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"Cover the Waterfront" Painting Exhibit, Giertz Gallery

Solo exhibit by Michigan-based artist Teresa Dunn runs through Nov. 3

"Cover the Waterfront," a solo exhibition of paintings by Michigan-based artist Teresa Dunn, will open Oct. 1 at the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College.
 
This exhibit runs through Nov. 3 and includes an artist reception Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The reception features a gallery talk by Dunn at 6:30 p.m. and music by Lanterna. Dunn will provide an additional lecture earlier that day, at 1:15 p.m. at the Staerkel Planetarium.
 
As with all Giertz Gallery programs, the exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public.
 
A Mexican American raised in southern Illinois, Dunn creates images influenced by her experience of feeling suspended between two cultural heritages. Her body of work in the gallery features circular paintings used to symbolize islands, landmasses that are simultaneously protected and isolated. Imagery in the work conjures up conflicting ideas of protection and escape, such as a sense of home mixed with a longing for a journey afar. 
 
"These circular paintings are like miniature islands that encompass the life of my invented female protagonist and her small world," Dunn explained. "The circle, saturated color, and pattern allow me to explore metaphors for isolation and belonging, boundaries and openness, hope and hopelessness, home and homeland. Expansive waters separate and connect here from there, yesterday from tomorrow, and a woman and her island from the moon."
 
Dunn is an associate professor of painting at Michigan State University who has shown her work extensively, including recent solo exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), the Hiestand Gallery at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), First Street Gallery (New York, New York), and the Hooks-Epstein Galleries (Houston, Texas). She earned her Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Missouri State University.
 
Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.
 
To find the gallery we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of campus. Walk past the gym and the fountain area, enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps up to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.
 
Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2337 or email accessibilityservices@parkland.edu
          
[Image: Night flight, oil and flashe on paper on panel, 22" diameter, 2018]

Ready for a bachelor's or master's degree? Use your Parkland credits! The following colleges will have representatives on hand this fall in the Student Union (unless otherwise noted) to discuss four-year degrees and transfer options.
 

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Tuesday, September 25
Monday, October 29
10 am–1 pm
Representative: ​Nathan Caron

Wednesday, September 26
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Michael Harbin

Marines
Tuesday, September 25
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Sgt. Jeremy T. Stillwagon, RSS Champaign

Eastern Illinois University
Thursdays, September 27 and November 8
Friday, October 12
Wednesday, October 24
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Ryan Howard

Loyola University
Monday, October 1
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Victoria Hogle

Olivet Nazarene University
Thursdays, October 4, November 1, December 13
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Sarah Richardson

Aurora University
Thursday, October 18
Monday, November 26
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Barbara McCarthy

Quincy University
Wednesday, November 28
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Justin Ray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Auditions for Parkland Theatre Fall Shows

Auditions 9–noon for "Servant of Two Masters", "Musical Comedy Murders of 1940"

Parkland Theatre will hold auditions for the first two shows of its fall season Saturday, Aug. 25 at the theatre.
 
Auditions for "The Servant of Two Masters" and "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Callbacks, if needed, will be Sunday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.
 
Auditionees should register for an audition timeslot at parkland.edu/auditions.
 
"The Servant of Two Masters" director Michael O'Brien is casting approximately 12 actors of all genders, ages 16 and over. Auditions will consist of improv and movement exercises. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow ease of movement to the audition.
 
"The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" director Mathew Green is casting 10 actors, five male and five female, ages 16 and over. Actors will read from sides which can be found at parkland.edu/auditions
 
Performances for "The Servant of Two Masters" will run in Parkland Theatre's Second Stage Sept. 27–Oct 7. Performances for "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" will be held in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre Nov. 8–18.
 
All members of the community as well as Parkland and University of Illinois students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity. Those with additional questions should email hlayman@parkland.edu.

Long Awaited "Taking Flight" Now Installed

Flock of 505 birds represent college's district number

Three years is a long time for newly hatched birds to start flying.
 
But that's how long Champaign artist Ann Coddington had to wait before her artwork, a flock of 505 black, ceramic-glazed birds, could suspend from the ceiling in Parkland College's Student Union lobby.
 
Although each bird in the piece, titled "Taking Flight," is different from the others, the flock visually moves as a collective, from east to west, across the lobby's sky. Coddington, an Eastern Illinois University drawing and design professor, called her design choice an apt metaphor for an educational experience.
 
"The students who have come to Parkland College and have formed relationships go off on their own and are individuals again, but while they are at Parkland, they are part of this really special group," said Coddington, who also taught design classes at Parkland for 10 years.
 
Installed this past Memorial Day weekend, "Taking Flight" was originally scheduled to soar summer 2015, after Student Union construction was complete. That's when Illinois legislators froze the state budget, including monies earmarked for the project under the State of Illinois Art in Architecture program. 
 
"I was three weeks ahead of installing the work when they froze the budget," Coddington said. “The piece was finished and ready to go when it was put on hold, and the 27 boxes had to be stored in my mother’s basement!” 
 
When the state finally released the funds this past November, she still had to wait until school was out for the summer to finish the project; conditions needed to be right for the delicate work of hanging the birds to begin.
 
"The installation was quite involved," she said of the work that lasted May 21 to 29. "I had my crew of five assistants. We had to lay a floor, utilize a scissor lift, have special insurance. I also had to be able to cordon off the area."  
 
If the installation phase of the project was intricate, the design and preparation phase was even more so, taking nearly a year to complete. 
 
