Artists will show their drawings in new Parkland show
CHAMPAIGN — Five artists who are faculty members at universities nationwide will show their drawings at the Parkland Gallery.
"Defining Territory: Contemporary Drawing," curated by Parkland College Art and Design faculty members Joan Stolz and Matthew Watt, will open Saturday and run through Nov. 9.
Stolz and Watt, associate professors who teach drawing, painting and design, selected artists for the exhibition who approach drawing in different ways but who are linked by their pursuit of reinterpreting what they have seen.
"They share a transformative approach to figurative elements in drawings through the use of abstract structure which creates an aesthetic that draws in the viewer," reads a release from the gallery.
Watt said the new exhibition is an attempt to reveal the "exploratory spirit of today's art world, where many artists' use of drawing as a primary medium allows audiences to see the world of familiar objects in new ways."
"The exhibition is really about tension," Stolz said. "The tension comes from the friction between realism and abstraction. No matter how realistic or abstract it is, it is the artist who ultimately defines where the line is drawn. That is where it gets really interesting."
Gallery director Lisa Costello said the exhibition provides a great opportunity for students and the public to learn more about the practice of drawing.
"It enables the viewer to see the artwork up close and appreciate the mark making and observational skills by the artists," she said. "This exhibition is evidence of drawing as a means of personal expression and as an end in itself as opposed to completing an assignment in class."
The artists in the show:
— Karina Noel Hean, based in Santa Fe, N.M., who teaches at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
— Patti Jordan, adjunct professor at Laboratory Institute of Merchandising College in New York City, where she teaches drawing, color and design.
— Lucas Monaco, a studio artist practicing in Brooklyn, N.Y.
— Sara Schneckloth, an associate professor in the Department of Art at the University of South Carolina.
— Shelby Shadwell, an assistant professor in the Art Department at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Several events will take place in connection with the exhibition.
First, as part of the opening day, the gallery will participate in Smithsonian magazine's "Museum Day Live," where gallery visitors may enter a drawing to win season tickets to the Parkland Theatre.
Second, the reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, featuring a curatorial talk by Stolz and Watt at 7 p.m. and music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble.
Finally, Shadwell will deliver public lectures at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 29 in the gallery.
Parkland Art 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.
To find the gallery when classes are in session, use 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.
For more information, call 351-2485 or visit http://www.parkland.edu/gallery.