Spinning Straw into Gold: New Work by Linda Vredeveld

“Longing–Above Water,” 2017, oil on canvas, 48″ x 56″

October 19 – November 19, 2021
Spinning Straw into Gold: New Work by Linda Vredeveld
Opening reception: Tuesday, October 19, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Artist’s Talk: Tuesday, October 19, 8:00 p.m., Wanamaker Hall

Linda Vredeveld is an artist whose work has spanned personal themes of coming of age, motherhood, the female body, fantasies, sense of self, fear of cancer, and menopause, all through the lens of Feminism and cultural critique.
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, Vredeveld graduated from Calvin College (BFA) and earned her MFA degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having early career representation in Chicago galleries Lyons Weir and Gwenda Jay, with moves that took her from Michigan to Albuquerque, she settled in the St. Louis metro area in 1998 where she continues to live and work. She has taught many adjunct courses in studio art and has a large community of successful students from over the years.

2021 brought Vredeveld three solo exhibitions: “Glass Slipper and a Hot Flash” at (Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s) High Low in St. Louis, “Princess Probs” at Southwestern Illinois College’s Schmidt Art Center, and “Spinning Straw into Gold” at Principia College in Elsah, IL. Other recent solo shows have been at The Bermuda Project in Ferguson, Blackburn College, and Knox College. In 2017 she was a finalist in CAMSTL’s Great Rivers Biennial. She has been awarded residencies at Ragdale and at Ox-Bow (SAIC). Her work is in the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program Artist Registry. She has been in many group exhibitions, including Think Small at the Illinois State Museum, the Exposure series at the University of Missouri – St. Louis’ Gallery 210, Mama at Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, and New Talent at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids. Her work has been reviewed in the Chicago Reader, Dialogue, the Chicago Tribune, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Vredeveld lives with her husband, Eric Shultis, also an artist, in Alton, IL. They have two children – Arlo Shultis, a classical percussionist, and Zora Vredeveld, a performing artist.


Jane Barrow in Conversation with Cheryl Wassenaar
September 7 – October 9, 2021

“Terminal Pattern,” 2014, oil on panel, 30″ x 40″, artist: Jane Barrow
“February 28, Part II WSJ,” 2021, manipulated newspaper, digital print on aluminum, (original photo credit: Agence France-Presse, Getty Images) artist: Cheryl Wassenaar

Jane Barrow, artist

Initially trained as a figurative painter, Jane Barrow’s interests cross between observation and invention, with much of her work directed to the study of stillness in relation to motion. An earlier body of work focused on biological forms understood in the context of an engineering field known as fluid dynamics. Her fascination with integrating texts and diagrams into paintings continues in her current landscapes that draw upon the imagery of warfare.

Barrow received her MFA in painting from Indiana University in Bloomington and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She has shown nationally and internationally with work in the collection of John Mellencamp, the Muscarelle Museum of Art (Williamsburg, VA), Lungwha University (Taipei, Taiwan), PNC Financial Services Group (Pittsburgh, PA), Ameren, and Private Bank (St. Louis, MO), to name a few.  Barrow has been represented by the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, MO and Chicago, IL and has been a repeat resident at the Vermont Studio Center and Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Providence, Rhode Island. She recently retired as Professor and Head of Painting at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she taught for twenty-five years in the areas of drawing, painting and two-dimensional design and theory.

Barrow lives and works in the historic Benton Park neighborhoods of St. Louis. Barrow’s website.

Cheryl Wassenaar, artist

Cheryl Wassenaar is a visual artist who investigates language as a system of meaning that is dependent upon arrangement and context. Wassenaar’s object-based pieces work with found commercial signage, repurposing the discarded wood into visual metaphors of failed communication that borrow from the language of modernist painting, contemporary advertising, and technology. Her latest body of work uses sign-maker’s vinyl alongside manipulated objects, sound, and video to activate environments in site-specific installations, often collaborating with a writer or poet. The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs, a collaborative multi-media exhibition with Stephanie Schlaifer, was awarded an Artistic Innovations grant in 2018 by the Mid America Arts Alliance.

Wassenaar earned her BFA from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and her MFA from the University of Cincinnati. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally, appearing in over fifty group and solo exhibitions. Her corporate commissions include Camden Real Estate headquarters in Houston, Fidelity Investments in Boston, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids. Wassenaar currently serves as an Associate Professor of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, where she researches and gives lectures on the visual and cultural impact of color. She is represented by LongView Gallery in Washington, D.C. For more information view Wassenaar’s site.

Gallery Update

The physical space of the James K. Schmidt Gallery will be open to the Principia community and to the public for the 2021-2022 academic year, beginning with the opening reception for the first exhibition on September 7, 2021.  Any Covid-related protocols that may be reinstated by the state of Illinois and/or Principia College must be followed.

Gallery Update

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the gallery is closed until further notice. This includes the remainder of the exhibition, “From the Surface: Paintings by Thomas Paquett.” Please check back for updates on our remaining exhibitions. Thank you for your support.