2016 State of the Art: Drawing Invitational Curated by Shelby Shadwell

Monday, November 14, 2016 to Saturday, February 4, 2017
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

2016 State of the Art: Drawing Invitational Curated by Shelby Shadwell
Exhibit: Monday, November 14, 2016– Saturday, February 4, 2017
Reception: Thursday, November 17, 5–7 p.m., with Curatorial Talk by Shelby Shadwell at 6 p.m., and music by Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Additional artist lecture by Shelby Shadwell on Thursday, November 17 at 11am

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Contemporary drawing artists from across the U.S. will exhibit artworks during the "2016 State of the Art: Drawing Invitational," opening Monday, Nov. 14 at the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College.

Curated by University of Wyoming Associate Professor of Art Shelby Shadwell, the exhibit will run through Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. A reception Thursday, Nov. 17, 5–7 p.m. in the gallery lounge will feature a curatorial talk by Shadwell at 6 p.m., music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble, and refreshments. Both the drawing exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Exhibiting artists include Tamie Beldue, Susan D’Amato, Alison Denyer, Christopher Ganz, Michael Hook, Seth Marosok, Jeremy Plunkettt, John Sabraw, Christopher Troutman, and Hong Chun Zhang.

“I started with an assumption that, to the extent it can be observed, quality in visual art, including drawing, consists in the creation of objects that inspire a sense of awe and wonder through their expressed form and content. I believe the pieces in this show succeed at that on every level,” Shadwell said about the show. “In terms of form, the artists demonstrate great ability to construct a convincing plasticity of space and the illusion of volumetric forms that encourages me, and hopefully all viewers, to marvel in sublime satisfaction at homo sapiens ability to translate what are essentially abstractions (observed lines, shapes and values) into highly organized representations in the mind.”

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will be closed Nov. 23 (5 p.m.) and reopens Monday, November 28 for Thanksgiving; Closed December 12 and reopens January 17 for Holiday Break.

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 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.

Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2802 or email crobinson@parkland.edu.

For more information on the exhibit, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit www.parkland.edu/gallery