Trash takes new form at Harper's latest art exhibit

Katie Bell works on installationUntil artist Katie Bell combs through construction sites, dumpsters and places that might hold a variety of discarded objects, she really doesn’t know how her pieces will come together.

It’s only when she collects those fragments of material that she can get to work.

Harper College’s latest art exhibition will feature the Rockford native’s sculptures and installations – including a piece she created on-site during a three-day residency this week.

“I came with a vague idea of what I wanted to do, but finding the materials and those little gems you’re not expecting is what really drives it,” Bell said.

The exhibition will run through Thursday, April 7, in Harper’s Art Exhibition Space, Building C, Room C200, on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The exhibit is free Bleach in the Eyesand open to the community from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

On Thursday, March 10, the public is invited to a slide lecture at 11:15 a.m. in the Painting Studio followed by a reception for the artist at 12:15 p.m.

Bell, who now lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been featured in galleries and colleges across the country. She’s the recipient of a painting fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She also won the Young Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, Knox College.

To learn more about the artist, visit katiebellstudio.com. For more information about the exhibit, call 847.925.6568 or visit harpercollege.edu.

Last Updated: 1/30/23