Lemont Center for the Arts

To enrich the cultural landscape of Lemont by fostering the production and appreciation of the arts.

We Have Served, Now We Create: Exhibit by Local Artist Veterans

For September, we feature something new for our exhibit highlighting local artists. The art on display for September is all created by local veterans. This is an opportunity for veterans to show their talents and a chance for the community to honor those who have served. As always, art is best experienced in person – please stop by and support your local artists and servicemen. [Note that LCA is closed for the Labor Day weekend.]

The Local Artist Feature highlights a larger grouping of veteran artwork on exhibit during September and October at Lemont Public Library:


           We Have Served, Now We Create

An Exhibition of Art Created Entirely by U.S. Military Veterans

September 5th to October 17th, 2014
                   At the Lemont Public Library
         50 East Wend street, Lemont, Illinois 60439
           Reception: Sept. 7th, 2014, 3pm – 4:30pm
       Keynote Speaker:  Theresa Hartmann at 3:45 pm

A R T I S T    B I O G R A P H I E S

WILLIAM BRISICK – Photographer – U. S. Army 1965 – 1967, Vietnam. Bill was introduced to photography while in the service and is a self-taught photographer.  He cut his proverbial teeth in photography while shooting street portraits in Vietnam.  After the service, he worked for railroads and steamship companies for more than 40 years.  After he retired, Bill started selling his work at art fairs, exhibiting his work through the Lemont Artists Guild, and has renewed his interest in street photography.  Most recently, Bill has organized this exhibition of Veterans art.


TARRY ERICSON – Painter (Watercolors) – U.S. Marines 1959 -1969, Aviator, served aboard the USS Saratoga in the Mediterranean.  While studying architecture at the University of Illinois, Tarry developed an interest in art and painting.  He is a retired construction industry executive.  Upon retirement, he renewed his interest in art and began with watercolor painting and subsequently moved into pastel and oil painting.  Tarry is member of the LaGrange Art League and the Illinois Watercolor Society.


JOHN GILDROY – Photographer – U.S. Army 1968-1970, Vietnam where he was awarded a Purple Heart.  Jack’s interest in photography started in grade school, continued through high school, and into the service where he had access to photo labs.   In 1971, he started doing wedding photography.  Jack studied photography at Triton College and at the College of DuPage.  He also studied web design at Moraine Valley and is working on his master’s degree at Governors State University.  Jack’s goal is to have his own studio and shoot glamour pin-up photography.


JAMES MCGLOIN – Black & White Photographer – U.S. Army 1962- 1965, Korea.  Jim discovered photography while in Korea and bought his first camera there.  After college, he renewed his interest in photography while working at the Lemont Net and at the Lemont Public Library.  Jim likes black & white photography because he says that it’s more abstract, changes the way he looks at the world, and causes to him to see beyond the surface of things.


JAY MOCA –Painting (Acrylics)/Poetry – U.S. Army 1953-1955, Korea.  Jay studied architecture and black & white sketching in Junior College.  After the service, he studied mechanical design engineering at IIT.  Over the years, Jay has operated his own Architecture & Mechanical Design businesses while writing poetry (published) and sketching outdoor scenes.  Since retirement, Jay has been mentored in acrylic painting and is now starting to exhibit his work. 

Out of a Train Window, ©Jay Moca: Korean children begging along side of troop train in Korea in 1955

Out of a Train Window, ©Jay Moca: Korean children begging along side of troop train in Korea in 1955


JERRY PTACEK – Photographer – U.S. Navy 1962-1965, Blue Water Navy Vietnam.  Jerry is a self-taught photographer who has been a part-time professional for more than 20 years.  His commercial photos have been published in many trade journals.  Jerry has taught photography classes at local park districts and libraries for the past two years.  He also has been selling his work at fine art festivals and displaying his work in galleries and libraries.


LEOPOLD ROZYCKI – Painter/Photographer/Sculptor/Poet/Writer – U.S. Army 1942-1945, World War II North Africa & Italy.  Leo kept an elaborate personal journal during the war which he typed after the war and illustrated it with his own drawings.  He studied painting at the Chicago Art Institute and studied photography at Wright Junior College.  He worked as a printer for 40-years while also working on his own varied personal art projects.  He was a member of the Brown Bag Poets Society.  Later in life, he learned wood working and designed and built his own furniture.  Leo’s artwork was exhibited in the Thompson Center in Downtown Chicago in an exhibit of Senior Art.  His work usually depicts ordinary people doing everyday things.


EUGENE SLADEK – Photographer – Illinois Army National Guard 1960-1966, heavy weapons.  Gene entered photography after the service.  He’s worked as an Audio Visual Tech and as a Cameraman.  For 31-years, Gene has done Instructional & Public Relations photography for the College of DuPage where he was also a part-time instructor of photography.  Now retired, his interests are fine art abstract photography and nature photography.


DEREK TAULMAN – Painter/Printmaker – U. S. Army, Vietnam 1967-1968 Tet.  Derek has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.  He started as a printmaker and now is doing abstract painting.  Derek is currently working on an abstract series entitled, 183 Views of Laurentia.  His artwork has appeared in many exhibitions and is part of many public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.


WILLIAM UZNANSKI – Photographer – U.S. Army 1967 -1969, Germany.  Bill was drafted into the Army, was trained as a Military Policeman, and was stationed in Germany.  While in Germany, he bought his first SLR camera and was befriended by a German man who taught him darkroom techniques. After his service, Bill worked in a family hardware store and photography was a hobby.  Later, Bill and his wife, Nancy, earned Photography Technology degrees for the College of DuPage and they began photographic careers and started their own photography business.  Their work has been sold throughout the world and their work has earned many awards.


GARY WICK – Painter (Pastels) – U.S. Army, Vietnam 1967-1968.  Gary has studied at the Chicago Art Institute and with renowned artist Mohamed Drisi.  His basis for painting is “Paint what you see” which results in realistic art.  Gary is a displaying artist at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum.  He has been published in American Artist Magazine and in the Best of American Pastel Artists Volume II.


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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.