Grace College is displaying the art exhibition of Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design and Program Director of Media Art Aaron Winey titled “FREE!” Photo Provided.
Grace College is displaying the art exhibition of Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design and Program Director of Media Art Aaron Winey titled “FREE!” Photo Provided.
WINONA LAKE — Grace College is displaying the art exhibition of Aaron Winey, assistant professor of visual communication design and program director of media art.

The display, titled “FREE!” features a progressive series of clay tablets created through experimentation in flat clay forms and ceramic glaze combinations. The exhibit will run from Wednesday, Jan. 11 to Feb. 3 at the Art Gallery of Mount Memorial Hall, 1 Lancer Way, Winona Lake, according to a news release from Grace College.

“This artwork exemplifies multifaceted creativity,” said Kim M. Reiff, chair of the Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts. “While Professor Winey is known for his visual skills in creating logos, brand identity and multimedia design, his work in clay expresses another aspect of his aesthetic talent. The journey of the clay tile continues for the viewer beyond the narrative of the artist. The viewer is invited to participate in an unexpected discovery that allows a new story of the clay to begin.”

Winey’s exhibit highlights work that purposefully pushes the boundaries of his commercial practice as a career designer. The progressive display of more than 130 clay tablets showcases the iterative nature of a free creative process and challenges the limits of commercial utility that many career designers place on their creative abilities.

Prior to his academic career at Grace College, which began in 2015, Winey worked as a graphic designer for DePuy Orthopedics, Todd Allen Design and Da-Lite Screen Company before founding Winona Lake-based Blue Note Design. He received his Bachelor of Science from Grace College and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts with a focus in Visual Communication Design.

Winey will give an artist talk in the Mount Memorial Art Gallery on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. The community is invited to attend the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from Wednesday, Jan. 11 to Feb. 3. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Grace College Department of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts at 574-372-5100 ext. 6022 or email [email protected] The exhibit is ADA accessible.

For more information about the Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts, visit www.grace.edu/academics/undergraduate/academic-schools-departments/sc/department-of-visual-performing-and-media-arts/.