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You Lookin’ at Me?

Join us for our Opening

Friday, April 3  from 6-9 pm

An Open Call to artists to submit artwork that fits the theme of an examination of the self. This will be an open-walls exhibition. All work that meets the exhibition guidelines will be exhibited.

This exhibition will celebrate what we honor and admire and/or what we fear and disdain about ourselves. We are seeking images that deal with these issues. We seek to present a cast of characters. We want to feature various kinds of depictions, stylizations, comic book portrayals, straight portraits, abstractions, or however else you imagine yourself.


Join us for our Opening
Friday, March 6  from 6-9 pm

For this Textual Encounters group exhibition, the artists of FUSEDChicago challenge themselves to create works that are inspired by the written word – poetry, narrative, song, or speech.  Some artists embed words in the surface of their paintings or monoprints, or turn pages of text into art.  For other artists, the verbal – spoken, sung or printed – serves as muse, to which they respond in the conception and creation of their pieces.  In many instances, visual interpretation brings new meaning to their source, the words that evoke the work.

The group name is derived from the process of fusing – applying heat to the wax layers so that they adhere – which is a necessary and frequent step in creating an encaustic work. FUSEDChicago was founded in 2009 and currently has forty members.  More information about the artists and the group’s exhibits and activities is available at FUSEDChicago is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation.

Participating artists: Dan Addington, Cat Crotchett, VA de Pintor, Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Shelley Gilchrist, Kari Hall, Carol Hamilton, Cheryl Holz, Brad Hook, Katsy Johnson, Catherine Keebler, Pat Lagger, Laura LaRue, Jenny Learner, Elyse Martin, Ahavani Mullen, April Nomellini, Sarah Rehmer, Kathy Blankley Roman, Emily Rutledge, Jennifer Schmidt, Mary Krebs Smyth, Rebecca Stahr, Michele Thrane, Karen Tichy, Amy Van Winkle and Maike van Wijk. 


Rosemary Meza-DesPlas

Join us for our Opening
Friday, March 6 from 6-9 pm

Intimacy in the age of modernity is hampered by gender role expectations and prevailing stereotypes. In this exhibit I Love You, Man: I Think This is the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship the artworks are not dependent upon a barrage of punchlines like those found in bromance movies but rather they are quiet interludes of intimacy. In a society consumed by social media, we have numerous connectivity modalities available to us. Connections on the internet are devoid of the one basic need every human craves – real intimacy. Real intimacy involves shared space in real time and an acute awareness of one another. At a time when irony and sarcasm reign and sentimentality is pooh-poohed, Meza-DesPlas is paying tribute to women who have touched her existence by the warmth of a smile, the touch of a hand, or the brush of a kiss.

Meredith Dytch

Join us for our Opening
Sunday, Feb. 8 from 3-6 pm

Meredith Dytch paints the city, finding aesthetic value in places that aren’t normally thought of as having any. Abandoned buildings, rusting viaducts, overgrown vacant lots, or mundane industrial scenes – Dytch thinks of these places as the Hidden City because we don’t pay attention to them, or appreciate them aesthetically. Our eye skips over them as we flash by in our cars or trains.

The world around us does not need to be idealized or romanticized. The Japanese have an aesthetic viewpoint called “sabi,” which is about the beauty and dignity inherent in the old, the decaying, and the weathered – for example, a wooden barn door from which most of the paint has peeled.  This philosophy encourages Dytch to strip art of sentimentality, “prettiness,” or the “grandeur” of the traditional landscape: simply recording the built environment – showing things as she finds them, without adornment.

Jessica Gondek

Join us for our Opening
Sunday, Feb. 8 from 3-6 pm

The primary focus of Jessica Gondek’s work is abstract stemming from an interest in technology, geometry, machine aesthetics, nature, and architecture.  The exhibit Enterprising Machines explores a dichotomous relationship between the hand and the machine that has evolved over time. This creative journey has taken Gondek from works engaged in 3D modeling to create forms and compositions to recent explorations of gendered domestic machines from the early part of the twentieth century referencing trade catalogues and actual utilitarian objects.  These works hold in common a marriage of both traditional media and digitally mediated computer approaches intrinsic to the development of the images.  The mechanical forms within these compositions are simultaneously transformed asserting an animated physical presence and internal narrative.

Ellen Roth Deutsch

 Join us for our Opening
Sunday, Feb. 8 from 3-6 pm

In her exhibit The Story of Art, whether it is one image or a series of them, Ellen Roth Deutsch tells stories that draw the viewer into a complicated set of circumstances that feature a cast of characters that act and interact on a stage-like set.  Most of Deutsch’s works are colored pencil and ink on paper with emphasis on story, color and line. Her work is expressive, narrative and largely based on her own personal story or that of other women. They usually concern themselves with the fragility of life.
Deutsch has completed a wide variety of artist’s books.  Words sometimes accompany the images.  New work are drawings on silk embellished with stitchery and beading.

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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.

“The ‘F’ Word: Feminism Now”

Show ran from 12/1/2014 to 12/20/2014

Join us for our Opening: Friday, Dec. 5  from 6-9 pm

Juried by Jeanne Dunning and celebrating the gallery’s feminist history–ARC has invited artists to submit work examining what else feminist art is, and exploring what feminist art was, what it has come to be, and where it is going.

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T-shirt contest winner

Rhonda Thomas’ created the winning design for “The ‘F’ Word: Feminism Now” t-shirt contest.

The t-shirts will be on sale at the ARC Gallery, starting at the show reception, December 5 from 6-9pm. All proceeds go toward the ARC Gallery.