On behalf of the Evansville Museum’s Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers and members, it is my distinct pleasure to thank artist J. Steven Manolis for sharing his unique talents and abundant creative energy with our community. The collection of dynamic, color saturated paintings that Manolis has produced for his exhibition “Elevating Color: Connecting the Dots” speaks to his love of life and exuberance in art-making.
When we met, Steven explained to me that his purpose as an artist was to evoke beauty, happiness and emotions through his art. His Constructions—the installation of multiple canvases as one large scale work of art—explore in one or more colors the artist’s interest in eliciting an emotional response in the viewer. The resultant monumental paintings are a triumph!
This major solo exhibition, sure to engage and delight museum visitors, is mounted with the generous support of John D. and Stephanie Engelbrecht. We thank them for their commitment to bringing the best examples of contemporary American art to our community. It is our hope, through the presentation of this exhibition, a wider public will have the pleasure of discovering the treasures that this artist’s eye and heart so vividly have informed.
— Mary McNamee Bower, The John Streetman Executive Director