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Drawing Invitational

  • Curated by John Ekstrom
  • November 4 - December 11, 1998

John Ekstrom is well known among Parkland Art Students as the instructor who can draw the figure and make it look good, even on the blackboard. John organized a wonderful exhibition of drawings for the gallery. This exhibit focused on drawing as an art form, not as a preliminary step in developing ideas for work in another medium.

He brought together the work of 16 artists who were hand picked for their diverse selection of styles and subject matter. Some of his choices may have challenged preconceived ideas of what constitutes a drawing. There were works on paper as well as works on wood; drawing materials varied from graphite and pastels, to tar and torn paper. This exhibit showed expressive bold abstractions and painstakenly crafted realistic images.

"This is an exhibit that will knock your socks off, and really get you excited about drawing". While at first, the widely contrasting styles and images seemed overwhelming, the viewer then found this rich visual experience energizing. This exhibit showcased what is going on in contemporary drawing in all it's various manifestations; it illustrated that drawing is an expressive force in it's own right.

Participating artists included: Pat Andrea, Phyllis Bramson, Phyllis Edelstein, Richard Hull, Michiko Itatani, Wesely Kimler, Vera Klement, Daniel Leery, Ellen Lanyon, James McGarrell, Timothy Nero, Art Paul, Robert Schultz, Hollis Sigler, Ducan Webb and Nina Weiss.

This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.





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