News & events
Make an End-Of-Year Donation to ARC--Please Help Maintain our 40-Year Commitment to Excellence in the Arts
ARC is an internationally recognized not-for-profit, woman artist-run organization that is home to an exhibition space that has been part of the Chicago art scene since 1973. Founded as an alternative to the mainstream gallery structure during the pinnacle of the women's movement, ARC Gallery has successfully and continually provided opportunities for artists working in all media without reference to gender, race, sexuality, age, religion or political views.
ARC is one of the oldest cooperatives of its caliber in the country and was the early home to such artists as Miriam Schapiro, Kay Rosen, and Betty Parsons.
RHONDA THOMAS IS THE WINNER T-SHIRT CONTEST "F" WORD EXHIBITION
is the winner of "THE 'F' WORD: FEMINISM NOW"
JOIN US FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION OF THE EXHIBITION
ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 6-9PM
UPDATED APPLICATION FORM TO APPLY FOR A SHOW AT ARC NEXT YEAR
APPLY FOR A SHOW
AT ARC GALLERY
ARC GALLERY has updated the form that we are using to apply for a solo show at the gallery. Check out the current application form. Bugs have been eliminated, and it is working well.3/16/2014
ARC is accepting applications from POTENTIAL NEW MEMBERS OF ARC
APPLY TO BECOME A
MEMBER OF ARC
Click on application form/prospectus below to learn of the benefits and obligations of ARC membership
Consider joining a women-run cooperative gallery that has just celebrated its 40th year of serving artists. Be mentored by artists who have learned how to navigate the art world in a cooperative, nurturing way. Learn how to work with others to put on exciting exhibitions. Explore the art world outside of the commercial-gallery system.And please feel free to pass this information on to your women-artist friends!
BECOME AN ARTIST FRIEND OF ARC GALLERY! Join the new ARTIST REGISTRY page.
Become an Artist
Friend of ARC Gallery
Be seen. Be found.
ARC Gallery is now extending the opportunity to be posted on and linked from our website to fellow artists, men as well as women.
This is a great way for prospective art lovers and buyers to find you. Show them what new works you have to offer. Let them view your website.
Go to the Artist Registry page on this website to see where you will be listed.
To sign up as an Artist Friend of ARC go to the DONATE link just below this listing and make a donation of $50. We will know it is for the Artist Registry page because you will also email a photo of your work sized 189pixels wide by 289pixels long to firstname.lastname@example.org. If this is difficult for you, just send us a vertical image, and we will resize it for you. Please include in your email a link to your website. If you prefer to pay by check, mail us a check for $50 and include on it that it is for our Artists' Registry.
Each listing will be up for a year with the ability to be renewed. 5/4/2013
SUPPORT ARC.... ARC Moved to a New Location on April 1, 2012. Click this link to donate to keep us strong.
On April 1, 2012 ARC moved to Bucktown. Our new home is at 2156 N. Damen. Please donate to help this 40-year old Chicago non-profit institution continue to be strong.
2156 N. DAMEN---OUR NEW BUCKTOWN LOCATION!
LINK TO READ THE ARC BLOG---ARCVIEWS
ARC has a new address----2156 N. Damen--See our "Contact Us" link above right for more information
Read the ARC Gallery Blog to learn more about our exhibits
The link to the ARC Blog:
12 French artists in Chicago hosted by ARC
A group of artists from Le Genie de la Bastille in Paris has come to Chicago to show their work at ARC Gallery. They are being hosted by the members of ARC in their homes for 2 weeks. Come to the gallery to the exhibit. It will only be up until August 6.7/1/2011
ARC exhibit reported on by The New York Times!
Chicago News Cooperative
Mural Exhibit Depicts Costs to Civilians in Afghanistan
By KARI LYDERSEN
Published: July 1, 2011
John Pitman Weber remembers the 1960s and '70s in Chicago, when scores of artists would join mammoth marches protesting the Vietnam War and antiwar murals were a common sight on city streets.
Today, public art is much more "domesticated and institutionalized," said Mr. Weber, the co-founder of the Chicago Public Art Group and one of the city's best-known muralists. But Mr. Weber hopes a traveling exhibit of murals about civilian casualties in Afghanistan will evoke a past era when murals made bold political statements and spurred frank discussion about foreign policy. The exhibit, "Windows and Mirrors," runs through July 23 at the ARC Gallery, 832 West Superior Street.
Mr. Weber helped the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker peace group, get the project going last summer, signing up noted muralists from around the country, including himself and seven other Chicagoans.
The 32 murals on exhibit here, which are painted on large panels of parachute fabric rather than walls, are graphic and disturbing: images of women wailing in despair; children playing amid explosions; corpses in an abstract, colorful array that Mr. Weber likens to "a cave painting."
According to the United Nations, May was the deadliest month for Afghan civilians since it began keeping track in 2007, with at least 368 killed. Human rights groups say the true civilian toll may be significantly higher because many people die of disease, cold or hunger after being displaced from their homes by fighting.
The two murals by Lillian Moats, a Chicagoan, explore the impact of unmanned drones on civilians. One shows people fleeing a drone that casts a blood-red shadow. Another features a woman at a window, unaware that she is framed in digital cross hairs on the computer screen of a remote operator.
