Elizabeth Klise currently serves as artist-in-residence at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, where she uses vintage art to create personal sequences that explore themes of media, language, education, and identity. Her primary interest is the intersection between writing, education, and visual arts. Klise received a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to her visual art, she is a writer and widely- published poet, with literary honors including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award, two IAC Literary Awards, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award, and others. Klise also edited and produced a five-part educational art history video series entitled Exploring Art: Forms and Ideas in Art of the Western World, which has been used in classrooms across the country. Her current work Check Them Out is on view in The Keefe Gallery through October 31.
Check Them Out is an art installation that features hundreds of vintage library due-date cards upon which people have shared personal memories of encounters with famous people. The artist has paired these sightings with vintage card catalog cards that relate in some way to the encounter or the celebrity. In this way, viewers can “check out” library books at the same time as they “check out” celebrities.
Mark your calendar as we conclude our exhibition year with 64 ARTS National Juried Exhibition on view October 22 - December 13. Opening reception is 5-7pm Friday, October 25, and features all mediums of artwork and artists from across the country. Ben Owen, Director of Arts@MCP will present awards at 6pm. Additionally, we have a bonus OFTA at 10am Wednesday, October 23. Owen will present a gallery talk on the exhibition. See you in the gallery!
Buchanan Center for the Arts is accepting grant proposals from local arts and nonprofit educational organizations. Grant funds are designated to support artists and nonprofit arts and educational organizations in Warren County. All eligible grant proposals are reviewed by a peer panel. Community Arts Access grants are available for visual, musical, performing, literary, and inter-disciplinary arts projects that provide community-based programming. Projects or programs must make a concerted effort to serve diverse and under-represented populations. Eligible projects are those taking place between September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020. Grant applications are available at the Buchanan Center for the Arts (BCA), 64 Public Square, Monmouth, or by clicking the link below. Applications must be submitted to the BCA by Friday, December 6, 2019.