Movie poster artwork, created by former Joliet Junior College professor and alum Dave Wilson, is on display from now until April 1 at the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery located on JJC’s Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
Wilson’s artwork in this exhibit, titled “Classic Movie Posters and Mixed-Media Collage,” combines different parts of movie posters, creating new, unique images. Wilson said he was inspired to turn old movie posters into art after he started collecting them as a hobby, but he also believes his love of watching old movies as a child also played a part in creating his work.
“I hope the audience can enjoy my artwork, and maybe reflect upon their memories if they’ve seen a certain movie from one of these posters,” Wilson said.
Wilson, who graduated from JJC in 1995 and taught art classes at the college part-time for three years in the early 2000s, still thinks fondly of his time on campus. In addition to the lessons he learned as a student that provided a foundation for his career, Wilson believes JJC’s professors played a key role in helping him figure out who he was as an artist.
“At JJC, the professors don’t just care about you making the grade in the class, but they care beyond the classroom, and they care about you. I say this from experience,” he said.
Wilson is originally from Lockport. After attending JJC, he transferred to Columbia College in Chicago to receive his bachelor’s degree in fine arts. From there, he received a master’s of fine arts in painting at Illinois State University.
The Laura A. Sprague Gallery is free and 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.