Sarah Kaiser

The work in Sarah Kaiser’s exhibit, Permeable Boundaries, is about boundaries–both physical and psychological. Kaiser depicts metaphorical objects such as wires, traffic cones, fences, curtains, and nests in order to signify the psychological boundaries that exist between people. Barbed wires are metaphors for the imaginary lines that define blended families. Often, roles aren’t clearly defined, which can lead to confusion.

Traffic cones are often used to keep motorists out of a specific area. They symbolize a desire to remove oneself from environments with narcissistic and controlling people.

Boundaries have a great deal to do with accepting limits in familial situations. Through these paintings, Kaiser is examining the limits that she is encountering and trying to assert. They are permeable because they are not always clear.

Opening Reception, Friday, April 1 from 6:00-9:00

Sarah Kaiser, Monica J. Brown and Michael Fischerkeller interpret the ideas of psychological transformation and social consciousness.

  • Exhibition dates: March 30 – April 23, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Northern Illinois University – MFA Candidates Exhibit

(l-r) Korkut Akacik, Jeremy Foy, Kellie Hames, Jeanne Ludeke, Corey Stout , Christina Warzecha, Ian Welch and Michael Zang

Denouement features the work of eight Master’s of Fine Arts candidates at Northern Illinois University. In addition to solo thesis exhibitions on view this Spring 2016 at NIU, these fine art graduate students have organized a group show at ARC Gallery to make their work more accessible to the urban public. Over the course of three years, the work of these artists has evolved as they have experimented with new media and technology. They have submitted work that is representative of the culmination of their graduate careers.”

Opening Reception, Friday, March 4 from 6:00-9:00 

The eight NIU/MFA graduates demonstrate their exploration of new media and technology.

Exhibition dates: March 2 – March 26, 2016
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Exhibiting artists:

A Touch of the Blues

No color has as diverse a range or interpretation as Blue. According to painter Raoul Dufy, “Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones… it will always stay blue.” It is represented by the clearest of oceans and the deepest of melancholy sadness.  It is nature, music, movement, and joy. It is pain and suffering. This juried exhibition is an exploration of this extraordinary color and its seemingly limitless breadth of expression.

Juror Sarah Krepp has an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BS from Skidmore College.  Krepp taught in the SAIC Painting Program for seven years before becoming Professor and Chair of the Painting Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

Exhibiting artists: Angela Alexander-Lloyd, Scott Andresen, Lino Azevedo, Mariona Barkus,    David Bender, Jennifer Cronin, Theresa Devine, Daniel Eggert, Angelika Ejtel, Hank Feeley,    David Feingold, Nancy Fritz, Shelley Gilchrist, Carson Grubaugh, Will Hafeman, Sarah Welsh Johnston, Mary King, Jean-Claude Lajeunie, ATYL(Alex Lee), Ann Baldwin May, Nicholas Meyer, Chris Motley, Di Novak, Yixuan Pan, Yoonshin Park, Marianic Parra, Selene Plum, Eric Rolek, Stephen Schiff, Gary Schmitt, Kathy Sirico, Wendy Simmons, Derick Smith, Valerie Snyder, Carolyn Owen Sommer, Shyun Song, Anne Smith Stephan, Shulin Sun, Ruth M. Grego Viera, and Evan D. Williams.

  • Opening Reception, Friday, February 5 from 6:00-9:00 
  • Exhibition dates: February 3 thru February 27, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm

Ann Patrick O’Brien

Garden of Delights is an exhibit of paintings which provides an inspection of overgrown and otherworldly botanicals set in environments that also seem not quite natural. 

Although the viewer may feel that he should recognize this familiar subject matter, O’Brien’s work focuses predominantly on the medium. Recently, her paintings have grown edgy, immediate and larger than life. On each  canvas, the viewer experiences the exuberance of the paint, senses its movement and may even wonder if the juicy brushwork yet has had time to dry. It is the paint and its properties, rather than any  agricultural still life, which hold the place at center stage.

  • Opening Reception, Friday, February 5 from 6:00-9:00 
  • Exhibition dates: February 3 thru February 27, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm

Thresholds

Absence and intuition. Join ARC for a new exhibit 

Seamus O’Rourke, Judith Roston Freilich and the artists of Thresholds explore the complicated and often invisible relationships between enigma, emptiness and emotion in this provocative new exhibit.

