Monochrome Plus: Guy Chase

Date Monday, January 31
through Sunday, March 13, 2011
Location Olson Gallery

Event Description

Bethel University Galleries is pleased to present a retrospective of Guy Chase's prolific painting career. The exhibition, which will span both the Olson and Johnson Galleries, shows work in which he dialogues with the idea of monochrome painting, or painting in which creative choices have been severely limited. His series of white paintings, or paintings which replicate the look of projection screens will dominate the Olson Gallery. Yellow paintings or altered legal pad paintings, and pale green paintings which reconstruct the format of ledger paper will be shown in the Johnson Gallery. Altered paint-by-number paintings, and other recent work with found photographs, graph paper, and grids will fill in the rest of the exhibition. 

In addition to the exhibition, a 150-page monograph of Chase's work with essay's by James Romaine, Joel Sheesley, Theodore Prescott, Albert Pedulla and Wayne Roosa will be available in the Spring through Square Halo Books.

About the Artist

Guy Chase studied art at Bethel University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the seventies, receiving his BA and MFA degrees respectively. He immediately took a teaching position in the art department at Greenville College, a small Free Methodist school in central Illinois. He continued there until 2001, as art history teacher, department chair and coordinator of the two-dimensional art program. After designing the computer and graphic design curriculum there, he was hired by his alma mater, Bethel University, to do something similar with Bethel's graphic design program.

In 1984, after participating in several juried group shows, including Chicago Works On Paper-Abstraction, at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chase was invited to exhibit new paintings on book pages at the Timothy Burns Gallery in St. Louis.  Subsequently he participated in several other group shows and many solo exhibitions at small colleges and universities across the country. In 1996, the Forum for Contemporary Art (now St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum) mounted a 15 year retrospective of his painting. St. Louis Post-Dispatch art critic Robert Duffy drew this conclusion from the show: "Everywhere there is evidence of the collision of a muscular intellect with powerful spirituality: the work of a painter who, under the sway of an idiosyncratic theology, is a priest as well."

Chase has continued to exhibit his painting, mostly in university settings across the country. In 2001 he was granted an artist residency at the Tryon (now McColl) Art Center in Charlotte, NC. He also received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study art and architecture in Moscow, Russia. Other travels include London, Paris, Athens, Italy and Israel.

As a long-time member of the international organization Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), in 2009 he was the recipient of the Edward Knippers Award for Painting described as the "award given for distinction in painting in keeping with the purposes of CIVA to encourage the highest possible artistic achievement along with a commitment to share ideas and work in a spirit that fosters trust and cooperation between those in the arts, the church, and the culture."

Born in Anaheim, CA and having lived in the San Francisco Bay area, and in a Chicago suburb, and then 20 years in central Illinois, he now resides in St. Paul, MN. He is the father of two adult daughters and one granddaughter.

He cites among the many influences on his life and work, his Christian upbringing, and being introduced to Zen Buddhism in a high school literature class. The writings of Annie Dillard, especially For the Time Being, the art of Jasper Johns, Robert Gober and Steve Heilmer have all served to inspire him. He also expresses gratitude for his parents, friends and family who have been extremely important sources of support and encouragement.

Show Events

Guy Chase Artist Talk
February 4
6 p.m.
The Underground, Brushaber Commons, 2nd Floor

James Romaine Lecture
February 25
6 p.m.
Eastlund Room, CLC Building, 2nd Floor

Wayne Roosa Lecture
March 10
6 p.m.
Eastlund Room, CLC Building, 2nd Floor


Michelle Westmark
Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art