Fragments Art Exhibit through April 15

March 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Posted in art@iit | Comments Off on Fragments Art Exhibit through April 15

In honor of Women’s History Month, an art exhibit featuring the work of Geraldine McCullough opened March 2 in Galvin Library’s Kemper Gallery. Born in Arkansas but spending her formative years in Chicago, McCullough (1917–2008) exhibited in many national galleries and won numerous awards for her paintings and sculptures. Her most notable award was the 1964 George D. Widener Memorial Gold Medal for her sculpture “Phoenix.” A commissioned life-size, bronze statue created by McCullough of Martin Luther King was installed in 1985 at the Illinois State Library in Springfield. According to the exhibit’s curator, John Martin, “McCullough’s paintings and sculptures create a combination of figurative and abstract movements,” and “her references to African ritual and spiritual iconography invite the viewer to participate in a solemn ceremony.” Martin notes that McCullough, like her art, “was a commanding presence who fused her sense of art with her sense of being.” An opening reception was held on Friday, March 11. The exhibit will run through April 15.

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