Oakton hosts exhibit exploring the cultural impact of shoes

  • "Patrick Miceli: Played Out" is on display at Oakton Community College's Koehnline Museum of Art through June 30.

    "Patrick Miceli: Played Out" is on display at Oakton Community College's Koehnline Museum of Art through June 30. Courtesy of Oakton Community College

Submitted by Oakton Community College
Posted6/6/2022 12:54 PM

Oakton Community College invites you to explore the cultural impact of the shoe industry with "Patrick Miceli: Played Out," on display through June 30 at Oakton's Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines.

In recent years, Miceli has intermittently used images of shoes, mainly as a project idea for his ceramics classes. Intrigued with both the results and the process, he fabricated pairs of ceramic shoes, firing the results with various surface treatments.


By using shoes as images in his work, he has also discovered the cultural impact of the shoe industry that promotes athletic shoes as an emblem of status, not only within the culture at large, but also in a variety of subcultures. Shoes have become such a sought-after status symbol that a criminal black market has evolved around them.

Miceli's "Played Out" is also about the significance of identity, attachment, and desire.

The Koehnline Museum of Art has recently featured a series of exhibitions illuminating significant chapters of Chicago art history from the early 20th century to the present. Miceli -- an urban artist who uses research as a fundamental part of his creative process -- is a Chicago native.

In the 1980s, Miceli produced realistic paintings of urban scenes like the Belmont El Station (1987), on display on Oakton's Des Plaines campus. In the 1990s, found objects, such as "premium" toys given away by fast-food restaurants, became part of his installations.

A major exhibition, "For All Ages," at the Koehnline Museum in 1999, featured 20,000 such giveaway toys.

Miceli earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997. He teaches art at several schools, including Columbia College in Chicago and Oakton Community College. His work has been exhibited at Artemisia Gallery, ARC Gallery, Evanston Art Center, the James R. Thompson Center and the Chicago Cultural Center.

The Koehnline Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Museum hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public; admission is free.

For information, contact nharpaz@oakton.edu or (847) 635-2633.