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Illges Gallery Exhibitions

minimalism   Beyond the Grid / Into the Sublime

The exhibitions will be in two venues: the Columbus Museum and the CSU Illges Gallery in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts. At the same time that Pop artists were challenging the authority of Abstract Expressionism, a new aesthetic emerged in the 1960s that removed the painterly touch, subjectivity, or meaning from the work of art, paring it down to a quiet geometric simplicity, using the repetitive module, the cube, and the grid. Beyond the Grid / Into the Sublime includes work by early pioneers of Minimalism, as the movement came to be called, as well as contemporary artists who explore and redefine a minimalist approach in their work. Located in CSU's Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery, the curated exhibition will include work by Sol LeWitt, Fred Sandback, John McCracken, Agnes Martin, Marietta Hoferer, Susan York, Scott Ingram, and Thomas Pihl. The gallery will feature a variety of art works including sculpture, painting, and drawing. The Columbus Museum's installation in the Leebern Gallery will include works by York and Hoferer from the permanent collection, as well as a special installation of Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawings Nos. 154, 159, 160, and 164.

As a part of integrating an interdisciplinary synergy between the visual arts, literature, and music, the public will be invited to participate and engage in exhibitions, discussions, readings, performances, and lectures to be held in various venues.

October 15, 5:30 to 7 pm - Exhibition Opening for Beyond the Grid / Into the Sublime: A New View of Minimalism in the Illges Gallery at CSU. Curators Hannah Israel and Michele McCrillis of the CSU Department of Art will give a brief gallery talk, Nick Norwood from the CSU Department of English will give a reading of minimalist poetry, and Paul Vaillancourt and the CSU Percussion Ensemble from the Schwob School of Music will perform a short piece by Steve Reich, one of the founders of the Minimalist movement in music.

October 16, 12:00 noon - Artist Susan York will give a lecture at the Columbus Museum as part of their Lunch and Learn Series.

October 16, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Third Thursday at the Columbus Museum in the Patrick Theatre: The CSU Percussion ensemble will present several of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich's seminal percussion works; Dr. Lisa Oberlander and the CSU Clarinet Studio will present New York Counterpoint; Derek Johnson, the guest lecturer/performer from the Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars, will lead a version of 2x5 for two rock bands, as well as Electric Counterpoint written for guitar legend Pat Matheny.

October 18, 7:30 pm - Derek Johnson, guitarist and composer, will perform at the Loft on Broadway with the CSU Percussion Ensemble.

November 5, 6:00 pm - Michele McCrillis will give a lecture on Minimalism and 1960s Culture. Crit Space 1, Corn Center at CSU.


December 2 - 13, Thesis Exhibition December 6, Reception, 6 – 8 pm
Every semester, the Department of Art presents the Graduating Senior Thesis Exhibition in the Illges Gallery. The scope of student artwork presented reflects a diverse selection of disciplines, paintings, photographs, printmaking, drawings, videos, performance and sculpture. This thesis exhibition demonstrates not only the high quality of work produced by CSU Department of Art BFA and BSed in Art Education candidates, but also their dedication to continually testing their artistic ideas and capabilities as they launch their careers as young artists.


earley   Walker and Earley / New Works

Caroline Earley and Kate Walker are the Department of Art artists participating in the Course Artist Program for the fall of 2014.  CAP was established to support courses and integrate new ideas and approaches to encourage interdisciplinary connections to concepts and making.  As a part of their participation in the program they are exhibiting their new body of work September 30 - October 18,  a special reception and artists talk will be held on October 1,  Art Lab, 12:15 – 1:30 pm, 941 Front Avenue, Depot Studio Arts Building.

Caroline Earley, Associate Professor of Art at Boise State University, is currently based in the United States after a period of working and teaching in New Zealand. She was the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Idaho Triennial Exhibition held at the Boise Art Museum. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Object Space, Auckland, New Zealand, The San Angelo National Ceramics Competition, San Angelo, Texas and the Workhouse Clay National, Lorton, Virginia. Her work was also included in the Gyeonggi International CeraMIX Biennale 2011 in the Republic of Korea.

