Illinois College students showcase professional artist in virtual galleries


As a final project this semester, Illinois College students participating in Professor Jeff Garland’s contemporary art class were given the task to create online exhibitions of professional contemporary artists.

The overall theme and selection of artists and their works were determined by three teams, each comprised of four students. Each student worked directly with an artist of their choice to represent them, just like an agent would, to contract works for the virtual galleries. The students then took it upon themselves to justify to the class why their artist was chosen for the exhibition.

“Working directly with the artists themselves was an amazing process and educational experience,” Illinois College junior Sarah Adcock said. “Along the way we conversed with them, developed a better understanding of their works and their motivations as artists, and ultimately, deepened our appreciation for their pieces.”

Online Galleries:
“Minimalism: A Celebration of Simplicity” 
Featured artists and their works will be virtually on display through May.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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