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Geology keeps award-winning MFA sculptor grounded in roots

Bill Sieber causeway glass sculpture exhibit Excerpt from This is SIU:

"When first walking on campus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, it is often hard to choose from the 200 degree plans available. Bill Sieber faced that problem as an undergraduate, until he found a way to do it all.

A non-traditional student when he first came to campus, Sieber started his undergraduate degree in the geology department. While he soon decided to switch gears and follow his passion in art, he could not completely abandon his love for geology. Now as he finishes his MFA program, he has found a way to create beautiful pieces with strong geological themes..." (read full article by Hannah Erikson)

Bill Sieber - Was It Worth It Exhibition

Bill Sieber Causeway artworkWas It Worth It - RedLine’s 6th Annual Juried Exhibition

RedLine Contemporary Art Center
2350 Arapahoe St,
Denver, CO 80205

August 10th - September 8, 2019

Public Opening Reception August 10th 6-9pm

Work Showing by @iambillsieber:
Glass (2019)

Was It Worth It - RedLine’s 6th Annual Juried Exhibition, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver CO

Bill Sieber - Works on Paper

Bill Sieber Disconformity 2 artworkWorks on Paper

Webster Arts
483 East Lockwood, Suite #108
Webster Groves, MO 63119

July 16-August 30, 2019

Opening Reception Tuesday, July 16, from 6-8 pm

Work Showing:
Disconformity 2 Relief Print (2019)

Works on Paper, Webster Arts, St. Louis MO

Bill Sieber wins 2nd place for piece at "Reclaimed"

Bill Sieber Ocean Sweep artwork

Bill Sieber won 2nd place for his piece at Reclaimed! at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County!

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
301 Hay Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Work Showing:

Ocean Sweep
Plastic Drinking Straws, Fishing Line (2018)

June 28 – August 17

Reclaimed!, The Arts Council of Fayetteville / Cumberland County, Fayetteville NC

Bill Sieber - Textures

 Bill Sieber Polyethylene Terephthalate Formation 5 artworkFriday, July 12, 2019 Show opening; Reception 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Show open to the public from 10 am - 5 pm Monday - Saturday.

July 12 - August 9


Work Showing:
Polyethylene Terephthalate Formation 5
Concrete (2018)

Textures, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Kavanagh Gallery, St. Charles IL

Bill Sieber - 13th Annual MASTER PIECES

Bill Sieber Switchback artwork13th Annual MASTER PIECES
Manifest Gallery
2727 Woodburn Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

July 12 - August 9, 2019

Special Preview Reception July 11, 7-9pm

Public Opening Reception July 12, 6-9pm

Work Showing:
Glass (2019)

13th Annual Master Pieces, Manifest, Cincinnati OH

Congratulations to 2019 Rickert-Ziebold
Trust Award Competition Winners!

 2019 Winners

  • Chris Luper
  • Gary Tippin
    Industrial Design
  • Samantha Purze

Congratulations to 2019 Rickert-Ziebold
Trust Award Competition Finalists!

  • Aaron Cadwell  | General Studio
  • Sarah Emerick  | Communication Design
  • Ian Herndon  | Industrial Design
  • Emily Kuehl  | Communication Design
  • Margaret Lebeau | Sculpture
  • Chris Luper | Painting
  • Samantha Purze | Ceramics
  • Gary Tippin | Industrial Design
  • Zach Weddle | Industrial Design

Jordan Bonaduer

In a museum brimming with thousands of ancient objects, Jori Bonadurer, an Art History & Classics major and senior Chancellor scholar, has combined her interests in ancient Mediterranean culture and art history by interning at the National Etruscan Museum in Rome, Italy. Also known as Villa Giulia, the museum contains the world’s largest collection of Etruscan artifacts. From tomb paintings and burial goods dating back to the 8th century BC, to the building’s design which was supervised by Michelangelo, Jori describes the museum as a truly unique place to work and learn.

She explains that the position was a natural fit, after a previous internship excavating in the ruins of Pompeii and another as a Warshawsky Fellow in the interpretation department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. While the former allowed her the chance to see the original context of antiquities, the latter gave her the opportunity to study how museums can effectively display and explain these works.

She’s also been writing a semester long thesis on the topic of banquet iconography on Roman, Greek, and Etruscan funerary works- an interest in funerary art she picked up after an undergraduate research assistantship with SIU professor and Roman sarcophagus expert, Dr. Mont Allen.

Overall, Jori describes her internship and time in Rome, as “living in my Art History textbooks in the best way possible” and credits the support of her mentors for allowing her to have these opportunities. Upon finishing her last semester at SIU, she will be returning to Italy as an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. She has been accepted to graduate school for a Master of Arts in Art History, with the career goal of working as a curator of antiquities.

Jori is a Chancellor’s Scholar, and is a triple major – Art History, Classics, and English. She’s currently this semester on study/work abroad, in Rome, Italy, where’s she working as an intern in Rome’s Etruscan Museum.

Deborah Emerson

Deborah Emerson next to Spirit of a Woman Painting

Spirit of a Woman Painting Deborah Emerson

Deborah Emerson is a 2D undergraduate. Her proposal was accepted for the upcoming Women Conference at SIU. She will be giving a presentation about her painting shown below, "Spirit of a Woman," and it will be on exhibit March 22. 

Kate Forer

Kate Forer will be showing recent work done with ther reach grant at the Vergette Gallery in Allyn Building fro March 18-22.

