Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Library News- Art Fridays (Oct. '01)

The library's new 2d floor display space is intended to feature student creativity throughout the academic year. Each exhibit will open with a Fabulous Fine Arts Friday reception where we intend to showcase student musical performances.

The inaugural exhibit, which runs into the beginning of November 2001,  features creative works by former library student workers: paintings by Ben Gardner and Krisanne Haerr, both recent (2001)  Millikin University graduates, a selection of haiku by Kristen Boryca, another 2001 alum, and Sarah Knutilla, a current student, as well as ceramics by another current student.   The exhibit was curated by Ben Gardner, now a member of the library staff.

We tentatively expect the next two exhibits to open on November 9 (women artists) and December 7 (winter motif).

The opening reception on October 12, 2001, was a gratifying success as the kickoff of this new library venture.  The reception featured performances by students in the School of Music, specifically the Opera Workshop Vocal Ensemble and the Flute Choir. The acoustics were wonderful! The appreciative audience included alumni visiting campus for Homecoming, and also President Tom Flynn. Susan Avery was the music coordinator for the reception. 

Opera Workshop Vocal Ensemble
Performance arranged through Assistant Professor Terry Morris. The students performed as part of the Opera Workshop Outreach Program.
Peter K. Miller was the accompanist.

Flute Choir, directed by Assistant Professor Laurie Glencross
ben gardner
artist's statement: there is no way for me to force a painting into meaningful existence. for lack of a better expression, it is a dual effort of the painting and I working together. therefore, to work in selfishness and solitude is to fail to give a painting a chance to have a "life"; to balance the painting's and your own potential is to work toward the discovery of that very life.

all the flowers
acrylic on canvas
krisanne haerr
artist's statement: people should create more from the resources that surround them.

charcoal, graphite & wax on panel
sarah knutilla
artist's statement: write about what you know. in order to paint the haiku picture, you must have a clear understanding of the scene you want to set. for this to happen, it is always helpful for the subject to be something you are familiar with. 
haiku is a rewarding and beautiful art form. it is an ancient form of literature that is constantly reinventing itself. because it is a living art, it will never die. it continues to change and grow. haiku fully capture the essence of life and all that it encompasses.

lost argument
dad mows
around the dandelions
kristen boryca
artist's statement: for me, haiku come as days draw breaths, sometimes slow and lazy, like yawning or blowing a bubble, and sometimes quick, written with urgency of someone who has just seen or experienced something so powerful that they need to write it down and preserve it, for whatever length of time, in a simple effort to remember what the feeling was all about.

mom refills their coffee...
summer rain
on the porch roof
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL