After a 38-year career teaching studio art at Joliet Junior College and serving as director of the art gallery, Art Professor Joe Milosevich is preparing for retirement, as well as his final art show at the college as a fulltime faculty member. “The End and the Beginning: A Retirement Exhibition of Collected Object Assemblages” will be on display on in the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery from Sept. 12 through Oct. 15. The art gallery, located in the J-Building on Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet, is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Additionally, the public is invited to an artist reception on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the gallery to celebrate Milosevich’s exhibit, and his retirement from the college.
“My personal goal with this exhibition is to install the best showing of my work that has ever been assembled,” Milosevich said. “To this end, I have narrowed the selections comprising the exhibition to include only my very finest mixed media assemblage works created since my arrival at Joliet Junior College in 1979. Over the past 38 years, these particular works have gradually become the core of my professional work.”
Some of the works in Milosevich’s show are collaborations with Ashley Dedin, former JJC art student, Rodrigo Montoya, current JJC art student, Pedro Palacios, current JJC art student, and James White, former JJC art faculty.
Milosevich utilized a diverse array of materials in composing the assemblages that have been collected primarily from flea markets, antique shops, thrift stores, and quilt shops.
“I collect constantly and have amassed several lifetimes of objects in my small basement studio,” he said. “I am particularly partial to vintage objects and things made of wood. With these collected objects I visually discuss such themes as innocence, love, death, religion, politics, and self-identity. I strive to create work that is both autobiographically genuine in its origins and universally accessible in its impact. There is, however, an unknown aspect to my work that even I myself cannot fully grasp. Viewers of my assemblages should not be discouraged should they feel as though they do not completely ‘get it.’ We both need to just relax and enjoy the mystery.”
Milosevich who has been teaching painting, drawing and design at JJC for 38 years in addition to his duties as gallery director, has evolved his artwork into found object sculpture, or what he calls “collected object assemblage.” His work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as Italy, Austria, and Mexico.
For more information about the exhibit, contact Milosevich at (815) 280-2423.