  • Exhibition dates: January 6 through January 30, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Thresholds – Dignity/Distress

Suffering from emotional pain and severe anxiety can be as unbearable as physical pain, yet we don’t see it.  One’s suffering can often be dismissed, or worse, not believed and berated as a moral weakness.  As artists who struggle with mental illness,  we are telling our stories and trying to confront the scourge of stigma.   

Art can serve to heal when one suffers emotional and psychic pain.   These paintings, sculptures, and drawings bring to light the reality of wounds that others cannot see or understand.  There is dignity in having your pain recognized and understood.  Art provides a space beyond the stigma associated with mental illness, where one has voice to express their unique vision and strength. 

Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses in Illinois each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives.

Thresholds is one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for persons with mental illnesses in Illinois. We reject the notion that anyone is a lost cause, utilizing evidence-based practices and a wide range of supports to treat the whole person, rather than just the disease.

Kathy Osler, ATR, LCPC, is the curator of this art exhibition and works as an art therapist at several Thresholds programs.  She has been working in the field of art therapy for 16 years, developing programs to integrate creative expression in the treatment of mental health.   In working with the artists in this program,  she has observed a transformation in some as they identified themselves as artists and how this empowers them to find their own strength in recovery.  The artwork stands on its’ own,  as objects of beauty and as authentic expressions by individuals who value the process as vital to their personal growth.

Judith Roston Freilich

Absence and intuition. Join ARC for a new exhibit 

Seamus O’Rourke, Judith Roston Freilich and the artists of Thresholds explore the complicated and often invisible relationships between enigma, emptiness and emotion in this provocative new exhibit.

  • Exhibition dates: January 6 through January 30, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Time is measured by living things.  Silver Threads and Golden Needles is a personal collection of intuitive and spontaneous images that live in the enigma of time and space.

As these imaginary organic things evolve, they become a visual measure of time. Their cyclical, rhythmic patterns repeat themselves and we see remnants left in moments of time. The marks, stitches, and materials reflect complex rhythms, incongruities, and relationships. There are bursts of energy- fierce, uncontrolled, uninhibited urgencies- and beautiful swells of serenely floating calm. Like life, some parts are smooth and glittering and others have been torn, sanded, and glued in an unfinished process, leaving traces of journeys. The work, itself, becomes a remnant of passing time.

Seamus O’Rourke

Absence and intuition. Join ARC for a new exhibit 

Seamus O’Rourke, Judith Roston Freilich and the artists of Thresholds explore the complicated and often invisible relationships between enigma, emptiness and emotion in this provocative new exhibit.

  • Exhibition dates: January 6 through January 30, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm

In his Firelines series, Seamus O’Rourke politicizes the space between what is visible and what is absent. His work examines the empty spaces left behind after thousands of paintings were confiscated from public galleries/Museums in Germany, (and later burned by the Nazis) in 1939. Visitors to the exhibition, may notice the clips suspending the drawings from the wall, implying a forensic or evidential status. The all enveloping ink both alters and cancels each drawing, equally reducing and extending meaning. The threat of censorship remains as ever a constant risk to the contemporary artist., every form of censorship attempts to silence the artist. This is the first solo exhibition in the USA, by this Irish artist. 

Seamus O’Rourke thanks the National Cultural Awarding body in the state of Ireland for the partial funding his exhibition at ARC Gallery.

I Can’t Breathe

Opening this Friday, December 4 from 6-9pm

Discussion with Jurors Romi Crawford, PhD and Mary Patten
Saturday, December 12, 2015 – 4-6pm

Exhibition dates: November 25 through December 19, 2015
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Having endured a year in which video after video has appeared, showing shocking violence by police against unarmed citizens, ARC begins a conversation about these events. The videos have forced all of us to address related ignorance and denial, as well as to ask even bigger questions about the nature of institutionalized racism.

ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation has long been dedicated to honoring the creative voices of people lacking other avenues of expression. Since 1973, ARC has given exposure and support to both male and female artists, providing an atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and experimentation. Now, ARC has embraced the opportunity to mount “I Can’t Breathe”. This exhibition builds upon the visual narratives that troubled, empowered, enlightened, or enraged us over these past months and years.

