College hosts Lee Dowling exhibit at Layman Gallery through Jan. 8
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[December 04, 2009]
Lincoln College is hosting an
exhibit by acclaimed Lincoln-based artist Lee Dowling. The Dec.
4-Jan. 8 exhibit at the Layman Gallery includes lush, tropical
landscapes, as well as images of flora and fauna, a recurring theme
in her work. The exhibit is called "Paintings by Lee Dowling" and
includes works in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic and
watercolors on canvas. It is free and open to the public.
The exhibit will kick off with a public reception and artist's talk
tonight (Friday) from 7 to 9 at the gallery in the McKinstry Library
on the college campus. The address is 300 Keokuk St. in Lincoln. For
more information, contact library staff at 217-732-3155, ext. 292.
Dowling is well-known for using many media in her work. When asked
to describe her continually evolving creative process, she
responded: "I love to experiment. I am always working -- always
looking -- for new ways to interpret my subject matter."
Dowling was an associate professor of art at Lincoln College from
1954 until 1981. Since "retirement" she has remained quite busy. Her
art has been exhibited at the Lakeview Museum in Peoria. She has
also received several high-profile commissions, including 64
paintings of birds, boats and flowers for the famed Edgewater Beach
Hotel in Naples, Fla., and another 11 paintings for the Gulf Coast
Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla.
She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from MacMurray
College, where she also earned a bachelor's degree.
"Lee's passion for natural habitats and her ability to translate
that mystery and beauty is unmatched," said Adam May, an adjunct
professor of art and a co-curator for this exhibit. "Her skill with
watercolor, oil and acrylic mediums is undeniable. We are honored to
exhibit her work here, so a new generation of LC students, as well
as the surrounding community, can experience them up close and
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More information on Layman Gallery:
Layman Gallery hosts four or five exhibits annually. Located
within the McKinstry Library, it is free, open to the public and
totally wheelchair-accessible. The gallery will be closed Dec.
13-Jan. 3 for Christmas break. Regular hours of operation are
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Saturday, 1-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:30-9 p.m.
More information about the artist:
Ms. Dowling has received critical acclaim for her work, which has
been featured in Artists of Florida and Manhattan Arts magazines.
Her work has been exhibited at a number of juried shows and more
than 10 solo exhibitions. She is listed in the Who's Who in American
Women guide and has been involved with the biannual arts exhibit at
the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. She is represented by
Galleria One in Naples, Fla.
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