Painter Joel Sheesley’s work to be displayed at SXU Gallery through Sept. 13

The works of painter Joel Sheesley will be displayed from Mon., Aug. 22 to Tues., Sept. 13 at Saint Xavier University’s SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Sheesley will discuss the exhibit, which is titled “The Long Wait,” at a reception at 3:30 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 1 at the Gallery.

Sheesley said the exhibit reflects on the chance discoveries of content or meaning in everyday life.

“To me, the patching together of content suggests an arrival at a turning point; a point at which our pervasive tendency toward oblivion is dispelled by an awareness that the status quo, oblivion’s usual way of manifesting itself, is illusory,” Sheesley said. “At this turning point one senses that everything is important.”

Sheesley teaches art at Wheaton College and his work has been exhibited regularly in Chicago and in other cities across the country, including at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2010. He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in 2002 and his work was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University in 2008.

For more information, please contact the Gallery at 773-298-3081.