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