‘Coded Vernaculars’ Spotlights Artwork Breaking Traditional Boundaries


Reed_ZipperCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 24, 2015 – Two artists will present their work that breaks traditional boundaries during “The Coded Vernaculars” exhibit on display beginning Sept. 8 in the River Campus Art Gallery at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

An Artist Talk with Sean Hottois is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. Sept. 2 in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center. A second Artist Talk with Todd Reed is scheduled for 4-5 p.m. Sept. 4 in the River Campus Art Gallery.

Reed is interested in optical phenomena with the potential to visually confuse the viewer. Hottois employs typography, 2D design, light, motion, sound, code, sensors and 3D printed objects to create interactive experiences.

“When curating this exhibition, I thought that the artwork of Sean Hottois and Todd Reed would pair well together because of their somewhat minimal aesthetics and the artists’ nontraditional approach to art-making. Both artists’ work bridges several different media and can be somewhat difficult to categorize as they simultaneously delve into design, painting, sculpture and other artistic genres,” said Justin Miller Gallery coordinator. “Ultimately, I wanted to organize a show that questions the viewer’s predispositions towards what they might see in an art gallery in the Southeast Missouri region.  Additionally, I thought this would be a good exhibition for students to experience and see how multifaceted artists can work”

Hottois holds a Bachelor of Science in interior design and a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from the University of Louisville. He completed his Master of Fine Arts at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.  Since completing his degrees, Hottois has worked in the corporate design field and has taught graphic design at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates and at the University of Saint Francis, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Currently, he is an assistant professor of integrated new media at Indiana University in South Bend. In addition to his teaching, Hottois maintains a rigorous exhibition schedule.

Reed completed a Bachelor of Arts in 2002 at Eastern Illinois University and earned his Master of Fine Arts in painting at Illinois State University in 2008. Since completion of his graduate studies, Reed has been exhibiting extensively throughout the Midwest. The artist was recently included in the three-person exhibition “Piped, Chopped, and Screwed” at Hawkeye Crates in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to exhibiting work, the artist keeps a rigorous teaching schedule between Joliet Junior College, College of Lake County and McHenry County College. He is currently teaching courses in drawing, painting, and art appreciation.

The River Campus Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Seminary Building in Room 106.

River Campus Art Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-7 p.m. on First Fridays. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Justin Miller at rcgallerycoordinator@semo.edu or (573) 651-2865.