Geographic Connections | February 11 – March 18
Full Virtual Art Exhibit Walkthrough located at Springer Cultural Center. | Starting at 5p, Feb 11
Artist Talks: Geographic Connections | Jihee Lee
I’m interested in visualizing universal feelings that people feel while living in a foreign country, such as otherness, longing, nostalgia, pleasure, and struggle, based on my personal experiences.
More specifically, I visualize the merging of intangible memories with a tangible body through which I form my identity. I express how my memory is woven with various sensory information and emotions through the use of the material of thread. It is a metaphor of how finding one memory leads to other memories, just like finding the end of a thread leads to other connected threads. Thread, symbolizing intangible memory, merges with the physicality of paint, which represents my body. This is an expression of how my memory is embedded with my body, which possesses the history of my experience. Throughout my work, I’m comforted by the fact that, even though we are physically apart, my family back home and I are connected.
I got my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. I am a recipient of the Helen E. Platt Blake Scholarship, the Merit Award, and the Art Coop Award. My work has been exhibited at the Krannert Art Museum, GAIA Gallery in Los Angeles, Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, Busey Wealth Management headquarters, and 40 Point One, among others. I have been an artist-in residence at the Prairie Center of the Arts.
– Jihee Lee
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Matthew Jobe Thornton
Artist Spotlight: Down To Earth | Will Van Dyke
Growing up in Wyoming has given me a connection to the landscape that surrounds me. As an adult, I have moved through Colorado, Washington, Minnesota, Louisiana and Illinois while playing music in various bands. My body and mind react differently to my geographic location. The open spaces of Wyoming differ greatly to the open spaces of Illinois. The cities and the rural places, the mountains and the great plains, the water in the oceans and swamps of this country have all influenced me and my art.
When working in the style of nonrepresentational abstraction, I am intrigued by the idea of creating something truly autonomous. When writing a song, the songwriter has an emotionally invested interest in the song, which goes out into the ethos and no longer belongs to the songwriter but to the person listening. The listener then attaches their own emotions to the song—stripping the songwriter of the burden of ownership.
To be able to create anything that gives light to others is the goal of all art. Painting, like songwriting, can be a selfish act. But if I can remove myself during the creative process and make it a selfless act, the product created is given the power to become itself. In removing myself, this leaves the emotional response in the hands of the viewer.
– Matthew Jobe Thornton
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Past Virtual Exhibits
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Become an Art Exhibitor
The Springer Cultural Center offers local and regional artists a professional venue to display their work. Springer hosts six professional art exhibits each year. These art shows are determined by review of applications. Proposals are accepted for solo or collaborative group exhibitions on an ongoing basis.
Artists are responsible for having artwork ready to hang, and for any shipping expenses/insurance while artwork is being transported to or from the Springer Cultural Center and throughout the exhibition. Artists have the opportunity to give a brief talk about their work at a reception provided by the Park District. Please see below for the Professional Art Exhibit Application.
Springer also hosts two amateur art exhibits each year: Town & Country Amateur Art Show and State, Town, & Country Amateur Art Show. Amateur artists can submit entries for the Town & Country Amateur Art Show held in our Winter/Spring season. Winning and other high quality of work entries of the Town & Country Amateur Art Show qualify for the State, Town, & Country Amateur Art Show.
Professional Art Exhibit Application
If you are an artist that would like to be considered, watch the video for information and please fill out the form below.
Exhibitors receive marketing support from Champaign Park District in the form of:
- Exhibit poster design/print/distribution
- TV graphic promoting exhibit in all Park District facilities
- Exhibit listing on Park District website events calendar
- Social media mentions