Gilmor, Van Allen multimedia exhibit opens Jan. 20 at Cornell

Jane Gilmor and David Van Allen, friends and colleagues for many years, have created a joint exhibit for Cornell College’s Peter Paul Luce Gallery that opens Jan. 20, 2020.

Breakfast on Pluto_Jane Gilmor
“Breakfast on Pluto” assemblage by Jane Gilmor.

Gilmor and Van Allen both taught art at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. Their joint exhibit, “Jane Gilmor & David Van Allen: Multi-Media,” runs Jan. 20–March 1, 2020, and they will be onsite for an Artists’ Reception and Gallery Talk on Friday, Jan. 24, from 4–6 p.m. 

Peter Paul Luce Gallery is in McWethy Hall, home of Cornell’s art department, and is open 9 a.m.–4 p.m. weekdays and 2–4 p.m. Sundays.

Gilmor is an intermedia artist based in Cedar Rapids. For the past 35 years her artistic practice has focused on social issues, found situations, and psychological narrative. She creates sculptures, videos, and performances, and is a pioneer in the area of community-based public work, collaborating with individuals in hospitals and homeless shelters. 

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and awarded NEA Artist’s Fellowships, a McKnight Interdisciplinary Fellowship, and residency fellowships in Ireland, Italy, London, and at The MacDowell Colony, among others. In 2004, she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Evora in Evora, Portugal.

Jon Berger-2019_David Van Allen
David Van Allen’s 2019 assemblage “Jon Berger.”

Gilmor’s work resides in numerous collections including the Des Moines Art Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art library, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Her work also appears in books including Barbara Love’s “Feminists who Changed America 1963-1975,” Lucy Lippard’s “Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory,” and Broude and Gerrard’s “The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s, History and Impact.” 

Van Allen is professor emeritus of art at Mount Mercy University, where he taught photography, design, art history, and Introduction to Art for 29 years. He’s been a commercial photographer since the early 1990s and a fine artist since the late 1970s. 

Van Allen works in both film and digital media. His artwork is almost exclusively portraiture, made of multiple image collage assemblage. He travels extensively—especially to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, England, Germany, Egypt, Prague, Khartoum, Istanbul, Tbilisi, and Georgia—and collects many of his subjects while abroad.