Kate Forer creating her artworkThis is Kate Forer, a Chancellor’s Scholar in the Honors Program who is a sophomore studying Painting, Sculpture, and Art History. Kate is fascinated with contemporary art and aspires to make a place for herself and her work in the current art world. Kate's work is often obsessive and meditative in nature, focused on the repeated production of similar units and how these units can be arranged. She considers this process a commentary on both chemical/biological structures (replicating cells, molecules, organisms) and also social structures (mimicking the behavior of people in large groups). Currently, Kate is spending the most time working with post-consumer cardboard and cast metal.

Kate Forer Artwork Display

She received a REACH grant and Tedrick Fellowship for this school year to explore modular construction in a variety of materials with her faculty mentor, Carey Netherton. Other activities Kate has enjoyed this year are volunteering with the Murphysboro Food Pantry and framing art for the For Kids' Sake Art Auction. Kate's work has been accepted into shows in New York City, Cleveland, and Cape Girardeau as well as art shows at SIU, and one of her pieces will be exhibited at a paper-themed art show in Maryland this spring. Amazing art and keep up the great work, Kate!

Kate Forer Cage Artwork Display

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Ho Seok Youn

Ho Seok Youn SIU Student glass blowingYoun, a first year MFA glass student from South Korea, works every day with a variety of materials to create unique artistic pieces. The pieces vary from basic household items, to exquisite sculptures that require hours of focus.

Regardless of the material he is working with, Youn starts his creative process by imaging what he wants the object to say. For him, the idea stage is an important time to turn a basic object into art. Before Youn ever begins to form the piece, he first writes a statement that summarizes the depth and meaning of the work.

Glass blowing process“Some people might simply create things, but we really focus on what we want our objects to say,” Youn said. “Last semester we were pushed to make a different project every week, which forced us to speed up the brainstorming and creative process.”

Originally, Youn had no plan to be an artist or go to art school. In his home country of South Korea, it is traditional to take a standardized exam in high school that determines the major and school based on your score. After testing high in the art fields, Youn started his academic journey in a program he knew very little about.

Ho Seok Youn glass blowing with instuctor SIU

That interest grew into a passion, one that led Youn to come to America to pursue further study in the field.

In addition to working with the glass, helping resident artists and assisting undergraduate students with their work, Youn is gathering extra experience by managing the special glass making equipment and preparing for additional work in the glass-blowing field.

“For me, glass is a very special material,” Youn said. “When you personally gather the liquid of glass and make it into a specific object, it is just an amazing feeling.”

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Jessica Mia Vito

Current MFA student in Painting, Jessica Mia Vito has two works included in “FIGURATIVE WORKS II” at the Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO. The Foundry Art Centre is excited to present Figurative Works II, a multimedia international juried exhibition, to the community this February 22, 2019. The show will include 49 artworks by 29 artists from thirteen states. Juror: Alex Folla

Figurative Works 2, February 22 - April 5, 2019The exhibition will open February 22, 2019, with a Gallery Talk in the Main Gallery at 5:30 pm. The Opening Reception will be from 6-8pm. The community is invited to attend the Opening Reception and meet the exhibiting Artists. The exhibition is free and open to the public at the Foundry Art Centre. Figurative Works II, Real Unreality, and Island Beauty will be on show February 22, 2019 - April 5, 2019.

Tom Ward

Tom Ward Grinding Blacksmith SIU

For most people the word “blacksmith” brings up thoughts of someone in the pioneer days making nails or shoeing a horse. Yet, for Tom Ward, MFA student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, blacksmithing holds a very different meaning.

With a specialization in ancient weaponry, Ward spends most of his time carefully constructing blades, swords and daggers that resemble prehistoric pieces. From the forging of the metal to the carving of the wood, Ward creates each intricate piece by hand

Tom Ward blue weld SIU

When Ward first started his journey in design, he kept feeling that something was tactically missing for him. It was not until he took a class in bladesmithing that he finally found his niche. He joined the only master’s level blacksmithing program in the nation at SIU, and now creates pieces that give a peek into times past.

Before coming to SIU, Ward was in metals production making architectural pieces and working with hundreds of linear feet of material. He decided to take some time to focus on individual artistic pieces, and now exhibits his work at trade shows and hopes to one day teach in an academic setting.

Tom Ward Knives blacksmith work SIU

As one of the most prominent blacksmithing programs in the world, SIU was an easy choice for Ward. Yet, more than just popular and affordable, Ward really picked this program because of its rich history with blacksmithing.

“The revival of blacksmithing in America happened here,” Ward said. “If it wasn’t for this shop at SIU, no modern metalsmith in America would be doing what they do.”

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Shayla Heery

Shayla Heery is an Art Education major that recieved a call for entry in a North American show called The American Dream located in Terre Haute, Indiana! The following drawings are a sample of work she has created.

             Shayla Heery drawing of two poepleShayla Heery SIU Mirage of the housewife and nuclear subdivision drawing


Jessica Mia

2D graduate student Jessica Mia Vito has been selected from a nation-wide pool of MFA artists to participate in the National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibition will take place from January 19 to February 12, 2018. The National Wet Paint Exhibition consists of 38 paintings by artists selected from a national call which resulted in over 250 submissions. The exhibition takes place in the expansive gallery of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. All the works in the exhibition will be permanently available online at The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial is curated and organized by Sergio Gomez, Curator and Exhibitions Director at the Zhou B Art Center.

Jon Witzky

2D graduate student Jon Witzky has been selected from a nation-wide pool of MFA artists to participate in the National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibition will take place from January 19 to February 12, 2018. The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial is an outlook and an overview of emerging artists across the United States currently working in the medium of painting. Wet Paint refers to the idea that this is a fresh group of artists. They are MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) candidates and/or recent MFA recipients working primarily in the medium of painting. All the works in the exhibition will be permanently available online at The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial is curated and organized by Sergio Gomez, Curator and Exhibitions Director at the Zhou B Art Center.