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Original work by members of Lakeland University's art faculty will be in the spotlight as Lakeland opens its 2016-17 Bradley Gallery season.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on the Lakeland campus. The show will run through Oct. 28. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are free and open to the public.

The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the university is in session.

Among the artists will be Lakeland's two full-time art faculty members, longtime Associate Professor of Art and Bradley Gallery Director Bill Weidner and Monique Brickham, who's in her first year as an assistant professor of art.

The program's three adjunct faculty will also be featured. Denise Presnell-Weidner, who recently retired after serving as a full-time faculty member, and longtime adjuncts Pat Robison and Mark Weber will display their work.

Weidner came to Lakeland in 1989 and has helped lead development of the university's art program and taught virtually every studio art class in the major. He also served as an instructor of art at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center for several years.

He has previously taught at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich.; Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, Wis.; Louisiana State University-Shreveport; Northwestern State University of Louisiana; Natchitoches, La.; Benedictine College; Atchison, Kan.; The Mercersburg Academy; Mercersburg, Pa.; and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The winner of numerous awards, Weidner's work has been featured in dozens of art exhibits over the years. His work is currently represented in River Edge Galleries in Mishicot, Wis., and he has previously been represented in galleries in Madison, Milwaukee, Elkhart Lake, Wausau and Northfield, Mich.

Weidner's work in this show includes nine sculptures, two pastels of the figure, a painting from the Golden Section Series and several figure studies all completed in the last two years.

"Work on sculpture has certainly dominated my studio time over the last two years," Weidner said. "And this is a big shift for me since my entire career as an artist has been dominated by the production of paintings."

Brickham is leading the graphic design portion of Lakeland's art major, and comes to the university with a wealth of classroom and professional experience. For the past three years, she has worked as a graphic designer at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and she's worked as a freelance designer since 2005, serving a lengthy list of clients. She also worked in design roles at Convergent Marketing in Appleton, Journal Community Publishing Group in Waupaca, Wis., and at the Appleton Post Crescent.

She has a master of fine arts degree in graphic design from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a web design certificate and a web development certificate from Fox Valley Technical College and a bachelor's degree in communication and the arts with a graphic design emphasis from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. She is also an Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign, one of a small handful of people in the state with this credential.

Presnell-Weidner came to Lakeland in 1989 as a member of the faculty and co-director of the Bradley Gallery with her husband, Bill. She served as chair of the Creative Arts Division and helped lead development of the graphic arts emphasis within the art major. A prolific professional painter, printmaker and pastel artist, her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. She is represented by professional art galleries in Milwaukee, Mishicot and Elkhart Lake.

Her pieces in this show are oil on canvas, oil on polyester, digital print/mixed media and ink monotype.

"I've come to realize that my artwork is the visualization of my inner psychology," Presnell-Weidner said. "It (my artwork) tells me things about myself that I had forgotten about or shows me there's a lot more to me than I have been paying attention to."

A veteran of more than 40 years in commercial graphics markets, Weber brings a diverse background to the classroom, having owned and operated a graphics business, worked as senior graphic designer for Kohler Co., assistant creative director at a local agency and graphics manager for Rust E&I managing 70 offices nationwide (identity, advertising, print, tradeshows, and promotional items), and represented two digital offset print firms as a sales and graphics manager.

His pieces in this show represent illustrations, graphic design, and print production management.

Robison is the owner of Two Fish Gallery in Elkhart Lake, and he is also a longtime instructor at the JMKAC.

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