A New Gallery Show

17 11 2014

The Art Department is excited to host the work of two of our own, Professor Greg Schreck and Professor Joel Sheesley.  These bodies of work were created during the professor’s sabbaticals last spring, and both artists were asked to participate in the creation series currently happening at Wheaton College.

Greg Halvorsen’s show is a collection of images reflecting his travels during his sabbatical and summer. The images are from a trip to India at the end of the summer, with the majority taken during a train ride one morning.

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Joel Sheesley’s Show is a collection of plein air painting from the past year.  The eight works represent the four seasons and the changing landscape of the Lincoln Marsh near Sheesley’s Home.


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We hope that you have the opportunity to spend some time in the Walford Galleries with both of these artists work.

The Newest Gallery Space

4 11 2014

The art department is pleased to announce the opening of a new gallery space on campus.  With the growing number of art majors in the last years, the department has searched for spaces throughout campus to show art and hold senior exhibitions. Those needs were met in the fireside room of the Beamer Center.


As a department we are so excited for this flexible and comfortable space.  To christen the gallery, the department hung a collection of printmaking work by Wheaton Alumni.  We hope you have the opportunity to spend some time with the work in our newest gallery space.  Stay tuned as we host upcoming senior exhibitions and continue to rotate in new work.




Portrait Painting

20 10 2014

This semester, Joel Sheesley decided to offer a two credit hour portrait painting class for students interested in painting the figure from life.  Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays in the mornings, students painted four different models over the course of the quad.

To celebrate the completion of the class, a selection of work from the class has been installed in the student gallery on the third floor of Adams Hall.  We hope that you will have the chance to come by and see the paintings.

12x12x12x12 Show Reception

9 10 2014

Today was the show reception for the 12 x 12 gallery show. The art department is so excited to show off the work of our students and their interpretations of “Light”.  This year the show was composed of 50 pieces by a little over 40 art students and faculty members.  The variety of work represented while limited to the same basic requirements is truly inspiring.


This year, the faculty recognized three students for their work: Hannah Zeller, Kate Penkethman, and Whitney Bauck.  The department wants to congratulate these three students and all of the participants of the 12×12 show.  We hope that you have the opportunity to come and see the show before it comes down on November 6th.

12x 12x 12x 12 Art Department Gallery Show

3 10 2014

We have a new gallery show in the Walford Galleries of Adams Hall, the 12x 12x 12x 12 show.  This is the second year that we have hosted 12×12.  Participants must create works that meet a certain set of criteria:

  • All two dimensional works must fit inside of a 12 inch frame.
  • Video work must be 12 seconds or some iteration of 12 seconds.
  •  All three dimensional works must fit inside of a one cubic foot box.

This year, participants this year were asked to address the theme of light.  It is exciting to see the variety of ways that “Light” was interpreted, represented, and presented. The show will be up from October 1st through November 6th with the artist reception this coming Thursday, October 9th from 4:30 to 6:30.  We hope that you have the chance to come and see all of the artwork.

A New Year Has Begun

26 09 2014

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It is hard to believe that a month of classes has already passed!  The year started in a blur, with new classes, new faces, new gallery shows, and the noise of students reuniting and creating. The art department is so excited about this year!  We will be hosting 28 gallery exhibitions, graduating 27 seniors in various disciplines, and challenging our students with new course offerings and artistic opportunities!

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We kicked off the new academic year with a gallery show by Ginger Geyer and Wang Ling Chou.  Both artists take different approaches to ceramics, and our students really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with both shows.

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The year is off to a great start and we can not wait to see what is in store!  Continue to check back as we update you on new gallery shows, highlight new course offerings, introduce you to students and their experiences on study abroad trips, and try to keep a pulse of all the activity that is going on in the building.


6 05 2014

The year is coming to a close.  It has been wonderful to watch all of our students as they have grown in their artistic abilities. This year, the art department graduates over 20 students with degrees in studio art, community art, and art history.  Below are images from each senior exhibition hosted this year.

We want to wish all of our students the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.


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