The Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) is opening its Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery for displays starting with the “Press and Clay Exhibition” by Vida Sačić, Sept. 19 to Oct. 25.

Sačić is a Chicago-based artist, designer and educator. Her work in print media explores the relationship between printing and language. She prints and creates large-scale installations, assemblages of prints on paper, textiles and fiber using movable type, letters that can be touched, and a printing press. Her works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions nationwide, including DeVos Art Museum (Michigan), Art Mora Gallery (New York City), Columbia College (Chicago) and The Center for Book Arts (New York City). Sačić has been recognized as an Artist-in-Residence at The Penland School of Art and Craft, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, among others. She is an associate professor of art at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Her clay sculptures function as translations of the printed word and often are paired with historic printing tools. Working with historic objects used in the commercial printing and textile industries allows for a focus on the process of production. These production tools imply a greater social narrative that speaks to the history of labor through print media.

A reception and artist talk will take place on Monday, Oct. 25, with the time to be determined. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and during most FPAC performances. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

For more information on the artist, visit her website. For more information or to purchase tickets to other FPAC shows, visit the FPAC online or call (708) 974-5500. See the latest COVID-19 protocols for visitors on campus.