Explore contemporary works of sculpture, painting, photography, metals, ceramics, graphic design, and digital media during Parkland College’s Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, opening Monday, Aug. 19 at the Parkland Art Gallery.
Featuring submissions from Fine and Applied Arts Department faculty, the exhibit runs through Sept. 21. An opening reception on Thursday, Aug. 22, 6 to 8 p.m., will feature live music by Briggs Houchin Jazz; a gallery talk by faculty artist Steven Hudson at 7 p.m.; and a chance to mingle with the exhibiting artists.
As always, the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Hudson teaches drawing, painting and color theory at Parkland. In addition to exhibiting nationally, he is also represented by Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago. His one-person exhibition incorporates paintings, drawing and sculpture that reflect his ideas about humankind’s relationship with the environment.
“Evolution is unfolding in shocking ways as life is made to adapt to our aggressive agency,” Hudson said. “This process is often reflected in unsettling juxtapositions—the geese in the mall parking lot or the polar bear at the dump. This work embodies a fantastic recognition of the unsustainable now.”
The versatility of works on display mirrors the broad spectrum of courses available at Parkland. Art enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy works by Louis Ballard, Maya Bruck, Chris Berti, Lisa Costello, Marsha Daniels, Larry Ecker, Stacey Gross, Bryan Heaton, Steven Hudson, Melinda McIntosh, Craig McMonigal, Laura O’Donnell, Denise Seif, Peggy Shaw, Phil Smith, Tim Stiles, Joan Stolz, Matthew Watt, Kelly White, Gretchen Wieshuber and Paul Young.
Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturday, noon-2 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day. To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through any door and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351-2505.
[Image: Steven Hudson, Cover, oil on panel, 12" x 14.5", 2012]