Steve Sherrell, a Joliet Junior College fine arts professor who has displayed work in more than 200 exhibitions in his 40-year career as an artist, will showcase a variety of work at the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery from Sept. 14 to Oct. 17 on the JJC Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. This will be Sherrell’s last exhibition as a JJC faculty member; he plans to retire this December.
Sherrell, now of Yorkville, grew up in Indiana, where he first became interested in art after watching his father work as a painter and window dresser for a large department store. He studied at the Art Institute in Chicago and has a BFA and MFA in Painting and Drawing.
One of the best parts of his career at JJC has been interacting with and teaching his students.
“It’s always been great to work with the students. I enjoy meeting each of them and passing on my knowledge,” he said. “JJC has an outstanding fine arts program. It’s very successful and it’s always expanding.”
Sherrell was until recently represented by 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago. He has shown at many prominent Chicago, national and international venues.
The community is welcome to Sherrell’s reception on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the gallery.
The Laura A. Sprague Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about the Laura A. Sprague Gallery or the JJC Fine Arts Department, visit www.jjc.edu/info/fine-arts.