Artists Janice Meister, Mary Bookwalter Featured in JJC Art Exhibit

Derivative by Janice Meister

Images of landscapes, nature, symbols, organic forms and more created by artists Janice Meister and Mary Bookwalter will be highlighted in a new exhibit called “Working the Surface, Blurring Lines,” from Jan. 20 to Feb. 13 at the Joliet Junior College Laura A. Sprague Gallery, located on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

Meister, a retired art educator who is currently a gallery artist at 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, enjoys creating artwork with recycled elements, handmade papers, and segments of bound books. As an artist whose work has been displayed in both national and international exhibitions, she has always had a passion for drawing, printmaking, collage, and mixed media construction.

View photos from the exhibit

Bookwalter is also a retired art professor, and taught printmaking, drawing and design at Governors State University. Although she was originally trained in traditional printmaking methods, in the last several years her work has moved toward mixed media monoprints and short print editions which incorporate multiple print techniques. Her work often depicts a love for the environment. Bookwalter is also a gallery artist at 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago.

Mending Fences by Mary Bookwalter

The Laura A. Sprague Gallery is regularly open for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, but it is also open during other JJC Fine Arts events scheduled after 8 p.m. or on weekends.

In addition to the “Working the Surface, Blurring Lines,” exhibit, the public is invited to a gallery reception for Meister and Bookwalter on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on JJC’s Main Campus.

For more information about the JJC art gallery, visit, or contact Joe Milosevich at 815-280-2423 or Rita Monroe at 815-280-2223.

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