Artists From Bulgaria — ARC Gallery Exchange Exhibition

“REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN THERE”  Exhibition dates May 23-June 16.  Opening Reception Friday, May 25, 6 – 9pm

ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is excited to continue our art exchange with artists from Art Movement Krug, Kardzali, and Association of artists from Kardzali, Bulgaria. This exhibition is the second part of the two-way artistic exchange between ARC Gallery and Art Movement ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is excited to continue our art exchange with artists from Art Movement Krug,

Participating artists: Radost Nikolaeva, Galina Dimova, Ziyatin Nuriev, Zafer Galibov, Laura Dimitrova, Arian Rexhepi, Burhanettin Ardagil, Didem Erbas, Guillaume Hillairet, Gyongy Laky, Diane Roehm, Vanya Petkova, Vladimir Chukich, Emil Penchev, Iveta Stoyanova, Kamber Kamber, Maya Mecheva, Pavlina Chukich, Penka Atanasova, Hari Atanasov, Hristo Gaberov

Joan d’Arcambal

May 23-June 16, 2018  Opening Reception Friday May 25  6-9pm

Each one of Joan d’Arcambal’s sprawling, color-drenched paintings appears to be a vivid record of the painting process. In fact, it’s a dazzling illusion, because her large, paint thickened works-that is, her signature impasto style represent the end of the act: the terminus of an artistic expedition, which she reaches by launching herself into a near-trance state, to paint for hours, until she can no longer stand or hold a brush.

 

“Painting for me is like entering another world,” says d’Arcambal. “I paint without thinking – it’s completely intuitive. I believe that the work reflects that.”

Susan Smith Trees

Exhibition dates:  May 23 – June 16   Opening Reception Friday, May 25, 6 -9PM

Susan Smith Trees work concerns the confrontation with the forces of the psyche and the attempt to give physical expression to the cracked, open spaces within.

Materials drive this process. The act of manipulating the material, she explores its capabilities and limitations and discovers its possibilities. It is through this relationship that direction and form emerge. Letting the material lead allows the unleashing of an inner world in a kind of physical exorcism suggesting the experience of the body as a gateway to transformation.

“There is only one journey, going within.” R.M. Rilke

Al-Qawi Tazal Nanavati

“Al-Qawi Tazal Nanavati”  Opening  Fri.  April 27,  6-9pm

My art is an amalgamation of printmaking, drawing and painting, and through it, I deconstruct the essence and importance of meditation, prayer and Islamic practices in my life. The works are heavily influenced by my upbringing as I grew up around people of many faiths in an environment where tolerance and pluralism were protected. In the midst of chaos, unrest and many examples of intolerance in the world today, I attempt to demonstrate through my work the peace and serenity that I obtain through Bandagi also called Zikr, which is a form of repetitive chanting that has been the basic inspiration for my work.

 


Exhibition dates:     April 25 – May 19, 2018

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Yu Ling Huang

“Yu Lin Huang”  Opening  Fri.  April 27,  6-9pm

My body of work reflects my multicultural background and my art historical training. My experience as an immigrant, a Chinese American, a woman, a teacher, a curator, and an art historian has provided me invaluable resources to draw from. I use figurative forms to communicate my thoughts and my observations of the world. Art historical training also enabled me to adopt an analytical view to examine my work in terms of content, design and techniques. This group of work in the exhibition, including oil paintings and collages works, reflect my interest in social-political, and feminist themes. These paintings are my commentaries to wars, cultural and artistic issues, and gender conflicts. work is typically a form of social commentary. Under the current political climate, parts of my practice have taken a surprising turn away from such a focus as a response to the overwhelming media barrage and hostility perpetuated by the occupant of the White House. This series of mixed media paintings is explorative in process and simplicity.


Exhibition dates:     April 25 – May 19, 2018

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Joseph Bigley

“Joseph Bigley”  Opening  Fri.  April 27,  6-9pm

My work is typically a form of social commentary. Under the current political climate, parts of my practice have taken a surprising turn away from such a focus as a response to the overwhelming media barrage and hostility perpetuated by the occupant of the White House. This series of mixed media paintings is explorative in process and simplicity.

The dichotomous use of oil paint and charcoal provides for concurrent polarity and harmony.  Stripped down forms and shapes radiate a sense of properties associated with the physical sciences. This body of work intentionally offers a minimal amount of imagery and by harnessing the inferences of free association and strict geometry creates an expansive suggestion of space, time and universality.


Exhibition dates:     April 25 – May 19, 2018

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

WELCOME: New ARC Gallery Artist Friends!

ARC Gallery Artist Friends!

Thank you to the recent donors to our Logan Foundation Matching Grant who have become Friends of ARC:

Jonas Dikinis

Rena Church

Eoin Cullen

Jolanta Soares

Abigail Enstrand

Carol Lee Fritz

Karen Sako

Gloria Zucaro

Jon Beskin

Constance Vepstas

Nancy Charak

Stephen Schiff

 

 

nitty-gritty NIU Thesis Exhibition

March 28 – April 21

Opening Reception

March 30th

6 – 9 PM

M. Brej • A. Cortes • S. Dupré • N. Elson • R. Griffith • R. Hill

L. Iacoponi • M. Kennedy Nora • K. Rodey • E. Sawka • T. Silver • A. Viola

Deadline for Applications now Extended to May 27 Pride and Prejudice: Gender Realities in the 21st Century

A Juried Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago. June 20, 2018 -July 14, 2018  Applications deadline Extended: May 27, 2018

Click below for

Prospectus and application form

GENDER—perhaps the most essential aspect of one’s person— has transcended the binary ideas of the past, evolving into complex conceptions about identity and sexuality. While contemporary gender expression has created space for empowerment and freedoms for many, it remains confusing for some, wrong-headed for others, and a topic that is continually fascinating to the media. Many welcome this attention and the progress it bodes; but it has also resulted in pain, harassment, and discrimination for others.

ARC, established as a woman-run gallery 45 years ago, continues to embrace and honor the various struggles associated with belonging to a particular gender. Because of this mission, the gallery is calling for entries to a juried exhibition entitled “Pride and Prejudice” which will open in June 2018–the same month as the Pride Parade in Chicago. We are looking for artists’ work that reacts to the pride inherent in belonging to any gender (or not), as well as work that explores the pain, struggle or prejudice that can result from embracing one’s identity. We invite artists of all genders to apply to this exhibition, documenting their own unique experiences in creative dialogue. An array of gender and gender expressions are welcome.

Work for this exhibition will be juried by Oli Rodriguez, an interdisciplinary artist who teaches photography at the School of the Art Institute, and whose work can be seen at www.olirodriguez.com

Submissions may include two or three-dimensional pieces as well as video, spoken word, or performance pieces.

Not Just Drawing–A Line With Intent

A juried exhibition at ARC Gallery from Feb 29-March 24.  Opening Reception: Friday March 2, 6-9PM   Juror F. David Reif will give a juror’s talk at 7:00pm at the Opening Reception.

Selected by the Juror as Best in Show:
Nancy Charak, David Kohan, Julia Davis

Participating artists selected by the juror:  Alexios Aviamis,  Gail Baar,  David Baird,  Bob Bechtol,  Jon Beskin,  Nancy Charak,  Julia Davis,  Sarah Doyle,  Lauren Evans,  Susan Gofstein,  Samantha Haring,  Megan Hildebrandt,  Roxane Hollosi,  Johnson Hunt,  Phyllis Jaffe,  Damien James,  Pauline Kochanski,  David Kohan,  Ambrin Ling,  Casey Lowry,  Sally Machlis,  Wayne Madsen,  Lara Mann,  Angie McMonigal,  Katherine Nemanich,  Joy Ray,  Kathleen Rogers, Kathy Blankly Roman,  Elizabeth Snipes-Roch,  Anne Taft,  Tao Tao,  Daniel Alejandro Trejo,  Holly Wong

What is intent? What is the underlying driving purpose or “thought-framework” for making a mark or image on a surface or in a space? Can “intent” include the intention of having no intent? How much does habit, convention or chance dictate our action and how much comes from an original and personal sense of expressed understanding? How much comes from the unconscious or irrational fabric of our experience? Are there other ways to make a line than with a #2 pencil?

This exhibition is intended to invite thoughtful (and/or feeling-full) exploration of these and other such questions. In particular, however, we hope this challenge will nurture examination of what is habit and convention, … and what is not.