QU Art Professor Featured in International/National Exhibitions
Several works of Quincy University’s Robert Lee Mejer, distinguished professor of art, have been selected for international, national and statewide exhibitions. Mejer has been invited as 1 of 30 American Watercolorists, to exhibit his watercolor “Take PC #4” in the international Fabriano in Watercolor 2019 Exhibition, in conjunction with the Fabriano in Acquarello Convention in Fabriano, Italy. The convention was formed eight years ago to bring together watercolorist from all over the world. The event will be attended by over 1,000 artists from 60 different countries. The exhibition will run April 1 – May 15, 2019.
The American Artists exhibition will be showcased in the Paper Museum. Founded in 1272, Fabrino is the oldest continuously operating paper mill in Italy. A color portrait of the artist along with his or her painting in color will be reproduced and published in a 580-page catalog documenting the 2019 Fabriano Exhibition.
Mejer’s watercolor “Take PC Open Book #2” was chosen by international jurors Laurin McCraken and Linda Baker, for inclusion in the 2019 Transparent Watercolor Society of America 43rd Annual Exhibition to be held at the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha Wis. from May 4 – August 4, 2019. Mejer will be honored for master watercolorist status which is achieved by acceptance into 10 or more annual juried exhibitions.
Betsy Dollar, director of the Springfield Art Association Gallery in Springfield, Ill., has invited Mejer, along with Springfield artist Rod Buffington and Michigan artist Sandy Meyer to exhibit their artwork in a three-person exhibition Pathways to Watercolor. The exhibition will be displayed for the month of April with an opening reception and gallery talk on Friday, April
Michael Lash, former director of public arts for the city of Chicago, selected Mejer as 1 of 150 artists to be included in the 2019 released summer edition of Studio Visit book. The Studio Visit book will be sent to 2,000 galleries, museum curators and art aficionados throughout the country. Mejer will be represented by his watercolor “Take PC #18-Revisited.”
“My focus is to create artwork that unites the modern traditions of classical geometric structure with romantic/impressionist concern for color and gestural improvisation- to create a visual drama – via opposites, that equates to the pulse of life. I hope to present rather than represent,” said Mejer about his work.
Mejer has been a distinguished professor of art, Gray Gallery Curator and Art Program coordinator at Quincy University since 1968. He is an Illinois artist, painter, printmaker, juror and visiting artist.
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