Parkland Art Gallery will host "Outlandish Adventures," a solo exhibition of works by Benjie Heu, professor of ceramics at Southeast Missouri State University, starting Feb. 10.
An artist reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 13; it includes a gallery talk by Heu at 7 p.m. and music by the Parkland College Guitar Ensemble. The artist will provide an additional lecture on Feb. 13, at 11 a.m in Parkland’s S building.
Heu’s body of work, expressing a personal narrative of the most outlandish adventures, has been developed with an eye fixed on the bare essentials. Two themes that inspire his work are battles against time and battles against obstacles that keep one from fulfilling desire or repossessing lost but cherished things. His response to this inspiration is to reveal truth and humor in the face of horror and the seemingly absurd.
Heu has an MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Montevallo. He maintains an active exhibition record of solo, group, juried, and invitational exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include Taiwan Ceramics Biennale at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in New Taipei City; Craftsmanship: Concept: Innovation: Red Clay National at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana; and a solo exhibition at Craft Alliance in St. Louis.
Parkland Art Gallery’s spring 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 March 28 and 29 for Parkland’s spring holiday.
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.