JJC Hosts “Innocent Dawn” by former Student Roger Carlson Feb. 27- March 23

Joliet Junior College (JJC) will host “Innocent Dawn,” an exhibition by former JJC student Roger Carlson Feb. 27 though March 23 in the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.JJC Hosts "Innocent Dawn" by former Student Roger Carlson Feb. 27- March 23
The exhibition showcases 15 works, each painted with acrylic paint, spray paint, or ink. Each piece is painted on Plexiglas.
“I wanted to experiment on a different medium other than canvas,” says Carlson. “Everything is painted in reverse on the Plexiglas. I begin with the finest detail then work my way to the background.”
Carlson incorporates lyrics in many of his works, a technique, he says, that forces him to marry graphic design with fine art.
“I’m very influenced by music. I like to combine words and fine art,” he says. “My goal is to take a graphic image and have it be viewed as a fine art piece. I’m trying to break the barrier that lies between graphic design and fine art.”
Carlson attended JJC in early 2000, before enrolling at the University of St. Francis where he earned a bachelor’s degree of fine arts. While attending JJC, he participated in the JJC Juried Exhibitions and the Illinois Community College Juried Art Exhibitions.
A reception will be held on Thursday, March 1, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Laura A. Sprague Gallery located on the second floor of J-Building.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, contact the JJC Fine Arts Department at (815) 280-2223.

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