Parkland College > Fine & Applied Arts > Giertz Gallery > Past Exhibits > Michael Hoag
Boy on green

Boy on Green, gouache on paper, 22” x 30”, 2009

Orange boy

Orange Boy, gouache on paper, 22” x 30”, 2008

Woman in green

Woman in Green, oil on canvas, 49” x 54”, 2008

Michael Hoag:
Layered Images

  • June 29 to August 11
  • Reception: Thursday, July 9, 6-8 p.m., gallery lounge, with artist’s gallery talk at 7 and music by Jordan Kaye

Summer art exhibit to feature complex portraits

Illinois artist Michael Hoag brings us complex portraits in a colorful summer exhibit, opening Monday, June 29 at the Parkland Art Gallery. A reception, featuring a gallery talk with Hoag and music by Jordan Kaye, will be held on Thursday, July 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery lounge. The exhibit will be on display through Thursday, August 11; both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Hoag’s art pieces for this show combine explosive symmetrical lines of intense color with an organic softer portrait floating on the surface of the canvas. The jumbled lines of the first layer add a chaotic edge to the image, while the portrait adds an organic note to the abstract lines and colors. This tension infuses the imagery with a complexity that blurs our selective perception and represents the push and pull between order and chaos that Hoag seeks to embed within his portraiture.

Parkland Art Gallery summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. 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 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 on gallery location and hours, call 217/351-2485 or visit

Programs at the Parkland Art Gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351 2505.

All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 6-8 p.m.; and Saturday, 12 noon-2 p.m. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Lisa Costello, Parkland Art Gallery director, at 217/351-2485.








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