Cheri Reif Naselli

INTERIORITY:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 31, 6-9pm

This work, my work, is a glimpse into an interior life and ongoing conversations – wondering, searching, thinking, feeling, collecting, solving, hoping, listening, wandering, finding, questioning, more thinking, learning, panicking, walking, seeing, forever searching, visual thinking on paper and in space – resulting in this exhibition.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, May 31, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 29 – June 22, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Chiyeko Yuki

Here’s to Life:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 31, 6-9pm

Spring is here again after the long, severe winter. The seasons come around. Eight years have passed since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami took away the lives of more than 18,000 people and swept away everyday life along the coasts.

After the terrible tsunami,  a single pine tree, which had once been a part of a large forest, was the only tree left standing. It was called “the miracle pine” and it initially survived the summer heat, the blowing seawater winds, and the cold snow. It encouraged people and gave them hope to survive. Its roots, however, had been fatally exposed to seawater and it finally died one year after the tsunami. People started to work on a big project to apply special treatments to keep the wood from decaying before restoring it to its original site. By using cloning technology, efforts have been made to create offspring of this miracle pine. It has become a symbol of the recovery and survival efforts of the people in this region.

I have come to the realization that there is something we must hand down to later generations and to the future world. On the exact day of the Big Tsunami I was in bed, in the hospital after surgery. However, I am now here and I am able to enjoy my art and my life again. These small pieces of art are my everyday “journals”. They are my way of life shown in Light and Shadow.

I am writing this on Mother’s Day and I feel a sense of gratitude. My 98-year-old mother helps me cut the paper for my art. I feel thankful for my family and my friends. I am also grateful to the ARC artists who continue to encourage me to make art.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 31, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 29 – June 22, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

AN EVENT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING AN ARC MEMBER

ARC is hosting another get-to-know-us-better event on Saturday, May 4th at 2:00 at our new gallery space (1463 W Chicago Ave).  Come see the new space, the current shows (which are really interesting!), meet the women who run ARC, hear about our history as one of the few remaining women’s cooperative galleries in the country. Plus, there will be snacks and mimosas!

Northern Illinois University MFA Exhibition

Master of NoneOpening  Fri.  April 5,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

Master of None is an exhibition of Master of Fine Arts Graduates from Northern Illinois University.

Exhibiting Artists:
Sasha Bitzer
Shane Bowers
Terrance Gray
Noah Kashiani
John Linquist
Samantha Mendoza
Natalie Pivoney
Emily Rangel-Cascio
Zeinab Saab
Daniel Stetzinger
Xingyi Tan

Opening Reception, Friday, April 5, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Apr 5-27, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Cynthia Vaicunas

FLOAT:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm

In Cynthia’s new work gestural big brush strokes run into dense repetitive areas of bold color – challenging the flow by their placement. Her willingness to switch materials contribute to stops and starts to emphasize a point. Introduction of lozenge like shapes drop from the top to the bottom of the picture plane and interrupt the underlying primary movement. Both gently and boldly they reveal themselves. Like bombs they carry weight both visually and emotionally as they alternately float and drop redefining space and altering our perceptions. They force us to see what happens when an opposing force is introduced.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Katherine Nemanich

Line, Ink, Space:  Opening  Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm 

Working with sumi ink and brushes of many sizes, Katherine Nemanich paints with broad movements that echo the rhythmic flow and rhetoric of selected musical compositions. She then transforms these marks into three-dimensional constructions as she tears and combines her calligraphic paintings, bending and layering the durable 100% cotton paper and fastening it in places with industrial elements—grommets, bolts, and wire. Nemanich’s constructions are non-rectangular and extend outwards across the wall or floor, or suspend from the ceiling.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Susan Emmerson

Afterwards: Opening Reception Fri. May 3, 6-9 pm

Susan Emmerson’s work speaks to the cause and consequences of natural disasters, both on a personal emotional level and on a more global scientific level. Using paper, Tyvek (a plastic paper), and drawings she explores the scenes of destruction and the imagery of loss. The wall sculptures depict disheveled, broken surfaces where Tyvek painfully peels away like paint or skin, and found objects and photos that recall lost mementos of home.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm 

Call for Entries – Frayed: Fiber Beyond Craft

FRAYED: Fiber Beyond Craft
JUROR: Jade Yumang
Apply HERE
 
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT SUNDAY, MAY 19
Fiber works — from embroidery, stitching and sewing, to weaving and felting— have, throughout history, been relegated to the genre of craft and to ‘women’s work.’ Since the late sixties and early seventies, however, the women’s movement has broken through that pigeonhole, as many talented artists turned to Fiber as a form of expression that extended way beyond Craft. As ARC calls for work that uses Fiber as a seminal aspect of expression, we look to further “fray” the boundaries of this evocative medium.
 
