CLC gallery to host exhibit of instructor's artwork

The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at College of Lake County invites the public to "Liminal Space," a new gallery exhibit featuring work from CLC Community Art and Engagement Coordinator and instructor Katrina Davis-Salazar.

The exhibit is open now and runs through Thursday, Sept. 22. The reception will be held at the Grayslake Campus from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.

Davis-Salazar is a mixed-media and mixed-Latinx artist. The daughter of a white father from Central Illinois and a Mexican immigrant mother, she lives in a neurodiverse household and has experienced repeated jolts of trauma and healing. As such, she resides in the liminal space between "the same" and "the other."

This uncomfortable area in the margins begs to be visually recorded with the struggle and stealth of Davis-Salazar as communicator. Her double-voiced identity inspires imagery that is at once funny, uneasy and delicate.

She hopes her narrative work comforts the ill-at-ease and informs the comfortable. Davis-Salazar's empathetic pieces are thickly textured and layered with acrylic, watercolor, charcoal and fabric on wood, paper and canvas.

In addition to teaching fine art, Davis-Salazar leads creative workshops at CLC's Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan.

"While assembling Katrina's work for 'Liminal Spaces,' I was overcome with a powerful, emotional force," said Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art curator Ann Rintz.

"This energy cannot be felt in a virtual situation. Magic happens when art is sincere and flows from the artist's head to the heart and out of the creative hand. Katrina's art is as honest and human as it gets. The experience of this encounter is why I am fortunate to be the curator at CLC."

The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art is open from 8-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8-6 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, contact the gallery at (847) 543-2240 or, or visit

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