Kate Walker received her MFA from the University of Arizona in 2005. Walker's work encompasses painting, drawing and digital video projects, which use narrative devices to explore contemporary social issues. Recent bodies of work focus on colonial histories, issues of gender and sexual identity. Using discontinuities of time and place created by travelling between the United States and New Zealand, her practice is based on looking through the lens of one culture at another in a constant switching of a cross-cultural gaze.

Collaborative projects include a residency project at The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra Australia with ceramicist Caroline Earley. She will also be working on a collaborative film swarming at Mildred's Lane residency in June 2014, which will be exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute later this year. In 2014 her work was included in Chicago Women's Caucus for Art Exhibition, Robert Morris University, Chicago and the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Hamilton, NZ. Walker's work has also been shown in Rome, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Vancouver, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia as well as throughout the United States.

The Simon Schwob Library

aspen   Aspen 5 and 6

Simon Schwob Memorial Library Gallery will feature Aspen Magazine, The Minimalism Issue (#5,6), Designed by artist and critic Brian O'Doherty, with art direction by David Dalton and Lynn Letterman, New York City, USA: Roaring Fork Press, 1967. This collection is dedicated to Artists' books, multiples, recordings, postcards, magazines and ephemera.

The contents of this rare collection is by Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Merce Cunningham, Marcel Duchamp, Dan Graham, Mel Bochner, Hans Richter, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Robert Morris, Stan VanDerBeek, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Claes Oldenburg.

Join us for the following programs at the library:

Poems, Sound, and Essays, October 23rd, 4:30 - 6 pm

Sculpture and Films, November 11, 4:30 - 6 pm


Exhibition Archive


The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery

The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery is located in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts. It occupies 3,250 square feet with 20-foot ceilings. The gallery has been designed to accommodate professional art exhibitions as well as student exhibitions such as the annual Senior Thesis exhibition. The gallery program presents 6 – 8 exhibitions per year, both national and international in scope, often with accompanying lectures and gallery talks. The Illges Gallery is free and open to the public.

Hours of Operation & Parking

Illges Gallery, Corn Center for the Visual Arts, 6 West 10th Street (Use Front Street Entrance)

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Art Lab

The Art Lab gallery is located in the newly renovated Seaboard Depot Art Studios. Art Lab is a 450 square foot exhibition space for new and emerging media, Digital Arts and Design, and experimental exhibitions. Art Lab also supports the VASRP program and adjacent studios by allowing short-term, working installations. Like the Illges Gallery, this space features track lighting and projection capabilities. Exhibition receptions and special events are open to the public.

Bay Gallery

The Bay Gallery is located in the secured common area of the Corn Center for the Visual Arts Building. Bay Gallery is a 1,500 square foot exhibition space for student exhibitions, community outreach programs, and for teaching support. Like the Illges Gallery, this space has excellent track lighting, 20-foot ceilings and movable walls. Exhibition receptions and special events are open to the public.

Fulcrum Gallery

The Fulcrum Gallery is the fulfillment of a long-held desire to expand our community outreach by establishing a high visibility exhibition space in Columbus's thriving Uptown district. Fulcrum's location as a small window-front space provides the public exciting contemporary arts 24/7 while providing information about public programming offered by the Department. Exhibitions are visible from the sidewalk on Broadway.

Gallery 4

Gallery 4 is a foyer space at the entrance to the Art History lecture hall in the Carpenters Building, a restored mid-century Carpenters Union Hall. This gallery hosts displays of artwork from the CSU Permanent Collection as well as student exhibitions. Exhibitions are visible from the sidewalk on 9th Street.

CSU Art on Campus Program

The Art on Campus Program provides high quality works of art from the CSU Permanent Collection displayed throughout the Main University Campus as well as the RiverPark Campus. This program is managed by the Department of Art.