"Impressions of Campus," an exhibition of University of Northern Colorado Professor Sieger Hartgers' depictions of the UNC campus, will kick off the spring semester exhibit season Jan. 19 in the School of Art and Design's Mariani Gallery in Guggenheim Hall. Siegers will talk about his work during an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Hartgers' 16 scenic interpretations include photorealistic paintings, drawings and monotypes that collectively shine a beautiful light onto campus life.
Hartgers' process entails a combination of plein air (the act of painting outdoors or in "open air") sketches and photographs to initially inform each composition. He then takes liberty in inserting his own impressions or slight alterations in each, electing to add or remove objects such as a figure, tree or vehicle. Hartgers' work does however, maintain architectural "truth" to buildings on campus, celebrating and preserving UNC's design that is familiar to staff, faculty and communities of past and present.
Hartgers says that although the work strays from his traditional abstract portrayal of subject matter, his attitude to exploring color, form and line remains. Like his other bodies of work, Hartgers likened creating each composition to that of composing a musical piece; arranging and blending forms to echo his sensory experiences of the everyday.
The exhibition will run through Feb. 28. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.
Hartgers leads the printmaking program for UNC's School of Art and Design. He holds a fine arts degree in drawing and printmaking from Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in The Netherlands, his native country, and bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts from UNC. He was recently honored as the 2016 Colorado Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, an award that recognizes outstanding and exemplary service and contributions to art education in Colorado.
Hartgers is the subject of a profile in the current issue of UNC Magazine.