Tom Duffy

“Man In Nature”

Man in Nature presents two views of man’s impact on our natural world. In the first view, Duffy looks at the impact of limestone quarrying on the environment. His photos show the serenity of the environment sans “man.” He also looks at quarrying the limestone in that natural world.  These are the quarries in southern Indiana that produce the finest limestone used in our major buildings like the National Cathedral and Empire State Building.  While the quarries destroy the natural environment, we can see a different kind of beauty in the quarries in the workers harvesting and fabricating the limestone. 

In his second man/nature view he looks at small family farming in southern Indiana. The farmers seek to improve the environment through their sustainable farming practices but unfortunately their efforts do not produce a living wage.  As a result we see the decay of rural America.

Opening:     Friday October 28 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     October 26 – November 19, 2016

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

Jane Stevens

“A Moment In Time”

Stevens’ black and white photographs capture the magical and spiritual quality a camera can record. These photographs capture the essence and spirit of a place. Using this light sensitive medium, the artist captures a moment in time and the illusive quality of light.

The photographs document approaching storms using infrared film. Storms can bring sudden and transforming experiences to the people who experience them. There is a very energetic and overwhelming energy that precedes a storm. These photographs are metaphors for personal struggles that people experience in their lives. 

Opening:     Friday October 28 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     October 26 – November 19, 2016

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

Jessica Gondek

“Recent Drawings”

This series of recent drawings are inspired by machine aesthetics and reference common tools and domestic utilitarian objects. Gondek’s process begins with digital manipulations from vintage consumer catalogues published in the early 1900’s such as Pratt and Whitney tools, and the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, maker of domestic gadgets. The digitally printed elements she composes recall blueprints or plans, and create a foundation and under drawing for the modification of the context of these implements. 

Drawing from observation of actual objects allows for transposition and mutability between layers of printed and drawn information. The objects explored are simultaneously transformed denying their original functional purpose and asserting an animated physical presence and internal narrative.

Opening:     Friday October 28 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     October 26 – November 19, 2016

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

ARC Annual Member’s Exhibition – 2016

Please join the collective membership of ARC for its annual Member’s Exhibition!  View current artwork from its talented and diverse membership.

As one of the oldest and largest non-profit galleries in Chicago, ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation (ARC) has a long and distinguished history as a cultural institution in the city. Founded in 1973 as an all-female, all-volunteer organization, ARC not only provided exhibition space to 2-D and 3-D artists, but installation and video arts.  

ARC’s mission is to bring innovative, emerging and experimental visual art, to a wide range of viewers, and to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. Celebrating 43 years in existence, ARC provides exhibition opportunities and support to artists, across all artistic disciplines including performance, sound, and video. The support ARC offers includes: professional presentation of work, significant financial subsidy of gallery space, group and themed show opportunities, and feedback and encouragement to young and emerging artists.  

Celebrate another great year of existence at its opening reception on September 30th from 6pm-9pm!

The exhibition will be on display from September 28 – October 22

Christopher Fowler

Christopher Fowler’s show “No Blue in Sight” will be a selection of oil paintings on canvas.

Join us for the opening!

Opening:       Friday September 2 from 6-9pm
Exhibition dates:     August 31-September 24, 2016
Gallery hours:       Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Meredith Dytch

Dytch is influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of “sabi,” which is about the beauty inherent in the old, the decaying, and the weathered: a wooden barn door from which most of the paint has peeled, or, in her case, a trash-filled alley, or a crumbling concrete viaduct. More than the strict reality of the scene, she is interested in capturing the truth of what it says about the city.

This philosophy encourages her to strip her art of sentimentality, “prettiness,” or the “grandeur” of the traditional landscape, while still conveying the unique mood of every scene.

Join us for the opening!

Opening:       Friday September 2 from 6-9pm
Exhibition dates:     August 31-September 24, 2016
Gallery hours:       Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Learn More about ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation by Listening to DePaul University Podcast Featuring Cheri Reif Naselli

HOME; An Exhibition

ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation

Extended the deadline for the show until Tuesday, Oct 4 at 11:59pm.

For more information or to apply, please download our prospectus, or continue to our online form.

Home: (hom) n. 1. One’s dwelling place; abode of one’s family. A place where one flourishes, is most typically found or originates w. One’s abode after death; the grave. 3. The abiding place of one’s affection, esp. domestic affections. 4. Ones native land or place. 6. The social unit or center formed by a family living together.

