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Fur Trade by Bruce Walters, associate professor
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"Kaleidoscope" in graphite and gouache, by Professor Jan Clough
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Faculty Works, Environmental Exhibits on Display at WIU Art Gallery

September 13, 2007

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MACOMB, IL - - Two new art exhibits begin Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Western Illinois University Art Gallery. The "Annual Department of Art Faculty Exhibition" and "A Natural Selection: Selections From the Permanent Collection" will run through Thursday, Oct. 18. The public reception for both exhibitions will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The faculty art exhibit will include recent works in a variety of media from Western's art department, including James Allen, Jan Clough, Don Crouch, Susan Czechowski, Ed Gettinger, Bill Howard, Robert Johnson, Jenny Knavel, Julie Mahoney, Damon McArthur, Vince Palacios, Terry Rathje, Lorraine Schwartz, Timothy Waldrop, Jr., Bruce Walters, Kat Myers and new Department Chair Charles Wright.

The second exhibit, "A Natural Selection," will feature selections from the University Art Gallery's permanent collection that express environmental issues and concerns in the natural world. The artworks present ideas found in landscapes, wildlife art and various other depictions of the environment. This exhibition is held in conjunction with, and in support of, Western Illinois University's 2007-8 campus theme: "Global Challenges and Personal Responsibility – Environmental Sustainability."

The WIU Art Gallery is open free to the public from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays during exhibitions. For more information, visit

Artist's Statement:
"'Fur Trade' is a nearly life-sized painting of a couple from the Saukenuk tribe who lived in present day Rock Island, IL. This painting was commissioned by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency for permanent display at the Hauberg Indian Museum, Black Hawk Historic Site, which recently was voted as one of the seven wonders of Illinois. This summer, it was also included in a display by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in Millennium Park, Chicago." - Bruce Walters

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