Juried by Romi Crawford, Ph.D. and Mary Patten, this exhibition presents artists from all walks of life who are using their voices in a variety of media to address the profound phrase, “I can’t breathe…” Crawford, an associate professor in Visual and Critical Studies and Liberal Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has a long history with art that revolves around political, racial, and gendered identity. Patten also teaches, at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and works collaboratively with the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials and Feel Tank Chicago.

Participating artists: Zahran Alaqeel, Alexandra Antoine, B. Ra-El Ali, Soheila Azadi, Anna Bae, Richard Bannister, Tavarus Blackmonster, William Blake, James Britt, Steve Buduo, Christine Cho, Calcagno Cullen, Ryan Davis, Joseph Doyle, Nia Easley, Eca Eps, Maria Fragoudaki, Francesca Gagliano, Emily Greenberg, Will Hafeman, Melissa Halka, Karim Hanna, Alex Harris, Rachel L. Slusarczyk Harper, Paula Henderson, Jesse Howard, YK Hong, Emilia Izquierdo, Cameron Jarvis, Jennifer Karmin and J’Sun Howard, Jenny Keyser, Dawn Kim, Dante Kirkman, Lyle Kleinhans, Steffi Klenz, Saskia Knowles, Kelly Lloyd, Kuumba Lynx, Antonia McMan-McCline, Angelica Mercado, Matthew Miklavcic, Tiana Marie Mincey, Luke Montavon, Matthew Nicholas, David Obermeyer, AnaMarie Paredes, Lauren Patrrick, Megan Pitcher, The Plug-In Studio, Claire Pope, Steven Quinn, Trace Rosel, Rochele Royster, Heath Schultz, Kathryn Scott, Tony Smith, Shawn Michelle Smith, Brad Stolbach, Shelby Stone, Robert Summers, Eda Sutunc, Miguel SZ, Mirland Terlonge, Darryl Terrell, Raymond Thomas, Nancy VanKanegan, Lisa Vinebaum, Jessie Whitehead, Brittney Leeanne Williams, Evan D. Williams, Noga Wizansky, Allison Yasukawa, and Kathryn Young.

Cynthia Vaicunas

This November, join us for an opening, a visual conversation and a panel discussion.
Opening Reception, Friday, November 6th from 6-9 pm

Relationships. Cynthia Vaicunas, Chicago’s Bulgarian Children and Laura Lencioni portray their relationships with art and the earth and the language necessary to convey these thoughts during ARC’s November exhibit.

A Panel Discussion including the Bulgarian children artists will be held Sunday, Nov 15 at 3:00.

Exhibition dates: October 28 through November 21, 2015  
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm 

A turn of line, the journey of a mark, abstract shapes both geometric and biomorphic, bundled and twisted – all these converse with each other both within and bouncing off of canvas boundaries. These are the relationships and dialogues that Cynthia Vaicunas explores in her New Work, and these conversations continue between individual paintings when they are hung together.

Looking at them we see how her language changes and varies, seeking humorous and calm statements. She uses technique and color to reflect the changing daily sights of her world, yet the paintings achieve a unity in her discoveries.

Laura M. Lencioni

This November, join us for an opening, a visual conversation and a panel discussion.
Opening Reception, Friday, November 6th from 6-9 pm

Relationships. Cynthia Vaicunas, Chicago’s Bulgarian Children and Laura Lencioni portray their relationships with art and the earth and the language necessary to convey these thoughts during ARC’s November exhibit.

A Panel Discussion including the Bulgarian children artists will be held Sunday, Nov 15 at 3:00.

Exhibition dates: October 28 through November 21, 2015  
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm 

In Italian, semenza means “a sown field”, as in a field of wheat or other similar crop. It also refers to the batch of seeds used to sow a field, and, more abstractly, the “cause, reason, subject, spring or root.” *
Lencioni has an avid interest in all things agricultural, as well as all things artistic, and she is always looking for ways to combine her passion for organic gardening with her passion for creating art. Semenza is a fitting title for a body of work devoted to exploring the connection between the creative forces at work in the garden and the creative process of the artist.

*From: “Italiano ed Englese” by Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti.