Exhibit Hours

The art exhibit opens Thursday, February 2, and is open to the public Monday through Friday, noon to 5 pm, and through the start of any performance.

Meanings Within – The Art of Jean Dexter Sobon & Amy Cropper

February 2 - March 26, 2017
Curated by James Toth

Where do we find meaning? How much of our understanding of the world is strictly personal? How much is shared? What is real versus imagined? Although the disciplines of philosophy and psychology may lay claim to exploring these eternal questions, artists since at least the time of Freud have been taking us down that rabbit hole, stimulating insights that only they can provide. By building visual worlds of juxtaposed images, the artwork of our featured artists continues this tradition and invites you to join the exploration.

Jean D. Sobon works with acrylic paints and mediums, often adding collaged papers and drawings or printed images in a mixed-media style to create metaphoric visual stories. Drawing on dreams, myths and human behavior, she is always questioning "why we do what we do." Her creations include a Jungian perspective that explores the role of the unconscious.

Amy Cropper's drawings and mixed-media, photo collage work is concerned with notions of nature and culture. Her explorations of human-made order and beauty in the midst of uncontrollable and sometimes unforeseen natural forces, has an unsettled, questioning psychological dimension that invite the viewer to look within for answers.

Jean is an award-winning artist/art educator, now retired from teaching. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows and is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. You may view selected pieces of her art on the Wisconsin Visual Artists website.

Amy is also an award-winning artist and an Associate Professor of Art at Carroll University, where in 2000 she received The Norman and Louise Allhiser Award for excellence in teaching. She has exhibited nationally and regionally and has completed several public art commissions.