Mr. Weber's piece, based on a news photograph, depicts a young boy learning to walk with a prosthetic leg, below a hodgepodge of low-tech artificial arms and legs jumbled on a shelf.
"The tens of thousands who must learn to live with their mutilations seem to me more dramatic than the mourning of the tens of thousands dead," Mr. Weber said in his artist's statement.
The prevalence of amputees is also depicted in drawings by Afghan children displayed alongside the murals. Zaher Wahab, an artist who splits his time between the United States and Kabul, Afghanistan, asked the children to draw situations representative of their daily lives. They drew pictures of children with amputations, a bleeding pigeon and a frowning sun.
The exhibit made its debut in Philadelphia in October and is touring cities across the country. At each stop, artists are working with local schools to create pieces. In Chicago, they have been at Josephine Locke Elementary School and Sullivan, Thomas Kelly and Orr Academy high schools.
Mary Zerkel, the American Friends Service Committee's national coordinator of "Windows and Mirrors" and a Chicagoan, said she hoped the exhibit would remind people to contemplate the effects of a war that seems endless, even as President Obama last week announced a troop withdrawal in coming months.
"It's been almost 10 years - my daughter's entire life - this war has been going on," Ms. Zerkel said. "People talk about ‘Afghanistan fatigue.' They're tired of thinking about it. We hope this makes people talk and remember."
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ARC member Amy Zucker featured in University of Chicago Alumni Magazine Amy Zucker's works from her ARC exhibition "Where in Health Care?" were featured in the May-June issue of the University of Chicago Alumni Magazine. The text is below the photo of the artworks. 5/4/2011
ARC IN NEW YORK AT THE AFFORDABLE ART FAIR
ARC Gallery had a booth at the Affordable Art Fair at 5th Avenue and 34th St. this May. The gallery was part of a special section called "Art X Women". 10 members of the gallery went to New York for this 5-day event. See pictures below of the fair and the ARC booth.
Medill Reports visits ARC
At the Arc Gallery's March 4 exhibition launch, director Iris
Goldstein (left) and grant writer Cheri Reif Naselli say this
month it's essential to display good art, despite gender.
Calling all female artists: How far have they come?
by Liz M. Kobak
March 08, 2011
Chicago’s art world is answering the call of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“Let us redouble our efforts to make sure that all women and girls in our country have a chance to live up to their God-given potential . . . who in their own ways are making it possible for generations to come after them to seize and hold their rightful place,” the U.S. Secretary of State said in a speech last year during Women’s History Month. Liz M. Kobak/MEDILL (photo)
Exhibiting quality art, irrelevant of creator’s gender
On Friday, the Arc Gallery at 832 W. Superior, hosted an exhibition that displayed male and female artists’ works together - unusual considering its timing and the gallery’s history.
Founded in 1973 during the feminist movement, the non-profit gallery only offered membership to women and exhibited female artists’ work. Arc Gallery’s initial mission was to place typically secluded artworks in the public eye.
“Women had a hard time showing their work in a professional environment,” said Cheri Reif Naselli, vice president of the gallery’s grants.
Now the gallery shows works by both sexes. And this month, the exhibition features photographs, paintings and representational art by four female and three male artists.
The left walls of the space are covered with a series of abstract portraits rendered in pastel watercolors and followed by photographic portraits of South Side Chicagoans. Toward the gallery’s center are three-dimensional, representational art composed of cardboard and tape.
Unlike “Where Are We Now? 30 Years of Feminism,” a 2008 exhibition of female artists’ works pertaining to feminism and Women’s History Month, the gallery’s president said the pieces in the current exhibition were chosen solely for their aesthetic qualities.
“We look for good art,” said gallery president Iris Goldstein, “And that’s our focus.”
When the gallery members selected Alberto Aguilar’s cardboard artworks to be a part of the exhibition, he initially felt like an outsider in a feminine art atmosphere.
“At first I thought I was being intrusive,” said the 37-year-old freelance artist and teacher at Harold Washington College, “But now I don’t even feel it.”
The gallery, Goldstein said, has organically changed over time and is not: “a particularly feminist gallery that hunts for a certain type of political message.”
One female artist in the exhibition said female pioneers in art inspired her to follow in their footsteps.
Although her works are watercolors conceptually based on personal family photographs, Washington-based artist Sue Sommers, 51, said she admired early 16th-century female Renaissance painters who used fashionable, thick mediums of oil and tempera.
“They made amazing work,” Sommers said, “and they didn’t let anybody stop them.”
ARC in Chicago Art Magazine
RECURRENT DREAMS Panel Discussion Sat. April 16th 4-6 PM
Join us for a roundtable discussion with the Southwest Youth Collaborative about the dreams of youth. The discussion is centered around the Recurrent Dreams Exhibit.
