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  

Call for Entries – Frayed: Fiber Beyond Craft

FRAYED: Fiber Beyond Craft
JUROR: Jade Yumang
Apply HERE
 
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
Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sat, May 5 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email Sat. May 26.
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

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, it 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 at ARC.  All genders, ages, and ethnicities are welcome.  ARC is a women-run cooperative gallery committed to the support of emerging artists.

1.    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 plan to 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 and discuss possibilities.

2.    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, to be available during gallery hours for the entire month.

3.    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 the openings, which occur every 4 weeks. Alternatively, a performance event featuring several, or longer, performance pieces could be arranged at other times.

Interested artists—either stop by the gallery (1463 W Chicago Ave) or email us at info@arcgallery.org.  You can submit a proposal with samples of your work if you would like to be considered for one of these options. Our exhibition committee reviews all work and will make a decision regarding acceptability and (depending on amount and time involved) will negotiate costs.

 


Laura Cloud

Moroccan Markets:  Opening  Fri.  Feb 8,  6-9pm 

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

Laura Cloud: Moroccan Markets

Moroccan Markets is the result of a residency program I attended at Green Olive Arts located in Tetouan, Morocco. Over the years the country has negotiated international free trade agreements with several  countries. This work was inspired by the patterns, colors, repetitions and amassed quantities of merchandise found in daily life around Tetouan.

Opening Reception, Friday, February 8, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 6-Mar 2, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art

Humanity Rising IIOpening  Fri.  Feb 8,  6-9pm 

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

Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art Presents: Humanity Rising II

Humanity Rising I was born in 2016 out of the unease that we, as members of the caucus, felt in the wake of our political condition. For Humanity Rising II, the artwork embodies the human condition – politically, environmentally and spiritually.
Laura Cerf-Dahl, Esther Charbit, Anne Farley Gaines, Jeanine Hill-Soldner, Kathryn Kucera, Judy Langston, Bert Leveille, Kelly Mathews, Jeane Kat McGrail, Mary Krebs Smyth, Anita Miller, Joan Minsky, Jacqueline Moses, Sandra J. Perlow, Alice Revelski, Judith Roth, Caren Helene Rudman, Vicki Senn, Heather Sepanik, Suzanne Weythman, Rebecca Wolfram

 

Opening Reception, Friday, February 8, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 6-Mar 2, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Art Makers North

ImpromptuOpening  Fri.  Feb 8,  6-9pm 

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

Art Makers North Present: Impromptu

Exhibiting Artists:

Adrienne Aaronson
Gail Baar
Marcia Babler
Sandie Bacon
David Cohen
Reginald Coleman
Marilyn De Boer
Ellen Roth Deutsch
Marlene B. Diamond
Marikov Ventura
Jeanne Garrett
Barbara Goldsmith
John Hatelstad
Suzanne Horwitz
Todd Jacobs
Steven T. Jones
Judith Joseph
Beverly Kedzior
Pamela Lee
Ruti Modlin
David Robbin
Ann Rosen
Marilyn Schulenberg
Peggy Schutze
Judy Lipman Shechter
Mary Krebs Smyth
Cheryl Steiger
Kay Thomas
Michele Thrane
Ellen & John Wright

 

Opening Reception, Friday, February 8, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 6-Mar 2, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

“His-ter’-ee-uh”

His-ter’-ee-uh:  Opening  Fri.  Mar 8,  6-9pm 

Juried by artist Olive Stefanski

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

This exhibition addresses structural sexism—in particular, women’s emotional realities, and how that emotional reality plays out in a national atmosphere of distrust about women’s stories, women’s rationality and women’s anger.

His-ter’-ee-uh: from the Greek word “hystera”, or womb—an organ that was thought to migrate erratically through a woman’s abdomen, searching for “fragrant smells”, much like “an animal within an animal”. (Aretaeus, Greek physician, 2nd century AD)

While the uterus has become more sedentary over the intervening years, it nevertheless continued to be blamed for women’s irrationality and emotional distress. In the 19th century, a time marked by both physical constraints (corsets) and psychological restrictions (confinement to womanly activities), widespread concerns about female hysteria resulted in numerous cures for misbehaving wombs. A popular treatment for hysteria at the time was clitoral stimulation administered by one’s physician.

