Susan Coleman art on display Oct. 28

Pastels and paintings by Mount Vernon, Iowa, artist Susan Coleman will be on display Oct. 28-Dec. 13 in Preus Library on the Luther College campus.

The exhibit, "Points of Departure in the Landscape," will be hung on the main and upper floors of the library and is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Coleman sees her work as a meditation, drawing on her memories, questions, and attempts to settle her ever-shifting perceptions. The artist says her goal is to go beyond the merely scenic aspect of landscape.

"Through drawing and painting within the open-ended themes of landscape I cultivate awareness of my own inner wildness, as it echoes the wider world," she said.

Coleman draws inspiration for her work from spending time walking in landscapes, often with her dog and a camera, taking pictures to capture the images that will later be interpreted into a multilayer visual of the scenery.

"The process engages all my senses and I feel more often than not that I was made for this practice. When I'm working, I linger with an awareness of nature as a living presence, embodying source, refuge, and great unknown. The larger theme of landscape provides many points of departure and return," Coleman said.

Coleman's work placed third in the 2013 Iowa Pastel Society Conference and first in the 2002 President's Best Competition at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum in West Branch, Iowa. 

Coleman's work has been showcased in more than 20 solo shows and more than 40 group exhibitions.

Coleman has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing from Webster University, a Master of Arts degree in drawing and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Iowa. She has taught at the University of Northern Iowa, Kirkwood Community College and Dartmouth College. Coleman currently serves as gallery coordinator and lecturer in art at Cornell College.