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Fall Preview of the Parkland Art Gallery

Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 13:08

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The Art Gallery curently features the Parkland Art and Design Faculty Exhibition featuring a variety of different art styles by twenty faculty members from Parkland.


A new semester has arrived at Parkland College. Along with a fresh set of courses comes an exciting list of events courtesy of the Parkland Art Gallery.

Currently, the Art Gallery is displaying the Parkland College Traveling Art and Design Student Exhibition at the Champaign County Nursing Home. It consists of works created in art and design courses last year at Parkland, originally appearing as part of the Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition. According to Parkland Art Gallery's web site, the exhibit "allows Parkland to recognize, support, and celebrate its most recent student artistic accomplishments and to illustrate the wide range of media explored while taking courses in Photography, Painting, Drawing, Metals, Sculpture, Three-Dimensional Design, Two-Dimensional Design, Color Theory, and Ceramics." This showcase closes on September 9th.

Starting on the first day of classes, August 22, is the Parkland Art and Design Faculty Exhibition. This exhibit features a variety of different art styles by twenty faculty members at Parkland. The reception will take place on September 1st from 6-8, featuring a gallery talk by Peggy Shaw and music by The Chris Reyman Trio.

"I'm always exited to see what people have been working on over the year. Some people are working on a developed body of work and then other people are experimenting," said Art Gallery Director Lisa Costello. "There's a lot of surprises for me, so it's always fun to see the work. It's nice to know that our faculty make artwork all year long." The exhibition will run until September 17th.

During this showcase, the Art Gallery will host a series of art lectures titled High Noon with the Artist. On September 9, Matthew Watt, instructor in drawing and design, will talk about his new drawings and 3D modeling. On September 13 Art History and Ceramics instructor Laura O'Donnell, along with Japanese language and culture instructor Hiroko Ito, will discuss their upcoming ceramics tour in Japan that they are embarking upon next spring.

After the Faculty Exhibit is Spaces and Thick: Recent Work by Lori Larusso. This exhibition is open from September 24 to November 5, with a reception and gallery talk on October 6 from 6 to 8pm. "A lot of [her works] are these nice interior spaces where sometimes there's something a little wrong with it. There could be something broken or raw meat sitting on a counter," said Costello. "I just love them because they're these irregular shapes painted on board."

Throughout October and November, the Art Gallery will be cohosting the Global Lens Film Series 2011 with International Student Services. The series is free to attend and features six critically acclaimed films from around the world. These films are The White Meadows (Keshtzar Haye Sepid), showing October 14; The Light Thief (Svet-Ake), showing October 25; Dooman River, showing November 2; Belvedere, showing November 8; Soul Of Sand (Pairon Talle), showing Novermber 16; and The Tenants (Os Inquilinos), showing November 22. The movies will be shown in room D244 at 7pm, with the exception of Soul of Sand, which will be shown at 4pm.

On October 21, the Art Gallery will invite all of the high school art teachers and students in the district  to their annual High School Art Seminar. During this event, the students make artwork and receive a tour of the gallery. "It's a great way we can give back to the community and let students who might be interested in coming here know what our program is all about," said Costello.

The Parkland Art Gallery has teamed up with Community Education to host a fundraising bus trip. The Art Expedition will be traveling north to Elmhurst, Illinois on October 28 to visit both the Elmhuurst Art Museum and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. The money raised will aid the Art Gallery with art exhibits and programming. For more information on this bus trip, contact Community Education at 217-353-2055.

The last exhibition of the fall semester is State of the Art 2011-2012: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational. Curated by studio potter Suze Lindsay, the exhibit begins on November 14 and continues a month into the spring semester. Lindsay will give a talk during the reception on December 1st from 6 to 8pm. "Every other year we invite a ceramic artist to curate a show," Costello explained. "We try to balance it out between someone who does more functional work and someone who does more sculptural work." Lindsay's work is on the functional side. Ten artists from around the country will send in their work for the exhibit.

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