Mac's Applebee Gallery to showcase "Experiments in Historic Flight"

January 29, 2018 | 2:02 PM

MacMurray College will showcase the aviation-themed works of Wisconsin artist John-Thomas Richard in the Applebee Gallery until Feb. 28.

The opening reception for the exhibit, “Experiments in Historic Flight,” will be on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Applebee Gallery, located in the Putnam/Springer Center on the southeast corner of State and Clay streets on the MacMurray campus. The gallery talk will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Richard grew up loving planes, for both their technical beauty of construction and their seemingly impossible ability to fly. Richard is currently exploring the idea of human flight through the use of ceramic forms, silhouettes and structures.

His family was a major influence. Richard’s grandfather flew around the South Pacific during World War II on different planes fixing communication equipment on the islands. His grandmother worked at an airplane plant in Detroit during the war. Richard’s father built a sailplane in the family barn with a friend and was responsible for introducing Richard to all things aviation by taking him to air shows. No one in his family has ever been a pilot but that has not stopped them from being part of the aviation spirit. Ultimately, Richard is aware that his ceramic planes and parts may never truly fly but he wants to provoke the idea of flight in the minds of the viewer.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Khara Koffel, professor of art and Applebee Gallery director, at 217-479-7092 or

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