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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 21, 2017

University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to present:
Marc Making: Artists of Marcfirst

The exhibition will open with a free public reception on Friday, June 2, from 5-7pm, and will remain on view through August 9.

Marc Making: Artists of Marcfirst features a variety of artwork by creative individuals from Marcfirst, a local agency dedicated to supporting adults with developmental disabilities. During the past four months, University Galleries partnered with Marcfirst's Marc Making program to afford these artists an opportunity to create paintings, drawings, collages, and small sculptures through workshops held on Saturdays among the gallery's rotating exhibitions. Though the individuals have varying experiences making art, the Marc Making program aims to, as Marcfirst's Arts Coordinator Iga Puchalska states, "create an inclusive and creative environment of collaboration through supporting individuals' self-expression while participating in the Bloomington-Normal fine arts community and beyond."

The artists will continue the aforementioned Saturday workshops throughout their exhibition, resulting in two continually evolving walls: a spotlight of new artwork produced from the most recent workshop; and an abstract mural that will develop over time through collaboration between Marcfirst individuals and volunteers. Marc Making: Artists of Marcfirst is more than a celebration of artmaking-it is an active hub for creativity, inclusion, and collaboration between the artists of Marcfirst's Marc Making program and the community of Bloomington-Normal.

Artwork from Marcfirst's "Developmental Training" program will also be on display to represent those individuals who were unable to attend the off-site workshops at the gallery.

The Marcfirst Choir, which includes many of the participating artists, will perform at 6 p.m. during the exhibition reception on Friday, June 2.

Marc Making: Artists of Marcfirst is a result of a partnership between Marcfirst's Marc Making program and University Galleries of Illinois State University. The exhibition is organized by Curator Jason Judd and art workshops are organized by Marcfirst's Art Coordinator Iga Puchalska. Marc Making's workshops are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation. Programs at University Galleries are supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Please contact University Galleries at 309.438.5487 or gallery@IllinoisState.edu to schedule a free curator-led tour for your class or community group.

University Galleries is located at Uptown Station at the corner of Beaufort and Broadway streets. Parking is available directly above in the Uptown Station parking deck, and the first hour is free, as well as any time after 5:01pm. If you need special accommodations to participate in any event, please contact University Galleries at 309.438.5487 or gallery@IllinoisState.edu. All events at University Galleries are free and open to the public.