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National Ceramics Invitational

Mon, Nov 13, 2017 starting at 10:00 AM - Sat, Feb 03, 2018 starting at 12:00 PM

Work of talented artists from across US on display Nov. 13–Feb. 3 

Exhibit: Monday, Nov. 13, 2017–Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
Reception: Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30–7:30 p.m., with gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. by Bill Griffith and music by Parkland Guitar Ensemble

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Giertz Gallery at Parkland College will host works by ceramic artists from across the U.S. during its 2017 State of the Art: Ceramics Invitational opening Monday, Nov. 13.
2017 Ceramics InvitationalCurated by Bill Griffith from the prestigious Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the exhibition will run through Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. A reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30–7:30 p.m., in the gallery lounge, featuring a curatorial talk by Bill Griffith at 6:30 p.m. and music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble.
Both the ceramics exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The theme of this year's biennial invitational is Inspiration and Admiration. Griffith is a practicing artist and currently the Outreach and Partnership Liaison at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He has selected eight contemporary ceramic artists and has asked each of them to select an artist whose ceramic work they admire and find inspirational to participate in the group ceramic exhibition as well.
Exhibiting artists include Jennifer Allen, Peter Beasecker, Andy Brayman, Rebecca Chappell, Sam Chung, TJ Erdahl, Steven Godfrey, Giselle Hicks, Matt Kelleher, Beth Lo, Andrea Moon, Mark Pharis, Shoko Teruyama, Dryden Wells, Russell Wrankle, and Kensuke Yamada.
Highlighting how contemporary artists are interconnected through their conversations, processes, and relationships, this exhibition focuses on how artists can motivate creativity amongst one another. In his curatorial statement, Griffith explains his method of curating the invitational.
"I began reflecting on the many established and emerging artists across all media whom I have been so fortunate to meet and work closely with over the past 30 years through my administrative position at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts," he said. "During my tenure, I have remained in awe of many artist’s technical skills and aesthetic sensibilities. Often during conversations with these artists, I discovered that they were inspired by the work of (and their admiration for) other artists who contributed significantly to their artistic direction and personal aesthetic development. Therefore, I selected the theme of exploring the artists and art that inspires other artists."
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. 22 (5 p.m.)–Nov. 26 and Dec. 11–Jan. 15.
Ceramic Cups Benefit. In connection with the 2017 State of the Art: Ceramics Invitational, the gallery will host its "Coffee and Tea: Cups and Dessert" biennial gallery benefit Nov. 30, 4–7 p.m., in the gallery lounge.
Ticketholders will select among beautiful handmade cups donated by Parkland College art faculty and students. The event will feature live music from the Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe jazz quartet; tasty desserts provided by the Parkland College Hospitality program; and coffee and tea provided by Columbia Street Roastery. A silent auction of ceramic works—perfect as holiday gifts—will round out the evening’s festivities. Tickets to the benefit are $30 (2 for $50) and may be purchased online through the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College website or through the art gallery office by calling 217/351-2485 or emailing giertzgallery@parkland.edu.
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 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 disabilityservices@parkland.edu.
For more information on the exhibit, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit the gallery web page.

[Image: TJ Erdahl, Should have been, clay, engobe, slip, underglaze, glaze, encaustic, wax, 38" x 27" x 26", 2015]

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