October 11, 2017

Gallery hosts Nguyen exhibition

The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of paintings and hand cut paper scrolls by artist Sarah Nguyen, titled All the Illustrious Shadows. The show will run through November 2. There will be an Artist’s Reception on Wednesday, October 18, from 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Hours for the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery for Fall 2017 are Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-3:30p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m. The Gallery and Artist’s Reception are both free and open to the public.

Sarah Nguyen holds an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a B.F.A. in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently an instructor at the University of Central Missouri. She also serves as the Art Director for Pleiades Press and Pleiades Magazine. She has been a Visiting Artist at Colorado State University; Mount Mercy University; and Tennessee Tech University in the U.S. and at St. Benoit du Sault in Loire Valley, France, and Studio Kua in Fukuoka, Japan. Her works have been shown in both solo and group exhibitions across the U.S.

Nguyen’s works – both paintings and cut paper – are visually stunning and evoke memory, play, ritual and the dissolving boundaries of waking life and dreams. She explained, “Using modern mediums and techniques, I render each subject then allow forces such as gravity, chemical interaction, and random chance to take over and dissolve the forms, reflecting the occasional dissolving of between self and other, that we experience when engaged in universal human activities such as play, ritual, and art.”  Her work balances abstract and representational forms to sever the connection between shape and meaning, making the viewer complicit in the art.

For more information on All the Illustrious Shadows, contact Jaime Long, Dean of Arts/Communications/Social Sciences at Kishwaukee College, at jlong@kish.edu or at 815-825-9532.

Pictured is one of Nguyen’s paintings, Milk Snakes Do Not Milk Cows (oils and charcoal on paper).