"Monday through Wednesday I would work at my job, then from Wednesday night on, I'd work along with two assistants for 40 hours or so until I went back to work," Coddington remarked. "It was a really intense production schedule."
 
First, she had to consider the natural elements--wood, stone, sunlight--that make up the bright, airy space she would be working with.
 
"The architecture is kind of open, bringing the outside in, so I wanted to continue that concept with the work," she said. "I wanted to respect the established architecture so that the piece I was installing was consistent with design of the space." Next, she wove 10 different bird shapes in an off-loom basket-making technique called twining, made plaster molds of each shape, then poured liquid ceramic slip into the molds, crafting thin shells of clay birds. She would painstakingly retool each bird before it was fired, glazed, then fired a second time.
 
"When you open the mold and remove the shell of clay, there's a seam where the two halves come together," she explained. "I would redraw the woven texture around each seam so there's not an obvious line; I had to recreate the texture." The number of birds, 505, represents Parkland's district number within the community college system.
 
While "Taking Flight" is not Coddington's first flock of birds (she had other installations in Cincinnati and St. Louis), it is her first permanent commissioned sculptured flock, one she was happy to complete for Parkland College.
 
"I loved my time at Parkland, and many of my old friends still work in the Art Department, so I feel honored to have a piece there," she said. "I wanted to create a unique piece for this special place."

"Illinois at 200" Art Exhibit

Statewide working artist exhibit celebrates Illinois bicentennial; through Aug. 8

Exhibition: Illinois at 200
June 18 to Aug. 8, 2018, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Closing Reception: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m.; gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. with exhibition juror Doug Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art, Illinois State Museum
 
To celebrate the Illinois bicentennial, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College is collaborating with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council to host a summer exhibition highlighting the achievements of contemporary working artists from across the state.
 
"Illinois at 200," which will run June 18 to Aug. 8 at the gallery, comprises works by 44 artists and reflects the high quality and unique variety of art currently being created throughout the state of Illinois.  
 
Doug Stapleton, associate curator of art at the Illinois State Museum, served as the exhibition juror. He has curated a number of exhibitions and has written numerous essays relating to the work of Illinois contemporary artists. His selections for this exhibition include a strong representation of work from the entire state, with many artists from mid-central Illinois and the Chicago metro area as well as individuals from the southern and western regions.
 
An opening reception for the artists will take place Thursday, June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kelly White, director of 40 North, and Lisa Costello, director of the Giertz Gallery, will provide brief remarks. A closing reception Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will feature a gallery talk by Stapleton at 6:30 p.m.
 
Costello said she was both impressed with the artist submissions and excited to present the works Stapleton has chosen.
 
"He took his responsibility very seriously and selected a wide range of works that reflect the scope of creative output in our state," Costello noted. "I'm looking forward to both receptions: The opening reception is really a celebration of the artists and the many creative people who live in Illinois. The closing reception will be interesting because Doug will be coming from Springfield to discuss the work in the exhibition. He has been energetic throughout the whole process of jurying the exhibit, and I am eager to hear his insights. Both Kelly and Doug are a valuable resource to our community."
 
Participating artists include Jan Ellyn Adams (Champaign), Aviva Alter (Chicago), Kelly Anderson (Ottawa), Wallace Bowling (Chicago), Saxon Burns (Urbana), Jenny Chi (Champaign), Glen Davies (Urbana), Larry Davis (Knoxville), Michael Dinges (Oak Park), Sabrina Donnelly (Danville), Hale Ekinci (Chicago), Thomas Foley (Galesburg), Jeanette Habash (Skokie), David Hauptschein (Chicago), Siti Mariah Jackson (Champaign), Sara Jahn (Champaign), Jeff Little (Bloomington), Nika Lucks (Champaign), Paula McCarty (Champaign), Cammie Meerdink (Seymour), Ingrid Melief (Urbana), Charlie Mitsdarfer (Tolono), Patricia Monigold (Champaign), Scott Mossman (Chicago), Raul Ortiz (Chicago), Darby Ortolano (Murphysboro), Natalie Pivoney (Dekalb), Megan Rivera (Elgin), Kimberly Rodey (Chicago), Ann Rund (Champaign), Heather Sandy (Olney), Rosalyn Schwartz (Urbana), Kathryn Scott (Chicago), Shaheen Shorish (Champaign), David Smith (Champaign), Lynn Smith (Champaign), Judie Spencer (Urbana), Robb Springfield (Champaign), Bonnie Switzer (Urbana), Gina Szulkowski (Chicago), Paul Torgus (Skokie), Mohan Tracy (Champaign), Juliann Wang (Chicago), and Charity White (Chicago).
 
Stapleton said he was pleased to jury the "Illinois at 200" exhibition for several reasons.
 
"I was again reminded of the artistic vitality and creative energy present in Illinois," he remarked. "Having spent many years as an artist and curator in our state, I was happy to see superior work, some by artists with whom I was familiar but also a number of gorgeous and noble works that were fresh to my eyes. The works chosen for this exhibition provide a snapshot of the high caliber of artistic achievement in Illinois today."  
 
Giertz Gallery is located on the Parkland College campus at 2400 W. Bradley Ave. in Champaign. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find the gallery, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through door X7, turn left, 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. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2337 or email accessibility@parkland.edu.
 
Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call the Giertz Gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit www.parkland.edu/gallery.

[Image: Aviva Alter, Watchman, wire, glue, found objects, thread, pigment, fabric, 2017]

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