ICC Art Galleries Shows Featuring Photography, Sculpture Open February 18

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A pair of exhibits opening Wednesday, February 18, will be featured in the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.

Water, an exhibit of the photography of Michael Ellison, will be on display in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery beginning February 18, with an opening reception with the artist from noon to 2 pm, in the gallery. The exhibit will be on display through March 13.

Domesticating Matter, an exhibit of the sculpture and installation of Greg Blair, will be on display from February 18 through March 6, in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building.

Ellison developed a love of photography when he purchased his first camera in 1969 during his combat tour in Vietnam. Upon his return home, he studied photography at Randolph Technical Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree from Montreat College while continuing to hone his skills as a still photographer. Ellison grew up in North Carolina, where he developed an appreciation for water. He works solely with film, using a Hasselblad 503cx and a 4×5 Shen Hoa.

Blair is originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the University of Lethbridge and a master’s degree in sculpture in 2004 from the University of North Dakota. Blair recently completed his doctoral degree in art theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts based in Portland. Blair is an associate professor of art at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.

Regular hours of operation for the art galleries at ICC are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Galleries are closed during college holidays and breaks. 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.