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Art and Tea Lecture at BenU


By: Brittany Carter

Guest speaker, Lynn Fischer-Carlson, spoke about different ways to observe and understand at the Art and Tea Lecture on Sunday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Fr. Michael Komechak O.S.B Art Gallery. Teresa Parker coordinated the event, and it was her third Art and Tea Lecture at Benedictine University. This lecture used various paintings to demonstrate a certain artist’s purpose for the piece itself.

The Art and Tea Lecture is an event that the Fr. Michael Komechak O.S.B. Art Gallery hosts every first Sunday of every month. The lecture consists of various artists speaking on their inspiration for pieces they have donated to the art gallery. Parker created this event for students and members of the community to engage with artists whose work is located around Benedictine.

Fischer-Carlson was well educated in the concept of art. She has been teaching the past 16 years at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. She is a practicing ceramic and sculptor and has done numerous lectures on art and art history at Rockford Art Museum.

Fischer-Carlson decided to talk about one of the most popular pieces at Benedictine by artist Romare Beardon. Beardon was known to be a modernist. He was famous for his conjunction piece done in the late 1971, which was during the civil rights movements. His work was historical due to the time frame they were created, along with the ritual and religious beliefs behind them.

Fischer-Carlson described his work as dimensional, due to the different shaped and figures he used in his work. All of his pieces seem as though an individual could take them apart like puzzle pieces. She states that his work was taken from various magazine and books cut out and pieced together to shine the light through African American history in the making. Beardon gained many of his inspiration from many musical genes such as blues, religious music.

The Art and Tea Lectures are events where students of Benedictine and the community come together through creative inaction. It allows students and community members the opportunity to explore the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B Art Gallery. It also gives Benedictine students the chance to reach out to various local schools to expose the great opportunities that the Benedictine University art program has to offer.