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Work by Shelly, Salazar Showcased at University Art Gallery

April 16, 2018

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MACOMB, IL - - The Western Illinois University Art Gallery will showcase the exhibit "High Plains Jamboree," by artists Ian Shelly and Jacob Salazar, through Friday, April 27.

Shelly and Salazar have been friends since junior high school.

An exhibition reception will take place between 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the gallery. The artist will hold a gallery talk at 5 p.m.

According to the artists' statement: "This work is both serious and playful, sarcastic and sincere, and a dutiful nod to a bygone era of West Texas strength, prestige, and southern hospitality. All of which fell into noticeable decay during the late 80's through today. This exhibition will serve to reflect the duality seen in West Texas landscapes and landmarks. It is an account by two artists raised in a Lubbock, TX miasma - two artists raised in a culture and landscape of both recessive austerity and expansive beauty."

For more information, contact the gallery at (309) 298-1587.

Posted By: Erika D Davis (
Office of University Relations