New show features art from Tony Crowley

For its presentation in March, the Lincoln Arts Institute will host a solo exhibition by professional Bloomington artist Tony Crowley. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2022, 5-8 p.m., at LAI Gallery, 112 S. Mclean St., Lincoln.

The exhibition, titled “Conversations,” will include large-scale drawings, showing how the artist uses music and poetry as sources for his images.

“I select works that I find particularly moving and/or significant, study them carefully and record my answers, questions and discoveries about the sources. I sketch my visual reactions to them using the typical artistic elements, e.g. shape, line, texture, value, etc. During this process, I find myself developing a palpable connection with the poets or composers through their work,” Crowley said.

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“I have the impression that we are engaged in a very intimate dialogue. We share ideas, challenge each other and explore our mutual interest in the creative process. Eventually, my preliminary studies turn into finished images that record my private conversations with the artists who have become my mentors, colleagues and friends.

Crowley earned her BFA from Colorado State University, her home state, and an MFA from the University of Nebraska. His first teaching job was at a small liberal arts school, Tarkio College in Missouri, where he served for nine years. He was then appointed to the faculty of Grinnell College in Iowa where he taught engraving and drawing for 13 years. He spent the next 11 years in administrative positions at Wayne State University in Detroit and Illinois State University. Currently, he teaches drawing, watercolor and art criticism at the ISU, a post from which he will retire in May this year.

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Crowley’s works are in the collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Harwell Art Museum, Sheldon Memorial Gallery, Cedar Rapids Art Museum, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Academy of Art Museum of Maryland, the Maytag Foundation, the Pioneer Corporation, and various academic and private collections.

The gallery will also be open on Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until April 9 to view this exhibition.

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