Works by local and national artists are featured in group and solo shows in United’s four gallery areas. Students, faculty, and staff live, study, and learn around rotating contemporary and historical exhibits that address important themes. The presence of the art contributes to imaginative experience and becomes an extension of the classroom learning experience.
The Classroom Gallery and the Gallery in Bigelow Chapel
“Beneath the Surface: Exploring the Layers”
Chuck Hoffman + Peg Carlson-Hoffman
April 4–June 18, 2014
The Holy Land offers glimpses of contrasts, vibrancy and yearnings for the elusive dream of peace. An intricate mosaic of people radiates spirituality and questions of justice. Drawing from these landscapes, Chuck Hoffman + Peg Carlson-Hoffman invite the viewer into a prayerful pilgrimage through symbol, texture and color.
Untitled No. 3
2014 • Acrylic on wood panel • 45.7cm x 145.7cm (18in x 18in)
Artists’ Statement: As a result of facilitating art as a transformative process in communities like Belfast, Northern Ireland; West Bank; Palestine; and recently in Tamil Nadu, India, we create our personal work in much the same manner. Our paintings are created together, working on the same canvas at the same time, to form something neither of us could create alone.
Artists’ Bio: Chuck + Peg have lived both commercial and artistic lives in their many-storied careers. They now collaborate on their prayer and painting by working side-by-side on the same canvas, transforming underlying prayer into physical existence. This dwelling in the presence of God cultivates a sense of authentic wholeness where bridges of peace can be built.
Currently we are showcasing work from two alums, Doug Abbott and Kimber Olson. Please check back for more information.
Spencer Library Gallery
Works by He Qi
(a gift from the Class of 2000)
“It’s Chagall meets Matisse meets Picasso meets the East. Vibrant. Energetic. Breathtaking. Biblical. Humorous. Whole-world art. He hopes to help change the “foreign image” of Christianity in China by using artistic language, and at the same time, to supplement Chinese art the way Buddhist art did in ancient times. His brilliant, colorful and highly contemporary paintings emerge unmistakably from ongoing Chinese contexts. He Qi blends Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages, but adds his own spin, techniques and style. I believe He Qi may one day be seen as the Michaelangelo of the next 1000 years of Christian art.”
~ Dr. Richard Melheim, Author, International Speaker, Record Producer, Curriculum Publisher, Educational Systems Designer
Artist Proof Giclee Print
“Ruth and Naomi”
Artist Proof Giclee Print
About the Artist: Currently a Minnesota resident, He Qi studied at Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing Art Institute in China and Hamburg Art Institute in German; he also received an honorary doctorate from Australia Catholic University in Melbourne. His works have been displayed in museums, galleries, universities and churches across the United States and in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Oxford, Aachen and more. He is a guest professor at Drew University in New Jersey.
About the Art: “Giclee” comes from the French word meaning “to spray” and is used to describe the fine art printing process combining high quality inks with acid-free archival paper to achieve superior museum quality art. The process involves spraying eight channel pigmented-inks onto acid-free art paper, creating the most beautiful and accurate art reproductions that may match the original arts and last as long as 200 years. He Qi produces his own Giclee prints using an Epson 9800 series Giclee printer with UltraChrome inks and acid-free fine art paper, making sure every print has the same color & quality as the original. Indeed, each print could be considered “an original” since He Qi made it himself.