WC Faculty Art Exhibit set

Staff report

Hal Shunk and Terry Inlow, two longtime Wilmington College faculty members, will present their recent artwork in a show at Harcum Gallery running Oct. 28 through Dec. 17.

A public, opening reception honoring the artists will be held Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., with refreshments available. Normal gallery hours are weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by special arrangement by Shunk, the gallery’s curator.

Shunk, professor of art, joined the faculty in 1988. His part of the exhibit, “New Encaustic Paintings,” features his latest wax paintings.

“I like the physical nature of the medium,” he said, noting it allows him to “work back into the surface” numerous times to create a variety of outcomes. His current work is a combination of pushing and pulling the wax over the surface of an acid-free matt board.

“Some pieces look to be smeared or poured out while others are more about color and shape,” Shunk said. “I am inspired by the colors in nature, the textures in an urban setting and junk. I paint from the inside out so it’s more about what you feel than what you see — I hope that the work evokes some type of emotion in the viewer.”

Inlow, assistant professor of art, came to the College in 1975. He will show three very different bodies of work: vessels, abstract works on paper and continued work in his “Glyph” series.

“In this show, the vessels are low, round ceramic bowls that I actually consider small round canvasses for abstract visual work,” Inlow said, noting he suggests that people look into them and “lose themselves.”

The aerial views are abstract mixed media works on paper that are direct reactions to the vessel series, he said, while the “Glyph” series makes use of found objects ranging from photographs to paint-by-number paintings — “which I consider an anti-art format, very curious,” he added.

“These objects in the work are supported by a glyph or sentence that becomes part of the piece,” he said. “Often humorous, they are still deadly in their social commentary. Consider them retold stories.”


Staff report