Current Art Gallery Exhibits

Galleries One and Two

Selections From the Irie Collection

January 17 - February 24, 2023

Artist Talk and Reception

Wednesday, November 30
2:30 p.m. — Artist Talk in the Bersted Hall, A240
4 p.m. — Reception in Gallery One, A212X

Free and open to the public

  • About the Exhibition

    The work in this exhibition is a selection of pieces from my family’s collection. Most of it comes from trades, a few were gifts, and some pieces were purchased. As a student, peer, assistant, studio tech, and educator, I have been extremely fortunate to work with and get to know several artists I greatly admire.

    Artists tend to generate a lot of stuff. Whatever doesn’t sell becomes a storage problem. Trading with other artists has been a great way of building a collection. There is something very special about trading work. It’s a mutual acknowledgment between artists and a sign of appreciation for each other’s enterprise. Of course, the work traded functions as the artists intend, but it also stands as a marker for a moment in time and a respectful exchange.

    A collection of art in the home becomes comfortable amongst furniture and belongings. An opportunity like this exhibition at MCC allows the work to be seen outside its normal confines. New relationships are generated. While it is rewarding to have a collection of art at home, very few get to enjoy it outside of friends and family. Many of the pieces in the exhibition have only been on display once, and some of the work has never been exhibited until now. This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for the work to be seen and appreciated by a wider audience.

    My family and I enjoy living with this work immensely, and we are honored to share it with you here.

    Works by: Mark Arctander, Balthus, Dan Bruttig, Ryan Travis Christian, William Conger, Gordon Dorn, Ryan Duggan, Jeanne Dunning, John Henderson, Mark Hogensen, Jerrold, Robert Lazzarini, Judy Ledgerwood, Casey Loose, Andrew Mackow, Jessie Mott, Ari Norris, Mike Rea, Keiler Roberts, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Craig Yu, and Olivia Zubko

  • About the Collector

    Matt Irie received his MFA from Northwestern University, Evanston (2002). Irie completed a permanent commission for the Chicago Public Libraries in 2005. He participated in the Luleá Art Biennial, Luleá, Sweden (2009), and was included in Double Take, a public exhibition of site-specific sculptural works funded by The Public Art Fund at MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY (2010). In 2011 he had solo exhibitions at The Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI, and Ebersmoore Gallery, Chicago, IL. In 2012 & 2013, Irie was included in two-person exhibitions at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX, and Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. Most recently, Irie’s work was included in a two-person exhibition at Left Field Gallery, Los Osos, CA (2020), and Arresting Gestures, a solo exhibition at the Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL (2021).

    Matt Irie teaches painting and drawing at MCC. View Irie’s work at

portrait of Robert K Irie, by Jerrold

Jerrold, Portrait of Rober K. Irie, Oil on canvas

Epping Gallery

Submissions for Skyway 2023

January 17 - February 10, 2023

In December 2022, the MCC Art Department faculty selected 25 student entries for submission to the 2023 Skyway Juried Art Competition. This spring, jurors will select the best works from the eight community colleges in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference to be included in the exhibition—hosted April 1–30 at Morton College.

On view in Epping Gallery is just a sample of the two-dimensional work that will be submitted from MCC. Additional 2-D and 3-D pieces can be found in the display case to the right of the gallery and in the A152 hallway. The entries were impressive. Thanks to all students who submitted over 200 works this year!

For a complete list of the artists selected or for more information on Skyway, please get in touch with Trevor Power, Art Gallery curator, at

hannah matthes A Moment in Tides, oil on canvas

Hannah Matthes, A Moment in Tides, Oil on canvas