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In addition to breathtaking landscapes and other natural treasures, our Midwestern region is also home to an established and growing body of artists. From veterans to newcomers, our region's diverse arts community is making its creative mark on the region and beyond. Expressions, WSIU-TV's local television series, showcases the creative abilities, techniques, and inspirations of these regional artists.
Hosted by Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, an internationally recognized artist and an Associate Professor of Art in SIU Carbondale's School of Art and Design, the series features profiles of one or two artists per episode and explores each artist's creative process and artistic drive while showcasing their bodies of work. The series also provides insight into how each artist discovered his or her artistic niche.
Expressions is produced by Rajvee Subramanian, a Ph.D. student in SIUC's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts and a graduate assistant in television production at WSIU Public Television. Questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome. Contact Subramaniam at (618) 453-8096 or email@example.com.
Self-taught metal artist Bill Shileny of Mulkeytown, Ill. likes to say he became an artist by "osmosis" after 40 years of marriage to his wife, Bonnie, a ceramic artist and retired high school art teacher who taught for 35 years in Tinley Park. Shileny creates metal tribal masks, sculpted vases, garden art, and other whimsical designs from recycled farm implements and other tools. Together Bill and Bonnie exhibit their pottery and metal sculptures around the region under the title "Mudd & Junk".
Emily Kircher's artistic journey began while the Carbondale, Ill. resident was studying an entirely different profession. After earning a B.S. in Biology, the budding environmentalist enrolled in graduate school with hopes of becoming an environmental toxicologist. To manage the stress of long hours in the lab, Kircher began crocheting rugs and a new career was born. Today Kircher crafts beautiful bowls, baskets, and rugs from salvaged fabric and creates mosaic picture frames from recycled dishes.
Najjar Abdul-Musawwir is also an alumnus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) who has exhibited his work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Musawwir is an award-winning painter, community-arts organizer, educator, and consultant who is presently an Associate Professor of Art teaching Studio Art and Art History in SIUC's School of Art and Design.
In addition to his teaching duties, Musawwir is also Vice President of the African-American Museum of Southern Illinois and an advisor to the SIUC Muslim Student Association. Musawwir has an established history with public television and has been featured on Arts Across Illinois, a production of WTTW Chicago.
Musawwir is internationally recognized for his unique painting style, which focuses on contrasting colors, movement, and symbolism. Several of Musawwir's paintings and prints are on display at The Dorsey Gallery of Arkansas, The N'Namdi Gallery of Chicago, Southern Illinois University's Morris Library, and Shawnee Community College..
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