Thursday, February 10, 2011

'Eye' exhibit on display

By Emma Stenzel
Cardinal Staff

“The Eye Behind the Eye,” featuring selected art by William A. Berry, is on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries at Saint Mary’s University through Feb. 20.

The show is a tribute to the life and work of the internationally known artist whose career spanned nearly 60 years. In 1998, Berry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but continued to create works of art until his death at the age of 76 on Jan. 3, 2010.

“There is a chance for people in the community to see art by an artist at a level of international recognition,” said Dr. John Whelan, curator for “The Eye Behind the Eye.” “It’s important that people see that, rather than quitting, he didn’t stop; he channeled his physical limitations into great art.”

The exhibit features artwork arranged in five themes: portraits, self portraits, architectural motifs, figures and still lifes, for which Berry was particularly known, said Whelan.

“‘The Eye Behind the Eye’ shows that the experience behind the artist’s eye is a deeper vision,” said Whelan. “The artist goes beyond the surface appearances and tries to make you see in a unique way.”

Whelan and Valerie Wedel, assistant professor of art at Missouri Valley College, presented at a reception held in the gallery on Friday, Feb. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information about the artist and his artwork, visit

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