• Echo Staff

New Art Exhibit At Olivet College

Olivet College presents “Plain + Simple Geometry” by Patricia A. Bender, Nov. 4 through Dec. at the Kresge Foundation Art Gallery, inside the Riethmiller Blackman Art Building. A reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Bender is a photo-based visual artist living and working in New Jersey and Michigan. She began studying photography in the early 2000s. She works exclusively in the darkroom with black and white media, and she personally creates each image from the moment it is conceived through the finished gelatin silver print. She recently added drawing to her artistic practice.

Bender has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally and her work is held in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Michigan State University, as well as many other public, corporate and private collections.

“From the first day I began to make photographs seriously, I was drawn to creating abstract images. Using black and white film, I initially photographed in the manner of Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, seeking the abstract in reality: weatherworn rocks, torn bits of paper stapled to telephone poles, bare twigs breaching deep snow,” Bender said.

“meditation on love + grief no. 040621″, graphite pencil on sketch paper, 12″x9”, 2021

“In this exhibition, I hope to show how my work has evolved over the past 15 years, from film to paper, camera to sketch pad, darkroom printing to drawing, always exploring the limits and possibilities of these tools of art making in creating abstract work.”

For information, contact Gary Wertheimer, professor of art, at 269-749-7627.


The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.