A Brush with Greatness

Shelton to be Featured in Abstraction + Love Exhibition

Marquette Art Teacher Adds Lubeznik Center for the Arts Showing to Already-Crowded Resume

His work has been described as quirky, marvelous, and even whimsical. And before the end of the month, Edwin P. Shelton’s latest masterpiece will be on display in Michigan City for all to admire.

Shelton, who balances a full-time teaching load that includes a dual-credit course with a buzzing career as an artist, will be featured at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ Abstraction + Love exhibition beginning Monday, October 30th.

Abstraction + Love provides a taste of several contemporary Midwestern artists who have channeled abstraction in the 21st century. Shelton is one of six artists whose work will be highlighted.

“Each artist has developed a personal artistic language using varied art-making materials, experimentation, upbeat optimism and a big dose of love,” the Lubeznik Center for the Arts boasted in a release.

A burgeoning presence in the Midwest art scene, Shelton has had his work showcased at Indiana University Northwest, South Shore Arts in Munster, South Bend Museum of Art, Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, and Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart. He was also the subject of a PBS Eye on the Arts special.

This latest achievement, though, may very well be Shelton’s magnum opus.

“The Abstraction + Love Exhibition is the highlight of my artistic career so far. I will have a site-specific sculpture on the second floor under the skylight. It is taking me months to complete it. I enjoy balancing my studio time with teaching at Marquette Catholic High School,” he said.

The Abstraction + Love Exhibition opens October 30th and runs through February 10th, 2024. Shelton will be available between 5-8 pm on Friday, November 3rd during the Abstraction + Love Opening Ceremony inside the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City.