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Joe McCauley Gallery presents A Sense of Place: Landscape Paintings

October 14, 2021

A collection of subject landscapes by painter and longtime Bloomington-Normal resident Douglas C. Johnson will be on display at Heartland Community College. 

The Joe McCauley Gallery on Heartland’s Normal campus will exhibit A Sense of Place: Landscape Paintings from October 18 to December 15, 2021. 

A Sense of Place features a collection of acrylic paintings on canvas by Johnson which depict many locations within Central Illinois. The subjects painted may look familiar to Midwesterners, even if viewers cannot place the exact locations that inspired the artwork. The paintings themselves – mediated through the painter’s eyes and mind – communicate Johnson's intimate experience with the American Midwest. 

Through Johnson’s adept understanding of his medium and command over technical elements like composition, color and texture, he intertwines deeper emotions and insights with each landscape, thus conveying imagery of real places that reach beyond what one would be able to see with the naked eye. 

During the show, Johnson asks that visitors submit questions about the work displayed; he will post responses to an ongoing video dialog that will run in the Gallery space and be posted at

An Artist Reception will be held at the Gallery on Tuesday, November 30 at 4:00 p.m.


About the artist 

Douglas C. Johnson has been a landscape painter for over 30 years. His paintings document his personal resonance of America's Midwest. In his work, he deftly explores the communities and byways as parts of Midwesterners’ communal participation in our environment. 

Johnson earned his Bachelor of Studio Art at Illinois State University and his Master of Fine Arts at Northern Illinois University. 

About the Joe McCauley Gallery 

Exhibits, events, and parking at Heartland’s Joe McCauley Gallery are free. The Gallery is in room 2507 of the Instructional Commons Building (ICB) on Heartland's Normal campus, 1500 W. Raab Road. 

Hours are Mon-Thurs from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. on days the College is open. Appointments can also be made upon request. 

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Written by: Steve Fast