Friday, January 21, 2011

Saint Mary’s galleries feature the art of illustrator William A. Berry

WINONA, Minn. — “The Eye Behind the Eye, the Art of William A. Berry” is on display at Saint Mary’s University through Feb. 20.

The show, free and open to the public, is on display at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the Toner Student Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

This retrospective exhibition celebrates the life and work of the internationally known artist, illustrator, author and teacher William A. Berry. This exhibit features a number of large colored pencil still life drawings — the medium for which he is perhaps best known. Also on display are portraits, the human form and architectural motifs, represented through a variety of media.

Berry’s rich professional career spanned nearly half a century. His book, “Drawing the Human Form: Methods, Sources, Concepts” is still a widely used textbook for illustration. Berry also worked as an illustrator for Newsweek, The Reporter, Opera News and Esquire. His work has appeared in more than 500 juried and solo exhibits.

A reception will be held Friday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the galleries. A presentation by Dr. John Whelan, SMU’s Department of Art and Design, and Valerie Wedel, Missouri Valley College, will take place at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, call (507) 457-1652.