Oct. 10, 2006
"Fauns, Heroes, and Gods,” a series of character sketches by Sioux City artist Steven Blenderman, is currently on display through Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library Center, 1601 Morningside Avenue, on the campus of Morningside College.
An artist’s reception is slated for Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the learning center gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The exhibit contains sketches and quick artist’s studies of gods, goddesses, heroes and non-heroes, some of which have been developed on a larger scale into drawings and paintings. The sketches were originally intended to serve as story boards for models.
“I almost always drew my major works from live models and these small representations assisted in helping the model to understand what I wished to attain,” said Blenderman. “After many years of considering them no more than doodles, I realized that in themselves they possessed an immediacy, a vibrancy that was never lost in the more accomplished drawings inspired by them.”
Blenderman, a Morningside alumnus, is a partner in the architectural consulting firm of Blenderman-Hoefling Design, designers of the Roth Fountain on Historic 4th Street in downtown Sioux City. He specializes in oil painting and life drawings and has completed hundreds of studies dealing with various subject matter from Biblical to classical mythology and diverse studies of the human form.
Blenderman, a Sioux City native, lived and worked as an artist for 13 years in Berlin, London, and Paris before returning to the United States. He studied at the University of Iowa before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Morningide in 1991. His work has been exhibited and is held in private collections in Europe, Asia, and the United States.