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Friday, April 4, 2014 03:12 pm

Tonight and tomorrow: Art openings at SAA and The Pharmacy

This Friday and Saturday will provide Springfield art appreciators multiple opportunities to do just that at three separate receptions of exciting contemporary art .

Tonight, the Springfield Art Association will be presenting Trigger: New Work by UIS Art Faculty in the new M.G. Nelson Family Gallery from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The show will showcase the talent at the University of Illinois Springfield and, according to a press release, "reveals a community of artists committed to innovation and exploration, conceptual rigor, and formal acuity."   Artists featured in the show include Brytton Bjorngaard, Shane Harris, Tim Kowalczyk, Allison Lacher, Mike Miller, Michael Prault, Megan Rigoni-McCormic, Jeff Robinson, and Clay Stalter.

 Detail from "Slab" by Jeff Robinson, part of the Trigger exhibit at SAA

Also on the SAA grounds this evening from 5:30-8:30, the DEMO Project will be presenting Pleased to See You by Mike Miller, Chair of the Department of Art, Music, and Theatre and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Illinois Springfield. The show will present work that "conflates public, private, and historical notions of self through the lens of new technology" and the show will feature an actual drone to "capture video and recreate a simulated paparazzi response to Abraham Lincoln’s probable attendance at an on-site Edward’s Place event in 1857." 

Pleased to See You will open with an April 4 reception, 5:30-8:30pm, at DEMO Project, located at 732 N 4th Street, Springfield, IL 62702, on the SAA campus. DEMO Project is directed by Springfield-based contemporary artists, all of whom have an affiliation to the UIS Visual Arts program. For inquiries, please email demoprojectspace@gmail.com

 Image from Mike Miller's Pleased To See You, opening at DEMO Project

Tomorrow night, The Pharmacy will be presenting its 8th group show, entitled Metamorphosis. Click here to read all about the show in this week's Illinois Times and then watch the exclusive IT video below, featuring the Pharmacy artists preparing for and discussing the show.

Time to get arty, Springfield!

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