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Matthew Watt, Dominus
graphite, ink, and watercolor on paper, 30" x 44", 2017



2017 Art & Design
Faculty Exhibition

  • Monday, August 21 – Saturday, September 16, 2017
    the gallery will be closed on September 5 for Labor Day
  • Reception: Thursday, August 24, 5:30-7:30 pm, with live music by The Young and the Fretless
  • Gallery Talk at 6:30 pm by Matthew Watt
  • Gallery Closed on

This annual showcase by Parkland’s faculty artists runs through Sept. 16 and features sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, photography, metals, ceramics, and graphic design. Exhibiting faculty members include Chris Berti, Lisa Costello, Shawn Fairchild, Stacey Gross, Bryan Heaton, Melinda McIntosh, Laura O’Donnell, Denise Seif, Peggy Shaw, Sheila Schneider, Joan Stolz, Matthew Watt, Kelly White, Liza Wynette, and Paul Young.

An opening reception for the artists will take place Thursday, Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include a gallery talk by Watt and music by The Young and the Fretless. During his talk at 6:30 p.m., Watt, drawing and painting faculty in Parkland College’s Art program, will discuss his work in the exhibition.

“I am motivated by experimentation of methods and materials in drawing,” he said. “My subject matter is the drawing itself. I don’t depict resemblances to the outside world. As I draw, I observe and respond to materials. A visual order takes shape. I wrangle with it until I feel it conveys a compelling balance of tension and unity. A drawing is a long and complicated dispute.”

The 2017 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. The gallery will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 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 door X7, turn left, 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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