A reception for the artist is being held Thursday, March 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the gallery, located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC campus. The exhibit is also open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
About her art, Smelser states, “My studio practice compares types, memories and impressions of landscapes, and examines how a place can be translated into an abstract image. Travel has become important to my work as I contemplate the way the landscape of one’s childhood conditions how one approaches the world as an adult. My work is not an attempt to answer a question about this relationship, but rather to ruminate on the familiar and foreign feelings of place, landscape and space, each with its own punctuations, patterns, sequences and tone.”
Smelser is a professor of art at Illinois State University and a co-founder of Manneken Press with husband and master printer Jonathan Higgins. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Iowa. She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center; Frans Masereel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium; Artica in Bilbao, Spain; Kala Art Institute in Emeryville, Calif.; Jentel Artist Residency in Banner, Wyo.; and Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Skopelos, Greece; Anchor Graphics in Chicago; and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland. Her work is in such collections as the Reader’s Digest Association, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, the Spencer Museum of Art at University of Kansas, Hallmark Corporate Collection, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.
LLCC art department programs can be explored online at www.llcc.edu/art.