2015 SWIC Art Faculty Show – Interview #7

Our exhibition of artwork by the art faculty of Southwestern Illinois College is now open through February 26th. Sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawing, digital images, photography, and mixed media all show the diversity and talent of the faculty artists. 

The faculty is not spared from our intern Kailey’s interviews. Below, Don Bevirt answers her questions.

Don Bevirt's "Technological Singularity", digital drawing

Don Bevirt’s “Technological Singularity”, digital drawing

When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
I have always wanted to create images, even as a very young man I made photographs.

What inspires you the most?
I really enjoy the act of photography that is the capture of the image and the translation to paper. I try very hard to “see” with different eyes.

What is your current favorite medium?
I have been using my iPhone and really am intrigued by the spontaneity!

When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
Usually Classic Rock or Cool Jazz

What piece are you most proud of?
I am not finished yet, so I like various aspects of most of my images.

Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
Being the best I can be. Artist, husband, father, friend…

Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
No! If I show it I like it!

Don Bevirt's "Clearing Storm, Lake Carlyle,"  photographic digital print

Don Bevirt’s
“Clearing Storm, Lake Carlyle,”
photographic digital print

What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
That some appreciate my art!

The worst?
For someone to make no comment at all.

What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
Extend my vision and grow as an artist!

What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?

If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?
Edward Weston! He had a singular purpose to his life and work.

Thanks again to Don for answering our questions!

Posted by Jessica Mannisi, assistant curator

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