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Clarke Artwork Featured at Rock Island Art Exhibition

Teckemyer artFebruary 19, 2016: A sculpture by Clarke University Assistant Professor of Art Jessica Teckemeyer earned third place in the 39th annual Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition​ at the Figge Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

In addition, two Clarke alumni also had artwork selected for this prestigious show. “Rainy Day,” a painting by Clarke alumnus Evan Ventris ’12, and “Lineage,” a glass book created by alumna Joan Soppe ’90, are included in the exhibition.

Teckemeyer’s award-winning sculpture is titled “Human Shadow.” Like many of Teckemeyer’s multi-media sculptures, “Human Shadow” depicts an animal in a surreal, threatening situation, and touches on dualities in human nature. Teckemeyer’s engaging, unsettling art explores themes from primal emotion and ancient mythology to specific current issues such as gun violence.

Ventris and Soppe are both Clarke Art graduates who are forging successful independent studio practices. Ventris creates evocative landscapes painted in traditional oil painting on panel. Most of his paintings draw from his immediate surroundings in northeast Iowa. He works in a home studio in Holy Cross, Iowa. Soppe creates beautifully crafted one-of-a-kind or limited edition artist books in her Moline, Ill., studio. Soppe's work references under appreciated domestic tasks such as sewing and ironing. She also holds a MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

The Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition is one of the longest-running annual juried exhibitions in the Midwest. This marks the first year the exhibit has moved to world class Figge Art Museum (formerly held at Augustana College). The juror was Julie Rodrigues Widholm, director of the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago. Clarke faculty, students and alumni artists have contributed works to this juried exhibition nearly every year of its existence. 

The 39th annual Rock Island Art Guild Exhibition features 42 works from artists in a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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