Allison Reimus, Peekaboo

The mission of the O’Connor Art Gallery is to present timely, relevant and focused contemporary art exhibitions that foster critical and thoughtful dialogue across disciplines. Exhibitions are curated with the Dominican student body in mind, as they are meant to introduce students to new and innovative artistic concepts, practices and strategies.

Located in Lewis Hall, steps from many of the art department’s studios and classrooms, the gallery is particularly accessible to art students as a space for intimate engagement and reflection. In addition to at least three curated exhibitions per year, the gallery is the site of an annual juried student show and senior thesis exhibitions.

The gallery is open to the public during the academic year.

Questions? Contact Andrew ReyesBurkholder, Gallery Director

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm,
Saturday, 11am-4pm

Current Exhibition

The Shape of Things
October 25-December 15

Dominican University’s O’Connor Art Gallery presents The Shape of Things, a group exhibition featuring Chicago-based artists Patrick Chamberlain, Zoe Nelson, and Allison Reimus. Playful yet serious, the paintings in the exhibition are not all square; some are shaped like trapezoids, contain cutouts, and protrude from the walls that hold them. The differing shapes and use of material provoke our preconceptions of painting in the most enjoyable way possible. Allison Reimus’s paintings grew from an interest in vessels, flattening the 3D object onto the 2D surface of the canvas, where the rhombus-like shape seeks to contain the highly tactile painted object. Zoe Nelson explores this concept of painting as object in her Recto/Verso paintings. By suspending her paintings from the ceiling, activating both sides of the canvas, and by cutting into the painting itself, Nelson offers a multitude of possibilities in which to view the object and activate the gallery space around it. Colorful spills and gestural marks combine with the Minimalist’s line in Patrick Chamberlains paintings which reference art history, mythology and the artist’s past experience in psychology. Folds of excess fabric jut out from the skewed canvas and into the space, emphasizing its presence as a provocative object. Chamberlain, Nelson, and Reimus reshape our conceptions of painting and present us with objects for serious contemplation through their playful experimentations with material and the shape of things.

Allison Reimus, Peekaboo