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Illges Gallery Exhibitions

lamar   Lamar Peterson : Suburbia Sublime

January 27 - March 21, 2015

Gallery Talk and Reception, January 27 at 5:30 pm
Illges Gallery
Corn Center for the Visual Arts
921 Front Avenue

Curated by Shannon Fitzgerald

Columbus State University Department of Art presents Lamar Peterson: Suburbia Sublime an exhibition curated by Shannon Fitzgerald. This survey exhibition of Lamar Peterson's work includes painting, collage, drawing, and a newly commissioned outdoor sculpture. For over a decade, Peterson lived and worked in Brooklyn and relocated to Minneapolis in 2011.

Peterson evokes notions of joy and antagonism as well as reality and absurdity in surreal and humorous renderings. Not immediately apparent is a masterful use of the sublime; as the journey seeking the American dream unfolds, so too does conflict, difference, alienation, and fear. Peterson's vignettes, portraits, window views onto the world, and often bizarre juxtapositions share beauty and contradiction through themes of love, family, and desire. Peterson constructs a hard-edged tension between delight and danger that approaches the absurd as he diverts pleasure in compositions that seem to taunt innocence, mock rationale, and ultimately explore humanity with a jovial punch.

Peterson currently lives in Minneapolis where he is the Assistant Professor of Drawing & Painting in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. He received is MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and his BS from Florida A & M University in 1999. Peterson has had solo exhibitions at University Art Museum at the University of Albany, Blue Plastic Bubbles: Paintings by Lamar Peterson, Albany, NY (2014); Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY (2011); Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2008, 2006); Fredericks & Freiser, Twisted, New York, NY (2007); The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY (2005); and Deitch Projects, New York, NY (2004).

This exhibition was organized by Rochester Art Center and curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director. It is accompanied by a catalog that includes a new curatorial essay by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Rochester Art Center, and a conversation between Lamar Peterson and Franklin Sirmans, Curator and Head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Lamar Peterson: Suburbia Sublime and catalog were supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Cultural Community Partnership (MSAB), the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation, Mayo Clinic, and Fredericks & Freiser, New York.

Image Credit: Lamar Peterson, Untitled, 2001, acrylic on paper, 8 x 10 inches. Collection of the artist.


April 28 - May 9, Thesis Exhibition May 9, 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.



Sarah Hobbs : At First It Was an Experiment

March 13 - April 4, Reception for the artist, March 20, 6 - 7:30 pm

Sarah Hobbs is a Columbus native who lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her BFA in Art History and her MFA in Photography, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Hobbs constructs psychological space that explores the human psyche. She relishes the idea that we are all beautifully flawed. Hobbs explores human behaviors and compulsions in clinical subjects and believes that tendencies toward one issue or another are present in everyone. The settings are always in actual spaces as opposed to a studio. The domestic setting places the scene in reality while the situation created is an elaborate exaggeration. The space represents a thought process, a feeling, or a subconscious drive. The 2011 Artadia Grant Awardee, Hobbs work is in the collections of: Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Sir Elton John Collection, Knoxville Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston). While at CSU, Sarah is also creating a special installation at the Carson McCullers Center.  Sarah Hobbs is going to give a lecture, March 18 at the Carson McCullers Center at 6 pm, 1519 Stark Avenue.


John Salhus - Special Project

 April 11 – May 1. John Salhus – Special Project, Reception: May 1, 6:00 – 7:30 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.