Art faculty speak about the inspiration behind their exhibition


MACOMB, Illinois (NEWS3) – Western Illinois University Art and Design Professors, Susan Czechowski, Jenny Knavel and Art and Design Chair Kat Myers, have an exhibition titled “Equinox” on display until April 2, 2022, at the University Art Gallery. 

There was a reception held for the exhibition from 4:30 – 6 pm on Tuesday, March 8. The artists spoke about their work and what inspired them. 

“I grew up on Long Island, New York. I grew up going to Coney Island, and it’s a really important place for me because it’s like a cross section of wealthy people, poorer people, socioeconomic. It all mixes there. Everybody wants to go to the beach on a hot summer day, and some people can afford a bathing suit and some people go in their underwear. It’s a really interesting and exciting place for me,” said Czechowski. 

“The horses themselves were horses from an organization called Smiles. It’s an organization that offers therapeutic services with horses. People ride horses for physical and emotional reasons, and it’s a really cool organization. They do a lot of really good work, and I’ve always loved horses. I love their shape. They are just amazing animals,” said Knavel.

“One of the things I wanted to do was try to create the softness and organic out of hard sheet metal,” said Myers.

The exhibition was funded in part by the WIU Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects.

Admission is free, and it is open to the public. Visitors of the gallery are expected to be vaccinated and masks are required. 

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