)

In this installation 1000 clear balloons, each blown up by a member of the Wheaton College community, are suspended overhead in the Walford Galleries, inviting the consideration of human breath.  Because latex oxidizes, a white layer of powder coats the surface of the balloons over time. The conglomeration of translucent material transforms into a mass – a sort of solidarity –  that protrudes into personal space. On the floor, 200 untethered balloons remain accessible for tangible play. 

The second room displays videos of students and faculty members holding their breath as a way to perform the stories of alienation that often go untold. These same participants share their search for belonging in hopes of achieving true solidarity.

Joonhee Park is Associate Professor of Art in the Wheaton College Art Department. He studied Film Studies at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea and received the M.F.A degree in Film Production from Ohio University. Joonhee worked as a military intelligence officer, commercial film producer, and film professor before joining the Wheaton College Art and Communication faculty. Films he directed and contributed to have been screened worldwide at festivals from Croatia to New York. As an active filmmaker and media artist, his research interests lie in visual storytelling, personal media and digital art.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The Walford Galleries are located on the 1st floor of Adams Hall and gallery hours are from 9:00am–4:30pm Monday–Friday. For questions or details, email Gallery Manager Sheldon Till-Campbell at sheldon.campbell@wheaton.edu.