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2013 Ceramics show image Sam Chung, Cloud Bottle
porcelain, 10"x12"x7", 2013


State of the Art 2013-14: National Biennial Ceramics Exhibition

Curated by Delores Fortuna

  • November 18, 2013 - February 1, 2014
  • Reception and Curatorial Talk: November 21, 6-8 p.m., gallery lounge, live music by the Parkland College Guitar Ensemble
  • Additional Exhibit Lecture given by Delores Fortuna
    November 21, 1:15 in the Art Gallery
  • Coffee and Tea, Cups and Dessert: A Parkland Art Gallery Benefit, Thursday, December 5, 4-7pm. Click for more info
  • Additional Artist Lecture given by Don Pilcher
    January 22, 1:15 in S119

Participating Artists:

Mary Barringer
Sam Chung
Bill Farrell
Julia Galloway
Richard Hirsch
Maren Kloppmann
Sean O’Connell
Don Pilcher

Delores Fortuna, adjunct assistant professor of ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has selected eight ceramic artists from across the country to participate in the Parkland invitational. Her premise for the show stems from her interest in the art-making and problem-solving process as it relates to shifts within the artist's body of work or dual bodies of work they may have developed.

Fortuna has taught ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1998 and has been working in ceramics for more than 30 years. She holds a BFA and an MFA from the University of Chicago and divides her time between Chicago and a home studio in rural Galena. Her work uses basic wheel-thrown shapes as starting points and glazes of her own formulation to create functional pieces.

The biennial ceramics invitational will also be the topic of a brief gallery talk by Parkland College faculty artists Chris Berti and Laura O’Donnell at 5:30 p.m. during "Coffee and Tea, Cups and Dessert," the biennial benefit for the Parkland Art Gallery. Participants will enjoy beautiful handmade cups donated by Parkland faculty and students; the music of the Chip McNeill Jazz Trio; tasty desserts from Great Harvest Bread Company; coffee from Herriott’s Columbia Street Roastery; and tea. A silent auction of ceramic works—perfect for holiday gifts (or for yourself)—will round out the evening’s festivities. Tickets are $30 (2 for $50) and may be purchased at the Parkland Art Gallery, through the Fine and Applied Arts office in Room C120a, or through the art gallery office by calling 217/351-2485 or emailing Tickets will also be on sale Nov. 21 during the reception.

Parkland Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will be closed from 5 p.m. November 27 through December 2 for Thanksgiving Break; December 21 through January 5 for Winter Holiday Break; and January 20 for Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.

Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution; for accommodation, call 217/351-2505. For more information on the invitational, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit




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