Prairie State Professors Tap Their Artistic Side

Chicago Heights , IL—(ENEWSPF)—Professor of Information Technology Shelly Hokanson teaches classes such as Computer Forensics, Technology of e-Commerce, and Introduction to Web site Development. While one can frequently find her researching the hottest new trends on the Web, she is more than just a “computer geek.”

Hokanson enjoys photography and frequently takes photos. One of Hokanson’s photographs, “Bunny Nose,” is on display at the Union Street Gallery’s Whiskers & Tails exhibition, which runs through July 30.

“I’m very excited to be a part of Whiskers & Tails,” said Hokanson. “The Union Street Gallery is a wonderful place, full of good vibes, good people, and good art.”

While this is her first gallery show, she has had two photographs published online. One was featured in the Schmap.com Seattle Guide, Fourth Edition, and the other was published on the LifeTakesVisa.com Web site in the “Rock and Roll Fantasy Tour” section sponsored by RollingStone.com.

“I’ve learned a lot through this experience and am inspired by it to continue on,” said Hokanson.

Hokanson isn’t the only Prairie State College professor who has a passion for art. John Lim, professor of heating and air conditioning, has been painting and sculpting for more than 40 years. His work is the subject of a one man show, Marg in April: A John Lim Retrospective, which is currently on display through July 17, in the Prairie State College Christopher Art Gallery.

The exhibit is a tribute to Lim’s wife, Margie Lim. Marg comes from her nickname, while April was chosen because it is the month of her birthday. Some of the sculpture pieces in the show utilize typical elements found in heating and air conditioning but are transformed into mixed media work.

“Growing up, he shared his zest for life and art with me,” said Megan Lim, Professor Lim’s daughter. “A walk thought his current gallery exhibit is a walk by his side, and one will see the various influences and exploration in media.”

To view Lim’s exhibition, hours for the Christopher Art Gallery are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment to visit the gallery, contact the Prairie State College Foundation at (708) 709-3636.