The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Visual Arts Gallery has opened a group exhibition titled "Under the Umbrella," showcasing the works of talented seniors from the UIS Visual Arts Department. The exhibition opened to the public from April 24th and remains available through May 11th at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery.
Featuring various media such as photography, digital design, painting, installation, and mixed-media sculpture, the exhibition is a testament to the personal and professional growth of these artists during their time at UIS. The exhibited works showcase the artists' individual personalities while demonstrating their differences and similarities under the umbrella of the group exhibition.
The "Under the Umbrella" exhibition tackles complex and thought-provoking themes, including identity, nostalgia, fantasy, social justice, and mental health. Through their art, the exhibiting artists aim to connect with the viewers' experiences, whether personal, societal, perceptual, or emotional.
The six artists whose works will be displayed at the exhibition are DT Derrickson, Maddie Edmondson, Taylor McClure, Tina Pierson, Jae Michel Scott, and Kaylee Winterbottom. Their works serve as a powerful reminder of the depth and breadth of artistic expression, and the potential of art to bridge cultural, social, and emotional divides.
The UIS Visual Arts Gallery invites the public to attend the opening reception of the exhibition on Thursday, April 27th, from 5:30-8 p.m. This event is free and open to everyone, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to engage with the artists and their works.
The "Under the Umbrella" exhibition is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, highlighting the importance of investing in the arts to promote creativity, innovation, and cultural enrichment.