GALEX 49, March 14 - April 11, 2015

GALEX is a combination of the words, Galesburg and Exhibition. What began as a regional competition has grown into a national juried competition and exhibition, celebrating its 49th consecutive year in 2015. Fifty-eight works have been chosen by the juror, who also chose the recipients of over $2,500 in prizes. Thank you to our award sponsors: Blick Art Materials(Purchase Award and Kent Leasure Fine Print Award), Lonnie Eugene Stewart (Award of Excellence), Breslin's Floor Covering (Partial Sponsor of Merit Award), McFall Monument Co. (Medallion Award) and Dowers Roofing (Juror Sponsor). This year, a new award, the Rob Reed Memorial Sculpture Award, was established in Reed’s name to recognize the impact the Art Center had on his own creative endeavors and identify an outstanding sculpture at the annual GALEX Exhibition and Competition.

Juror's Statement

I feel the high points of this exhibit lie in the area of good craftsmanship, rendering skills and image representation. The content of the work reflects a high degree of geographical influence. It also shows a certain level of sophistication and non-pretentiousness, meaning that the content of the work reflects honesty without superficial elements and kitschy surrealism. It was a pleasure to judge this artwork of both established and upcoming artists.

--Preston Jackson

A professor of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jackson is the head of the figurative area and has served as chair of the Sculpture Department. Jackson also owns The Raven Gallery, home of the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Southern Illinois University and his Masters from the University of Illinois. He is a 1998 Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the highest honor given to individuals in the State, and earned the Rhodell Owens Award from Keep Peoria Beautiful. Jackson was recently awarded a Regional Emmy for hosting “Legacy in Bronze”, a television show featuring his Julieanne’s Garden sculptures.



