Will Hildebrandt’s “People, Places and Things” featured in Ray Frederick Gallery
Monday / February 10, 2020
Le Grand artist Will Hildebrandt will share a display of his artwork in MCC’s Ray Frederick Gallery, room 306, on the Marshalltown Community College campus. The Hildebrandt exhibit opens with a reception from 12:15 to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and will be on display through noon Friday, March 27.
Hildebrandt discovered his love for art quite by mistake. When he was a junior in high school in Tripoli, IA he took art thinking it was a fluff class. It was the first time it was offered in his high school. “There was just a spark that I had with art. It just happened. My instructor was very helpful and encouraged me to continue what I was doing and it was fun,” commented Hildebrandt.
Pursuing art, Hildebrandt received his BA in Art and Art Education from Wartburg College and then his MA in painting from University of Northern Iowa. He instilled his love of art through teaching for twenty-eight years at East Marshall. When asked what he enjoyed about teaching art he said, “The kids were great. They could come in and feel comfortable in my room, a refuge for them.” Hildebrandt’s hope, is that he instilled in his past students a view of looking at things in different ways. Many of his students continued on to be art teachers, professional artists, art therapist and tattooists.
Hildebrandt’s show “People, Places and Things,” will be his third show at MCC. He will feature paintings created with pastels, color pencil, acrylic, wood cut and other mixed media. “I really like the gallery atmosphere that MCC offers. It’s a great place to display your work.”
Painting on a daily basis Hildebrandt creates pieces of places he has been and people he has met. He takes influence in his art from the impressionists and going outside and painting. “You see the world a little differently than in a studio painting.”
In his display at MCC, Hildebrandt hopes people take away some of what he has seen and things they may have missed. “My images have elements of mystery and the human condition. My subjects vary from a collapsing farm house to the despair shared by many people around the world. A recurring theme in my art could be labeled “discards,” or an empathetic view of the subjects upon which society has place little value.”
The Ray Frederick Gallery is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. The gallery will be closed the week of March 9-13 for Spring Break. Some of Hildebrandt’s artwork on display will be for sale. For more information contact MCC Art Professor Tim Castle at 641-844-5776 or Tim.Castle@iavalley.edu.