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

 

 

Pride and Prejudice: Gender Realities in the 21st Century

A Juried Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago. June 20, 2018 -July 14, 2018  Applications deadline: May 13, 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.

Zoran Shekerov: Artist Lecture

Sat.  Jan 27,  3-4pm

To conclude the exhibition Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desireby Zoran Shekerov, you are warmly invited on January 27th from 3-4 PM at ARC Gallery for a lecture given by the artist. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Departing from the work presented at the gallery, during the afternoon, Shekerov through his lecture will aim to open up the space proposed in the title of his exhibition. Bringing us closer to his process of working, his relation to the people he photographs and decisions made when photographing, the artist will concentrate on unveiling the feeling that we encounter which is located amid nostalgia and desire. Where this notion can be located within the narratives that we witness in the photographs and how important is the presence of their lived environment for one to experience the movement between nostalgia and desire.

Zoran Shekerov ( Skopje, 1992) practice focuses on long-term documentary research that explores the human situation in certain socio-political contexts, as well as issues of identity, in particular, re-examining terms such as patriotism and nostalgia by considering the connection between lived history and sentimentality. Mainly articulating his works through a documentary approach, experimenting with the opportunity of converting them to site-specific installations, Shekerovs interest also lies in the research of the value of the photographic medium.

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About the exhibition

Unfolding ten narratives that occur at different geographical locations throughout Macedonia, Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire, attests for a generation of people whose inclination towards Yugoslavia, can still be felt after twenty-six years of independence.

Capturing their habitual surroundings where enveloped by objects with which decorating their homes the people articulate the lingering feelings they still have towards Yugoslavia, Shekerov gradually opens up dialogue and invites us to think along with him, wondering if a keepsake can be more than just a reminder of a past. More precisely, if such objects can hold both sentimental longings and prospects.

Born in 1992, for Shekerov, Yugoslavia and the image of Josip Broz Tito is something he got acquainted with through his grandfathers stories and photographs found in an old family album. Family albums allow one to become familiar with ones past, and sometimes that of our own. In the exhibition, Shekerov uses his old family album conceived throughout the years by his grandfather, in a subtle manner as a way to connect with the people he photographs. The accumulated knowledge in Shekerovs case is the support for an immediate connection between them.

Attesting for a lived past time, the photographs carry in them traces of nostalgia, while simultaneously reminding us that this gestures of giving space to objects and collecting portraits and symbols of Yugoslavia are also a way to hold onto and continue the values that they associate with their past. Capturing the particular way in which the objects are kept in their environment and how they are taken care for, Shekerov foregrounds that their meaning is more than just a sentimental value. Holding onto a map of a country that does not exist anymore, or declaring as Yugoslavian, is perhaps a way for them to say that a belief in shared values is still possible and conceivable necessary. Thus, in those moments, the documentary photographs, intimately showing peoples belongings gains a socio-political significance.

The willingness of the people we encounter in the photographs to open the doors of their homes is a sign that they do not want their story to end with them, but to continue through the visitors, evoking curiosity for a specific time. Not as a history but as a way of living.

This can also be read through the gesture of presenting a forget me not token. A small present, given to Shekerov during their conversation. A sign of a recognition between two people who regardless the age difference have interest towards the same subject

Anastasija Pandilovska

 

IT FIGURES, 2017

“It Figures ”  Opening  Fri.  Dec 1,  6-9pm

An Open-Walls Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago.
For video of the exhibit Click Here

Artists exhibiting:

ELISA ADAMS, JULIA BANDERAS, VERSANNETTE BLACKMAN-BOSIA,   LAURA CERF-DAHL, RENA CHURCH, GENEVIEVE COHN, CARLY COLVIN, EOIN CULLEN, MANAL DEEB, SARAH EMCH, PATRICIA ERBELDING, JUNE FINNEGAN, ALLIE FISH, JAYMA FORMAN, TONY GANGITANO, MIRENTUXU GANZARAIN, RON ANON GRENKA, HERMANN HARMANN, CARRIE HECHEL, AIMEE HOWARD, DOINA IACOB, KATHRYN ISBISTER, AMAD JAHDIDEH POSHTIRI,  RACHEL JOYCE, PHYLLIS KAPLAN, ESTHER KIM, KAREN LANGE, JACQUELINE LEAVITT, SARAH LOVITT, CONSTANCE MCBRIDE, VALERIE MCCUNE, LISA MIRANDA, RUTI MODLIN, KATHARINE MORRILL, TABITHA NICOLAS, MAD PAIX, THEODORA PAVLOU, MARIA REICHSTADT, CHERI REIF NASELLI, SAREY RUDEN, KAREN SAKO, ROBIN SAMIJAN, MADELAINE SCHOONOVER, AMY SHAW, RANDI SHEPARD, LEE STANTON, NANCY STRAHNIC, JONATHAN SYLTIE, ROI TAMKIN, RHONDA URDANG, ANNE VONDENMEER, GAIL WILLERT,

Expanding on the extraordinary response to our first “It Figures” juried show in 2016, ARC Gallery will re-visit this subject for an open-walls show this December. The exciting breadth and quality of work submitted for the first figurative review suggests that representational art is indeed thriving in the contemporary art world. This new (part 2) show seeks 1) to expand the call to include more broadly defined figuration–not necessarily confined just to the human body, and 2) to open the gallery to all artists/submissions. We expect this exhibition will be an exciting and eclectic collection of works reflecting the myriad ways in which artists conceive contemporary figurative imagery.

