Two art shows open February 17, in the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.
An exhibition of the works of Michael Hopkins utilizing X-ray images will be on display in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the ICC Performing Arts Center. The paintings of P.J. Mills will be on display in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. Both shows run through March 11. An opening reception with Mills is scheduled on February 17, from noon to 2 pm, in Gallery 336B.
Hopkins resides in the Chicago area. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree in 1985 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Works from his X-ray series have been displayed at several college and university galleries throughout the Midwest. Since 2010, Hopkins has had paintings and drawings included in the permanent collections at several colleges and universities, including Northwestern University in Evanston, The Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. In addition, his works have been included in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Flaten Art Museum in Northfield, Minn., the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee. He is a 2003 recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant.
Eight pieces by Hopkins appear in the book ArtWorks: The Progressive Collection, which Forbes magazine ranked as one of the best corporate art collections in the world.
Mills was born in Spokane, Wash. and resides in Florida. The artist earned a bachelor of fine art in painting from University State College in Buffalo, N.Y., and a master of fine art from Cornell University in Ithica, N.Y. Mills was awarded a fellowship in painting while enrolled at Cornell and was a recipient of the Andrew D. White Grant for the Visual and Performing Arts. Mills has taken part in several group and solo exhibitions, including exhibitions in South Carolina, Louisiana, New York, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky and California.
The exhibit by Mills is entitled A Few of My Favorite Things, and, according to the artist, features art based on “things that I can’t seem to get my mind off of until I have finished painting them.” The paintings represent visual metaphors for identity, self-preservation and mortality that emerge from the examination of common objects and how they relate to an “intimate” human condition.
Hours of operation for Gallery 336B are Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday from 9 am to noon. The Performing Arts Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries does vary with ICC’s holidays and breaks; to confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, call the ICC Arts and Communication Department at (309) 694-5113. The Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events.
The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.
For more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com, or contact the ICC Arts & Communication Department at (309) 694-5113.
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