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Into Purer Light: Jeremy Caniglia Lecture

April 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

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In this lecture, Jeremy Caniglia will speak about his experience working with the figurative master Odd Nerdrum at the Nerdrum School in Norway and discuss the future of figurative painting. He will also share his new solo exhibition “Into Purer Light” and how the paintings he created transcend time and place and push new boundaries in figurative painting.

Caniglia will also lead a portrait and still life painting workshop Tuesday, April 17.

Caniglia’s visit is sponsored by the Department of Art & Visual Culture and CODAC (College of Design Art Club).

About the speaker

Caniglia’s work focuses on the human condition. Striking, illuminating, foreboding, offensive, haunting and always poignant, Caniglia’s paintings wallow in the glories of expansiveness and of timeless places. A successful painter, his work is showcased in private collections around the world. His art is published worldwide on a regular basis and he has contributed to both joint and solo fine art exhibitions at museums and galleries that include the Society of Illustrators, the Allentown Art Museum, the Walters Art Museum, Salmagundi Gallery, Coprogallery, the Paul Booth-Last Rites Gallery and the Joslyn Art Museum.

Perhaps best known for his LowBrow Kitsch realism, Caniglia is equally prolific in imaginative realism, portraiture and concept art. His work has appeared in numerous books and movies produced by Random House, Pyr Publishing, Cemetery Dance Publications, Dorcester Publishing, Easton Press, IDW Publishing, Anchor Bay Entertainment, IDT Entertainment, Showtime Networks and Warner Brothers among others. Caniglia received the 2004 International Horror Guild Award for best artist in dark fantasy, the IlluXCon 2012 Artist congeniality award and the 2015 Iowa State University College of Design’s Design Achievement Award.

Caniglia’s work has been highlighted in national and international publications including the Washington Post, CNN, Spectrum Fantastic Art Annuals, IlluXcon Annuals, Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector. He has worked with such authors and bands as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Max Brooks, Peter Straub, William Peter Blatty, Michael Moorcock, Sigur Ros and Blink 182.

Caniglia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from ISU, a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master of Education from Creighton University. He is a member of the ISU College of Design Advancement Council and ISU Department of Art and Visual Culture Advisory Council.

Caniglia has lectured and taught drawing, painting and printmaking classes and workshops in Museums and Art Schools throughout the United States including the Maryland Institute College of Art, ISU, UNO, Creighton University, Creighton Preparatory School, the Walters Art Museum, the Joslyn Art Museum and the Kent Bellows Center for the Visual Arts. He was named Iowa Western Community College 2014 and 2015 Art Teacher of the Year, Creighton Prep 2015 Teacher of the Year and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2015 National Outstanding Educator.


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April 16, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Kocimski Auditorium (101 Design)
715 Bissell Road
Ames, IA 50011 United States
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