Zallman’s art exhibit takes a look at our plastic waste at Western Illinois University


Chicago artist Toby Zallman to present his solo exhibition, “Our Plastic Trash”, until Friday, September 24 at Western Illinois University art gallery.

Zallman is an artist from Chicago whose artistic practice focuses on sculpture and drawing. In 2004, after realizing how harmful our plastic and electronic waste is to the environment, she changed her materials to incorporate both recycled / reused materials in her sculpture, as well as a source of visual inspiration for sculptures and drawings. She has used computer trash, plastic bags, plastic bottles and solid plastic waste to create unique works of art that highlight the environmental devastation caused by our consumer culture.

Zallman shows both locally and nationally. She has received several grants from the Illinois Arts Council, an Individual Artist Program grant, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and has had artist residencies at the MacDowell, Yaddo and Ragdale colony.

Entrance is free to the public. Visitors must be vaccinated and masks are mandatory

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Zallman's art exhibit takes a look at our plastic waste at Western Illinois University

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