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Kathryn Finnerty, Algonquin: By the Light of the Silvery Moon, flower holder with base
earthenware, 13" x 8" x 10", 2011


Coffee and Tea, Cups and Desser: A Parkland Art Gallery Benefit

State of the Art 2011-12: National Biennial Ceramics Exhibition

Curated by Suze Lindsay

  • November 14, 2011 - February 4, 2012
  • Reception and Curatorial Talk: December 1, 6-8 p.m., gallery lounge, live music by the Parkland College Guitar Ensemble
  • Additional Exhibit Lecture given by Suze Lindsay
    December 1, 1:15pm in S119
  • Coffee and Tea, Cups and Dessert: A Parkland Art Gallery Benefit, Thursday, December 8, 4-7pm. (See the dancing cups here.

Participating Artists:
Margaret Bohls
Jim Brashear
Kathryn Finnerty
Douglas Herren
Maren Kloppmann
Neil Patterson
Jane Shellenbarger
Jenny Lou Sherburne
Janice Strawder
Holly Walker

Suze Lindsay, curator for this year’s Ceramics Invitational, has been a professional potter for over 20 years and is a practicing artist in North Carolina. She has been a Core fellow at the prestigious Penland School of Arts and Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, one of a few unique educational programs that focus on contemporary crafts. For this invitational show, Lindsay has selected ceramic artists with whom she crossed paths during her earlier years at Penland and during her graduate studies, whose work she has followed for the past two decades.

Participating artists include a mix of studio artists and faculty at educational institutions across the country: Margaret Bohls (faculty, Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN); Jim Brashear (associate professor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks); Kathryn Finnerty (founder of Pleasant Hill Pottery and instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR); Doug Herren (studio potter, Philadelphia, PA and instructor at Swarthmore College); Maren Kloppmann (studio potter, Minneapolis, MN); Neil Patterson (studio potter and instructor at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA); Jane Shellenbarger (assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in the School for American Craft); Jenny Lou Sherburne (studio potter, Bakersfield, NC); Janice Strawder (founder of Manayunk Pottery, Philadelphia, PA); and Holly Walker (studio potter and former director of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Maine).

“These artists all produce work that is significantly different from one another but have overlapping explorations of their medium. Using utilitarian pottery as the reference point, some go further outside of that tradition and fabricate works that are purely conceptual pieces,” said art gallery Director Lisa Costello. “This exhibition is curated based on the interwoven connection of artists influencing one another. Institutions like Penland are organic environments where students can come together and impact the identity of one another. The school is a vital part in this connection and development.”

Coffee and Tea, Cups and dessert:
A Parkland Art Gallery Benefit

Thursday, December 8
From 4 to 7 p.m.
In the Gallery Lounge
At Parkland College

A $30 donation allows you to Choose from among dozens of creative handmade cups donated by Parkland College Ceramics program faculty and students as well as tasty desserts provided by Great Harvest Bread Company and coffee provided by Herriott’s Columbia Street Roastery . Tea will also be served. Guests will appreciate the soothing sounds of Guitar Army while they visit the "State of the Art 2011-2012: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational" exhibit, curated by Suze Lindsay. This exhibit, which runs through February 4, features the work of 10 artists from across the U.S. Many of these works will be available for sale during the event.  To round out the evening’s festivities there will also be a silent auction of both student and faculty ceramic work.

Tickets to the gallery benefit are available for advance purchase; cups will be chosen on a first come first serve basis. All proceeds will support Parkland Art Gallery exhibition. Tickets may be purchased in the Parkland Art Gallery, through the Fine and Applied Arts office in C120a, or through the Art Gallery office by calling 217/351-2485 or emailing



Parkland Art Gallery’s fall hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10a.m. to 3p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.
The gallery will be closed 3pm November 23-27 for Thanksgiving Break; 5pm December 22 - Janurary 2 for Holiday Break; and January 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351-2505.

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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