July 1–Thursday, August 1, Parkland Art Gallery
Thursday, July 11, 6–8 p.m., with gallery talk at 7 p.m.
Lecture: Thursday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.,
Workshop with Artist: Thursday, July 11, 1–4 p.m., Room S117
Fiber takes new form and meaning in artist Meredith Setser’s
felt sculptures and installation, to be featured in a Parkland Art Gallery
exhibit opening Monday, July 1.
Setser: Tunnel Vision” will run through Thursday, August 1. Special
events have been planned on July 11 in connection with the exhibit. First, an
artist reception, 6–8 p.m. in the gallery, will include a talk by Setser at 7
p.m. Setser will also provide an earlier
lecture on her work, at 10:30 a.m. in the gallery. Finally, a special fabrics
processing workshop featuring Setser has been planned from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room
An assistant professor of printmaking
at Heron School of Art and Design at Indiana University–Purdue University
Indianapolis, Setser received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
in 2004. She is a 2011 recipient of an Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship. Setser
has exhibited her work as a printmaker and installation artist both regionally
and internationally, including Dittmar Gallery at Northwestern University; Open
Studio Gallery in Toronto, Canada; Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey;
Penang State Art Gallery, Malaysia; and Museu de Arte de Brasilia, Brazil.
“Meredith Setser: A Fantasy Felt Life” was recently published in FiberArts Magazine.
Traditional copperplate etching and
its historical application of creating toile cotton fabric tie together Setser’s
use of medium and process. In her artist statement for the upcoming exhibit,
she said the ideas that inform her studio practice are inspired by “humankind’s
increasing encroachment on natural habitats, which has resulted in urban settings
where wildlife and people coexist in very close proximity to one another.
“My prints and printed installations
attempt to celebrate the commonalities that exist between humans and animal
species while at the same time posing questions about the ethics and
surrounding consumption of natural resources.”
Setser’s July 11 workshop will teach
the fundamentals of Nuno felting, a process of laminating wool fiber onto an
open-woven fabric base such as china silk or muslin utilizing agitation and
moisture, commonly used to produce garments and accessories. Each participant
will produce a lightweight scarf using colorful merino wool and silk gauze.
Supplies are included. Registration is required through Community Education;
the deadline is July 3 and the fee is $50. For more information or to register,
please contact Community Education at 217/353-2055.
Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m.; the gallery will be closed on Thursday, 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.