FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              Date: November 14, 2002

      Contact: Sharon Black, 206-6506


UIS Visual Arts Gallery to present “Pathways”


SPRINGFIELD Pathways,” an exhibit of paintings and graphic art by five graduating seniors in the Visual Arts program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will be on display at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery from November 19 through December 12. An opening reception with the artists is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, in the gallery. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Students whose works are featured in this exhibit are Michael Bliss, Stephen D. Blum, Laurie Brinkmann, Scott Cornish, and Willagene E. Costa.  Gallery manager Sharon Black noted that the artists comprise a diverse group whose “dedication and skill nevertheless tie them together for a colorful, entertaining exhibit.”

Bliss’ bright acrylic paintings take the viewer back in time, mimicking images from the popular culture of recent decades. Blum’s pencil drawings and graphic work are inspired by his fascination with religious and mysterious imagery, playing with perspective to manipulate human fear of the unknown.

Brinkmann uses “bold strokes of mingling colors” to intensify the layers of her oil paintings, while rejecting structure and distorting boundaries. Cornish embraces the computer to exemplify the high tech world in his logo designs and movie posters. Costa’s oil paintings seek to take the viewer to a quiet, contemplative place by inspiring them with reflective depictions of nature.

The Visual Arts Gallery is located in room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building on the UIS campus. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information about the gallery or the show, call 206-6506.