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Quad City Arts “Art at the Airport”

Bimonthly Exhibit

The following artists incorporate their views of the world into their own art forms.

In addition to the airport gallery, the artist’s works can be seen and purchased online.

Quad City Arts presents Art at the Airport featuring paintings by Kimberly Burnett, stone sculpture by Joel Erickson, and drawings by Matt Kuhlman.

From January 4 to March 4, Quad City Arts presents Art at the Airport featuring paintings by Kimberly Burnett, stone sculpture by Joel Erickson, and drawings by Matt Kuhlman. Kimberly Burnett is a contemporary artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, whose work combines traditional mediums and techniques with her own subjective experience. She begins each piece rooted in a sense of reality before adding her signature saturated hues or “pixels” of color. In fact, color plays a large role in her work, as Burnett values her unique interpretation of her subjects beyond mere representation.

Joel Erickson of Moline, Illinois, has shifted mediums throughout his career—from metals, to clay, and now to stone—crafting organic forms using curved planes. His stone artworks feature interlocking forms guiding the viewer’s gaze up, down, and around his pieces. Erickson also takes care to make his work appear light through a clever play of shapes despite the weightiness of his materials.

Matt Kuhlman, currently residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, creates art that focuses on the interplay between order and disorder. His colored pencil pieces use simple lines which shift from densely packed strokes of color to areas of negative space. Kuhlman seeks to create dynamic yet balanced compositions in this way. His history of marks invites viewers to look between each layer while taking in each piece.

These artists may not share a common aesthetic, but upon further investigation one can see relationships. Burnett’s clouds pair well with Erickson’s organic forms in marble. The contrast between the straight lines of Kuhlman’s work and the curved planes of Erickson’s sculptures creates visual interest. Burnett’s vibrant colors accentuate Kuhlman’s more subtle tones.

In addition to the airport gallery, the artist’s works can be seen and purchased online: https://www.shopquadcityarts.com/airport-gallery.

Quad City Arts’ Art at the Airport Gallery

Art at the Airport in The Quad Cities International Airport is easy to find. It is across from the gift shop and restaurant and right before the security checkpoint. The gallery never closes, and you will pay just a dollar for the first hour of parking.

Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts. Support for art exhibitions is provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Quad City Arts Gallery is located at 1715 Second Avenue in the Arts and Entertainment District of Rock Island. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo 309-793-1213 X108, or by email.

www.quadcityarts.com

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