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New Exhibits Scheduled to Open in ICC Art Galleries August 20

Pictured: Two exhibits open August 20 in the art galleries of Illinois Central College, located on the East Peoria Campus. P.I.E.C.E.S., a mixed media exhibit of fiber art and painting by Trish Williams, opens in the Performing Arts Center Gallery, and Interior Architecture, an exhibit of ceramics by Ginger Lukas, opens in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. Both exhibits run through September 14.

Two new exhibits open August 20 in the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.

Interior Architecture, an exhibit of ceramics by Ginger Lukas, opens in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. A reception will take place August 22 from noon to 2 pm in the gallery, with a talk by the artist beginning at 12:30 pm.

In addition, a mixed media exhibit entitled P.I.E.C.E.S., consisting of fiber art and painting by Trish Williams, opens in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility. An artist talk is scheduled for August 29 from noon to 1 pm in the gallery. Both exhibits will be on display through noon on September 14.

Lukas is a current artist in residence in the Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists, a program located in the Enos Park neighborhood in Springfield in conjunction with the Springfield Art Association. She earned her master of fine arts degree in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She recently began working with ceramics again following a hiatus after her residency at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. In the interim, her artwork involved using consumer objects and text to play with words and humor in ways that twist their context clues. Following her time at the Clay Studio, Lukas became a professional wedding cake decorator, then a food stylist, and, after moving to Brooklyn, a prop and home stylist for corporate clients such as American Girl and Macy’s. Her clay work has been shown internationally. More information is available about the artist and her works at her website, gingerlukas.com, and her Instagram feed at @gingerlukas.

The title of Williams’ P.I.E.C.E.S. exhibit stands for “Precepts Inspirited by Episodes of Creative Expressions of Self” is an exhibition of works by fiber artist Trish Williams. The exhibit utilizes fabrics, threads, yarns, needles, and things associated with needlework, which Williams said have been a great part of her life. She learned to quilt by being around family members who quilted, and she said she learned the “rhythm of coordinating colors and buying great fabrics” from her mother. Williams’ later works have grown to include more of her hand dyed/painted fabrics, as well as more mixed media with the inclusion of collage papers, plastic and other found objects. More information about the artist is available at her website, handworksbytrishwilliams.weebly.com.

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. In addition, the Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events. Operation of all galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks.

The exhibits are presented by the ICC Art Program and the Arts at ICC. 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 or to confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, visit ArtsAtICC.com or contact the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.