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Creighton Lied Art Gallery to Exhibit Work of Erin McCluskey Wheeler and Student Collaboration

Jan 14, 2022
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Cindy Workman
Yellow Sky

A collaborative collage project with Creighton students and artist Erin McCluskey Wheeler, along with Wheeler’s own works, will be on exhibit at the Creighton University Lied Art Gallery Jan. 21 – March 1. The exhibit is called This Color Reminds Me Of You.

A reception with McCluskey Wheeler will be held Friday, Feb. 11, 4 – 6 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. Masks are required.

McCluskey Wheeler makes artwork about memory, language and color, and will be working with Creighton students during the University’s Founder’s Week, Feb. 7 – 11, on a collaborative collage project in the gallery. The collaboration, For the Birds, will be exhibited alongside her Glitter Highways series of paintings with vintage cars and other works on paper.

McCluskey Wheeler’s work is about reinvention and restoration. She cuts up, groups and rearranges her paintings on paper and found papers in a process of transformation - an intentional act of breaking apart and putting things back together. The process starts with color and texture and is additive and iterative - letting the pieces determine the final composition and shape of the pieces.

“I use paper, with its ubiquity, ephemerality, and lack of intrinsic value,” said McCluskey Wheeler, “because it can be transformed from the ordinary to the extraordinary through the application of paint, the cutting of shapes, and in combination with other papers. Often the papers are sourced from other artists - students and collaborators - and this act of using paper that has passed through others’ hands is a way to create community and long-distance collaboration.”

McCluskey Wheeler is a painter, collagist, writer, curator and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay area. She is a faculty member of the 92nd Y School of the Arts in New York City and teaches collage and mixed media classes throughout the Bay area.

She has shown extensively in galleries across the country, and her work is also licensed and sold through West Elm, Minted, Samsung and Target. She has won multiple awards for her visual art and poetry including top prize for poetry from Northwind Arts in Port Townsend. In 2018-2019, she was the Artist in Residence for The City of El Cerrito’s Recycling Center. McCluskey Wheeler earned her bachelor’s degrees in studio art and art history from Beloit College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

The Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Gallery is located in Creighton’s Lied Education Center for the Arts located on the corner of 24th and Cass Streets.