Department of Art and Design
Our Plastic Trash
August 24 through September 24
Toby Zallman is a Chicago artist whose art practice focuses on sculpture and drawing. In 2004, after becoming aware of how damaging our plastic and e-waste is to the environment, she changed her materials to both incorporate recycled/re-purposed materials in her sculpture as well as a source of visual inspiration for both the sculptures and drawings. She has used computer detritus, plastic bags, plastic bottles and solid plastic trash to create unique art works that shed light on the environmental devastation cause by our culture of consumerism.
Zallman shows both locally and nationally. She was the recipient of several Illinois Arts Council grants, an Individual Artist Program Grant, City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and has had artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and Ragdale.
A reception for the artist will be held Tuesday, August 24 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. The artist will speak about her work at 5:00 pm.
Admission is free and open to the public. Visitors are expected to be vaccinated and masks are required.
August 24 through September 16
Mark Mcleod is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Middle Tennessee State University with research interests in the fallibility of memory and the use of new technology in the creation of sculptural works. Before moving to MTSU he served for 10 years as the only full time art faculty at Cleveland State Community College where he was awarded 12 grants to support both his own works of art and the self directed international artist residency Accessibility.
Having earned an MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University, Mark’s most recent work makes use of digital and CNC technologies to create layered sculptural drawings. These works explore the error prone and ever changing nature of memory and how these glitches affect the ways in which we come to understand ourselves.
A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, September 16 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. The artist will speak about his work at 5:00 pm.
Admission is free and open to the public. Visitors are expected to be vaccinated and masks are required