The Steckline Gallery will present “Mother” by Jill Luton during a First Friday exhibition from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Newman University.
“Mother” will be on display in the gallery Oct. 7-Oct. 28. An Artist Talk event, which includes a discussion with the artist, will take place Oct. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. All events are free and open to the public.
About the artist
Luton is best known for her photography, textile work and paintings, which she manipulates by layering imagery, colors and objects.
She draws inspiration for her artwork in the candid, captured moments of her children’s daily lives.
Her work explores themes of mental health, motherhood, childhood and navigating the world as a “grown child, and an adult self.”
“I am fascinated by the potential growth, transformation and healing that can come in the act of mothering,” Luton wrote in her artist statement. “The permission to become curious and explore my world through art making and the knowledge I’ve gained in therapy allow for the dual experience of feeling like a child and self-mothering.”
Luton earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology and is a self-taught artist. She began her journey into photography during the aftermath of the 2008 recession, which added “a bright spot” to her life during a stint of unemployment. After working as a photographer-for-hire, Luton shifted her focus to the therapeutic act of art making.
About the Steckline Gallery
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.
For more information, email Director of Steckline Gallery Shannon Johnston at [email protected].
Interested in showcasing your exhibit in the Steckline Gallery?
Newman University’s Steckline Gallery is a professional and premiere art gallery. Monthly shows rotate through the gallery changing each Final Friday during the show season.