Knox College
Department of Art
and Art History

Cover Artwork

A Note From the Faculty

The enduring joy of teaching is the opportunity to see students progress in their work and understanding towards sustained and rewarding lives as artists. This year’s seniors represent a diverse array of directions and interests which have emerged from introductory instruction, through independent work in upper-level classes, and finally Open Studio, an intensive senior capstone course. As teachers we take great pride and delight in these creative achievements, and it is a privilege that we can document their work in this way.

The Department of Art and Art History

promotes the distinct benefits of studying art in an environment that reflects the values and goals of liberal arts education. With an emphasis on the development of creative, visual, and critical skills, students are encouraged to inform their work by drawing connections across disciplinary boundaries. Through an emphasis on writing and speaking, students learn to express themselves clearly as artists. The Knox Art faculty are committed to representing the complex relationships which link the material and visual aspects of art making to the full spectrum of ideas students encounter in their education.

The Knox Studio Art Major

is a rigorous program of study designed to provide students with the technical, visual, and conceptual foundations that will allow them to thrive in the most competitive arenas of contemporary art. Knox offers concentrations in ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography, as well as courses in drawing, design, and alternative media. The six members of the faculty are a diverse group of practicing artists and intellectuals who share a commitment to providing our students with a richly challenging education to prepare them for fulfilling lives in the visual arts. The department maintains a regular exhibit schedule, bringing noted artists to campus to exhibit and lecture about their work.

Knox’s studio art majors are regularly accepted to the most competitive of MFA programs, recently including: Alfred University, American University, Boston University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Mills College, New York Studio School, Otis College of Art and Design, Parson the New School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tyler School of Art, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Iowa, and Yale University School of Art.

Open Studio

is the culminating experience of the Studio Art Major at Knox College, and gives students an opportunity to pursue their work without distraction in a challenging creative community that rewards intellectual and creative risks. During the winter term of their senior year, with no other courses, students immerse themselves in the studio while spending six hours each week in intensive critical exchanges with a team of faculty members in addition to weekly meetings with a faculty mentor. Studio exercises lead students to discover new creative directions, and to reassess assumptions and that may hinder their development. For many, Open Studio is the pivotal experience in their transformation from students to artists.

Knox in New York

is a bi-annual course combining art history and studio work that culminates with a two-week intensive exposure to museums, galleries, and artists in New York City. Students also take an intensive drawing course through the New York Studio School and are immersed in the diverse culture of contemporary art. This experience exposes new possibilities of how students imagine themselves as practicing artists.

The Box

is the Art Department’s off-campus gallery space located in a refurbished industrial building in downtown Galesburg. With fifteen foot ceilings and two-thousand feet of exhibit space, the Box hosts a variety of exhibits and events throughout the year and serves also as a teaching gallery where students install their work to get experience planning and hanging exhibitions. Additionally, the Box provides studio and installation space for large, experimental, or site-specific works.

Artist Residency

begun in 2010, the Box hosts an annual ten-week artist in residence, who produces and exhibits a body of work. Resident artists also work with advanced students and interact with the Galesburg community. During the fall of 2011 our artist in residence was New York sculptor Lisa Sanders.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship

was awarded by the Dean of the College to Alex Robertson ’11, for the 2011—2012 academic year. Each year one or two outstanding seniors are invited to spend a year in further study while assisting the department. Post-bac fellows use this year to develop their work towards graduate school applications.

Mark Farrell

Centennial, Colorado
Studio Art, Creative Writing

<em>How I Wormed the Hook</em><br> Oil on canvas<br> 72″ x 60″

How I Wormed the Hook
Oil on canvas
72″ x 60″

<em>A Third Party in My Own Life</em><br> Oil on canvas<br> 48” x 48”

A Third Party in My Own Life
Oil on canvas
48″ x 48″

I think about relating to the world in a sensual way through paint and poetic associations. In this sense, my work isn’t only focused on the formal aspects, although that is important to me, but also in the memories or feelings I find in the process of making a painting.

Zackary Herbst

Tremont, Illinois
Chemistry

<em>Crow</em><br> 49″ x 48″<br> Oil on canvas

Crow
49″ x 48″
Oil on canvas

Robin
36″ x 32″
Oil on canvas

<em>Robin</em> 36″ x 32″<br> Oil on canvas

Lolling
24″ x 18″
Oil on canvas

<em>Lolling</em><br> 24″ x 18″<br> Oil on canvas

My work seeks to invite the viewer to experience death as well as the celebration of life which is informed by my emotional and visual reactions to the process of painting and drawing dead animals.

