The following information was published in the Effingham & Teutopolis News Report on Thursday, August 1, 2013, in the Effingham Daily News on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, and in the Jasper County News Eagle on Monday, July 22, 2013.
Sarah Gillespie, resident of Newton, who is an Effingham Art Guild member and art instructor at Olney Central College, is being recognized as a skilled and versatile professional artist. Presently her artworks are featured in a number of juried art exhibitions in three states.
In Indiana, at Terre Haute's Swope Art Museum and its 69th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition, Gillespie's mixed media or fiber art collage was selected for recognition by the Psi Iota Xi Sorority ETA PHI Chapter. To produce this award-winning collage, titled Inoculate, Gillespie digitally transferred scanning electron micrographs, produced by Sue Eder of SIUE, onto silk organza cloth, added watercolor paint and manipulated paper. A similar piece, tilted Amalgamate, was also selected for display by juror Kris Ercums, a curator at Spencer Museum of Art, who said about his selection process, "… I returned to works that evoked both emotional and cerebral responses."
In Illinois, On July 12th at the Jacoby Art Center, Alton, Gillespie received the Lewis and Clark Handweavers Guild Award for Excellence for Formation Series, a beautiful fiber art piece featuring variably dyed silk organza and cotton muslin. In recognition of the award, the Jacoby Art Center will feature Gillespie’s artworks in the Awards of Excellence exhibition in January and February 2014.
In Missouri, on July 7th Sarah Gillespie gained notoriety in two exhibitions. It's Not the Heat, It's the Humidity opened on July 7th at the St. Louis Artists' Guild gallery in Clayton, MO and on the same day Beneath the Covers opened at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, MO. One art exhibition featured Gillespie's abstract painting Nurture, and the other, two of her hand-bound books, titled Atlas 1 and Shifting Perspective:Catalpa.
Locally one of Gillespie's highly representational artworks, Still Life with Pepper and Shoe, can be viewed at the Bonutti Clinic in Effingham as one of the many artworks done by the Effingham Art Guild members.
When asked about current projects and upcoming events, Gillespie commented, "Right now, I am working on a realistic figure drawing in sepia colored conté for a new display at Ballard Nature Center, and for the display's silk cloth backdrop, I am selected certain native plant species to produce natural dyes which will serve as the pigments." Gillespie announced that she would be participating in ARTEAST 2013 in Madison County this fall with an exhibition at Alton Museum of History and Art. She included, "In April and May I'll hold my thesis show, the culmination of my graduate work (MFA) at SIUE."