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Biennial Ceramics Invitational 2004

Biennial Ceramics Invitational 2004

  • March 1 - April 9, 2004
  • Reception: Tuesday, March 16, 6 -8 p.m., Gallery Lounge
  • Gallery Talk by co-curators Chris Berti and Laura O'Donnell


    The Parkland Art Gallery hosted the 9th Biennial Ceramics Invitational, curated by Chris Berti and Laura O'Donnell and featuring the work of nine contemporary ceramic artists. This year's exhibit focuses on functional ceramics, with a specific look at the rich decorative surface that clay provides.  

    Participating artists included Sam Chung, Michigan; Julia Galloway, New York; John Glick, Michigan; Michael Hunt, North Carolina; Ron Meyers, Georgia; Lisa Orr, Texas; Liz Quackenbush, Pennsylvania; Michael Simon, Georgia; and Melinda Willis, Illinois. Having a limited number of exhibiting artists provides audiences an opportunity to see a body of work by each artist, allowing a more comprehensive view of each artist's personal style.

    Berti and O'Donnell, who teach ceramics at Parkland, kept their students and the role of the Art Gallery as a teaching vehicle in mind as they developed this year's show. They chose to highlight functional ceramic works while demonstrating the variety of personal expressions that can be accomplished through surface design. The artists they invited all create functional pieces yet vary in their approach to, and the aesthetic embellishment of, their work. Each artist has achieved true personal voice in his or her artwork and has been able to create surface decorations and patterns that relate to the ceramic ware's functional use. Their body of work reveals the equal importance they place on function and the aesthetic experience one has with the artwork. The results of their efforts are objects that can be both enjoyed and admired, whether in use or on display.  

  • Several activities have been coordinated to run in conjunction with this exhibit.  On March 3, Chris Berti will give a wheel throwing demonstration in the Parkland College center that will be of interest to students and faculty alike.  Parkland Student ceramic work will be on exhibit in the display case in the college center during the first week of March. On Wednesdays, during the lunch hour for the entire month of March, past "For Arts Sake" videos dealing with ceramics will be shown in the lounge area on the art department in the basement of the D-wing for all those interested in viewing them.


Programs at the Parkland Art Gallery are partially supported by Parkland College Student Activities. This program is partially sponsored by an Illinois Arts Council Grant.

For more information please call 217-351-2485.



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