"State of the Art 2013-2014," Parkland Art Gallery's Biennial Ceramics Invitational, opens Monday, Nov. 18 and runs through Feb. 1, 2014.
Each year, the Gallery holds a National Biennial Invitational of either watercolor or ceramics. Works for this year's exhibit have been selected and presented by Delores Fortuna
, adjunct assistant professor of ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has selected eight ceramic artists from across the country to participate; her premise for the show stems from her interest in the art-making and problem-solving process as it relates to shifts within the artist's body of work or dual bodies of work they may have developed.
Participating ceramic artists are Mary Barringer, editor of the independent journal The Studio Potter and practicing potter in western Massachusetts; Sam Chung, assistant professor, Arizona State University, Tempe; Bill Farrell, retired educator and studio potter in Galena, Illinois; Julia Galloway, professor, University of Missouri, Missoula; Richard Hirsch, professor, Rochester Institute of Technology (New York); Maren Kloppmann, studio potter from Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sean O’Connell, visiting artist instructor, Alberta College of Art & Design; and Don Pilcher, local practicing artist and professor emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
A reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. in the gallery lounge that features a curatorial talk at 7 p.m., music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble, and refreshments. Both the ceramics exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Other events connected with the invitational include an additional gallery lecture by Fortuna on Nov. 21 at 1:15 p.m.; an art demonstration by Pilcher
on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 1:15 p.m. in the S building on the campus' south side; and a biennial benefit for the gallery presenting ceramic cups made by student and faculty artists. These events, with the exception of the Dec. 5 benefit, are also free.
More information on this exhibition is available at the gallery website
or by calling Parkland Art Gallery at 217/351-2485. Programs at Parkland Art Gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
[Image: Sam Chung, Cloud Bottle, porcelain, 10" x 12" x 7", 2013]