Light and Form: Works by Ann Coddington and Jason Peot

Thursday, February 18, 2016 to Friday, February 19, 2016
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Exhibit: Monday, February 15–Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Reception: Thursday, February 18, 5–7pm
Gallery Talk at 6:30pm by Jason Peot
Music by The Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Additional Lectures:
Jason Peot, Thursday, February 18 at 1:15pm
Ann Coddington on Tuesday, March 8 at 1:15pm & at 6:30pm
Linda Norbut Suits, Art-In-Architecture Coordinator for the
State of Illinois Capital Development Board on Wednesday, March 2 at 1:15pm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Giertz Gallery at Parkland College presents a two-person art exhibition exploring ideas about light and form.

“LIGHT AND FORM: WORKS BY ANN CODDINGTON and JASON PEOT” opens Monday, February 15 and runs through Tuesday, March 29, 2016. In conjunction with the exhibit, a reception honoring the artists is scheduled for Thursday, February 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring a gallery talk by Jason Peot at 6:30 p.m.

Additional exhibit lectures in the gallery include a presentation by Peot on Thursday, February 18 at 1:15 p.m.. and two lectures by Ann Coddington on Tuesday, March 8 at 1:15pm and 6:30pm. The exhibit, reception and lectures are free and open to the public.

This two-person exhibition consists of works that explore concepts of installation and the relationship of material and space to create or respond to our physical surroundings.
Both artists were commissioned to create work for the Parkland College Campus through the Art-In –Architecture program through the state of Illinois. Jason Peot’s installation is located in the Automotive Technology Center and Ann Coddington’s sculptural installation is slated for installation in the new Student Union this summer. In addition to the artist lectures, Linda Norbut Suits, Art-In-Architecture Coordinator for the State of Illinois Capital Development Board will speak about the statewide program on Wednesday, March 2 at 1:15pm.

Ann Coddington, Associate Professor at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, has attempted to reduce her art making down to the most elemental means of expression. She seeks to connect with an authentic physical experience in our ever-growing contemporary, digital society. “My artwork borrows fiber techniques from the traditional craft of basketry to create a sculptural expression of my beliefs and experiences and how they are sensed by the body. I am intrigued by the differences between feeling and knowing, body and mind.” Coddington explains about her work in the exhibit.

Jason Peot, Associate Professor of Art at Harper College in Palatine, IL, creates a dialogue with light and shadow that occurs between the materials he assembles and the space they occupy. In his artist statement he clarifies the different process of art making from individual pieces to making public installations such as the one that is installed at Parkland College’s Automotive Technology Center Building. “I find my process in making permanent public installations to be somewhat different than that of temporary installations for exhibition spaces. Some of these differences rise out of the logistical issues of this type of work. Materials and fabrication methods need to be considered with preservation and safety in mind while form and scale must accommodate usage patterns within the space.” He continues, “Foremost, though, is the development of content in a piece. While my large public pieces are formally inspired by the architecture and space of their site, they are conceptually derived from the purpose of the space and ideas about place in a broad sense. A successful installation will contribute to the viewer’s experience of a space rather than simply providing adornment for that space. This is particularly important for public art. Unlike the viewer in a gallery or museum, the typical viewer of public art is going about their day with no intention of experiencing art. If someone can cognitively relate to the content in a piece and be visually intrigued by it the artwork will positively alter their experience of that place.”

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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 X-7, 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. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution; for accommodation, call 217/351-2505.

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