Rebecca Jabs – Illustrating Nature

Rebecca Jabs is an artist and freelance scientific illustrator based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She began her professional career as a K-12 Art Teacher in Manitowoc before graduating in 2016 from the Science Illustration Graduate Program at California State University at Monterey Bay. She has had her work displayed in a variety of exhibitions including Illustrating Nature, her most recent solo exhibition. Illustrating Nature, on display in the Baer Gallery at St. Norbert College through March 12, 2021, features a collection of watercolor, gouache, and ink pieces which illustrate some of the flora and fauna of Wisconsin. Jabs explained that her journey as a naturalist was a recent one and stated that, “When we grow up in a place, we become so accustomed to it that we aren’t as amazed by it as we probably should be,” when speaking about her love of wildlife and nature in Wisconsin. Her favorite birds native to Wisconsin are the Caspian Tern and the American White Pelican; which she illustrated in her gouache and watercolor painting, American White Pelican, 2017. Many of her paintings in the exhibition in the Baer Gallery illustrate flower species in Wisconsin as well. Although Jabs was never really interested in illustrating botany originally, she has found a love for the shapes and how she could piece the plants together in a composition commenting on how she is, “very drawn to geometry and pattern in my artwork.” In fact, Monarda punctata is one of her favorite flowers and she used this plant to study flowers when she painted Monarda Puctata & Bombus spp., 2020. The project that Jabs is working on currently is a collaboration with Wisconsin naturalist, John Bates. He is working on a book about the last undeveloped lakes of Wisconsin, and Jabs is illustrating plant and animal species found in those habitats; some of which are included in her Illustrating Nature exhibition such as four watercolor paintings of turtle species. Jabs’ work for Illustrating Nature beautifully illustrates Wisconsin wildlife in a variety of ways; from scientific illustrations for research to personal projects which celebrate the amazing plants and animals found in the state.

“Light doth beguile the shining dark.”

This month in the Bush Art Center’s Godshalx Gallery, you control what you see: sisters April Beiswenger, Gina Williams, and Dr. Lisa Beiswenger’s exhibit features objects that glow and shine––but only if you tell them to.

Their show, which is visible through March 12, casts the gallery in darkness. Quiet and unsuspecting though the room may seem, once you step inside, you may notice that it appears to glow. Each piece incorporates reflective and glow-in-the-dark surfaces which pass around what little light is available from the small strip of LED guides trailing near the walls of the galleries. This alone is a curiosity, but switch on the flashlight supplied at the gallery’s entrance, and the show comes to life.

Wherever you point the flashlight beam, an artwork will return an opalescent glow. Patterns jump to life, a long and trailing mobile appears to move with the light, casting dappled shadows around the gallery. The pieces offer themselves to the imagination, and the shadowed room feels like a little world of its own.

April Beiswenger is an Associate Professor of Theatre and a Scenographer here at St. Norbert College. Her previous shows in the Bush Art Center Galleries include The Making and Giving Project from August and September 2018. Light Doth Beguile the Shining Dark was created in collaboration with her sisters Gina Williams and Dr. Lisa Beiswenger.

Current Exhibitions

Image: Rebecca Jabs, Painted Turtle, 2020, Watercolor on paper

Rebecca Jabs: Illustrating Nature

Baer Gallery, February 1-March 12

Rebecca Jabs illustrations center on the intersection between art, science, and education. By observing and recording nature through art, we gain a greater understanding of the world and our place within it. This exhibit features works portraying notable species from Wisconsin’s native flora and fauna. Selected illustrations from an upcoming book written by Wisconsin Naturalist John Bates will be on view.

The following exhibition-related events will be open to the SNC community.  Important Note: you need to be logged into your SNC account to access the Zoom meeting. 

Artist’s Talk: Illustrating Nature with Rebecca Jabs
Time: Feb 23, 2021 12:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada). This event is one hour long.

Zoom Meeting link for this event:
https://snc-edu.zoom.us/j/81894127237?pwd=cmNPQitaa3RkOU9tV05lQ01nS3U4Zz09

Meeting ID: 818 9412 7237
Passcode: 434922

Topic: Workshop with artist Rebecca Jabs
Time: Feb 25, 2021 10:15 AM Central Time (US and Canada). This event is one hour long.

Zoom link for this event:
https://snc-edu.zoom.us/j/82328525963?pwd=QUthNWRaTEViKy9WR2VmN1VIM2szZz09

Meeting ID: 823 2852 5963
Passcode: 433650

“Light doth beguile the shining dark.”

Godschalx Gallery, February 1-March 12

Featuring objects that glow by sisters April Beiswenger, Gina Williams, and Dr. Lisa Beiswenger

2020-21 Juried Student Art Exhibition Awards!

Watch the St. Norbert College art faculty announce the 2020-21 award winners! Awards are:

Three Honorable Mentions, $50 each

Third Place, $75

Second Place, $100

First Place $150

Many thanks to our judge, Nick Patton, who is a senior graphic designer at St. Norbert College and a 2003 alum. He designed the college’s SNC monogram, the Green Knight identity, and the admission marketing materials. He is the creator and host of the Picturebooking Podcast and has published over 150 podcast episodes and two picture books.

