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Christopher Troutman, Public and Private
paper, 183 x 432 cm, 2008



Christopher Troutman: Shifting Perspectives and Sensitive Observations

  • September 27 - November 6, 2010
  • Reception: September 30, 6-8 p.m., gallery lounge; live music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
  • Closed for Labor Day, September 6

Parkland Art Gallery presents an exhibition of drawings by Christopher Troutman whose work focuses on the human figure in urban environments. Highly influenced by his places of residence, Troutman draws on his experiences of living in Japan and within the United States. He chooses ordinary people and their environments as subjects to initiate his research. Through experimenting with shifting points of view to establish a new context for daily visual experiences he engages the audience with points of view outside the scope of everyday life. Through revising and changing compositions in mid-process, Troutman focuses on the unique gestures of human figures and amplifies the urban settings through the use of enhanced perspective and steep angles.

Raised in Peoria, Illinois, he graduated with a BFA from Bradley University in 2003 then opened a conversational English School in Kagoshima City, Japan. In 2008, Troutman completed an MFA in drawing and painting at California State University, Long Beach. Currently he is teaching drawing and painting at Eastern Illinois University.  He and his wife make annual summer returns to Japan.

***High Noon with the Artist***

A series of art lectures has been planned to coincide with the exhibit. These “High Noon with the Artist” lectures in the gallery allow faculty from selected areas to offer more in-depth discussions of their work. Depending on the question-and-answer portion, these events, which start at noon, should last a half hour to 45 minutes. On September 9, drawing and design instructor Melinda McIntosh will provide a lecture while Ecker, an instructor in graphic design, will present a talk about his work on September 15.

Fall gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Monday - Thursday, 6 - 8 p.m.; and Saturday, noon - 2 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Monday, September 6 for Labor Day.

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.

This program is 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.






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