Exhibit Featuring Four Artists’ Works Springs From Peer Critique Group


2014-LOC-RiverCampus-AE0320-045_480x720_72_RGBCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 30, 2015 – Consensus, an exhibit featuring the work of four artists, is currently on display in the Dobbins Center Hallway Gallery in the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Works displayed were created by Emily Booth, Emily Denlinger, Katherine Smith and William Thielen. The four artists participated in peer critiques with each other to form the Peer Crit Club. They have been able to support one another and give feedback, which led them to the opportunity to collectively show their work in this exhibit.

“Critique meetings last for hours, and I find both mentorship and friendship blossoming among those in our peer crit group,” Emily Booth, instructor of foundation art at Southeast Missouri State University, said. “The way we challenge and inspire each other creates a kind of growth and clarity that wouldn’t be possible without each other’s input.”

Katherine Smith, professor of art and foundations coordinator at Southeast Missouri State University, said, “I have enjoyed the critique group’s friendship and professional guidance, especially in its diversity of perspectives. We are very different in the way we approach techniques, materials and subject matter, but that is what makes this group valuable.”

Smith says the critiques are a great way to build an artist community and have encouraged her to push up deadlines and set new goals for herself.

Emily Denlinger, assistant professor of digital arts at Southeast Missouri State University, said, “The critique group has been great for me because it helped me reinvigorate some of my projects by seeing them from someone else’s perspective. I have a very different medium and narrative in my work than the other members, so I was able to receive vastly different feedback compared to critiques I received in the past.”

Booth is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Delaware. In her drawings and paintings, Booth explores concepts relating to the individual within the collective, the nature of social systems and the small but formative moments of daily and domestic life. Booth maintains a regular regional and international exhibition record and has been awarded several fellowships and residencies, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Painting Fellowship and the CAVA Residency Fellowship in Miami Beach, Florida. Booth’s work has also been published in several books and catalogues, including two volumes of New American Paintings. She currently teaches “Foundation Art” at Southeast Missouri State University where she has revived the Department of Art’s study abroad programs, developing courses that culminate in trips to locations including England, Belgium, The Netherlands, French Canada and Scotland.

Denlinger resides in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, working as area head and assistant professor of digital arts at Southeast Missouri State University. Originally from Ohio, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2D art with a concentration in photography from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She went on to study at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, where she earned a Master of Arts in digital art, which was transferred into a Master of Fine Arts in photography and digital imaging. Before moving to Missouri, she was an adjunct professor at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her photographs have been exhibited around the country and are held in private collections internationally.

Smith’s hometown is in Minneapolis, Minnesota where most of her family still lives. She received her Bachelor of Arts in fine art from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota and her Master of Fine Arts in painting/printmaking from Michigan State University. Smith has had exhibitions in regional, national and international venues such as Lyons, France; Tokyo, Japan; Manchester, England; and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has exhibited in galleries in New York City such as the Gaia Gallery, Viridian Gallery, Williamsburg Historical Museum and SOHO 20. Currently, Smith is a professor of art and foundations coordinator at Southeast Missouri State University.

Thielen a Pierre, South Dakota, native. He did his undergraduate studies in painting at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota where he received a Bachelor of Science in art painting (with minors in fibers and sculpture) in 1977.  At that time, he realized he wanted a broader base from which to draw for his art.  He enrolled in graduate school under M. Joan Lintault at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale where he received his Master of Fine Arts in fibers in 1980. Thielen’s work is abstract and includes many genres including painting, drawing, print, free-standing sculpture and large, outdoor installations.  He works with many different mediums including wood, Styrofoam, acrylic, graphite, ink, prismacolor, glitter, yarn and aluminum foil.  Much of his work is mixed media.  His art is emotionally driven and intuitively based and has shown throughout the United States and Canada.  He has been a visiting artist and lecturer at numerous universities throughout the Midwest.  His work has been published in multiple books and his shows have received positive reviews in art publications nationwide.  He has received many awards and grants, most notably, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship.  He is currently a studio artist, living and working in Carbondale, Illinois.

Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 14. Exhibit hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday Aug. 17-Sept. 25. The exhibit will close Sept. 25.