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Light+Form+Color: The Intersection of Landscape and Abstraction

August 24 - October 9, 2020

Chicago native John Fennell has been a painter for more than 35 years and now works in Columbia out of Orr Street Studios.  After graduating from Northern Illinois University, he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago and then studied privately with artists Milford Zornes and Gianni Cilfoni. He later earned a master's degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has exhibited in Chicago and Milwaukee, as well as in St. Louis, Kansas City, Fulton, Ashland and Columbia, Missouri. His work is in many private and corporate collections. He recently retired as a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism where he taught magazine writing, design and publishing for 13 years. Before teaching, he was a journalist and editor. A former newspaper reporter, he assisted the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Mike Royko at the Chicago Daily News. For seven years he was the editor of the international design journal, Step-By-Step Graphics before becoming editor-in-chief of the award-winning monthly, Milwaukee Magazine.