Ceramics and sculptures of Benedictine instructor put on display through June 15

March 30, 2012

DSC00993Lisle, Illinois ~ New work by Benedictine University at Springfield ceramics and sculpture instructor Robert "Bob" Dixon will be on display April 5-June 15 in the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University in Lisle.

Dixon's ceramic pieces reflect his use of original concepts with traditional construction and finishing methods. The works are organic and free-flowing with sculptural lines, creating a balance between structure and spontaneity. The dualities of past and present are revealed in a re-interpretation of traditional ceramics.

Dixon's exhibit, titled "Transition: Moving from Center," will be on display during regular campus hours. A reception will be held for the artist from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 in the Krasa Student Center.

Dixon's work suggests an immediate physical and emotional response to the moment, based on a thoughtful, knowledgeable and centered approach.

"I work each piece of clay with one idea, emotionally expressing the passion I have at the moment," Dixon said. "Awareness of it originates in the psychological experiences of pain and pleasure. With me, much of the final results lie in the manipulation of the elements through visual techniques. The contrast of tone in the work is as vitally important as the process of seeing."

Dixon sees his work becoming a metaphor of thought or feeling, or perhaps even life itself.

"Each piece is individual in character and expression that announces itself as boldly assertive," he said.

Dixon's work has been viewed at more than 150 exhibitions during the past 35 years. His work is part of collections throughout the United States, China, India and Japan, as well as published in books and periodicals here and overseas.

For more information about the exhibition at Benedictine University, call Teresa Parker at (630) 829-6270 or e-mail tparker@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.

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