L&C Art Faculty Exhibition Opens Oct. 18 in Hatheway Gallery

Article by: Laura Inlow, L&C Media Services,

GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College’s annual Art Faculty Exhibition will open Oct. 18 and run through Nov. 9 in the Hatheway Cultural Center Gallery.

The show will feature nine artists who teach in Lewis and Clark’s Art Department, including Art Coordinator Chris Brennan, Associate Professor Jeff Vaughn, Associate Professor and Gallery Director Angela Hung and faculty members Jessica Forys-Cameron, Craig Hoffmann, Christopher Day, Jody Jedlicka and Matt Pierson. Professor and Computer Graphics Coordinator Steve Campbell also will have pieces in the exhibit.

“All of our faculty are exceptionally valued professional artists, and it is a real pleasure to see their creative work each year in this annual exhibit,” Brennan said.

The exhibit will include everything from drawing and painting to ceramics, photography and mixed media. It is free and open to the public during gallery hours, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, in the gallery.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students and the college community to see the artwork created by our Art Department’s highly skilled and dedicated Instructors” Hung said.

For more information, contact Hung at (618) 468-4665 or

Artist Bios

Christopher Brennan

Christopher Brennan has exhibited his work in non-profit, commercial and institutional venues since the 1980s and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Kansas State University. He has been teaching art at the collegiate level for 20 years and is currently associate professor and coordinator of the Fine Arts program at Lewis and Clark. His work is part of numerous private, corporate and institutional collections including those of the Mulvane Art Museum (Topeka, Kansas), the Beach Museum of Art (Manhattan, Kansas), Sprint Corporation (Kansas City, Missouri), U.S. Bank (St. Louis, Missouri) and others.

Steve Campbell

Steve Campbell is a Professor and Coordinator of Graphic Design, Web Design & Development and Social Media Management at Lewis and Clark, but also teaches in the Art department. Campbell is a practicing visual designer, currently manipulating his photography, illustrations and digital images with a variety of software and using different media to present his work. He studied art, business and education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Jeff Vaughn

Jeffrey Vaughn, from Alton, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978 from Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri), his Master of Arts degree in 1981, and Master of Fine Arts degree in 1983 from the University of Dallas. Vaughn has focused his energies as an artist working in landscapes for over 30 years.Vaughn approaches his work with a quiet contemplativeness that reflects the serene aspects of the natural world and reveals the underlying spiritual nature that can be found in the environments he portrays. His paintings have been published in New American Paintings and reviewed in the American Arts Quarterly and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Vaughn has been exhibiting his work throughout the United States for more than three decades. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections such as the U.S. Department of State (Washington, D.C.), Anheuser-Busch Inc. (St. Louis, Missouri), Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (Louisville, Kentucky) and Kentucky Public Radio (Louisville, Kentucky).

Angela Hung

Angela Hung was born and raised in Taiwan and immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1988. She finished her bachelor’s degree from York University (Toronto) in 1999 and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Fontbonne University (St. Louis, Missouri) in 2002. She attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the following year for post-graduate studies. She has taught at several art schools in Toronto, Canada, in addition to St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, Blackburn College (Carlinville, Illinois), and Lewis and Clark Community College. She is currently associate professor and gallery director of the Fine Arts program at Lewis and Clark. Her works have been exhibited in Toronto, Taipei and St. Louis regional Art Galleries.

Craig C. Hoffmann

Craig C. Hoffmann received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryville University (St. Louis, Missouri) in 2008 with an emphasis in drawing, painting and art history. He received his Master in Arts from Fontbonne University, with emphasis in painting, in 2009 and remained at Fontbonne, where he earned a Master in Fine Arts in 2010 after a concentration on studio art with a focus in ceramics and sculpture. Hoffmann’s early art career focused on creating digital medical illustrations after earning his Commercial Art degree from North County Technical Trade School (St. Louis, Missouri) in 1986. Working 18 years as a graphic artist, he felt the void of hands-on interaction with various mediums, which generated an internal drive to reestablish himself as a fine artist. His current works focus on ceramics that are painstakingly handcrafted using Native American coiling traditions spanning from traditional to elegant organic abstract compositions inspired by architecture and nature. Hoffmann currently resides in Wentzville, Missouri and works out of his home studio. He teaches ceramics at St. Charles Community College, in addition to studio and lecture courses at Lewis and Clark.

Jessica Forys-Cameron

Jessica Forys-Cameron works from her home studio in Maryville, Illinois. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Fibers from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2008. Forys-Cameron is an instructor of Art at Lewis and Clark. She currently shows regionally. Her mixed media work in painting and fiber is inspired by a personal enthusiasm for old things, particularly objects that display the effects of time. In combination with traditional painting methods, Forys-Cameron works with a variety of domestic processes and materials including hand-embroidery, quilting and historical doll construction. Investigating the phrase, “loved to death,” she considers her paintings akin to memorials; honoring objects vulnerable to destruction by time and human wear and tear. Viewers have called her work “haunting and evocative” as well as “sweet and pathetically endearing.”

Chris Day

Chris Day has a Master in Fine Arts degree and is an instructor at Blackburn College (Carlinville, Illinois), in addition to teaching at Lewis and Clark. He has exhibited nationally and has been published. Day has works in private collections in Los Angeles, Chicago, Kansas City, Missouri and St. Louis. He has given university talks about his work and process. Day has been the special guest with the production company, The Unseen Stars, and has won several awards for his art.

Jody Jedlicka 

Jody Jedlicka is an adjunct instructor in the Art and Graphic Design departments at Lewis and Clark. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Fontbonne University with a dual specialty in Film Photography and Painting, and is also a Lewis and Clark alumna. Jedlicka is a practicing professional photographer, specializing in portraiture and fine art images. She not only practices film printing, but also digital photography and manipulations using various programs. It is her intent to make the vision reality, using either medium. She also hand colors and uses photography in encaustics and other mixed media works.

Matt Pierson

Matt Pierson is a fine art painter known for his paintings of gummy bears, cheeseburgers and bodybuilders. He currently teaches at Lewis and Clark and St. Charles Community College. He resides in Missouri with his wife Jill Pierson, and daughter, Adalee Marvel Pierson.