Canal photography and Elizabeth Kowats’ work on display

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I & M Canal Photography and Elizabeth Kowats’ work on display at Lewis University Art Gallery

Published: November 1, 2013.

Two exhibits will be on display in the Lewis University Art Gallery from Nov.1-Dec. 2 on the Main Campus in Romeoville. They include “Art Exhibition by Elizabeth Kowats” and “The Chemist and the Canal: Dolan Eargle’s I & M Canal Views” by Dolan Eargle.” The free exhibits are open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends.

A public reception for both exhibits will be held 7-9 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Art Gallery. It is free and open to the public.

Starting her training at Lewis University, Elizabeth Kowats has been an artist for over 20 years. She can often be found in a studio at the Lillstreet Art Center where she spends much of her time refining her artistic skills and learning new techniques. Her main body of work is primarily comprised of oil painting, but her range includes pottery, metal crafts and glassblowing. Kowats finds her inspiration in the colors and beauty found in nature and in the world around her. She strives to capture the vibrancy of the sky, water, mountains and cityscapes in her pieces. Kowats hopes that through her artwork others will experience the feelings of awe, which nature inspires.

Dr. Dennis Cremin, director of the Lewis University History Center and history professor, will present a free illustrated Gallery Talk placing the photographs in the context of the I & M Canal history from 3-4 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Art Gallery.

The collection of photographs by Dolan Eargle captures the Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor 45 years ago. Professionally, Eargle was an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1962-1968. He was known for his guidebook on California railroads in 1978, and he continuously updated two historic guidebooks to the Indians of California.

More information is available about the Art Gallery and exhibits by contacting Natalie Swain, Art Gallery coordinator, at

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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