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Blue Connection, Millikin University's student-run retail art gallery, is pleased to welcome alumna Erica Reese '11 as its Summer Artist-in-Residence from June 1 through July 27, 2013.

Reese will work on site at Blue Connection from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily creating original artwork and interacting with gallery patrons. Reese added, "As a painter, I am interested in the process of imitation, and how some people embrace this idea, while others will do anything in their power to disconnect from similarities and characteristics in which they cannot control."

Reese's paintings invite the viewer to consider the idea of imitation. She uses her experiences as a twin to drive her process. "My painting process is often visceral and intuitive," states Reese. "Imitation as traces of memories and feelings accumulate in my work and are layered on the canvas. Construction and deconstruction become a part of my painting process."

Erica is currently completing her MFA in painting & drawing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her work has been on display in galleries across the state of Illinois including Decatur, Springfield, Jacksonville, Carbondale, and Peoria as well as St. Louis, Mo. For additional information on Erica's work, visit www.ericareese.com.

Opened in 2003, Blue Connection is Millikin University's student-run, retail art gallery. The gallery features artwork by Millikin students, faculty, and alumni artists. The business also serves as a laboratory experience for Millikin University's Arts & Entrepreneurship program. The program utilizes curricular-based activities and student-run ventures to give students a live laboratory experience in developing, launching, and growing a business.

Erica Reese will work on site from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays at Blue Connection, located at 117 N. Water St. in Decatur. In addition, Reese's work will be featured during Blue Connection's After 5 Live events on Friday, July 5 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, August 9 from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

For further information on Millikin University's Blue Connection visit www.millikin.edu/blueconnection or contact the gallery at 217.428.0112.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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