The Department of Art at Linfield College is pleased to present Truth in Materials, an exhibition by visiting artist Deb Wheeler in the Nils Lou Gallery in the Miller Fine Art Center. The exhibit will be on view from March 14 through March 28, with an artist talk on March 14 at 4:45 in the Nicholson Library viewing room, followed by an opening reception in the Miller Fine Art Center from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m.


Statement from the Artist:

Objects, in certain contexts, have the ability to either free or oppress us. By re-appropriating American culture through found objects, I question social, political and cultural issues about sex, gender identity and marginalized groups. A form of semiotic manipulation occurs through the re-contextualization of objects and their conventional spaces. As the signifier is removed from preconceived material frameworks, shifting context exposes charged meaning behind ordinary objects. The viewer begins to perceive my reconstructed objects and environments through a new signified idea or sign. Thus, creating a poetic metaphor that is both strangely familiar and jarringly awakening. The concept of each sculpture or installation is critical in determining material choice, site specificity, and aesthetic direction. My intentions are to reveal and illuminate a hidden cultural agenda that subjugates individuals and perpetuates false stereotypical norms that accompany sex and gender identity.


About the Artist:

Deborah Alma Wheeler has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had pieces collected by museums and galleries, including Tom of Finland’s TOM House located in West Hollywood California and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana. Along with exhibitions, Deborah presented her work abroad in 2012 at the “Lesbian Lives” interdisciplinary conference in Dublin, Ireland and The Erotic: Gender and Sexuality conference at the University of Oxford. Deborah received her Master of Fine Arts from Michigan State University specializing in sculpture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in sculpture and a minor in art history from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as well as her Bachelor of Science with an emphasis on K-12 Art Education. Currently, Deborah lives and works in the St. Louis Missouri metro area and is a contracted artist/fabricator/instructor at Blackburn College in Illinois. For more information visit:


About the Gallery:

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Lou Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center (Albertson’s) in south McMinnville. Turn right at the first street onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in the first building on the left, Building A. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library. For more information, call 503.883.2804