Call for Entries “His-ter’-ee-uh”

A juried exhibition in March 2019 at ARC. Click here for prospectus and application form.

New exhibit at ARC Gallery, March 2019, juried by artist Olive Stefanski. (deadline for applications—Jan. 19th, 11:55 pm)

With this exhibition, we are calling for art that addresses structural sexism—in particular, women’s emotional realities, and how that emotional reality plays out in a national atmosphere of distrust about women’s stories, women’s rationality and women’s anger.

His-ter’-ee-uh: from the Greek word “hystera”, or womb—an organ that was thought to migrate erratically through a woman’s abdomen, searching for “fragrant smells”, much like “an animal within an animal”. (Aretaeus, Greek physician, 2nd century AD)

While the uterus has become more sedentary over the intervening years, it nevertheless continued to be blamed for women’s irrationality and emotional distress. In the 19th century, a time marked by both physical constraints (corsets) and psychological restrictions (confinement to womanly activities), widespread concerns about female hysteria resulted in numerous cures for misbehaving wombs. A popular treatment for hysteria at the time was clitoral stimulation administered by one’s physician.

Today, in the inevitable backlash to the “MeToo” moment, women once again are distrusted, disdained (and sometimes diagnosed) for an emotionality that threatens the status quo. Women’s bodies continue to be the ground around which much of the conflict revolves. Strangely enough (as we saw in recent Supreme Court hearings) some of the hysteria around these events now seems to also emanate from men, which suggests the need for a new metaphor to explain the cause of women’s rage.

application form and prospectus: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/ahistereeuha/

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.