Article from TribLocal Palos Hills
Moraine Valley hosting art exhibit by Lynn PetersBy Moraine Valley Community College Nov. 28, 2011 at 1:07 p.m.
Moraine Valley Community College is hosting “Port Hope” by Lynn Peters, artist and Moraine Valley professor of Sculpture and Ceramics, in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The exhibit is partially funded by Palos Fine Arts and will run until December 15.
“Port Hope” is an installation piece incorporating three elements in its construction: rearview mirrors, a roadside sign and book titles. The project began in 2009 when Peters was looking for an object to be a vehicle for writing words on, something she could make in multiples using clay. She wanted something ordinary but had a life of its own. She saw the Port Hope sign by chance on a road trip with her parents. Initially, Peters planned to inscribe the mirrors with extracts from her journals, but she wanted the work to honor her father and instead used book titles because he was never without a book.
“I am interested in the ways our verbal communications can be made into art,” said Peters. “I journal conversations from everyday life, and I consider them a documentation of what is present in my community. I work with the notion that who you are is totally and only a function of the conversation you engage in, and I illustrate these moments in time with collages, a kind of visual diary of what took place.”
Peters has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University, New York State College, in Alfred, New York. Peters has owned a design studio and sculpture business, completed an international residency in Toronto, Canada, and is a published author who has been exhibited mostly on the East Coast.
The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery provides an opportunity to view locally and nationally recognized artists. Exhibits in the art gallery are free to the public and are available for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as during most performances in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac or call Jennifer Kiekeben at (708) 608-4231.
For news media inquiries call Jessica Crotty, coordinator of College and Community Relations, at (708) 974-5281, or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Article from Chicago Tribune
December 04, 1998 | By Michael Fielding.
PALOS HILLS — "Come forth into the light and let nature be your teacher."Those words, from the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth, will adorn a three-dimensional mural depicting Moraine Valley Community College's relationship with the surrounding area that will be unveiled Friday.
The 60-square-foot architectural bas relief ceramic mural portrays the Cook County Forest Preserve, including the college's campus, the nearby Cal-Sag Canal and local wildlife, such as the white-tailed deer and the cardinal.
Designed and constructed by the Three Dimensional Design class, the mural, titled "Moraine: Service to Man and Nature," will be the first public art piece created by students to be displayed on campus as well as the first such piece on display in the 4-year-old Fine and Performing Arts Center.
"The college is really a part of the forest preserve," said art instructor Lynn Peters, who came to the school in September 1997 from Kean University in Union, N.J.
"And the mural represents part of the totality of the world by being sensitive to the environment."
Symbolizing education, nature and the community, the mural was conceived after Peters' 15 students reviewed aerial photographs and maps and researched the animals and plant life of an area roughly 10 miles across and 6 miles wide.
Each student sculpted a clay image--ranging from abstract images depicting the area's canal and sloughs to symbols of suburbia, including fences, mailboxes and even lounge chairs.
"It is unusual for students to get an opportunity to work on a project like this because they are usually done by professionals," Peters said, adding that she hopes the project becomes a yearly one.
The unveiling will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the college's "The 12 Days of Gifting" benefit, which helps the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery.
Several hundred works of art by college faculty members and community residents will be on sale through Dec. 16.
The benefit will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the college campus, 10900 S. 88th Ave., Palos Hills.