Rockford University Art Gallery

The Rockford University Art Gallery provides a varied series of art exhibitions and related programming in support of the Department of Art and Art History and is an important educational and cultural resource for the campus and community. The Gallery is located in the Clark Arts Center, the locus of the University’s Department of Art and Art History.

FALL 2015 Exhibits

Marillyn Propp

"Notes from the Sea"

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
6:00 - 8:30 PM Reception for the Artist
6:30 PM Artist's Talk in the gallery

Notes from the Sea reflects the clash/coexistence between the industrial and the natural worlds. Industrial debris, machine parts, and Marine life are entangled or morph into one another: a vision of the future where accommodation is the result. The series is fueled by my concerns about environmentally destructive practices: the devastation of coral reefs through the system of bottom trawling; plastic packaging that washes out to sea, contributing to the five gyres and to beaches awash with plastic bottles; oil spills. I use the materiality of paint, paper, wood, and print, and present images of beauty while offering reflections on destruction.
Exhibition Dates: Sept. 11 to Oct. 12, 2015

Derrick Buisch
 “Levitation Lessons: Monsters, Buildings & Other Abstractions”

Friday, October 30
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Reception for the artist
6:30: Artist’s Talk

The work of Derrick Buisch references many of the punk doctrines he discovered as a youth in the 1980s. For almost 25 years, Buisch has participated in the creation of “zines”— self-published and limited run works of imagery and text reproduced quickly and inexpensively via photocopier — which continue to influence his current studio practice. Whether looking at Buisch’s hand-painted Monsters or his silkscreened Studio Notations, each image is a continuation of an ongoing dialogue with fabrication techniques used within both fine art and punk culture. The influence of music can also be seen in aspects of his work.
Exhibition Dates: October 30 – December 2, 2015

Mon-Wed: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
And by appointment.

The exhibitions in the Rockford University Art Gallery are made possible in part through the generosity of Lon and Richard Behr.