Two photography exhibits open September 27 in the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.
An exhibit of works by Elizabeth Claffey opens in the ICC Performing Arts
Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility. A reception for Claffey
is scheduled for October 12 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm in the gallery. This exhibit
is being held in conjunction with the Midwest Society for Photographic
Education Regional Conference, and will be open for four days in Peoria
starting October 12.
In addition, an exhibit by Barbara Hoffman opens September 27 in Gallery 336B,
located in the Academic Building. A gallery reception will be held September 28
from noon to 2 pm, with a talk with the artist on that date beginning at 12:30
Hoffman has been practicing the art of photography for more than 40 years. Her
work has been featured in numerous exhibits across the country, including
venues for the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, the Lexington Art
League in Kentucky, the Mighty Fine Arts in Texas, and Eastern New Mexico
University in Las Cruces. In 2016, Hoffman completed a two-month residency at
the Prairie Center for the Arts in Peoria. Her photography focuses on landscape
and abstraction, but recently she has been expanding her work to include other
media such as printmaking, drawing and painting with ink and watercolor. Her
exhibit, One Thing Leads
to Another, is about her journey as an artist and how she creates
her work. She resides in Peoria.
Claffey is an assistant professor of photography at Indiana University.
She graduated with honors from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. She holds a
master of fine arts degree in photography from Texas Woman's University in
Denton, Texas, where she also earned a graduate certificate in women's studies.
She received a 2012-13 William J. Fulbright Fellowship, which she used to
support her documentary and creative research in Eastern Europe.
Claffey’s work focuses on how personal and family narratives are shaped by
interactions with both domestic and institutional structures and
spaces. Her work has been recognized by various galleries and
publications including PDN Magazine, Project Basho Gallery, Abecedarian
Gallery, The Eddie Adams Workshop, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The
Dallas Morning News,and The Kinsey Institute. Her exhibit, Matrilinear, is an
ongoing series that addresses embodied memory and its relationship to personal,
familial and cultural identity. These images examine family folklore, ritual,
and mnemonic objects passed down through generations of women. The photographs
of each object reveal the physical remnants of a body long gone, including
stains, tears, and loose thread from clothing that were kept close to the body
for comfort and protection. The photographic representations are both a
visualization and an expansion of stories shared as family lore.
Both ICC exhibits will be on display through noon on October 27.
Hours of operation for Gallery 336B are Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 5
pm and Friday from 9 am to noon. The Performing Arts Center Gallery is open
Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to
noon. The Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing
Arts Center is open for public events.
The exhibits are presented by the ICC Art Program and the Arts at ICC. The Arts
at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding
education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits,
performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics,
seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.
Operation of the galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks. For more
information or to confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, visit
ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Arts, Communication and Behavioral Sciences
Department at (309) 694-5113.