The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents “Water, Water Everywhere,” a solo show with recent paintings and drawings by artist Laura M. Coyle. The virtual exhibit will be featured through Dec. 13 on the Ferguson Gallery website.

“Without water, our beautiful planet would dry up or drown in rising tides,” says Coyle. “As one who has always lived within a mile of Lake Michigan, I have a deep respect for our Great Lakes and hope I have honored them with my show.”

Coyle, a Chicago-based fine artist and graphic designer, has displayed her work in both solo and group shows throughout Illinois and nationally for more than three decades. Many of her pieces are in private collections in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland. Coyle holds a BFA in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a graphic designer, she has worked in print and digital publishing for both trade and consumer magazines. Her design business has expanded her portfolio to include event planning, nonprofit work, book illustration, banners, newsletters and annual reports. Coyle has also won several awards for her designs. Over the past 10 years, she has served on the committee for the Irish American Hall of Fame as art director and graphic designer.

“Coyle’s work is representational but not superrealism. She uses a vibrant color palette and lively brushwork, which adds to the energy portrayed in her works and the very surface of some of the paintings,” says BettyAnn Mocek, professor of art and director of the Ferguson Gallery. “It is exciting to have her artworks shown and to see an artist’s use of a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, graphite, oil pastels, color pencil and watercolors. It also inspires our students to see how realistic it is to live a well-rounded life in the visual arts. This show has something for everyone.” 

The online exhibition is one of the ways Concordia University Chicago is bringing the arts, including music and theater, to the community as the pandemic continues to affect campus life. The Ferguson Art Gallery is closed to in-person visits by the public at this time. For more information, visit CUChicago.edu/ferguson or call 708-209-3013.