Local Artists' Global Experiences Showcased in Melvin Peterson Gallery

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013

The University of Evansville’s Department of Art is proud to present “Global Experiences,” an exhibition featuring the work of three local artists: paintings by Cedric Hustace, photographs by Jim McKinney, and ceramics by David Rodenberg.

The show, which includes 44 works inspired by the artists’ international travels, will run from January 14-February 20 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery, located on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach avenues.

Cedric Hustace, an Evansville artist and Hawaii native, has had work displayed in numerous locations around the Tri-State (including banks, corporate offices, government buildings, and galleries) and in private collections across the United States and worldwide. He studied art at Texas Western College, the University of Miami in Florida, and in Heidelberg, Germany. Hustace, a retired attorney, received the 2002 Artist of the Year award from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.

Jim McKinney was born in Evansville, grew up in Newburgh, and currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey. A member of the University of Evansville’s Friends of Art and active on its board, McKinney’s interest in art began as a young boy. He pursued a career in business and captured images on his travels to South America, Mexico, South Africa, Italy, Great Britain, the Mediterranean, Turkey, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. McKinney’s work has been displayed in Willard Library and Nance Galleries in Evansville.

David Rodenberg lives in Evansville and taught art at North Posey High School for 34 years, retiring in 2011. Rodenberg’s clay sculpture and functional work have won awards in competitive shows at local and regional levels. His work can be seen in many collections including the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, the University of Indianapolis, the University of Evansville, the Evansville Courier & Press building, Evansville’s Old National Bank building, and numerous collections in the U.S. and abroad. Rodenberg’s work also has been included in international shows in New Zealand and Germany, and a traveling exhibition that toured France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

The Melvin Peterson Gallery is open from noon-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. All exhibits are free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. For more information, please contact the University of Evansville Department of Art at 812-488-2043.

(Pictured: Nile River - Aswan, Egypt by Cedric Hustace. Acrylic, 24" x 36".)

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