With arms open, we welcome artists of all gender orientations to apply to the juried show entitled “FRAYED: Fiber Beyond Craft”
 
Break Every Fiber in Me
 
There’s nothing worse
than feeling bad and not
being able to tell you.
Not because you’d kill me
or it would kill you, or
we don’t love each other.
It’s space. The sky is grey
and clear, with pink and
blue shadows under each cloud.
A tiny airliner drops its
specks over the UN Building.
Everything sees through me,
in the daytime I’m too hot
and at night I freeze; I’m
built the wrong way for the
river and a mild gale would
break every fiber in me
 
– Frank O’Hara, “Nocturne”, 16-19
 
By facing the ordinariness of everyday life and its emotions, the poet Frank O’Hara goes through the ambiguous space of fleeting memories not as a form of sentiment, but a space of constant change. That unstable mindset of subverting the banal can be seen through how fiber is manipulated, sewn, stitched, woven, looped, pieced, stuffed, embellished, dyed, and felted into visual cues that takes you to an uncanny field.
 
Fiber art now goes beyond the worn-out craft vs. art debate and is a lot more integrated into modes of making work. The potential of using techniques that we habitually encounter on our daily lives primarily through touch then highlighting that fundamental affect into transformative work is robust and boundless.
 
Subsequently, fiber art is a conduit that is adapted to grasp evolving implications able to tackle subjects including but not limited to personal narratives, formal abstractions, body works, and political underpinnings. Its conceptual weight is the ability to upend ubiquitous techniques and materials to craft different perspectives and/or break its expectations.
 
A Juried Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago. Wed, June 26 to Sat, July 20, 2019
 
FEES: $40 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image (lower charge for students–High school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $25 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry (Please include copy of Student ID))
 
If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.
 
CALENDAR: All dates are 2019
New Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sun, May 19 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email Sat. May 25.
Work Delivered to ARC: Wed-Sat , June 19-22, 12-6pm
Exhibition Dates: Wed. June 26, 2019 – Sat. July 20, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28 from 6pm – 9pm
 
Apply HERE

Nelson W. Armour

Beyond:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 31, 6-9pm

In the series “Beyond” the images are meant to imply, to suggest, or to infer. Each environment is unique and the image aims at transcending the immediate setting into another realm. The viewer is invited to enter this territory and discover a new dimension.

These images seek to evoke mood, tension, and the unknown. While much of my work is rooted in reality, this series starts from a specific location but ends somewhere else. We live in times where the issue of what is real and what is not real is thrust upon us. This work invades this terrain.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 31, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 29 – June 22, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

NEW OPPORTUNITIES AT ARC !!

ARC Gallery is expanding its arts capacity. While ARC will continue to show quality contemporary art in its main gallery area, the gallery is looking to offer additional affordable options for artists who work in other mediums. Artists with cutting edge ideas looking for affordable space are encouraged to explore these new opportunities. ARC is a women-run cooperative gallery committed to the support of emerging artists. All genders, ages, and ethnicities are welcome.

PERFORMANCE ART:

The new gallery space has a stage! Options for utilizing this part of the gallery include highlighting one or more performance artists at one of our monthly exhibition openings; or a performance event featuring several – or longer –  performance pieces. Pricing: $40 for a performance lasting 15 minutes or less; 15-45 minute performances will range $75-$150. Apply here.


RAW SPACE:
Our new location on Chicago Avenue (ideally located near a number of other galleries) has a large, relatively undeveloped basement area which we will use as an “incubator space”- a site ideal for installations, assemblages, or performances.  Artists who are looking for an affordable space to transform for a month or two are encouraged to stop by the gallery to check out the space. Pricing: $150-$500. Submit proposals here.

TIME ARTS
:

ARC has identified a small portion of the gallery to be dedicated to the exhibition of video, sound, or animation pieces. Work will be looped on a monitor(s) and/or headphones. The work will be on view for one entire exhibition month. Pricing: $15 for submissions 5 minutes and under; $40 for submissions over 5 minutes long. Submit your mp4 here.

Interested artists may email us at info@arcgallery.org for more information. Stop by the gallery (1463 W Chicago Ave) if you’d like to see the space. You may submit a proposal with samples of your work if you would like to be considered for one of these opportunities. Our exhibition committee reviews all work, and will get back to you with a decision re: your proposal and/or a link to send your payment.