Awards announcers are Debbie Kupinsky, Brandon Bauer, Shan Bryan-Hanson, Fr. James Neilson, Brian Pirman, and Katie Ries. Special thanks to Brandon Bauer for filming this video.

Award winners watch for an email from Shan Bryan-Hanson with more information about your award.

Congratulations to the award winners and all the artists who had work selected for the 2020-21 show!

Fall 2020 Exhibition Schedule

2020 Senior Art Exhibition Invitational 

August 24 -October 2

Senior art majors from the class of 2020 were invited to participate in this postponed Senior Art Exhibition (the show last spring was cancelled due to Covid-19). The art and design on exhibition was created in their final year at St. Norbert College. 

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

October 12-Nov. 20

This exhibition features work by current St. Norbert College students.

Hours of Operation (during exhibitions):

The Galleries will be open, with reduced hours, to the campus community beginning August 24. We are sorry that we cannot be open to the general public at this time. We will post new hours as soon as that changes. Learn more about SNC’s response to Covid-19 here

Gallery hours (for campus only) beginning August 24, 2020: 

Monday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tuesday: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

March Exhibitions

Red, Green & Gray, 8
Marjorie Mau, Red, Green & Gray, 8, Oil and cold wax on wood

Silence of Nature
Ginnie Cappaert, Silence of Nature, Oil and cold wax on wood

March will be here soon and we have some exciting exhibitions planned in the Bush Art Center!

Negotiating Space: Recent Work by Ginnie Cappaert and Marjorie Mau

This exhibition features paintings by Wisconsin artists Ginnie Cappaert and Marjorie Mau. Both artists employ the use of cold wax as they explore abstraction and landscape in their paintings. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m.

(Re)Fashioned

This exhibition explores solutions to the fast fashion crisis, as envisioned by the students participating in (Re)Fashion, an Honors Tutorial at St. Norbert College.

Tarot Nouveau

Tarot Nouveau features a selection of paintings SNC Art Education major, Hailey Buss, created as part of a set of tarot cards. She received a Collaborative Research Grant from the St. Norbert College Collaborative for Undergraduate Research in support of this work.

All three exhibitions run from March 2 – April 1, 2020 . 

 

Current Exhibition: Typography Highlights from the Permanent Collection

This month, don’t miss your chance to see this selection of typography highlights from our permanent collection! This exhibition features work from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Hatch Show Print, Jessica Hische, Louise Fili, and more!

Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Initial Impressions – Renaissance Capitals, and Twenty-six Wooden Soldiers

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin houses an enormous collection of vintage prints, wood type, and machinery going back to the founding of the Hamilton Manufacturing Company in 1880. The museum aims to preserve the history and images of American letterpress printing, and keeps these traditions alive by offering demonstrations, workshops, and many other events. Visit the website to learn more.

Left to right: Hatch Show Print, Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash; The Red Door Press, HAM at 20, for Hamilton Wood Type Museum; Hatch Show Print, Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Music City USA

Hatch Show Print, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is another shop that aims to preserve the history of letterpress by production. Now a historic property of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Hatch Show Print is perhaps most well known for printing classic music posters, such as this Johnny Cash poster. Today, they are still active in designing and printing work for various entertainers, venues, businesses, and organizations.

This exhibition also showcases work from several independent artists. Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, and author currently based in California. She has done work for many well-known clients such as Apple, Hershey’s, and Nike, and has spoken at more than 100 conferences. Louise Fili is a New York-based Italian-American graphic designer who has received numerous awards, including the AIGA medal for Lifetime Achievement. Her firm, Louise Fili Ltd, creates stylish designs for restaurants, packaging, logos, books, and more.

Louise Fili, Mardel Font Specimen Sheet and Mardel in Italian, for Hamilton Wood Type Museum

The typography exhibit runs Jan. 27 – Feb. 21 in the Permanent Collection Gallery.

Current Exhibition: Fragments of the Acceleration by Brandon Bauer

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Visit the galleries before Feb. 21 to see Fragments of the Acceleration, a project that makes use of photography, digital design, and video to craft a thought-provoking investigation into the “Great Acceleration,” the exponential increase in human activity in recent decades and its impact on the environment, particularly since the development of nuclear weapons. Composed of work from Professor Bauer’s sabbatical last year, this exhibit offers a strong portrayal of the intensity and urgency of the climate crisis.

Above: A section of a timeline that shows the development of climate science and major events relating to the discovery and response to growing climate issues.

In the Godschlax Gallery, In Our Hands, offers a continuation of the discussion on climate change. Each picture conveys one line of text alongside powerful images of the environment and industrialization. Read left to right, they reveal a strong message and a call to action – “Our fate is in our hands.”

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Be sure not to miss a couple of exciting events related to this exhibition! Come and hear the 2019-20 Killeen Fellows, Brandon Bauer, Angel Saavedra, and Wendy Scattergood present “Consensus, Civility, and Polarization in the Climate Change Debate,” a panel discussion on the tensions of scientific and political debate surrounding climate change. This presentation, which is sponsored by the Killeen Chair, St. Norbert College, will be held in Bush Art Center 130 on Feb. 6 from 5-6. Afterwards, a reception for the exhibition will be held in the galleries on Feb. 6 from 6-7:30.

Fragments of the Acceleration runs Jan. 27 – Feb. 21 in the Baer and Godschalx Galleries.