Dennis Morris - Painting and Sculpture
May 21, 1943 - May 22, 2016
Making art and teaching about art has been part of my life for nearly 70 years. My Mother loved to share a story about one of my earlier art works. In this story I’m proudly showing a crayon drawing composed of two parallel lines. Someone asked what my art work was and I replied “a train”. When questioned further about the absent train I said the train is on the way.
Such was my earliest recollection of art making. My journey as an artist is a twisted path of positives and negatives. Looking back I can see how even the most negative things ended up with a positive spin. At one point I was going to become a “Blue Chip Artist,” the super artist whose work is sought after by folks who would collect everything I made. I was producing and selling art but loosing vital contact time with my wife and children. Around this time my bread and butter job (teaching) changed. I had taught secondary art for 16 years but with a bond referendum failure and the promised cuts to the fine arts I was suddenly without a job. I was told to wait because a position would open up. My new position included teaching 3 to 21 year old students with developmental disabilities. This new assignment challenged many of my ideas about art and art making. “How can Johnny draw when he can not hold a pencil” was a title of one of many workshops I conducted for parents, educators, artists and caregivers.
Over time I have adjusted to the fact that I will not be a “Blue Chip Artist” but simply an artist who wants to share the joy of making and experiencing art.
SAA Collective Gallery
420 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Located in the H.D. Smith Gallery
In the Hoogland Center for the Arts
Tuesday - Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday - Saturday NOON - 7 PM
SAA Main Campus
School of Art (Studios),
Michael Victor II Art Library,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM