Art Exhibit at LSC-Montgomery Portrays Everyday Objects as “Porcelain Things”

Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery is starting off its fall schedule with “The Object is the Thing,” an exhibit by Chanda Glendinning, on display August 26 to September 20 in the gallery, which is located in the college’s Performing Arts Center (Building D).

The community is invited to a meet-and-greet reception with the artist on Thursday, September 5, at noon, in the same location. The reception is free, and refreshments will be served.

Glendinning’s exhibit will showcase her conversion of everyday objects into porcelain “things.”

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The community is invited to a meet-and-greet reception with artist Chanda Glendinning on Thursday, September 5, at noon, at Lone Star College-Montgomery. Glendinning’s work, including, “Blossom and Bud,” will be on display August 26 through September 20 at the college.

“Mass produced objects, such as kitchen gadgets, lighting fixtures, and plumbing parts are all carefully designed not only to fulfill a function, but also to add to the aesthetic pleasure of the consumer,” said Glendinning, who is the current Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She also teaches ceramics at both the Glassell School of Art and Houston Community College.

“The form of every object we come into contact with has, at some point in time, been carefully thought out,” she added. “Repeated exposure to these objects that fill our daily lives dulls our senses until we no longer think about what we see, hold, and touch. I convert these tools of everyday life into porcelain ‘things,’ removing function while retaining form, focusing attention on the visual and tactile qualities of these common, undervalued household objects.”

As an artist, organizer, and community builder, Glendinning has been involved with many community arts organizations around the country. Spending most of her life in the rural parts of western New York state, she sums up her biography as a “maker.”

“I am interested in the conceptual implications of multiple forms and the reinterpretation of discarded materials,” said Glendinning. “Incorporating found materials as a counterpoint to the reinterpreted objects creates visual and contextual contradictions in my work.”

Glendinning received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Buffalo State College in 2008, and completed her master of fine arts degree from Kansas State University in 2011.

“The Object is the Thing” is one of four art exhibits on display this fall at LSC-Montgomery. Other exhibits include: “Timeline—Passage Through Emotions,” by Edgar Medina, September 30-October 25; “Offerings—Gifts for the Muse,” by Jan Harrell, November 4-22; and the Student Juried Show, December 2-15.

The Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery is a teaching gallery at LSC-Montgomery, and the presentations and artwork provided are free to the community. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information about the arts at LSC-Montgomery, contact Fong Chau, program coordinator for theatre/fine arts at LSC-Montgomery, at (936) 273-7021, or Fong.T.Chau@LoneStar.edu; or visit LoneStar.edu/montgomery-artgallery.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.