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Main Gallery Exhibition

June 7th – July 24th, 2024

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Friday, June 7th from 6-9 PM 

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“Silent Surfaces: Mapping Spatial & Personal Discoveries” is a three-person exhibition featuring the artwork of Donnie Copeland (Arkansas), Ryan Lewis (Michigan), & Matthew McLaughlin (Maryland)—each offering distinct avenues of exploration into introspection, spatial cognition, and nuanced patterns of existence. Copeland’s “Interrupted Paths” series examines ideas interruptions and transitions through painted collage, prompting viewers to consider the parallels between the visual disruptions of his painted striations to the complexities of life’s journey.  Lewis’s “Everted Sanctuaries” delves into the nature of introversion, revealing the delicate balance between speaking out and blending in. Through stop-motion animation videos, Lewis uncovers the unseen struggles of introverts, utilizing found objects as metaphors for the transformative process from silence to expression. McLaughlin’s artwork, characterized by his “Proxemic Boundaries” & “Reflective Cartography” mixed media series, studies spatial environments, both personal and societal. By dissecting the divisions humans create, McLaughlin prompts viewers to reflect on their relationships and the subtle yet profound impact of boundaries on our lives. Together, these artists provoke dialogues on the intricacies of human existence, inviting viewers to navigate the silent surfaces of their own inner landscapes while mapping the depths of vulnerability concealed beneath personal and collective experiences.

About the Artists

Donnie Copeland, STR133 (detail), acrylic, paper on canvas

Donnie Copeland

Donnie Copeland is a painter who works primarily with painted paper to produce non-objective, collaged canvases that emphasize pattern, texture, color and mark. Donnie Copeland earned a BA in studio art from Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas) and continued his education at the University of Dallas where he earned a MFA in painting. His work is represented by Justus Fine Art in Hot Springs, Arkansas. His works are a synthesis of the visuality of landscapes, such as the planted fields and prairie that run along the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers, as well as that of peoples and cultures local and distant, rural and urban.

Copeland’s paintings were recently included in a group exhibit titled Troubled Waters at Hendrix University’s Windgate Museum of Art curated by Bianca Littlepage (2022). His work was featured in a solo exhibit titled Interrupted Paths at the Aughinbaugh Gallery of Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (2015) and more recently in an exhibit titled Continuum at the Focus Gallery, Windgate Center of Art + Design, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2022).His work is also included in Abstract AR(t) (2016) at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2012, Copeland’s work was part of Boundary Hunters, an exhibit featuring seven contemporary painters at Alfred University’s Fosdick Nelson Gallery in Alfred, New York. Other showings include exhibits at the Kansas City Artist’s Coalition, the Arkansas Arts Center and exhibits in Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.

Ryan Lewis, Everted Santuaries II (video still), single channel digital video

Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis is an associate professor of art in graphic design at Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art. Ryan joined the Frostic School of Art in 2013.

At WMU, Lewis has taught courses in color, handmade books, letterpress printing, advanced design problem solving, typography and senior design research projects. Before joining the Frostic School of Art, he taught design courses at the School of Art + Design at Ohio University as a teaching assistant and as a guest lecturer at Marietta College in Ohio.

In professional practice, Lewis has worked at the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs as a web and information designer for grant-funded energy, economic and environmental projects. Previously, he also worked asa graphic designer, interactive designer, and senior designer for the dental software division of the Fortune 500 Company Henry Schein, Inc. in Utah.

Lewis earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art + Design at Ohio University, Athens and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University where he also attended the Summer Design Academy in Leysin, Switzerland.

Lewis’s current creative research interests include typeface design, typography, and animation. His animations have been juried into more than 75 regional, national, and international exhibitions and festivals at venues such as Minneapolis College of Art & Design, UMASS Boston, MICA Place in Baltimore, RedLine Contemporary Art Center in Denver, Indianapolis Art Center, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, the South Bend Museum of Art, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (UICA) in Grand Rapids, CICA Museum in Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, the XVI Festival Transterritorial de Cine Underground in Argentina, the International Motion Festival in Cyprus, and Videomedeja at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia.

Matthew McLaughlin, Untitled 74K, mixed media monotype on panel

Matthew mclaughlin

Matthew McLaughlin is a mixed media artist and curator whose work explores the human relationship with their environments and spaces, both physically and psychologically. He received his BFA degree in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA degree in Printmaking from Arizona State University. Matthew has had solo exhibitions in Washington, DC and Phoenix, among other areas. His work has been included in group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, in commercial galleries, artist-run spaces and museums. He has received numerous awards including the Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Award 2016 in Works on Paper. His work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Zuckerman Museum of Art and various universities, along with private collectors. He has curated for numerous national exhibition spaces including the American University
Museum in Washington, DC.