In their studio art classes, professors push students to not just look at what they are drawing, painting, printing, photographing or filming, but also to truly see—the lines, the curves, the light, the negative and positive spaces, the feel of it all. That is the secret to capturing the subject matter.
Not only do they teach this each year as professors at Wheaton but they also practice it as award-winning artists. Five of them are in the spotlight this month through October 31 in an exhibition of their work in the Beard and Weil Galleries.
The exhibition, “P3SF” (referencing painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and film), features work by professors Claudia Fieo (printmaking), Kelly Goff (sculpture), Andrew Howard (photography), Patrick Johnson (film), and Patricia Stone (painting and printmaking). All have exhibited their work nationally and some have work in public and private collections.
On Thursday, September 25, at 6 p.m., they will present a gallery talk in Watson Fine Arts. We took this opportunity to talk to each of them about the intersection of their work as artists and professors—how one influences the other, what inspires them in and out of the classroom and what they try to get across to their students as mentors.
Photo by Jessica Kuszaj