Avi Klein

Saint Louis, Missouri
Studio Art

Yes, Mr. President Performance
12:11

<em>Yes, Mr. President</em> Performance<br> 12:11 <em>Yes, Mr. President</em> Performance<br> 12:11 <em>Yes, Mr. President</em> Performance<br> 12:11

Nose
Performance
12:31

<em>Nose</em> Performance<br> 12:31 <em>Nose</em> Performance<br> 12:31 <em>Nose</em> Performance<br> 12:31

My work focuses on the absurd act and overcoming self-imposed restrictions.

Lexi Kremer

West Lebanon, New Hampshire
Studio Art and German

Reflection 4
Acrylic on canvas
60” x 72”

Through my manipulation of color and focus, I hope to create a representation of a world from my reflection photographs, that can cause the viewer to ask questions of the visual.

<em>Reflection 1</em> Acrylic, pastel, marker on canvas<br> 60″ x 60″
<em>Reflection 4</em> Acrylic on canvas<br> 60″ x 72″

Reflection 1
Acrylic, Pastel, Marker on canvas
60″ x 60″

Reflection 3
Acrylic on canvas
60" x 60"

<em>Reflection 3</em> Acrylic on canvas<br> 60″ x 60″

Nina Litoff

Chicago, Illinois
Studio Art
<em>Simone Blue</em> Digital photograph
<em>Simone Pink</em> Digital photograph

Simone Pink
Digital photograph

I am fascinated by the power of the photographic style that distorts perspective and angles. I want to call attention to the idea that a photograph does not replicate the experience of being in a place or viewing a subject, but rather sets up a separate experience that is distinct from the real world.

Simone Blue
Digital photograph

Kathryn Nunes

Lisle, Illinois
Studio Art, Anthropology and Sociology

Along the Arm
Digital photograph

Foot Up
Digital photograph

This year, I have worked in both photography and drawing, experimenting with the form. Through these pieces, I am attempting to explore ways of obscuring or dividing the figure.

Katie O’Connor

Wichita, Kansas
Studio Art

Bazooka Joe
Mixed media
36” x 96” x 36”

Deer Hunter
Mixed media
96” x 48” x 36”

Blue Torso
Mixed media
60” x 36” x 24”

I’m interested in representing my relationship with my body and others bodies through large abstracted forms that explore humor, awkwardness, and the fine line between what is attractive and what is repulsive.

Rebecca Ott

West Des Moines, Iowa
Studio Art

Orange White Stack
Plaster and thread
14” x 55" x 22"

Traveling Pieces
Yarn and Plaster
3” x 25" x 20"

My world is composed of grids and patterns made by humans. The grids and patterns I make with my own hands are a reflection of the repetition I see in man-made structures. They are an attempt to understand the light, space, and architecture of different places and an attempt to relate these elements back to the natural world.

Blue Yarn Stack
Yarn
6.5” x 20" x 8.5"

Miya Pleines

Aurora, Illinois
Creative Writing

don’t tell anyone, but…i’ve never won Oregon Trail…
24” x 24”
Collage

My work is always trying to look past itself in order to find itself.

It’s about what it means to be brief.
What it means to be tied.
What it means to be missing.
And found.
And folded.

missing [out]
6” x 3”
Collage

28th century automaton
48” x 48”
Collage

Alex Robertson

Saint Charles, Illinois
Studio Art, Creative Writing

Psyche
Paper, pins, tape
20″ x 16″

-ness
Paper, pins, tape
19″ x 26″

My work establishes a casual rhythm between appropriated material and imposed structure. I seek to draw out the material presence of paper, tape, and color.

Claire Turner

Kildeer, Illinois
Studio Art, Education

Shift
Pastels on paper
42″ x 59″

I am a creator of pattern, line, movement, nature, and force. My works are a form of play with medium, technique and space. I want the viewer to feel the rhythm and get taken away as they take a journey through my works.

Morning
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
30” x 22”

Acknowledgements

This publication would not be possible without the support of the President and the Dean of the College, Teresa Amott and Lawrence Breitborde. Knox art students benefit throughout their education from the support of the Richter Memorial Trust and the generosity of Blick Art Materials. Their support has made much of this work possible.

Our thanks also goes to Alex Robertson, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in the Art Department, for his work in designing this catalog - a demonstration of his astute design sensibility, and persistence.

Tony Gant, Gregory Gilbert, Mike Godsil, Mark Holmes, Lynette Lombard, and Tim Stedman

Designed by Alex Robertson under the guidance of Tim Stedman