This juried exhibition investigates how home is perceived in a variety of contemporary contexts. Homelessness, routine eviction, migrant work, and the refugee crisis all affect our understanding of home. This exhibition seeks to explore the concept of home in light of these current international and domestic contexts. What does the concept of home mean for the individual and community? This investigation includes, but is not limited to, artistic inquiries of social and cultural identity, economic and political status, gender identity , and ethnic and/or religious heritage.

Jurors

  • Trevor Martin serves as Director of Exhibitions and Associate Curator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A multi-media artist, he is also a lecturer in the School’s performance department. Associated with SAIC since 1998, Martin has lead projects that bridge education and creative research involving guest artists, faculty, and students and organized numerous exhibitions around performance and multi-media work.
  • Asha Veal Brisebois, a graduate student in art administration and policy student at School of the Art Institute Chicago, will serve as co-juror with Mr. Martin, as part of ARC’s educational and mentoring program initiatives.

For more information or to apply, please download our prospectus, or continue to our online form.

Off The Wall | “We The People…”

Opening reception
Friday July 22 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates: July 20 – August 13, 2016
The ARC Gallery, 2156 North Damen, Chicago
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

 

As part of the important conversations swirling around this election year, ARC invited artists to join an exciting new open walls show entitled “We The People…”

With this exhibition we sought out work that critically explores and dissects the current election season and the wider impact government has on our lives. We, in this country (U.S.), are all affected by those whom we elect, regardless of racial, sexual, gender, class, citizenship status. To grapple with issues and ultimately to vote is a responsibility and an honor; and it calls for discussion in which both visual and non-visual artists, can have much to offer.

Rochelle Weiner | Strata+Sphere

Opening reception
Friday July 22 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates: July 20 – August 13, 2016
The ARC Gallery, 2156 North Damen, Chicago
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Strata+Sphere, Abstract works by Rochelle WeinerRochelle Weiner is a contemporary multi-media artist, recently returned to her home town of Milwaukee after working and residing 20 years in Chicago. This series of abstract works, entitled “Strata+Sphere”, uses layered painting techniques to depict abstract memories of growing up on Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhood. Rochelle’s main interest in painting lies in storytelling. The layered painting techniques that she has developed – using opaque and transparent mediums to build up layers of color and texture, scraping back to reveal earlier layers and then building up and covering up again, shows a history of what went before, even if in a very subtle way. This tells a story both of her painting process and of her subject matter. She works in varied mediums to achieve her goals, including watercolor on board,

It Figures: The Body in Art

Join ARC for a juried group show and drawing exhibit

  • Opening Reception, Friday June 24 from 6-9pm  

This month ARC Gallery is featuring a group exhibit selected by Dan Addington of Chicago’s Addington Gallery with a theme based on a contemporary look at the human figure. In addition, last year’s drawing show first-place winner, Jack Nixon, will display the wide variety of his intricate drawings.

  • Exhibition dates: June 22 – July 16, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

The exhibition It Figures: The Body in Art is a contemporary examination of the human figure- historically a major focus of artists.  All societies have created their own concepts for how to portray the human body.  These concepts are reflected and challenged in artists’  representation of the human figure. This exhibit will examine contemporary society’s and artists’ views of the human body in all of its manifestations.

At 7:30 on the evening of the opening reception, Friday, June 24, please join us for a performance work presented by David Perales Albert. 

Selected exhibiting artists: Andrew Ackerman, Dohgyoung Ahn, Kiley Ames, Linda Andrei, Susan Case, Ashley Cassens, Yong Chen, Brian Christensen, Joe Ciaccio, Mark Dierker, Silvana D’Mikos, Mark Franz, Ghislaine Fermaux, Charity Henderson, Annick Ibsen, Susan Kachor Conlon, Martin Keey, Axelle Kieffer, Pamela Lee, Anna Liljas, DeCarlo Logan, Sarah Lovitt, Casey Lowry, Dan McCormack, Jennifer McNulty, Bobbi Meier, Erik Ohrn, Caroline Owen, David Perales Albert, Aldo Romeo, Ann Rosen, Judith Roth, Jessica Sebok, Amanda Shaw, Hyeyoung Shin, Alecia Teague, Jeremy Thurlby,  Jac Tilton, Krista Varsbergs, Xiao Wang and Sun Yun.