Concord Prof Exhibits Artwork at Tamarack

For Immediate Release: 
Jul 17 2006

Concord Prof Exhibits Artwork at Tamarack

Athens, W.Va. – Five pieces of art by Mr. Jack Sheffler, assistant professor of art at Concord University, have been accepted and will be shown in the “Serendipitous” show at the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery at Tamarack in Beckley through Sunday, September 10.

“My art tells a story through layers, says Sheffler. “Whether working in representational collage or the abstract, I create multiple layers in my paintings that invite the viewer to question what is revealed versus what is concealed.

“The process employs creation and then partial destruction of each work, which leads to a rebuilding effort. I intentionally distress the surface and peel away portions of early layers to reveal a bit of text, a hidden image or texture. The layers of paint and these partially obscured elements allow the viewer to script their own meaning for each piece.

“The collage works present pictorial language. I gather materials from a variety of sources, favoring found objects, grave rubbings, antique ephemera, my own drawings and photography as well as other unusual imagery. The collected elements may seem quite disparate at first, but their connection is revealed as the collage progresses.

“Inspiration for my abstract compositions is all around me so I often carry a digital camera to record various architectural or natural settings that are appealing. These images form a rough basis for my work although I find that each piece tends to evolve in the most unexpected and surprising way.

“I find that art is a metaphor for life in that the most unlikely elements somehow work together to create the whole. I am striving to evoke a visceral reaction from the viewer, tugging at submerged memories of their own life experience and then leaving each person to fill in the blanks on an individual level,” he concluded.

Sheffler is from Pittsburgh, Pa., and teaches studio art and art history at Concord. He received his B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.F.A. from Northwestern University.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. Sheffler is exhibiting with 15 other artists representing a wide variety of artistic styles.

For more information about the show, e-mail


PHOTO: Jack Sheffler stands near his art.