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Spotlight Shines On Visionary Video Artist

The very first exclusive survey of the video work by acclaimed artist and Illinois State University graduate Terry Adkins is on view at the University Galleries in Normal. 

*Senior Curator Kendra Paitz said it was time to focus on Adkins' deserving video works.  The artist works in many media, but this is his first exclusively video survey.

*Adkins believed art could be a force for change.

*Soldier, Shepherd, Prophet, Martyr: Videos from 1998 - 2013 shows Adkins as a multifaceted artist who used video to explore historical figures whom he felt were immortal, such as Beethoven, John Brown and Jimi Hendrix.

*Adkins liked to focus on lesser known aspects of his subject's history, delving into surprising facts and spinning them into art.

*Many of the videos produced by Adkins were specific to a particular art exhibition and were used in conjunction with other media, such as sculpture.

*Some of Adkins videos contain little or no sound, but contain compelling imagery.  Paitz said the artist was a deft editor of his works.

*Adkins was inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., both were pacifists and putting them together in a piece was a natural fit.  That work is called Flumen Orationis.

*The exhibition remains up at the University Galleries through April 3rd.

Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.