Art and design faculty exhibit opens this week
CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland Art Gallery will open on Monday its annual Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, featuring contemporary works of sculpture, painting, photography, metals, ceramics, graphic design and digital media.
The exhibition will remain on view through Sept. 21. The opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday 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 College. In addition to exhibiting nationally, he is represented by the Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago.
His one-person exhibition last year incorporated 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 in a news release. "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."
Among other artists exhibiting in the show are Louis Ballard, Chris Berti, Lisa Costello, Marsha Daniels, Larry Ecker, Stacey Gross, Steven Hudson, Melinda McIntosh, Craig McMonigal, Laura O'Donnell, Denise Seif, Peggy Shaw, Phil Smith, Joan Stolz, Matthew Watt, Kelly White, Gretchen Wieshuber and Paul Young.
Fall gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays; and noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The gallery will be closed Sept. 3 for Labor Day.