Highland Gallery to Host Reception for Visual Arts Faculty

FREEPORT—The Highland Gallery will feature works of art created by current HCC Visual Arts faculty members from November 1 through December 6, 2012. This annual event will begin with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, at the Highland Gallery.

Recent works by faculty will be on display and available for contemplation, stimulation, and discussion as the feature exhibit of the fall 2012 semester. To celebrate the College's 50th Anniversary, 50 percent of all sales as a result of this exhibit will be donated to Friends of Fine Arts and specifically earmarked for the Visual Arts.

This exhibit also provides the college and community populace with an opportunity to view the art faculty as professional artists; and not solely as instructors. Students and instructors change roles as instructor work is now offered for discussion and critique by students.
“Faculty members of the HCC Visual Arts department are professional artists, as well as teachers, working within a diverse range of media, content, and imagery. Their individualized styles and approach creates an exhibit showcasing traditional through contemporary concerns,” explains Highland Gallery Director Robert Apolloni. “A faculty art exhibition, comprised solely of works created by faculty members, is scholarship – and this exhibit illustrates the commitment of HCC Visual Arts faculty to pursue continued research and artistry outside of the class room setting.” Reed Bakken will exhibit a diverse selection of pottery. Reed’s main concentration is defining his role as a potter concerned for craftsmanship, balance and beauty.

“Oriental influence dominates my work. The craftsman loses himself in his work, which creates a freer piece with more spirit,” says Bakken. “It is a blend of earth, man and fire; a simple approach to pottery, which I hope you enjoy. I feel we need more beauty in this world today. If I can accomplish a few special pots in my lifetime – ones that sing with spirit – then I would be truly blessed.”

Jim Planting exhibits jewelry and metalwork. “This work continues to explore a fascination with spirituality, or my vision of it. Works feed the thoughts, which feed the works. Each idea forms the seed of a meditation,” says Planting. “Each meditation may have numerous sessions until the core idea is translated into the medium that is most appropriate.” Sam Tucibat will exhibit computer-assisted photographs. “My photographic compositions are created from individual images captured amidst the natural beauty and rustic architecture of northwest Illinois, near the Mississippi River” explains Tucibat. “Original photographs are combined and manipulated in the digital darkroom to create a result that is visually unique, but preserves the spirit of the places in which the photographs were taken.”

Robert Apolloni will exhibit his latest series of mixed media drawings. “Drawings begin by allowing diverse materials such as paint, printmaking ink, soda pop, vinegar, solvents and mud to examine the surface of rag paper in seemingly uncontrolled manner,” says Apolloni. “This process creates dramatic changes on and in the paper, which may suggest the next step, path or approach in continuing to work with the drawing.”

Linda Adams-Foat will exhibit her recent exploration into using non-traditional, recycled materials to create costumes. The use of this genre of products leads to exciting and challenging possibilities. In her effort to promote the “green” philosophy into her daily life she is continually searching for new ways to repurpose someone else’s trash. While textiles are her main medium, she enjoys little detours into the world of possibilities that other materials provide.

Highland Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the gallery or Highland’s Visual Arts program, contact Robert Apolloni at 815.599.3479 or bob.apolloni@highland.edu.