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Robert Cottingham, W.T.
watercolor, 1982


State of the Art 2011: National Biennial Watercolor Exhibition

Curated by Chalen Phillips
Sponsored by the Friends of Martha Seif

  • February 14 - March 29, 2011
  • Reception: February 17, 6-8 p.m., gallery lounge,
    live music by the Parkland College Guitar Ensemble
  • Additional Exhibit Lecture given by Jamie Kruidenier
    and Don Lake on March 2 at 3 p.m. in the Gallery

Participating Artists from the Springfield Art Museum Collection include:

Kent Addison, Mary L. Aro, Nell Blaine, Charles Burchfield, Chen Chi, Robert Cottingham, John Steuart Curry, Adolf Dehn, Elsie Bates Freund, Donald Holden, Gregory Litinksy, John Marin, Don Nice, Philip Pearlstein, David Plank, and Joseph Raffael.  

Chalen Phillips is Curator of Collections at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri. Mr. Phillips has served as a juror for the Watercolor U.S.A. 2009 and the Prints U.S.A. 2009 competitions and is a member of the Watercolor Honor Society.  

In his curatorial essay, Phillips states that his background in art history strongly influenced the selections he has made from Springfield's enormous collection. "I am not an artist; I simply admire the way art tells a story or reflects a certain period in time. This is my passion," he said. "I strive to understand how history was shaped by the raging whirlwind of events made evident in the artistry of the times. With that in mind, I chose artists who depicted a period of time from the past such as the documenting of a disastrous flood, the death of a bee, or a simple moment of peace."

Parkland Art Gallery’s fall hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.
The gallery will be closed March 25 and 26.

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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