Pillars of Dust

September 1, 2018

Pillars of Dust
Michael K. Paxton
Heuser Art Gallery
Exhibition: September 28 – November 6
Film screening: September 28, 5pm – Heuser Room 105
Reception: September 28, 6-7:30pm

Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm, Friday: 9am - 4pm, and by appointment.  Closed daily for lunch 12pm-1pm.  

An exhibition featuring the large scale paintings of Chicago artist Michael K. Paxton will be on display September 28 – November 6, 2018 in Heuser Art Gallery.   Join us for the opening reception and a screening of the film Work at Hand on September 28th.

From the Artist:
As a sixth generation West Virginian I have seen my family, my culture and the very mountains of my home blown up, scraped off, discarded, flooded, poisoned, crushed in mine falls, choked with dust, riddled with cancer and derided as fools too stupid to know any better. Deciding how to give voice to, as well as come to terms with this my legacy from deepest Appalachia has been at my work’s core and fueled a career that now spans over forty-years. The plight of my family and friends in this third world resource colony of the besieged coalfields is a subject not heard from often in contemporary art and my role as a native is to point there. Pushing hard against expectations with both knowledge and obsession, an otherness surrounds my work by constantly looking for the exact point where my bone deep Appalachian heritage smashes up against the academics of contemporary art.

Learn more about the artist online at: www.michaelkpaxton.com


This event was made possible through the support of Columbia College and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.