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Exhibit Opening | Joel Sheesley: A Fox River Testimony

The exhibit features 73 landscapes painted over a two year period in all seasons.

The Schingoethe Center, in partnership with the Conservation Foundation Fox River Initiative, is pleased to exhibit the paintings of plein air and studio artist Joel Sheesley. The exhibit features 73 landscapes painted over a two year period in all seasons. The work depicts the Fox River from West Dundee to Ottawa, where the Fox River joins the Illinois River.

Sheesley explores issues of mortality and permanence, and the possibility of narrative in landscape painting. He positions landscape art as a means to deepen our experience and appreciation of nature. The earth is the repository of all human and non-human history. In taking the earth as motif the artist addresses, through landscape, one of the most consequential subjects of our time.

Joel Sheesley, Emeritus Professor of Art at Wheaton College, is a painter whose current work focuses on the landscape. Sheesley has been a recipient of an Illinois Artist’s Fellowship, has exhibited his work in Chicago galleries, and had a solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. His work has also been exhibited widely in university galleries. He lives with his wife Joan in Wheaton, IL.

Join us after the opening reception for the artist lecture:

"The Paradoxical Landscape Frame" | 6:45 PM | Tapper Recital Hall

Exhibited alongside the Schingoethe Center’s collection of American Indian artifacts, A Fox River Testimony invites questions about ways of framing the landscape. The Western European art tradition has taught us to frame landscapes as pictures in a way that contrasts sharply with the Native American approach to landscape. The European tradition of framing, or picture-making, can be seen as a paradoxical strategy that simultaneously presents and obscures the landscape it offers as subject. The esthetic frame, when acknowledged as self-reflexive and culturally oriented, can still be a useful window through which to observe the landscape.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. However, registration is required. Visit to register. 

Date & Time

September 20, 2018

5:00PM - 6:30PM

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