Alumni, Faculty Show in Chicago

Ed Valentine's "Untitled Portrait with Blue Drip and Painted Hat"

Ed Valentine's "Untitled Portrait with Blue Drip and Painted Hat"

Associate professor and Fine Arts alumnus Ed Valentine (CCAD 1991) and adjunct faculty and Fine Arts alumnus Michael Stillion (CCAD 2002) have exhibitions at Linda Warren Projects through April 5 in Chicago.

Valentine's exhibition Somebody's Beauty will be up in Gallery Y, with Stillion's exhibition B.Z.&C.: Bent, Zigzag and Crooked in Gallery X.

Both artists focus on portraiture—although their styles are drastically different.

Michael Stillion's "Feather In a Cap"

Michael Stillion's "Feather In a Cap"

Valentine's portraits combine realistic painting with dripping lines, flat shapes, and patches that serve to spark the imagination and lead to a more complex manner of interpretation.

Stillion's exhibition title references the historical Bellaire, Zanesville, and Cincinnati Railroad. In his portraits, Stillion embraces the meaning of items like scarves, gloves, socks, and jackets, which he uses to form his subjects.