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Crouch Exhibit at University Art Gallery through Nov. 16

October 12, 2018

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MACOMB IL, -- An exhibit by Western Illinois University Professor Emeritus Don Crouch, called "Art Since Retirement," will be on view at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery from through Nov. 16.

There will be an exhibition reception for the artist Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the gallery.

Crouch, who taught at WIU for 46 years, has been retired for about six years. Most of this show was created since his retirement.

"My art activities are driven by three things: the commitment of art making, surrounding myself with great works of art, paintings, prints and sculpture by others; a supportive cast of several hundred American Indian art objects; and taxidermy," said Crouch. "I am a romantic, not a revolutionary. My art has no hidden meanings, no political content and no philosophy, religion or jokes. The past is more interesting to me than the now or future. Personal style means nothing to me. If I see something I think I can use, I just take it. Having taxidermy mounts in the studio gives me models, plus the important memory of when I saw that particular animal in nature."

The show includes eight new bronzes and more than 40 new paintings and prints. Also included are five large invented drawings of Plans Indian men's war shirts.

The exhibit is open free to the public. For more information, email or call (309) 298-1587.

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