Tousaint Losier--Professor at University of Chicago (Moderator)
Lavie Raven--Community Arts Educator
Charity Tolliver-- Community organizer - Center of Change/ Southwest Youth
Granite Amit-Artist and therapist
Mervin Mendez--Community Arts Educator
And a performance by the Youth Artists
photos below by Hector Gonzalez
HUFFINGTON POST MENTIONS ARC
Photos from the Opening Reception Friday April 1, 6-9PM
KINA BAGOVSKA EARTH AND SKY
Photos from the Opening Reception, Friday, April 1, 6-9pm
ARC Members February 2011
REVIVED ARC BLOG ---CHECK IT OUT!
...ARCviews blog...a place for reviews, response, and dialog about art and events at ARC Gallery. Keep tabs on the latest conversation!
SATURDAY, JUNE 19, CLOSING RECEPTION CHARLOTTE SEGAL, ANNE FARLEY GAINES, GEOFFREY NOVELLI
The current exhibitions at ARC will be holding a closing reception at the gallery from 3 to 6 PM on Saturday, June 19th. Please come!
ARC NEW MEMBERS TEA
On Sunday June 13 at 2:00pm, ARC will host a tea for prospective members of ARC. Come to the gallery to meet the members and learn about the workings of ARC and how to apply for membership.
Esther Charbet "Jewels" Esther Charbit will be showing her paintings entitled "Jewels" thru the month of April at Gallery 203, Flat Iron Building, 1575 N. Milwaukee in Wicker Park. The artist's reception is Fri. 4/2 from 6-10PM.
Rine Boyer at the Old Town Art Center
Granite Amit will present her Installation “On The River Already" as part of the exhibition- Pathways and Portals: Art, Nature and Science
Granite Amit ARC affiliate member, will present her Installation "On The River Already" as part of the exhibition- Pathways and Portals: Art, Nature and Science
Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery
100 W. Randolph Suite 2 -100
The installation conveys the tension which stem from the juxtaposition of two interpretations of Merkava- the ancient Jewish ecstatic, meditative journey, and Merkava the brand name for an army tank designed by the Israeli military industry...
Thursday, February 11, 5-7:30 PM
The exhibition will run till- May 7, 2010
ART STUDENT EXHIBITION--open walls November 25-December 19, 2009
"The Art-Student Exhibition"
This non juried exhibition aims to give visibility to a wide range of work being created by Illinois art-school students. It will be an open-walls exhibit with a size limitation of 24" wide by 30" high for 2/D work (this is a maximum-the work can be any size smaller.) 3/D work will be accepted, but it can be no larger than 12" x 12" x 12". The exhibit is open to any student enrolled in an art school in Illinois. The work submitted must be accompanied by a note from a professor attesting that the student artist is indeed enrolled in an art school art class (although the work does not have to be work done in class). Only one work per art student may be submitted, accompanied by a $25.00 hanging fee. All work meeting the above requirements will be hung. All work submitted must be brought into the gallery on November 19-21 2009 from 12 noon to 6pm. No mailed or shipped work will be accepted. Prizes: 3 winners will be chosen by a panel of art educators. Winners will be featured on our website; and will be invited to share a space at ARC for a month-long exhibition of their work at a time to be designated in the future.
Anne Farley Gaines, ARC affiliate member has four works in the The June and Francis Spiezer Collection which will be on exhibit at the Rockford Museum of Art, 711 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL, opening on Friday July 17th at 6pm. Anne states, "it is a rare showing of almost the entire collection which is only scheduled once every five or ten years. There are over 300 pieces. As you may or may not know the Spiezer Collection is the largest collection of Chicago art after 1975." Included will be her new portrait of June and Francis Spiezer, Visionary Soulmates.
image by Anne Farley Gaines, Visionary Soulmates, watercolor
SEEKING MEMBERS in CHICAGO...
...available to women artists based on excellence of work and personal commitment to the goals and mission of this alternative gallery and its cooperative structure.
Accepting SCHOLARSHIP Applications...
The ARC Scholarship Program is designed to introduce graduate and undergraduate students to the cooperative gallery structure available to women artists. ARC grants a one year Scholarship Membership (valued at $1,050.00) to the selected candidate. The recipient will be mentored by the artist members and partake of the benefits and responsibilities of all ARC members. This includes: attending opening receptions and monthly meetings, gallery sitting, installing artwork, reviewing proposals, planning exhibitions, grant writing, advertising, and more. Not to mention, participating in our annual members' show and any scheduled traveling and/or exchange shows.
This is a competitive scholarship. Our candidate will be selected based on the quality of artwork, letter of intent, faculty recommendation, and demonstrated ability and interest in working within a woman artist-run cooperative gallery.
ARC ARCHIVES MOVE TO ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, RYERSON LIBRARY IN 2007...
..."The Art Institute of Chicago is taking all of ARC's 33 years of archives for their Ryerson Library to store for scholarly research on a permanent basis," ARC Advisory Board Member, Joanna Gardner-Huggett announced. Learn more...
THE MILWAUKEE AVENUE ARTS CORRIDOR (MAAC)...
...was formed in 2006 as a coalition of ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation,
ARC Gallery is one of the three unique, non-profit arts organizations in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago that has joined forces to provide excellence in the arts through exhibitions, education and community programming.
To see a timeline of MAAC sponsored events click here, and see info about MAAC Gallery Walks in the news items listed above.