Today, in the inevitable backlash to the “MeToo” moment, women once again are distrusted, disdained (and sometimes diagnosed) for an emotionality that threatens the status quo. Women’s bodies continue to be the ground around which much of the conflict revolves. Strangely enough (as we saw in recent Supreme Court hearings) some of the hysteria around these events now seems to also emanate from men, which suggests the need for a new metaphor to explain the cause of women’s rage.

Exhibiting Artists:

Heather Bennett
Meghan Chase
Jeanne Ciravolo
Shelby Dillon
Abby Friend
Nolan Keohane
Helen Lee
Lily Martina Lee
Brandon Lowery
Susan McMillen
Ashley Miller
Sophia Moreau
Kathia Muniz-Rios
Chelsea Nader
Samantha Lynn Pearson
Jess Podraza
Cheri Reif-Naselli
Gina Robbins
Abby Schnure
Gretchen Schreiber
Jean Seim
Wei Weiting
Lauren Woods
Shihui Zhou

Opening Reception, Friday, March 8, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Mar 6-Mar 30, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

 

ARC Gallery PopUp Members Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:  January 9- February 2 2019 . Opening Reception Friday, Jan. 11, 6-9PM

In January 2019, ARC Gallery will be showing an exhibit of works by current members, interns, affiliate members and prospective members.

Come to the gallery to see the variety of excellent work shown by the artists who run the gallery on a day-to-day basis (or have done so in prior years).

Current ARC Members participating in the exhibit:  Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker —

ARC Affiliate members participating in the exhibit: Denise Bellezzo – Esther Charbit – Anne Farley Gaines – Pauline Kochanski – Jane Stevens

Gallery Associate participating:  Monica J. Brown

Gallery Intern participating:  Rachel Gluski

Applying for Membership participating:  Cait Hardie – Elyse Martin – Michele Williams

Virginia Mallon

#brokenwomenmendstrongerOpening  Fri.  January 11,  6-9pm 

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

#brokenwomenmendstronger is a powerful body of work that explores the aftershocks of the #metoo movement and the Kavanaugh Hearings. The portraits of survivors are painted on discarded slate from the long condemned Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital and reflect on the trauma of assualt, and examine women’s efforts to reclaim their selfhood and brokenness in the aftermath.

Opening Reception, Friday, January 11, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 9-Feb 2, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Call for Entries “His-ter’-ee-uh”

A juried exhibition in March 2019 at ARC. Click here for prospectus and application form.

New exhibit at ARC Gallery, March 2019, juried by artist Olive Stefanski. (NEW DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS! —Jan. 26th, 11:55 pm)

With this exhibition, we are calling for art that addresses structural sexism—in particular, women’s emotional realities, and how that emotional reality plays out in a national atmosphere of distrust about women’s stories, women’s rationality and women’s anger.

His-ter’-ee-uh: from the Greek word “hystera”, or womb—an organ that was thought to migrate erratically through a woman’s abdomen, searching for “fragrant smells”, much like “an animal within an animal”. (Aretaeus, Greek physician, 2nd century AD)

While the uterus has become more sedentary over the intervening years, it nevertheless continued to be blamed for women’s irrationality and emotional distress. In the 19th century, a time marked by both physical constraints (corsets) and psychological restrictions (confinement to womanly activities), widespread concerns about female hysteria resulted in numerous cures for misbehaving wombs. A popular treatment for hysteria at the time was clitoral stimulation administered by one’s physician.

Today, in the inevitable backlash to the “MeToo” moment, women once again are distrusted, disdained (and sometimes diagnosed) for an emotionality that threatens the status quo. Women’s bodies continue to be the ground around which much of the conflict revolves. Strangely enough (as we saw in recent Supreme Court hearings) some of the hysteria around these events now seems to also emanate from men, which suggests the need for a new metaphor to explain the cause of women’s rage.

application form and prospectus: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/ahistereeuha/