Thielen’s Nationally Exhibited Artwork Comes to Southeast River Campus


William Thielen’s exhibit “Road Trip: Paintings and Drawings” will be on display Sept. 1-29 with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. and an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 1 in Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Art Gallery.

Thielen is from Carbondale, Illinois, and has had his artwork exhibited nationally. He is a prolific artist who has been exhibiting his artwork for over 35 years.

“It is a real treat for our students and the community to have an accomplished artist exhibiting his artwork in our gallery,” said Justin Miller, associate professor and exhibitions coordinator. “I appreciate his ability to successfully work with a multitude of approaches to art making, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation and more.”

Thielen’s exhibition will include mixed media paintings and drawings that delve into abstraction and the formal elements of line, shape and color. The works are about extremes, how they need each other to define each other and the tension that is created when opposites are thrust together.

“The issues behind my work are personal and autobiographical,” Thielen said. “I work with these issues because they are my attempt to find my own true identity in a divisive social structure.”

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 Justin Miller at or (573) 651-2865.