Acorns & Trees
The Art of Fathers & Sons
November 16 – December 10, 2017
Curated by James Toth
“The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
“Like father like son.”
Often these aphorisms are used in disparaging ways to point out generational misbehaviors or misdeeds. But, more often they describe just the opposite and are used as complements to recognize the values and talents shared and passed along by example and through love. Acorns and Trees celebrates a paternal legacy of creativity by featuring a number of pairs of father/son artists. One of these pairs is that of the late Willis (Wis) Guthrie and his son Gerald (Gerry) Guthrie.
Wis was an art professor and head of the art department for over 35 years at Carroll College (now Carroll University). In addition to being a beloved and inspiring father and teacher, he was a prolific artist known for his imaginative assemblages. Gerry followed in his father’s footsteps to become a professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana for 28 years where he taught animation and foundational studies. His own digital animations have screened and won awards in over one hundred national and international film festivals. The new lobbly installation, “Acorns and Trees” will show not only art work done by each Guthrie, but also a collaborative piece that they completed in 2005, when Wis was 87! (He died in 2016 at age 98.)
The Guthries will be joined by other father/son artists for what will be a unique exhibition of the creative spirit.
The art exhibit opens Thursday, November 16, and is open to the public Monday through Friday, noon to 5 pm, and through the start of any performance.