posted on September 13, 2007
For Jessica Rebik, her return to Clarke College is a type of artistic homecoming. A former Clarke student, this fall Rebik began her new role at the College as an assistant professor of art.
To celebrate her return, Clarke’s Quigley Gallery will host an exhibit of her work now through September 26. A reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, from 7-9 p.m. in the gallery. Admission to the exhibit and the reception is free.
Rebik’s exhibit at Clarke will feature paintings from her master of fine arts thesis work. “My thesis work is a result of exploring the construction of my identity, particularly in relation to moral structure and gender, through painting,” she said in her artist statement. “By examining my own emotional and psychological responses to the culture that attempts to define me, I not only begin to understand myself, but I also connect with others. I feel that sympathetically communicating with others is extremely important because emotion is a common ground we all share despite other differences. My objective as an artist is to express through paintings the emotional and psychological states that define us as human.”
After completing her bachelor of fine arts degree from Clarke in 2002, Rebik went on to serve in the Americorps program. During her Americorps service, she served in under-privileged communities in the areas of education, homeland security, environment, unmet human needs and disaster relief in the Southeastern region of the United States.
She then went on to study painting at Florida Atlantic College, receiving her master of fine arts degree from there last may. Her work has been exhibited throughout Iowa and Florida, and she was commissioned to complete a portrait for the Florida Atlantic history department and a textbook cover illustration for the College’s Italian department.
The Quigley Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.