Emerging

EMERGING: Opening Reception Fri.  Nov 1, 6-9pm 

Many artists ‘begin’ their careers as artists not only in their early twenties but in later decades and for a wide variety of reasons—rediscovery of a long suppressed drive, delayed ability to focus on creating, a return to art school later in life, or a moment of enlightenment.This exhibition called for EMERGING artists of all ages and features the diversity of work that they are currently creating. All media was considered by the juror, including film/video/new media, mixed media/multi-disciplinary, installation and performance.

Artists selected by the juror to participate in the exhibit:

Malak Alraygi, Brooke Aruffo, Jenny Balisle, Amy Bernard, Jonathan Beskin, Rose Bonacorsi, Matthew Boonstra, Jonathan Bout, Michael Brooks, Paula Bullwinkel, Kristin Cass, Jeanne Ciravolo, Cheyenne Coston, Kimberly Dubsky, James Evans, Robert Fields, Daniel Gamez, Lindsay Garcia, Ashley Gardner, Jeanne Garrett, Parisa Ghaderi, LucyJulia Hale, Jeffry Dean Hinton, Alanna Huck-Scarry, Amanda Jean Iverson, Julie Johnson, Delphine Keim, Jill Kramer, JeeYeun Lee, Marisa Lewon, Sally Machlis, Camila Marianela, Eric Millikin, Socorro Mucino, Darren Oberto, Judith Ornstein, Kurt Palmquist, Louise Pappageorge, Holly Pettersen, Anna Reed, Karen Sako, Fran Sampson, Gretchen Schreiber, Marcos Serafim, Ebrahim Soltani, Emily Somoskey, Rhonda Urdang, Jennifer Velarde, Jonathan Ware, Czeslawa Wojtkowski, Christine Wuenschel, Hyewon Yoon, Jason Zhao

Juror: Laura Rudolph Cloud, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Art, Art History and Design. Sculpture Coordinator

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Nov 1, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 30 – Nov 23, 2019

 

Esther Charbit

Eclecticity:  Opening Reception Fri.  July 26, 6-9pm

My body of work is eclectic. Some of the pieces are abstract, some are figurative, and some are very decorative; but all have surface texture created by collaged papers and built-up paint.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, July 26, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: July 24 – Aug 17, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Sarah Barnhart Fields

FLUID THINGS:  Opening Reception Fri.  July 26, 6-9pm

I work to reach that magic place I knew as a child, where “reality” disappears and all things are possible.

My work is a way of finding out who I am. To quote Kurt Vonnegut; “I make art to experience becoming – to find out what’s inside me – to make my soul grow.” Each piece tells me more about myself. It’s a more honest statement about who I am and my relationship to the world than I can make in any other way.

I am a sculptor whose raw materials are scrap metal, wood and other materials I find. I manipulate, add and subtract until the piece speaks to me, tells me it is finished and I see the “soul” of the work. I live and work in the country & have access to old tools and parts of farm equipment. These materials speak of death and renewal.

Being an artist for me is a process of lifelong learning, you are never done. Each piece is perpetual renewal. It’s always for the first time.

Opening Reception, Friday, July 26, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: July 24 – Aug 17, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm

Casey Sills

QUERENCIA:  Opening Reception Fri.  July 26, 6-9pm

Querencia: Spanish, a metaphysical concept, a place where one draws strength and is restored. In bullfighting, it is the part of the arena the bull seeks and chooses to take his stand, from this position he finds strength and calm.

These photographs are for me, querencias. They are places of meditation, sanctums in whose forms I find a presence that restores and gives peace. I drive backroads, through countryside, towns, and cities, looking to find, see, and photograph those places that are imbued with presence. I make documentary photographs that are both concrete and abstract. In my photographs there is a dialogue between the natural color of the living landscape and the manmade color of structures as they have been modified by conditions and time. My photographs are an aesthetic and topographic archaeology of a site; they are simultaneously a celebration of light gracing form, and a way of seeing which reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary. Photographic accuracy of light and color renders the subtle place where the fortuitous occurs and the marvelous emerges. The photograph captures the chemistry of an instant that both defines, and is redefined by the printed image. A sense of place, an image, a print, a querencia.

Opening Reception, Friday, July 26, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: July 24 – Aug 17, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

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