‘Giant Size Comics’ opens tomorrow at the WIU Art Gallery

Photo from Western Illinois University

Texas artist Christopher Troutman will have a solo exhibition, “Giant Size Comics,” on display from Tuesday, Oct. 25-Friday, Dec. 9 at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery.

A reception for the artist will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the gallery. The artist will speak about their work at 5 p.m.

Born in Kansas City, MO, and raised in Peoria, IL, Troutman has lived in Beaumont, TX since 2013, where he teaches all levels of drawing at Lamar University. In 2003, Troutman received a BFA from Bradley University, then moved to Japan, where he and his wife opened a conversational English school.

While living in Kagoshima City in 2005, he was the first foreign resident of Kagoshima to be awarded the Grand Prize at the 52nd Kagoshima Prefectural Art Exhibition. After completing an MFA in drawing and painting at California State University, Long Beach in 2008, Troutman taught in at Eastern Kentucky University, Vincennes University and Eastern Illinois University.

He has had solo exhibitions in Japan and the U.S., and, in 2014, Troutman was awarded the Grand Prize (Paris Prize) at the 66th Miyanichi Comprehensive Art Exhibition in Miyazaki Prefecture. He and his family return to Japan annually.

Admission to the exhibit is open free to the public.

For more information about the Gallery, visit wiu.edu/artgallery.