Thursday, June 28 | Parkland Art Gallery | 6-8pm
Join us for the Opening Reception of Tammie Rubin's exhibit, I Dwell in Possibility. Recognizable mass-produced objects take on new meaning in Illinois artist Tammie Rubin’s ceramic sculptures. An artist reception, from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, includes a gallery talk by Rubin at 7 p.m. and music by The Prairie Syncopators.
Rubin is an assistant professor in Ceramics and Foundations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned the UIUC’s College of Fine and Applied Arts Creative Research Award in 2011. She received her MFA in ceramics at the University of Washington in Seattle after receiving a BFA in art history and a BFA in ceramics at the University of Illinois. Rubin’s sculptural ceramics borrow from pre-existing mass-produced objects. Seeing an inherent beauty in these consumer products she transforms these easily recognizable items into mythical and absurd objects. “My sculptures are assemblages of collected objects, the primary interest is transforming the familiar, disposable, and trivial into the mythic and fantastical,” Rubin said in an artist’s statement. “Utilizing the amorphous properties of clay while exploring its inherent materiality, I create fanciful sculptures that feel both familiar and alien.”
Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the gallery will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. 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 any door 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 please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit our website at artgallery.parkland.edu. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351-2505.