Granite Palombo Amit

“THE MOVEMENT FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE NARRATIVE – Exodus and the Divine Humor “  Opening Reception Fri.  May 27, 5-8pm

The Movement for the Liberation of the Narrative-Exodus and the Divine Humor is an installation focused on the hermeneutic and psychological examination of sacred texts free of didactic presentation and respectful of all paths.

Sacred texts are understood as agents or vessels of transformation, whose purpose is to propel us out of our comfort zone and to enable change and growth. The literal layer of the story is treated as a “temporary structure” for understanding the human journey. The same systems of decoding sacred texts that Granite explores may be applied to our personal narrative, starting with the question, What is the purpose of the narrative?

This installation focuses on Exodus as an allegory for collective paradigm shifts and the ever-present yearning for freedom.

The installation is composed of 11 short animations that are the chapters/stages of the story/transformation. The context behind this installation/examination is the concept of the “Breaking of the Vessels,” “Shevirat Ha-Kelim,” meaning the purpose for the creation of the world and for humanity in its ultimate role. The visual space includes the staging of the animations and large-scale prints of broken glass, as a visual metaphor for our fragility and the essentiality of gentleness.

The animations are available on Granite Palombo Amit’s website:

Or her YouTube channel:


Granite Palombo Amit is an interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally in Chicago, New York, Paris, Edinburgh, Washington, Toronto, and Hamburg.

Integrating her training as a therapist, she initiates outreach projects with people who were previously incarcerated, youth at risk, residents of domestic violence shelters, youth in detention centers, and people seeking asylum. She developed her own therapeutic model, which concludes in a collaborative exhibit or performance with her clients to demonstrate the paradigm shift that they undergo, from survivors of socioeconomic conditions such as trauma, poverty and systemic racism to becoming the ambassadors, teachers and healers of those same phenomena.

These performances and exhibitions were displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, the Hamlin Theater, and ARC gallery.

Granite Palombo was ordained as a Rabbi in 2016, exploring Jewish mystical texts and healing. She focuses on the principles of sacred texts and animates them. By making them more accessible, the contemporary and transformative essence of these texts is revealed.

Granite Palombo Amit integrates interdisciplinary art, therapy, and rabbinical training.


Opening Reception, Friday, May 27, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 26 – June 18, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

Zoe Beaudry

“DEEP TIME, GARBAGE MINUTES”  Opening Reception Fri.  May 27, 5-8pm

Each painting in this show is a kind of meditation on mortality and death. Together they form a series of scattered conversations between one another; a pattern of calls and responses realized over a span of five years. In this way, time is both a medium and a subject.

“Deep time” refers to the time scale of geologic events, which is vastly greater than the time scale of human lives. “Garbage minutes” refers to the final minutes of a sports game in which one side has an enormous lead, and the teams are playing out the clock without hope of changing the final result.

The recent works were inspired by Federico García Lorca’s poem Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias, whose rhythmic chanting of “five in the afternoon” creates a cadenced flow that evokes the passage of time, as the writer elegizes a lost friend. Repetition creates a sense of continuity, of an unbroken pattern (opposed to the extreme discontinuity of endings and death). The idea of repetition as a meditative denotation of the passage of time is central to this work.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 27, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 26 – June 18, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

Jenny Chernansky

In the Shadow of the Feminine:  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Dec 5, 4-5pm

Join us here Saturday, December 5, 4pm via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 915 8673 3882
Passcode: 130261

The depth of the shadow is equivalent to the strength of the light. They are relative and dependent on each other without hierarchy   Shadows are often subtle, unseen yet necessary for sight. They play with our imaginations, our fears and dreams. The idea of a shadow has many implications; from the interference of light, the mysterious unknown, the Jungian idea of repressed aspects of the psyche, even the beginnings of painting have been associated with the tracing of a shadow. Throughout history, religion, and culture the feminine is often condemned to darkness, kept in the shadows, divided into categories such as virgin and whore. The show attempts to shine a light on the feminine shadow.


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Cynthia Vaicunas

FLOAT:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm

In Cynthia’s new work gestural big brush strokes run into dense repetitive areas of bold color – challenging the flow by their placement. Her willingness to switch materials contribute to stops and starts to emphasize a point. Introduction of lozenge like shapes drop from the top to the bottom of the picture plane and interrupt the underlying primary movement. Both gently and boldly they reveal themselves. Like bombs they carry weight both visually and emotionally as they alternately float and drop redefining space and altering our perceptions. They force us to see what happens when an opposing force is introduced.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Katherine Nemanich

Line, Ink, Space:  Opening  Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm 

Working with sumi ink and brushes of many sizes, Katherine Nemanich paints with broad movements that echo the rhythmic flow and rhetoric of selected musical compositions. She then transforms these marks into three-dimensional constructions as she tears and combines her calligraphic paintings, bending and layering the durable 100% cotton paper and fastening it in places with industrial elements—grommets, bolts, and wire. Nemanich’s constructions are non-rectangular and extend outwards across the wall or floor, or suspend from the ceiling.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Susan Emmerson

Afterwards: Opening Reception Fri. May 3, 6-9 pm

Susan Emmerson’s work speaks to the cause and consequences of natural disasters, both on a personal emotional level and on a more global scientific level. Using paper, Tyvek (a plastic paper), and drawings she explores the scenes of destruction and the imagery of loss. The wall sculptures depict disheveled, broken surfaces where Tyvek painfully peels away like paint or skin, and found objects and photos that recall lost mementos of home.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm 

Nelson W. Armour

Beyond:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 31, 6-9pm

In the series “Beyond” the images are meant to imply, to suggest, or to infer. Each environment is unique and the image aims at transcending the immediate setting into another realm. The viewer is invited to enter this territory and discover a new dimension.

These images seek to evoke mood, tension, and the unknown. While much of my work is rooted in reality, this series starts from a specific location but ends somewhere else. We live in times where the issue of what is real and what is not real is thrust upon us. This work invades this terrain.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 31, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 29 – June 22, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

nitty-gritty NIU Thesis Exhibition

March 28 – April 21

Opening Reception

March 30th

6 – 9 PM

M. Brej • A. Cortes • S. Dupré • N. Elson • R. Griffith • R. Hill

L. Iacoponi • M. Kennedy Nora • K. Rodey • E. Sawka • T. Silver • A. Viola