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Alumnus' paintings, drawings to cast 'Light' at Lied Art Gallery

A Creighton University alumnus and a painter with a noted Omaha name will open the Lied Art Gallery’s first exhibition of the new year.

Jeremy Caniglia, MEd’16, will exhibit paintings and drawings in a show titled “Into Purer Light,” Feb. 1 through March 8 in the Lied Education Center for the Arts building on the Creighton campus. The pieces are Caniglia’s latest figurative works and an exploratory journey into the Greek concept of the afterlife.

“My work is a new form of imaginative realism full of unflinching observations of life mixed into timeless storytelling,” Caniglia said. “My work invites the viewer to travel down the visual path that transcends the boundaries of classical figuration and experience love, birth and death through symbolic narratives. The paintings and drawings in this exhibition give a first-hand glimpse behind the veil and into a world with purer light.”

Descended from both the Caniglia and Haller families, both of which have deep and long-running ties to Creighton, Jeremy Caniglia’s work has appeared both locally at the Joslyn Art Museum, and nationally, including at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Salmagundi Gallery in New York City, and in private collections around the world.

Caniglia’s work as an illustrator has landed him more than 120 appearances in books and movies produced by Random House, The Folio Society, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Warner Brothers, among many others. His illustrations have appeared in the works of Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, William Peter Blatty and the band Blink-182. He is the recipient of the 2004 International Horror Guild Award for Best Artist in Dark Fantasy and the 2018 NC Wyeth Merit Award from the Salmagundi Gallery.

“Into Purer Light” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 1, with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.

Lied Art Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 6 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.


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