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IU Northwest gallery features ‘Louis Greer 1984-2011’ sculpture exhibit until August 19

Sculptor Louis Greer expresses social commentary, humor in pieces

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The Indiana University Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana community are invited to view the pieces of local sculptor Louis Greer in the Gallery for Contemporary Art.

The “Louis Greer 1984-2011” exhibit runs through August 19. A reception is planned for 12 to 2 p.m., Thursday, July 28.

A retired art teacher, Greer was born in East Chicago and was raised and settled in Dyer. Working in the boilermaker trade for 10 years gave rise to his artistic endeavors, which he began soon after earning his art degree.

On display in the gallery are 22 pieces in cast bronze, welded metal and mixed media. The collection consists of wall hangings, floor pieces and pieces on pedestals. Each piece has its own unique story to tell, replete with social commentary and even humor. Some are depictions of Greer’s dreams.

“I have always had an underlying curiosity about our natural environment,” Greer said in his artist’s statement. “This love of nature and our relationship to it combined with the technical process of welding and casting provide the foundation for my sculpture. My goal is to give life to the primal forms I create. This happens when the emotional and/or intuitive sensitivity of a piece merge with the physical qualities of a given material. Surrealism, expressionism, and in general, non-Western art, have had a major influence on my work.”

The IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is located in the Savannah Center neighboring the IU Northwest Book Store.

The mission of the IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art is to present an innovative exhibition program that complements and enhances the university’s academic offerings. Exhibit art collections are for study and research, and are also meant to educate the university community and general public about the forms and issues of contemporary and historic art from all cultures.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Ann Fritz at (219) 980-6891 or e-mail


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