“EPILOGUE”  Opening Reception Fri.  April 1, 5-8pm

Epilogue is a group-exhibition displaying select pieces by seven graduate-candidate students finishing their final semester at Northern Illinois University. Artists Ina Murphy, Marco Camacho, Marisol Cervantes, Nicholas Phan, Shinan Wu, Sixing Qi, and Zoë Couvillion are showcasing a variety of printmaking mediums, ceramic vessels, sculptures, paintings, and new-media works. The show is a culmination of the craftsmanship and conceptual growth gathered over the course of their three-year scholarship, and is an exciting springboard into their newfound artistic careers.


Opening Reception, Friday, April 1, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: March 31 – April 23, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

Call For Entries: Consciousness of Abstraction II

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Consciousness of Abstraction: Beyond Literal Appearance II






We opened our original “Consciousness of Abstraction” exhibition, in March 2020, and it was cut short because of COVID. We had a wonderful response to this call for work, and we are now offering “Consciousness of Abstraction II” so that even more artists can have an opportunity to exhibit at ARC Gallery with the same outstanding juror. Please join us in celebrating this very important genre.

The terms “Abstraction” or “Abstract Art” are perhaps among the most common references describing particular way(s) of understanding and perceiving the cosmic and daily realities in which we find ourselves. (We might note, too, that the terms are often mis-applied as though they are necessarily in opposition to “Realism” or “Realistic Art”.) The truth is, however, that the abstract art “movements” of late 19th and early 20th century (Impression, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, etc.) were driven by a passion to get closer to the complex realities of nature and human condition, not depart from them. Later, Minimalism, Neo-Dada, Geometric Abstraction, Conceptualism, Art Povera and other developments continue this “Big Bang” inquiry. Put simply, “Realism in Art” could no longer be described as an explicit fidelity to direct, observed, experience. This basic axiom remains, arguably, just as valid today: Reality is often far beyond simple, static appearance and can be highly counter-intuitive. Over the decades, the concepts of Relativity, Quantum Theory and the advent of photography – among many other ideas – have helped clarify, how and why this is so.
Abstraction, of course can be many different things, driven by many different principles and suppositions: some conscious, some intuitive. As an artist; What are yours? This exhibition is an invitation to submit, through the qualities and implications of your work, some conscious exploration of this question.

All mediums and materials are eligible including video and performance for submission. Due to space limitations no large projections or media-based installations will be accepted. The juror will choose 3 honorary awards that will be posted in the exhibit and listed on the ARC website.

Entry fee: $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.)


DAVID REIF — Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Univ. Wyoming. BFA, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, Sculpture, Yale Univ.; Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.; Chair and Board, Wyoming Council for the Arts, Visiting Artist: Univ. of Northern Arizona; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; Univ. of Michigan; Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins, Centenary College of Louisiana; Univ. of Houston, TX., Wayne State Univ. Detroit.


Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Sunday, May 28, 2022.
Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs & Fri, June 16 -17, 2-6pm; Sat, June 18, 12-4pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, July 16, 12-4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: July 21-22, 2022 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

$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.

Click HERE to apply.

Opening Reception, Friday, JUNE 24, 5-8pm
Exhibition dates: June 23 – July 16, 2022
Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm

Kryssi Staikidis

“EMERGENCE”  Opening Reception Fri.  March 11, 5-8pm

My work often begins as a visual narrative connected to autobiography. The stories I paint are about immigration, a child’s longing, love, divorce, solitude, my dog, birds, the moon, the sea, life, death. I think of paintings as means to emote, reminisce, look back, as well as project into the future. My paintings are meant to be visual landscapes in which figures appear and disappear. These are stories, embedded, forgotten and revealed, works that hope to haunt and remind, and at times, foresee.

My process involves reading into stains of washes that I apply initially with oil and turpentine in layers. As I have an idea in mind, I look for the shapes of my characters randomly in the mix of transparency. Painting in this way, I am not limited by sketching or reproducing images that have already been created. I have found that as I paint, figures emerge that live their own lives and they begin to tell their own stories, often diverging from what I had originally intended. The paintings eventually become compositions of color and movement. They are painted one over another, sometimes ten or twelve times, so they are literally heavy. When asked to express their meanings or describe them, I rarely discuss form, but rather the stories I represent.

I have relied on narratives, both personal and cultural, as the driving force for my work. Some of the paintings in the exhibition at ARC this spring 2022 are Buddhist narratives which include the letters of Nichiren Daishonin written to his disciples in 13th Century Japan. “Ceremony in the Air” and “Tatsunokuchi” are such paintings. They are my ways of confirming the potential in each human being.

Kryssi Staikidis holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Art and Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University in New York City, a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Hunter College in New York City, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Art History from Columbia University. Her research interests are Indigenous Studies, art studio practice as a site for research, and critical pedagogy.  She is a Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University.


Image: A Visit from the Other Side, Oil on Canvas, 60″ x 72″, 2021


Opening Reception, Friday, March 11, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: March 3 – 26, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm