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IU Northwest gallery features ‘These 2 Painters’ exhibit though August 9

Works by James Jankowiak and Cole Pierce come together to present optical illusions and obsessive patterns in recent paintings 

galleryThe Indiana University Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana community are invited to view an exhibit by “These 2 Painters: James Jankowiak and Cole Piece,” in the Gallery for Contemporary Art, located in the Savannah Center. The exhibit runs through August 9.

An artists reception and talk is planned for 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 15.

“These 2 Painters,” explores unconventional painting techniques such as geometric shape and pattern configurations, ritualistic layering of paint, and fine line work. For both artists, the use of color is explosive and a driving force behind the creation of optical illusions with color intensity and precision.

“This body of work represents a relationship between the artist and arts practices, particularly through painting, how they adapt and encounter reflections on the physical, psychological, and the environment,” said Lauren Pacheco, director of arts programming and engagement.

Inspired by ritual, music and divine symbols, Jankowiak uses painting as a means to document the reverberations of music and prayer. He makes emotive abstract paintings and installations that invite the viewer to project their own personal associations and connections to the physical and spiritual.

Pierce uses geometry and bold gradients of acrylic, informed by the Op Art movement of the late 20th century, to create a more unpredictable form of art than the errorless, measured precedent set by Op Art.

The IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The gallery is located in the Savannah Center neighboring the IU Northwest Book Store. For information about parking policies at IU Northwest, visit

For more information, contact Lauren Pacheco at 219-981-5627 or [email protected].

About Indiana University Northwest

One of eight campuses of Indiana University, IU Northwest is located in metropolitan Northwest Indiana, approximately 30 miles southeast of Chicago and 10 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The campus has a diverse student population of approximately 4,000 degree-seeking students and 1,500 dual-credit students. The campus offers Associate, Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in a variety of undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, the School of the Arts and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. IU Northwest emphasizes high-quality teaching, faculty and student research and engagement on campus and in the community.

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