Exhibition dates:     Nov 22 – Dec 16, 2017

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

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES: “Not Just Drawing: A Line With Intent”

In March 2018, ARC will present “Not Just Drawing: A Line With Intent”
Prospectus and application form

We are looking for a creative consideration of the use of a line.
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 will be juried by F.David Reif, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Univ. Wyoming. BFA, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, Sculpture, Yale University. All media considered.
The juror will choose 3 honorary awards including “Best of Show” that will be posted in the exhibit and listed on the ARC website.
Check out the prospectus and application form here.

ARC Gallery Fundraiser @ Jazz Showcase featuring Marlene Rosenberg & Friends

“ARC Gallery Fundraiser at Jazz Showcase featuring Marlene Rosenberg & Friends” Wed.  Nov. 1,  7-9pm

 

This ONE NIGHT ONLY Jazz Showcase event features renowned bassist, Marlene Rosenberg & Friends.

Hear some great music and support a great cause!

Your ticket price to this event includes beer, wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Space Limited! Buy your ticket today! http://arcjazzshowcasefundraiser.bpt.me

THANK YOU to Wayne & Joel Segal and the Jazz Showcase for their generous support of this event!

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES–OPEN WALLS SHOW at ARC: “IT FIGURES, 2017!”

NEW PRIZES ANNOUNCED –ARC JURORS WILL SELECT 10 ARTISTS FROM THE “IT FIGURES, 2017” TO SHOW 2 PIECES OF THEIR WORK IN ONE OF THE SPACES OF ARC GALLERY IN JANUARY 2018

An Open-Walls Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago. November 22, 2017 – December 16, 2017

In Nov-Dec. 2017, ARC will present “It Figures, 2017”

Click here for prospectus and application form:

https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/open-walls-show-at-arc-ait-figures-2017a/

Expanding on the extraordinary response to our first “It Figures” juried show in 2016, ARC Gallery will re-visit this subject for an open-walls show this December. The exciting breadth and quality of work submitted for the first figurative review suggests that representational art is indeed thriving in the contemporary art world. This new (part 2) show seeks 1) to expand the call to include more broadly defined figuration–not necessarily confined just to the human body, and 2) to open the gallery to all artists/submissions. We expect this exhibition will be an exciting and eclectic collection of works reflecting the myriad ways in which artists conceive contemporary figurative imagery.

Added benefit! This show goes up right before Thanksgiving and will be open almost until Christmas, so it is perfectly timed for holiday giving and sales. And ARC does not take a commission on sales.

 

ARC ‘MOVING UP’ CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

WE ARE MOVING!!  WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR IN ORDER TO KEEP THIS SPECIAL PLACE GOING.  Please read on… and help support ARC’s continued existence!

‘MOVING UP’ CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation has been an integral part of the Chicago art community for almost 45 years! 

While we have always survived on the commitment of our members and friends(!), this year we are facing significant challenges. The 25% increase in this year’s rent — now coupled with the necessity to move in 2018 to a new exciting space — means we must mount a capital campaign to raise $30,000. 

ARC today remains true to its original mission to adhere to a high standard of quality in all its exhibitions, to support and show the work of talented and emerging artists, and to mentor fellow female artists/students.

Although we show the work of all artists, whatever their gender, we bring a uniquely female perspective to the running of this gallery — cognizant always of the challenges many artists face to get their work shown in a professional space and mindful of the value of support.

Also, as part of our mission, we subsidize the cost of mounting individual shows for talented emerging artists. Our juried shows attract both national and international submissions; and many past members of ARC have gone on to further critical recognition. Currently we are expanding our programming to include more performance and video work; and we are reaching out to mentor younger artists via our “Launch Member” program.

ARC remains a unique gallery space in Chicago. We would love to have your support! 

THANK YOU!!

$10.00 ARC BIRDHOUSE FUNDRAISER

 

$10.00 BIRDHOUSES WILL BE FOR SALE AT THE GALLERY UNTIL DEC. 17, 2016
ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation is holding a
fundraiser to coincide with our upcoming Home Exhibition. ARC is selling artist designed, painted and otherwise enhanced small birdhouses to support the work of it’s educational arm. These unique birdhouses are available at $10 each. Get a piece of art, an ornament for your tree, a gift for a colleague or just a little fun for yourself.

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.