Lakeland University will spotlight its four talented art faculty members for the second exhibit of the 2018-19 Bradley Gallery season.
Artwork by Bill Weidner, Monique Brickham, Mark Weber and Dionne Landgraf, all members of the university's art faculty this academic year, will be featured on the show.
The faculty exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 13.
Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when Lakeland is in session.
Weidner, associate professor of art at Lakeland, is approaching his 30th year as an art faculty member at Lakeland and director of the Bradley Gallery. He has taught almost every class in the art major, advises students and has mentored many.
He is the founder and owner of The Weidner Art Gallery (WAG) in Sheboygan, and his work has been featured in countless exhibitions throughout the country. He is current represented at The WAG, the Blue Awning Gallery in Port Washington, Wis., and River Edge Galleries in Mishicot, Wis.
Works by Weidner in this show will include sculptures, paintings and drawings and, new for him, photographs as works of art. He notes his wife, Kyan Howland, an accomplished photographer, has been a major influence in this new direction.
"I really enjoy the process of photographing as well as the improvements you can make in Photoshop," Weidner said. "Without hesitation, it has become clear to me just how superior Photoshop is over the old darkroom techniques associated with film photography. You can do so much more and be way more precise and creative."
Weidner said sculpting continues to dominate his studio art production time over the last few years, and he's been experimenting with Hydrocal, a harder form of plaster.
"It is more difficult to carve, yet far more chip resistant as a finished product," he said. "One of my most recently completed sculptures, 'Turquoise,' is far more rectilinear and geometric than all of the earlier, more organic forms."
Brickham is entering her third year as assistant professor of graphic design. She led the creation of graphic design as a standalone degree program on Lakeland's main campus, and is working to expand the program to evening and online students.
In addition to her full-time teaching role, she also works as a freelance designer for New Frame Creative, a digital marketing agency in Knoxville, Tenn. She brings what she learns as a freelance designer into the classroom, and uses that experience to teach her students about the latest trends and practices in the industry.
"I've worked in many areas of graphic design throughout my career, and most recently I've been doing a lot of brand identity projects," Brickham said. "The logos presented in this show are at the core of those identities. A simple logo mark speaks volumes about a company, and to be effective the vibe of the design must match the vibe of the business.
"For me, it comes down to tone. I strive to design a logo that evokes the same feeling you would get if you were standing in that company's store or visiting its website. The essence of a business is encapsulated in a logo, and that one mark must represent everything – from its mission, vision and goals, to its products, services, customers and culture."
Weber has taught communication graphics and illustration courses in an adjunct faculty member role for Lakeland since 2000. He is a freelance illustrator/designer who has worked more than 40 years in commercial graphic markets. He has mentored artists while sharing real-life expertise from concept to print.
He recently re-started Mark Weber Illustration & Design. His work in this exhibit represent illustrations, graphic design and print production management.
Landgraf has taught a number of Lakeland art courses in an adjunct faculty role over the years. This fall she's teaching art history. She is an award-winning artist whose primary work is painting and drawing. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions over the years, and she has extensive higher education teaching experience at several institutions.
Her work in this exhibit is from a current series that includes oil paintings and graphite drawings, seascapes and lyrical drawings.
"Amidst its beauty, the lake holds the raging, impetuous storm," Landgraf said. "We rise and fall with the lake. Images share themes of hope and sadness. The works are reflective of nature as metaphor for our journey through the challenges and joys of life."