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Alicia Henry, Brown, Red, White, and Blue (detail), acrylic, cotton, linen, leather, wool, felt, fabric/synthetic blend, dye, thread, yarn, graphite, and colored pencil, dimensions variable, 2012-2015

Home: Works by Alicia Henry

  • Exhibit: February 13, 2017 - March 28, 2016
  • Reception: Thursday, February 16, 5-7 p.m.; Gallery Talk at 6:00 p.m. by Alicia Henry
    Music by Nathaniel Banks and Friends
  • Additional Gallery Lectures:
    Alicia Henry: Thursday, February 16 at 1:15 p.m. in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre

This solo exhibition of artwork by award-winning Parkland College alumna Alicia Henry will feature at the college's Giertz Gallery starting Feb. 13. The exhibition, lectures, and reception are free and open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.

We are delighted to have this Guggenheim Award-winning artist return home from Nashville to exhibit her work and share her experiences with our students and community. Hosting it this year, in celebration with Parkland College’s 50th anniversary, makes it an ideal time.

This exhibition includes work that explores issues of loss. Henry is interested in how cultural, gender, racial, and social differences affect both individual and group responses to loss. Using abstracted human figures, both in isolation or in interaction with others, Henry goes beyond mere representation of the figure and presents a psychological interpretation of her ideas.

Henry is an associate professor and the discipline coordinator in the Department of Arts and Language at Fisk. She received her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA at Yale University School of Art. In addition to attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she has received numerous awards, grants, and residencies, including a Ford Foundation Fellowship; a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant; Art in General, MacDowell Art Colony, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown residencies; and, most recently, the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Henry's works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in private and public collections.


Spring Gallery Hours:
Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, noon-2 p.m.

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 X-7, 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.

For more information or to arrange a tour of the gallery for your group, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or email

Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2337 or email





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