“Lulu,” a pastel painting by Cameron University Professor of Art Monika Linehan has been accepted into the 2015 Seven-State Biennial Exhibition, a traveling exhibit open to artists working in all media from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas. The exhibition opens on September 26 at the Nesbitt Gallery at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, then travels to the Charles B. Goddard Center in Ardmore on November 15, and opens at its final venue, the Museum of the Red River in Idabel, on December 8. The exhibition will be on display at that museum through January 31, 2016.
"As a painter, I enjoy working with the pastel drawing medium as it allows me to build up layers of rich color to create a painterly effect,” Linehan says. “My subject matter has always included the figure, whether as part of a narrative or a portrait. For ‘Lulu,’ I worked directly from a model. The studio was particularly cold while she was posing, causing her considerable discomfort and resulting in her irritated expression. I was able to capture her mood, which makes the image much more intriguing to the viewer."
Linehan joined the Cameron staff in August 2004. She teaches Advanced Drawing, Figure Drawing, Beginning Painting and Advanced Painting. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts from Cameron University. Linehan received the Hackler Award for Teaching Excellence in November 2013.
September 15, 2015