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Color lithographs depict ethereal landscapes

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

“Myths and Allegories,” an exhibition of hand-pulled color lithographs from limestone by Dorothea Bilder, will be on display at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, through July 31.

Bilder’s art is based upon her personal experiences, dreams and conversations. Her work depicts landscapes of an ethereal nature. More important than capturing the landscape in realistic terms is to capture the mood and the texture of a landscape, creating a universal image. Many of her images are created with the use of aerial photographs, microscopes, telescopes, maps and map symbols, portraying landscapes with means other than linear observation and including wisps of her Greek ancestry and heritage.

Bilder received a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Illinois Wesleyan University and attended the School of Art in Terni, Italy, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Southern Illinois University, where she earned a master of fine arts degree in painting. She is professor emeritus from the School of Art at Northern Illinois University and author of the article “Silk Screen Printing,” which appears in “The Illustrated Library of Creative Arts and Crafts, Volume 1.”

Bilder’s art has been celebrated in Canada, Brazil, China, England and Poland, and her work has been acquired by many corporations, personal and university collections, most recently the Central University of Queensland, Australia.

Her work can be viewed online at www.niu.edu/art/faculty/bilder2/ and www.dekalbgallery.com.

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