Local Artists Display their Works in ‘Gathered by the Sense’

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A group of artists from the local region will display their work in an exhibit titled “Gathered by the Sense,” Sept. 7-Oct. 28 in the Transition Space area of the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

An opening reception for this exhibit, curated by Ryan Paluczak, is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Sept. 7 in the museum as part of Cape Girardeau’s First Friday downtown arts events. Admission is free.

The Transition Spaces exhibition space is devoted to the work of regional artists. Artists exhibiting their work in this show are Felicia Cannon, Emily Denlinger, Gina Hunt, Paluczak, and William H Thielen.

In this exhibit, the five artists probe the intersection of art and science, creating optical and aural phenomena that manifest in sensory experience for their audience. Pieces on display were driven by the strong ties between sensory stimulation and emotional landscape; senses are a gateway to intuitive knowledge. The works are visceral, challenging, experimental and experiential. In combination, it is their vision to build an atmosphere charged with feeling, offering works in a variety of media that center on corporeal experience. The show is born out of their collective rejoicings, failures, courage, despair and playfulness.

Denlinger resides in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, serving as the Area Head and associate professor of digital art at Southeast. Originally from Ohio, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2D Art with a concentration in photography from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. She went on to study at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she earned a Master of Arts in digital art, which she then 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. Denlinger’s artwork explores the human condition, issues of identity, survival, gender, power and codependency. She is interested in the way these topics surface consciously and subconsciously while she is creating. Denlinger’s images capture her psychological interpretation of reality. As someone with an active dream life, she works to find the connections between her awake and asleep lives.

Ryan Paluczak

Paluczak is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking, a Master of Arts in studio art from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and expanded media from Illinois State University (ISU). At ISU, he served as a graduate assistant for the Visiting Artist Program and assisted in teaching 3D Fundamentals, Sculpture I, Expanded Media I and Analog Mechanical Motion. He has received various grants and awards, including the Regents Scholarship at Southeast and the Illinois State University Arts Technology Program Award for Best Interactive Media. His work has been published in Sarah Riley’s “Practical Mixed-Media Printmaking Techniques” (A&C Black Publishers). He performs and exhibits work regionally and nationally. He believes collaboration and community strengthen art’s influence on contemporary culture, and thus places an emphasis on his local art community and DIY-ethos.

Felicia Cannon

Cannon was raised in Clearwater, Florida. Her education includes studies in printmaking, painting and book arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Illinois State University. She has received various awards, scholarships, including the Normal Editions Workshop Best Graduate Award, Irving S. Tick Award in Printmaking and Jerry’s Artarama Art Supply Scholarship. Her work has been published in Blue Stem Magazine and in the MTSU Honors Publication, Collage: A Journal of Creative Expression. Cannon produces images that evoke symbiosis between forms and color within a composition. Repetition and pattern are used to make connections throughout the work. These elements promote ideas of slowness and taking the time to recognize each part that make up a whole – much like memories and experiences that make up one’s life.

Gina Hunt

Hunt creates abstract paintings, sculptures and site-specific installations as interdisciplinary platforms to research the complexities of vision and the subjectivity of visual experience. A strong fascination with screens as mediators of light has been the focus of her recent work. She was the 2015-2016 Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, where she was a practicing artist and faculty member within the Painting and Printmaking Department and exhibited a solo exhibition of new paintings and sculpture. In 2016, she was awarded residencies at Hinge Arts (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) and the Badlands National Park (South Dakota). At both residencies, she focused on creating temporary, site-specific sculptural installations integrated within landscape and architecture. She has exhibited her work extensively. Hunt received a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Illinois State University in 2015, a Master of Arts in painting from Minnesota State University in 2012 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, printmaking and art history from Minnesota State University in 2009. Her work has been featured in reviews and publications such as The Rib (Boston, Massachusetts), Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar), Salt Hill (Syracuse University), and New American Paintings. She currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

William H. Thielen

Thielen is a full-time studio artist, living and working in Carbondale, Illinois, whose artwork has been exhibited nationally. He is a prolific artist who has been exhibiting his artwork for over 35 years. A Pierre, South Dakota, native, Thielen did his undergraduate studies in painting at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he received a Bachelor of Science in art education comprehensive (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. Shortly thereafter, he was a multimedia panelist for Fibre-Form-Fusion, an international conference held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 1982, he received a visual artist fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 1984 he was one of 10 artists chosen to participate in the Interchange Program at the Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada. He has continued his education by taking workshops at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado. He has received purchase awards from the Evansville (Indiana) Museum of Art and Science and the Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, Illinois; and merit awards from the 31st Annual Quincy Show, Elizabeth Sinnock Gallery, Quincy, Illinois; the Alexandria (Louisiana) Fine Arts Annual; the Self-Images show at the Associated Artist Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois; and the Evansville (Indiana) Museum of Art and Science.

In 1984-1985, Sandra McMorris Johnson and Thielen took top honors in the National Endowment for the Arts-funded Fiberworks Exhibition and Projects Competition in Berkeley, California. He was one of five artists chosen for the 1990 “Big Art” competition in Atlanta.

In 1995-1996, he had a traveling one-person show curated and sponsored by the State of Illinois Museum and Galleries System with exhibitions at Ina, Lockport and Chicago. In 2002, his work was part of “Five Hundred Abstract Works on Paper, 1922-2002” at Gary Snyder Fine Art in New York. He was the only contemporary artist in the show mentioned in a review by N.F. Karlins in artnet magazine. Articles and reviews of his work have been published in magazines, newspapers and books, including Create! Magazine, Studio Visit magazine, Sculpture Magazine, and Practical Mixed-media Printmaking Techniques, by Sarah Riley (2012, A&C Black Publishers, London), where he was a featured artist.

Since 1988, he has conducted visiting artist lectures and critiques at colleges and universities throughout the Midwest.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. All museum exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.

Top Photo Caption: Artwork by Emily Denlinger.