Dorothea Bilder, local artist and professor emeritus who taught printmaking, drawing and illustration at Northern Illinois University, will exhibit a series of dry pigment pastels titled “My Thoughts” at The Art Box in DeKalb from May 16 to June 9. An opening reception is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
There comes a time when an artist has to use the materials that are available in the studio. Bilder was determined to use remnants of dry pigment pastels and a stack of white Arches rag printmaking paper, repurposing some of the paper that already had lithographic impressions.
"My Thoughts" continues the body of work in which she uses the written word as the basis of what she is creating, expressing her thoughts on paper, like a journal. From the placement and calligraphic gestures, an image may immerge from the many layers of pastels. The original goal was to do a drawing a day during the summer of 1977. The process of using dry pigment pastels continued during the summer months through 1985, her first summer in São Paolo, Brazil.
Bilder received a bachelor's 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, receiving a master of fine arts degree in painting.
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, notably, Central University of Queensland, Australia.
The Art Box is located at 308 Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.
For more information, contact Daniel Grych at The Art Box at 815-758-0313 or email@example.com or visit www.dekalbgallery.com.