Northcutt Steele Gallery

Visiting Artist Corey Drieth Gallery Talk

Corey DriethThe Department of Art’s Northcutt Steele Gallery hosts visiting artist Corey Drieth on Thursday and Friday, February 21–22. Drieth, whose solo exhibition “Devotional,” is currently on display, will discuss his ongoing series of paintings inspired by spiritual experiences and traditions such as Zen Buddhism and Quaker Christianity with Gallery Director Dr. Leanne Gilbertson in a public conversation at 4pm. The conversation will be held in the gallery and will be followed by a catered artist reception. Both events are free and open to the public ... learn more.


Using an economical aesthetic informed by the history of Modernist abstraction and a range of religious art and spiritual practices, Drieth creates a visual dialogue between painted surface and wooden substrate and between sacred and the mundane that produces a resonance at once expansively mysterious and intimately familiar. In our media-saturated existence of de-humanizing speed, clutter, and noise, Drieth’s works, filled with stillness, quietude, human warmth and subtlety, evoke moments of contemplative insight. His paintings are intended to serve as both a foil to the frenetic activity of contemporary life and a method of sustenance within it.