The Jessie C. Wilson Gallery in Fine Arts is opening a new exhibition titled “The Profession and Practice of Illustration and Design.” The exhibit will be presented from Nov. 3 through Dec. 5, with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 10 from 6-7 p.m.
The gallery emphasizes diverse artforms and connects illustration and design. Director of University Galleries and Instructor of Art, Tai Lipan said, “There are a couple of bridges between illustration and design in this exhibit.”
The exhibition will showcase the artwork of four female design and illustration professors from around the United States: Amanda Lenig, Caren Schlossberg-Wood, Andrea Trask Hempstead and Madeline Sorel.
Illustrating many different styles, the exhibit will feature a variety of artwork, from hand drawn to computer-based work.
Amanda Lenig, one of the artists to be featured, is the creative director at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. She is also a faculty instructor in the Department of Art.
Working as a graphic designer and as a freelance digital illustrator, Lenig has been recognized by Graphic Design USA Magazine, CASE II Accolade Awards, American Graphic Design & Advertising Awards, College & University Public Relations & Associated Professionals and the American Advertising Federation.
Another artist featured, Andrea Hempstead, is a full-time visiting instructor as Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York. She has ten years of experience working in advertising design,
web design and user experience design.
Her art reflects that of creating pop-up books and illustrating children’s books. In her artist statement, she said, “My illustrations are from a children’s book I’m creating for part of my Master of Fine Arts thesis.”
Caren Schlossberg-Wood is a graphic designer and a full-time faculty member in the Graphic & Interactive Design BFA program at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.
After working as a design director for many years, she established Lost Marbles Design Group in 1998, an independent design practice.
She continues to work as the principal designer for her company. She said that her artwork uses “vintage print promotions and iconic type publications from the 70s and 80s.”
Her display will showcase and analyze “legible typographic form to its characteristic shapes, rhythms, textures and interactions.”
Madeline Sorel has freelanced for The New York Times, The New York Daily News, national magazines and book publishers. Her art has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, The American Institute of Graphic Arts and The Society of Publication Designers.
She now teaches illustration at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York.
Following the opening reception on Nov. 10, Madeline Sorel is to host an artist talk at 7 p.m.
This exhibit is free and open to the public weekly in the Jessie C. Wilson Gallery of the Krannert Fine Arts Center Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment from Nov. 3 to Dec. 5.