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'Nightwalks' features imaginative works at SIC Art Gallery

  • Artist Emily Elliott, a Philadelphia-based artist and SIC graduate, hangs a selection of works at the SIC Art Gallery Tuesday morning. The exhibition, called "Nightwalks," opens Wednesday, with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery.

    Artist Emily Elliott, a Philadelphia-based artist and SIC graduate, hangs a selection of works at the SIC Art Gallery Tuesday morning. The exhibition, called "Nightwalks," opens Wednesday, with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery.
    PHOTO BY SARA DENEAL

  • Artist Emily Elliott, a Philadelphia-based artist and SIC graduate, hangs a selection of works at the SIC Art Gallery Tuesday morning. The exhibition, called "Nightwalks," opens Wednesday, with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery.

    Artist Emily Elliott, a Philadelphia-based artist and SIC graduate, hangs a selection of works at the SIC Art Gallery Tuesday morning. The exhibition, called "Nightwalks," opens Wednesday, with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery.
    PHOTO BY SARA DENEAL

 
By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
Posted on 6/6/2018, 1:00 AM

HARRISBURG -- An exhibition featuring a Southeastern Illinois College alumna will open today in the college's art gallery, with a reception at 7 p.m. at the gallery on Friday.

"Nightwalks" is an exhibition of art that arrives from imaginative origins, according to Emily Elliot. Elliott, who graduated from SIC in 2010, is one of four Philadelphia-based artists featured in the group exhibition.

"These works are both wonder- and wander-ful: born from a sense of wonder toward the grand natural landscape and the wandering of the terrain of the mind's psychological space," Elliott said.

Elliott went to Southern Illinois University Carbondale after graduating from SIC, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012. She then went to Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and graduated with a master of fine arts in 2015. She currently lives and works in the Philadelphia area.

Elliott said a line from artist Vija Celmins attracted these works toward each other, that line being "It's more about the feeling of the magic of making something I could never have mine: my airplane, my ocean, my sky."

In addition, Elliott said, this exhibition gathers works that express a sense of seeking and introspection toward entities greater than can be personally held.

"In this way, we have desired to make the firmament tangible, therefore creating for our own selves a version of that which cannot be had," she said.