Music After Hours

The all-Bradley barbershop quartet After Hours recently released its second studio album, Half Past Eight. The group was honored last year as the 16th best quartet in the world at the International Barbershop Quartet Competition in Kansas City. 

Group members were all under 25 at the time and qualified for the international collegiate competition, where they finished third. 

The four members are tenor TIM BEUTEL ’09, lead BEN HARDING ’11, bass DAN WESSLER ’08, and baritone KEVIN McCLELLAND ’11. Beutel is a music teacher in Morton, while Harding is a graduate student at Western Illinois University, and Wessler begins teaching at Freeport High School this fall. McClelland is an admissions representative at Bradley. 

They compete in July at the 2012 international competition in Portland, Oregon. 

— Bob Grimson ’81

Artist on the move

CHRISTOPHER TROUTMAN ’03 was back on campus late last year, his massive charcoal drawings filling the gallery of Heuser Art Center. 

“The imagery comes from places I’ve been and people I’ve seen,” explained Chris, currently an art professor at Eastern Illinois University. Many of the large drawings in his Resonant Viewpoints exhibit feature people moving up stairs. The central theme is claustrophobia and isolation in urban environments. 

The varied places Chris and his wife RIE FUJIMAKI ’02 have lived — Japan, California, Kentucky, and Illinois — provide inspiration for his drawings. The couple met in painting class at Bradley. After graduation they moved to Japan and operated an English language school in Kagoshima City. At 6-foot-4, Chris noted that he can’t help feeling conspicuous in Japan.

Chris, Rie, and their young son are back in Japan this summer, visiting Rie’s family. Chris is painting and has entered two drawings in the Nobeoka City Exhibition. He has upcoming solo exhibitions at Louisiana Tech University and the Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester. 

Since his exhibit at Bradley, Chris has had shows at Cedarhurst Art Center in southern Illinois, College of the Sequoias in California, the Earlville Opera House in New York, and Sinclair College in Ohio. Before enrolling at Bradley, his interest in art was fueled at Dunlap High School by instructor Jody Hale. Chris cites Bradley instructors Ken Hoffman and ANN COULTER, MFA ’07 for their influence when he was working on his bachelor’s degree in drawing and painting. In 2008 he earned an MFA from California State University, Long Beach.

— Gayle Erwin McDowell ’77