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Works by Mark Langeneckert and Naomi Sugino Lear

Exhibition: January 13- February 19

Gallery Reception: January 21, 2015 4-7pm


Mark Langeneckert

Artist Bio:

Artist/illustrator, Mark Langeneckert earned his BFA from the Art Center College of Design before moving to New York to work as a freelance illustrator. His illustrations have appeared in Time-Life Books, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and Psychology Today magazine. His work has also been published by The Society of Illustrators and American Illustration annuals. He is currently an assistant professor in drawing and coordinator of the study abroad program in art.


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Naomi Sugino Lear

Artist Bio:

Born in Ishioka, Japan, Naomi Sugino Lear came to the United States in 1986. She attended Eastern Illinois University, graduating in 1999 with dual degrees in art and music, and went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts degree at Wichita State University in 2002, with emphases in painting and drawing. Lear then moved to Columbia to join the faculty of Columbia College’s Art Department, where she currently works as an Associate Professor of Art. In addition to teaching drawing and painting courses, Lear serves as the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at Columbia College. Her work has been exhibited in regional and national shows with several awards received. In 2009, Lear’s work was selected by the Missouri Arts Council as a featured image for their statewide Arts Awards. The same year, Lear’s painting “after the rain” was selected by the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs as its Commemorative Poster image. She recently completed a commission for The Plowman Chamber Music Competition, producing a painting to be used as the poster image for the national biannual chamber music competition to be held here in Columbia in 2015.

Artist Statement:

In my work, I focus on capturing my surroundings, most commonly in the medium of oil. I record the individual environments I experience each day through still-lifes, portraits, and interiors. I often emphasize certain characteristics of my surroundings through different paint applications, gestural brushwork, value and color contrast, as well as the abstraction or simplification of shapes. These characteristics can also be amplified by heightening and/or muting colors and color combinations. The emphasis on drawing is derived from my interest in formal elements in approaching a painting.

Through these formal elements I endeavor to create a unique visual diary that is intimate yet accessible.


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Gallery Reception: September 9, 2016; 5:00pm-7:00pm

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Exhibition: October 3 - November 11, 2016

Gallery Reception: October 7, 2016; 5:00pm-7:00 pm

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Gallery Reception: December 1, 2016; 4:00pm-6:00pm


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Works by Rodney Burlingame

Exhibition: January 11 - February 17

Gallery Reception: January 27, 2017; 5:00pm-7:00pm

15th Annual Spring Art Exhibition for Area High Schools

Exhibition: February 27 - March 17

Awards Reception: March 3, 2017; 5:00pm- 7:00pm


Biophilia:Paint, Canvas, Pixels and Paper
Works by Joe Bussell and Fred Trease

Exhibition: April 3 - May 11, 2017

Gallery Reception: April 21, 2017; 5:00pm- 7:00pm

Adaptations and Transformations

Works by David Spear

Exhibition: October 7 - October 31

Gallery Reception: October 10, 3:00-7:00 p.m.


Artist Statement of David Spear:

There is not one way to make art. Every artistic project and space has different conceptual goals and motivations and therefore requires a different set of solutions. Rather than concentrate on one solution for one problem, I have concentrated on creating a variety of works relying on a diversity of styles, concepts and appropriations which differ on consideration of the prospective viewer, venue and conceptual purpose. This is the philosophy I subscribed to early in my artistic career and it is through this versatility that I have been able to develop multiple methods that influence one another and continually weave through new artistic avenues. READ MORE


Artist Statement of Harrison Bergeron:

As manager, director and producer, David Spear presents the work of Harrison Bergeron.
The work is about Folly. More specifically, it speaks about the postmodern reality of our current informational deluge, where everything and nothing is believable and truth is subjective. These works re-contextualize classical historical paintings by substituting what we already know (in paintings like Washington Crossing the Delaware and Liberty Leading the People) with low resolution and vaguely modeled clay reconstructions of the paintings. In these works, man has been replaced by clay, the mythological material of man. This symbolizes the malleability of the original information and the struggle to understand it enough to learn from it. The clay is later replaced by the "true" substance of man, meat. These works describe the romantic mode of trying to clinically dissect and anatomize the interior of the body and soul through the process of painting, sculpting and video, but ultimately serve as a Memento Mori. The works go on to critique the results of man's habitual follies by showing the calamities that fester within contemporary politics that have similar ties with past mythologies. READ MORE


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Figures of Light and Shadow

Works by Randy Simmons

Exhibition: January 15 - February 13

Gallery Reception & Artist Talk: February 13, 2:30-5:30 p.m.


Artist Statement:

My work is mostly auto-biographical with much inspiration coming from my two teen age boys. I work with social/political themes, relationship themes as well as being inspired by my own childhood. My latest series of drawings have a sense of storytelling quirkiness to them that hold as much mystery and devoid of explanation.

Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Art teaching drawing, life drawing and intro to Art. My drawings are exhibited nationally and I do gallery talks concerning my work and portfolio development for artists. I am also a recent recipient of two Kentucky Arts Council Grants, 2005 and 2007.


Gallery of Works:

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Storms and Snarls

Works by Jessie Van der Laan

Exhibition: November 7 - December 5

Gallery Reception: November 13, 2:00-5:00 p.m.


Artist Statement:

My work embodies transition, in subject and form, relying on fragile boundaries between memory and hope, reality and imagination, two-dimensions and three-dimensions. I work interchangeably between drawing, printmaking, fiber sculpture, and installation, using repetition to build form and a sense of time. In the cycle of my process, constructed sculptures are made from re-purposed prints and collected materials, which become points of inspiration for drawings, from which the gesture of mark is translated into the stitched line in a hanging, fiber piece. I instinctively refer to natural colors and forms, such as linear striations of rock, muted tundra ochres, and blooming greys of an approaching storm. Selecting materials based on tactile qualities, I ease between responding to the work cognitively and emotively. The path is not always clear, and moments of ambiguity and uncertainty bring complex and subtle rewards.

The layered, cyclical approach of my process reflects the metaphors within my work. I want to bridge the space between cataclysm and catalyst. My work tells the story of attachment and loss by creating landscapes that transcend physicality to describe an inner, imagined spaces. I evoke the physical and emotional nature of reverent places that can be solitary, communal, natural, constructed, remembered and imagined. Tangled nets become topographic contours; seams define the meeting of two edges or two moments. Rock cairns and lighthouses are markers of paths, remnants of history; abandoned barns and small, mountain cemeteries are shadows of lives, relationships and families. Holes, cavities, and absence implies presence. I consider that as destruction can lead to reconstruction, mourning leads to celebration of life lived. Within the subtle, liminal, and bittersweet, I contemplate the sentiment of the past, and the potency of a hopeful future.


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