Start Date: Feb. 15, 2013
John Ekstrom In Retrospect: Paintings and Drawings
Time: 10:00 AM
Monday, February 11–Tuesday, March 26
Reception: Thursday, February 14, 6–8pm; Gallery Talk by artist at 7pm
Music by: Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Additional Artist Lecture: February 19 at 1:15pm
Painting exhibit celebrates retired faculty member John Ekstrom
Starting February 11, Parkland Art Gallery will host a solo exhibition of works by retired art professor John Ekstrom. An artist reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 with a gallery talk by Ekstrom at 7 p.m. and music by Parkland College Guitar Ensemble. The artist will provide an additional lecture in the gallery on Tuesday, February 19 at 1:15 p.m.
Originally from Chicago, Ekstrom received both his BFA and MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lived in Paris for a number of years prior to joining the faculty at Parkland College, where he taught painting, drawing, and figure drawing from 1979 through 2001. Ekstrom considers himself first and foremost a teacher and has influenced many Parkland alumni and artists in the community with his talent, energy and humor. Since retiring, he continues his art practice and travels frequently to southern California, a source of inspiration for much of his newer work. The retrospective will include artworks that have been produced throughout his artistic career and will feature work on paper as well as paintings.
Parkland Art Gallery’s spring hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; and Saturday, noon–2 p.m. The gallery will be closed on March 22 and 23 for Parkland’s spring holiday.
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.
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.