Michele Stutts

Anomalous:  Opening  Fri.  Oct 5,  5-9pm 

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

Anomalous showcases Stutt’s interests in creating conceptual assemblage with found objects that have nothing in common, except the glue that binds them.


Opening Reception, Friday, October 5, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 3-27, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Lee Stanton

Glimmer:  Opening  Fri.  Oct 5,  6-9pm 

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

Exploring themes of identity, voice, and agency, Lee’s current body of work draws from recent research on themes of personal identity and what it means to have, and find, a voice. Her work depicts figures that may appear childlike and innocent at first, but often have an underlying psychological undercurrent. Some figures include crowns, others antlers which work to suggest relating to regeneration and transformation.

After working in large scale for most of her life, Lee’s paintings explore imagery on a much smaller scale, drawing the viewer in, and a square format. Line, deliberately varied and expressive, is an important element here. Color is also an integral part of the work, including experiments with silver leaf. Repetition in some of the work invites the viewer to interpret, dispute, challenge, and reinvent repeated imagery and mainstream narratives.


Opening Reception, Friday, October 5, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 3-27, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Jason DeBose

Presidential: Public Depictions Overseas of U.S. Leadership:  Opening  Fri.  Oct 5,  6-9pm 

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

The exhibition Presidential examines how America’s political leaders are viewed outside of America. California-born photographer Jason DeBose brings a widely varied series of portrayals of occupants of the White House, as seen in public spaces from 2003 up to the
present day. From shining statues to graffiti to protest rallies and several settings in between, DeBose calls attention to how each portrayal reflects the time in which it was created, given the precise nature of the country’s relationship with the Oval Office at the time each piece was created. Featuring work drawn from 14 countries including Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, Serbia and Finland, Presidential offers a microphone to both congratulatory and concerned neighbors of the United States. As described by the Helsinki-based DeBose, “Fifteen years ago when I shot the first piece in this collection, I never would have guessed I’d run into the faces and names of our presidents so regularly while outside of our borders; I knew our culture had garnered plenty of the world’s
attention, but not on the scale where everyday people would name their restaurant after them or have imagery of them on their clothing. The level of variety in how they are portrayed has also been crazy to encounter: some of the messages and imagery that this exhibition shares look like passive-aggressive Post-It notes hung on an office refrigerator, others looked more like Renaissance-era frescos painted on the ceiling of a church. In the wake of the actions of four U.S. presidents, it has been enthralling to see how the feelings of the public overseas has differed from administration to administration as well as geographically, from region to region.


Opening Reception, Friday, October 5, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 3-27, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

WOMEN STRONG: New Space–1463 W. Chicago Ave, New Work–by current and former members

WOMEN STRONG: New Space, New Work:  Opening  Fri.  Sept 14,  6-9pm

This September we present ARC Gallery’s 45th Anniversary Exhibition featuring work by current and past members.

This is the year that ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is celebrating 45 years as an alternative, not-for-profit gallery founded by women artists and celebrating women as artists and curators.  We have invited former members to participate in this exhibit, and more than 35 of them have agreed to do so, including some of the founding members from 1973.

We invite you to come to the gallery at its new location at 1463 W. Chicago Avenue for our inaugural exhibit in our West Town location — our 8th location in 45 years of serving women, artists and the Chicago art community.

Participating Artists

ARC Current Members:  Granite Amit – Virginia Carstarphen – Laura Cloud – Carly Colvin – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Karen Lange – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker

ARC Affiliate Members:  Kina Bagovska – Nancy Bechtol – Monica J. Brown – Michele Corazzo – Anne Farley Gaines – Jessica Gondek – Carolyne King – Pauline Kochanski – Judith Roth – Jane Stevens – Chiyeko Yuki

ARC Former Members:  Melanie Adcock – Monica Bauer – Gerda Meyer Bernstein (first president) – Dawn Brennan – Esther Charbit – Leslie Eliet – Jeanne Martinelli Engelkemeir – Sheila Finnigan – Kristina Gosh – Kerry Hirth – Pamela Hobbs – Nicole Jacquard – Irmfried Hogan Lagerkvist – Renee McGinnis – Rosemary Meza DesPlas – Mary Min – Lynnette Mohill – Julia Morrisroe –  Kathy Pappas-Parks – Tamara Petrov – Civia Rosenberg – Katherine Steichen Rosing – Cherie Sampson – Marilyn Schulenburg – Beth Shadur – Deva Suckerman – Myra Toth – Laurie Wohl – Jodi Younglove

Please note our new location: 1463 W. Chicago Ave. 60642.

Opening Reception, Friday, Sept 14, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 12-29, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Pride and Prejudice: Gender Realities in the 21st Century

A juried competition exhibition: June 20-July 14, 2018  Opening Reception:  Friday, June 23, 6 – 9pm

Participating artists:

Jill AnnieMargaret,  Elizabeth Arden,  Martin Beck,  Leah Mulligan Cabinum,  Nelson Cantada,  Kristin Cass,  Marion Delarue,  Evin Dubois,  Abigail Engstrand,  David A. Feingold,  Mary Frances Fleming,  Nicolina Holt,  Michael Hubbard,  Kevin Kegler,  Emily Lombardo,  Jamie Luoto,  Jessica Malatia,   Kelly Mathews,  Luis Mejico,   Hayden Nagin,   Cassandra Opaskar,  John Paradiso,   Ahmad Jahandeh Poshtiri,  EM Racine,  Leslie Robison,  Andre Rubin,  Dan Scott,  Omi Torres,   Sanh Brian Tran,  Antoinette Viola,

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 presenting  a juried exhibition entitled “Pride and Prejudice” which will open in June 2018–the same month as the Pride Parade in Chicago.

The juror for this exhibit, Oli Rodriguez, is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, photography, performance and writing. Currently, he is faculty in the Photography Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His projects conceptually intersect and dialogue within consent, queerness, childhood and sexuality. He curated the exhibition, The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics at SAIC. He is a part of the monograph Confronting the Abject, named from his research themed class that he co-taught with Catherine Opie at SAIC. He just finished his book, The Papi Project, which archives the AIDS pandemic through his queer, POC family in Chicago during the 1980s. Rodriguez has screened, performed, lectured and exhibited his works internationally and nationally.  Oli Rodriguez will give a closing juror’s talk on July 14.