ArtSpace Gallery – BHC Faculty Art Exhibition
November 6 - December 8
View artwork created by talented Black Hawk College instructors at the BHC Faculty Art Exhibition from Monday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Dec. 8 in the ArtSpace Gallery.
The exhibit includes 22 pieces by Terrance Gray, Paul Lange, Sherry Maurer, Annie Oldenburg and Chelsea Ortiz.
Everyone is invited to a reception Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 4-6 p.m. with artist talk at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
The ArtSpace Gallery is at the Quad-Cities Campus in Building 4 on the first floor.
About the artists
Terrance Gray, art instructor, teaches traditional and digital arts, spanning from drawing, painting, computer art and motion graphics. Gray earned his Associate of Arts at Black Hawk College prior to acquiring a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and a Master of Fine Arts in studio drawing and mixed media from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. His work has been exhibited in many group exhibitions, including Kishwaukee College (DeKalb), ARC Gallery (Chicago) and Ellwood House Museum (DeKalb). Gray’s works are an ever-evolving concept of merging traditional practices of drawing and sculpture together with digital augmentation and video overlay. He focuses on personal and external social and cultural experiences to create a balance of art disciplines integrated with the idea of space and time, progression and transformation.
A graduate of Black Hawk College, Southern Illinois University and the Master of Arts program at Bradley University, Paul Lange is a commercial artist specializing in Illustration. His 43-year illustration career is ongoing and also has included extensive work in graphic design, art direction and technical art.
Lange has been a part-time college art instructor for the last 20 years. He is involved in the local fine art community as an artist, educator and board member.
Sherry Case Maurer earned a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. An adjunct associate professor, she teaches art history and is an active painter. “I love giving local students that big boost in higher education.” Her experience includes museum work (Cedar Rapids Art Center and Augustana College Art Museum) and directing community arts programs (MidCoast Fine Arts). She wrote exhibition reviews for River Cities’ Reader, co-wrote many exhibition catalogs and co-authored with Kent Olson the article “Puebloan Plates: Innovation Becomes Tradition” for a 2014 issue of American Indian Art Magazine. She is a member of the Rock Island Art Guild and the Riverssance Festival of Fine Art Committee. One of her greatest honors was receiving the 2021 Harley Award for Outstanding Community Art Support in the Quad-Cities region.
Annie Oldenburg, assistant professor of art, teaches graphic arts and photographic media (including Adobe software), photography and videography. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in studio arts from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay and her Master of Fine Arts in visual studies from the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at Willamette University’s Pacific Northwest College of Art. Oldenburg is an exhibiting artist having shown her work in galleries nationwide, including Blue Sky in Oregon, 407 Gallery in Wisconsin, and Resonator in Oklahoma. Her work is conceptual in nature using analogue, alternative and digital photographic practices to explore perception, landscape and disruption. Her current projects examine nature as a resource for collaboration, such as developing light-sensitive photo emulsion from local flora.
Chelsea Ortiz started her creative journey at Black Hawk College and has found her way back as an adjunct faculty member. Her goals have been to understand animation as an art medium and explore storytelling. She has experience in 2D, 3D and stop-motion animation and uses these methods to tell stories of her life and current events.
Ortiz enjoys learning new techniques in Adobe CC and challenges herself to make longer, more compelling animations. Her thesis film, Unwell (2021), was her most ambitious project. It captured the dilemmas the world faced as it faced the COVID-19 pandemic. She is best known for her contribution to the film, D is for Drama (2022), under the direction of Brad Condie.