UI professor's art to be displayed at Bloomington arts center

BLOOMINGTON — The McLean County Arts Center will present, starting Friday, the exhibition "Moraine," featuring the sculptural work of University of Illinois Professor Stephen Cartwright.

The work will remain on display through Oct. 26, and the opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Brandt Gallery at the center, 601 N. East St., Bloomington.

Cartwright will give an art talk there at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 to close the exhibition.

His art-making process begins with the meticulous mapping of his movements on earth. An avid cyclist and hiker, Cartwright records on daily spreadsheets his latitude, longitude and elevation, whether he's biking through mountain passes in Europe or walking to the store from his home in Urbana.

In "Moraine," a geological term referring to materials deposited by the movement of glaciers, Cartwright presents sculptural work created by deciphering years of this collected data.

Cartwright is an assistant professor in painting and sculpture at the UI's School of Art + Design. He earned his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and exhibits his work nationally. For more about his work, visit http://www.stephencartwright.com.

The exhibition is sponsored by Vitesse Cycle Shop & Often Running.

The McLean County Arts Center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information, call 309-829-0011 or visit http://www.mcac.org.

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