Andrews

If I Had a Hammer

Connie Andrews

East Peoria, IL

Oil

Babler

Passage

Marcia Babler

Libertyville, IL

Archival pigment print

Baugh-1

Forgotten

Stephanie J. Baugh

Monmouth, IL

Mixed media on panel

Baugh-2

Dragons

Stephanie J. Baugh

Monmouth, IL

Mixed media on panel

Blade

The ATMs

Courtland Blade

Indianapolis, IN
Oil on canvas

Blevins

Orphan of the State

Kelly Blevins

Pittsburgh, PA
Charcoal

Brauer

Nuns in a Truck

Lon Brauer

Granite City, IL

Oil on panel

Broadbent

Spring Storm

Kent A. Broadbent

Annawan, IL

Oil

Ciaccio-1

Cherubs

Joseph Ciaccio

Springfield, IL

Oil

Ciaccio-2

Musing

Joseph Ciaccio

Springfield, IL

Oil

Ciaccio-3

Nightmare

Joseph Ciaccio

Springfield, IL

Oil

Convery

Aftermath

Sara Peak Convery

Chicago, IL

Oil and house paint on masonite

Davis-1

Abstract 141

Larry Jon Davis

Knoxville, IL

Mixed on paper

Davis-2

Abstract 162

Larry Jon Davis

Knoxville, IL

Mixed on paper

Dierker

Ripples

Mark Dierker

Rushville, IL

Color photography

Dokolasa

Yellow Spiral Vase

Christine Dokolasa

Galesburg, IL

Stoneware

Doughman

One's Own Dilemma

Patrick Doughman

Cedarburg, WI

Linocut

Doughman-2

Portrait of the Artist, Kent Leasure Fine Print Award

Patrick Doughman

Cedarburg, WI

4 color linocut

Drasites

Studio Eye

Roy Drasites

Chapin, SC

Epson print

Dugan

We, Too, Could Be Glorious

Darbi Dugan

Abingdon, IL

Acrylic on wood

Foltz

Rolling In

Trent Foltz

Geneseo, IL

Pigment print

Fowler

Woodsedge Rouge

Michael Fowler

North Augusta, SC

Oil on Canvas

Gjerdset

Snail Shell Ground Arrangement

Kristin Gjerdset

West Allis, WI

Pencil and pen

Gordon

Ring

Mark Gordon

Wilson, NC

Clay

Ham

Sisters

Yvonne Ham

Elmwood, IL

Oil

Hennings

Red Cord

Tyler Hennings

Monmouth, IL

Oil on canvas

Henrikson

Huxley Hand Grenade

Johan Henrikson

Galesburg, IL

Bronze, aluminum, found object

Hirshfield-1

Simon Sez

Leslie Hirshfield

Evanston, IL

Mixed: ink, gouache, acrylic, pencil

Hirshfield-2

Square Pegs

Leslie Hirshfield

Evanston, IL

Collage, lithograph, crayon

Jackson

Screaming in the Middle of the Corn Fields

April Jackson

Galesburg, IL

Acrylic on canvas

Kelly

Opening the Doors

Mathew R. Kelly

Pella, IA

Graphite, ink and watercolor

Krol

Sky Egg 1

Basia Krol

Galesburg, IL

Oil on canvas

Lacy

Quadrex in Dusty Rose

Jared Lacy

Knoxville, IL

Mixed media

Lindgren

Ritual

Gary Lindgren

Somerset, NJ

Mixed media

Lundeen

I Dream of Chain

Linsey Lundeen

Aledo, IL

Copper, nickel, sterling silver, peacock feathers, glass beads

Lutz

Sunrise Headdress

Deb Lutz

Good Hope, IL

Digital fractal design-giclee print on silver paper

Lytle

Cora, Rob Reed Memorial Sculpture Award

B. Thomas Lytle

Knoxville, IL

Welded steel

Malveto

Roman Landscape

John Malveto

Walker, LA

Acrylic

Moulton

San Francisco de Asia Church

Bob Moulton

East Peoria, IL

Photography

Moyer-1

High Pressure with Filtration

Matt Moyer

Columbia, MO

Stoneware, paint, rubber, gaskets, steel pipes, air filter

Moyer-2

Filtration with Purge Bulb and Harrison Loop

Matt Moyer

Columbia, MO

Oxidation-fired stoneware, steel pipe, rubber, gaskets, pool noodle

Noe

Trust in the Locks

Rita Noe

Keokuk, IA

Digigraph

Ohrn

Waking Up in the Morning is Nothing Like Figure Skating,
Merit Award

Erik Ohrn

Joliet, IL

Oil on panel

Paulsen

Blind Roofer

Brian Paulsen

Grand Forks, ND

Colored pencil

Phelan

Homecoming

Mary H. Phelan

Chicago, IL

Oil on linen

Pommier

Figurine

Laura Pommier

Jasper, IN

Oil on canvas

Rexdale

Medicine Man, Award of Excellence

Elaine Rexdale

Rock Island, IL

Acrylic

Roberts-1

Origin

Brian M. Roberts

Pella, IA

Rubber and steel

Roberts-2

Granary

Brian M. Roberts

Pella, IA

Rubber and steel

Shmunes

The Witness

Edward Shmunes

Columbia, SC

Photography

Shriver-1

Cleft Form, Purchase Award

Elizabeth Shriver

Coralville, IA

Ceramic

Shiver-2

Pierced Pod

Elizabeth Shriver

Coralville, IA

Ceramic

Thatcher

Yew Trees #115, Medallion Award

Greg Thatcher

Fairfield, IA

Pen and ink and metal leaf on vellum

Valverde

My Most Updated Self

Antonio Ortiz Valverde

Peoria, IL

Photography

Vose

Hook

Bill Vose

PawPaw, IL

Mixed media

Vose-2

Koan

Bill Vose

PawPaw, IL

Mixed media

Wyman

Fandango

Peggy Wyman

Macomb, MO

Fiber (pine needle)

Zich

Threads to a Vision of Life and Death

Jane Zich

Fairfax, CA

Digital