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.

 


WELCOME: New ARC Gallery Artist Friends!

ARC Gallery Artist Friends!  Click on the link below and look for these artists on the ARC Artists Friends page of the website:  

http://www.arcgallery.org/artist-friends/

Thank you to the recent donors to our Logan Foundation Matching Grant who have become Friends of ARC:

Robert Castro  email: Castroartchicago@gmail.com

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

 

 

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.

CALL FOR ENTRIES “It Figures: The Body in Art”

It Figures: The Body in Art

Juried by Dan Addington

Informational Prospectus and Call for Entries

Click here to SUBMIT NOW!

ARC GALLERY AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION is a non-profit, woman-run cooperative gallery dedicated to providing alternative space exhibition opportunities for innovative artists outside the commercial gallery system. Since 1973, ARC has given exposure and support to both men and women artists, providing an atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and experimentation.

In late June 2016, ARC will present “It Figures: The Body in Art”

The exhibition “It Figures” 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.  ARC looks to examine contemporary society’s and artists’ views of the human body in all of its manifestations.

All mediums and materials are eligible including video and performance for submission. In order to be considered, the artwork submitted must include human figurative aspects.  Due to space limitations no projections or media-based installations will be accepted.

DOWNLOAD THE “IT FIGURES” SHOW PROSPECTUS

Call for Entries – Touch of the Blues

 

In February 2016, ARC will present “A Touch of the Blues“, juried by Sarah Krepp

No color has as diverse a range or interpretation as 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 exhibition is an exploration of this extraordinary color and its seemingly limitless breadth of expression.

All mediums and materials are eligible including 2-D, 3-D, mixed-media, and video. All subject matter from landscape to abstraction is eligible. Three monetary awards will be given out for this exhibition: Best in Show and two honorable mentions.

Apply now! Two options:

 

Call for entries for the “I Can’t Breathe” exhibition

In November/December 2015, ARC will present “I CAN’T BREATHE”, juried by Mary Patten and Romi Crawford, PhD.

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

For more information, or to submit an entry:

ARC GALLERY AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION is a non-profit, woman-run cooperative gallery dedicated to providing alternative space exhibition opportunities for innovative artists outside the commercial gallery system. Since 1973, ARC has given exposure and support to both men and women artists, providing an atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and experimentation.