Jane Stevens

Fragments from the Past: Photographs by Jane Stevens  Opening Reception  Sat.  July 24, 2-4pm 

Stevens’ photographs combine images from past and present moments to create a transformed reality.

Fragments and portals into the past are powerful reminders of the passage of time and the ever-changing environment. These photographs are a reflection on how the past affects our personal lives and alters the future.

The landscapes in the photographs are visual metaphors for the artist’s transformative process and journey of reclaiming a sense of self and connection to the world/community.

Stevens has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including the Los Angeles Photography Center; Galeria Tonalli, Mexico City; University of Arizona, Tucson; Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; and Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas.

 

 

Opening Reception  Sat.  July 24, 2-4pm

  • Exhibition dates: JULY 22 – AUG 14, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

OUR PLANET: OURSELVES

OUR PLANET: OURSELVES Opening Reception  Fri.  June 25, 5-8pm / Virtual Opening Sat.  June 26, 4pm

JUROR: Jane Stevens

The beauty of our natural world is apparent. The earth is warming in the sun. However “the warming earth” carries a more somber message as well – a reminder of the fruits of our greed, the fragility of our planet, the reality of our losses. And, as we face the urgency to respond, we raise our artistic voices – to celebrate, to mourn, to activate, and to contemplate how we live together in relationship to this one planet we must all share and nurture. “Our Planet: Ourselves” addresses nature in all of its complexity — its beauty, its fragility, its ubiquity to everything else that we are.

Exhibiting Artists: Alice Becker, Denise Bellezzo, Rose Bonacorsi, Laura Cerf-Dahl, Joelle Dietrick, Jeffrey Doyle, Leslie Ann Eliet, Donna Fleetwood, Jane Flynn, Donna Hapac, Bob Hilger, Margaret LeJeune, Nora Moore Lloyd, Julie Mars, Jeane Kat McGrail, Jane Michalski, Jacqueline Moses, Lucy Mueller, Louise Pappageorge, Adriana Poterash, Linda Robinson Gordon, Cherie Sampson, Autumn Schaefer, Beth Shadur, Michelle Shipka, Juliane von Kunhardt, Brooke White, Marjorie Woodruff, , Ryan Zoghlin

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Jane Stevens is Curator of Art, Emeritus at the Illinois State Museum. as well as an art educator.  She curated over twenty-five exhibitions of Illinois artists at the Illinois State Museum. She is interested in documenting the art of Illinois artists and has published five books on Chicago artists including: Don Seiden: An Artist’s Life; From Light to Dark: The Life and Work of Ellen Roth Deutsch; The Legacy Continues: The Chicago Society of Artists; Barbara Aubin: A Life of Art 1928 – 2014; and Dusty’s House: A Victorian Treasure. She is currently working on a new book that is scheduled to be released in early 2022.

She received an MFA from the State University of New York, Buffalo and studied at the School of the Art institute of Chicago.

 

Opening Reception  Fri.  June 25, 5-8pm / Virtual Opening Sat.  June 26, 4pm

  • Exhibition dates: JUNE 25 – AUG 14, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

OBSERVING MOTHERHOOD

OBSERVING MOTHERHOOD – Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. May 1, 4pm

JUROR: LAURA CLOUD

Click play below to see a video of the Zoom opening reception on May 1.

“Observing Motherhood” is an exhibition of innovative approaches to the representation of Motherhood, shifting the viewpoint from the overly nostalgic imagery promoted by popular culture, to a critical exploration of the subject. This work goes beyond the conventional stereotypes, and represents a wide range of perspectives and alternative viewpoints on the idea of Motherhood.

The exhibition will run from April 30 – June 19, 2021. Gallery hours are: Fridays, 3-7pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm. Masks for all visitors are required and no more than 6 people will be allowed in the gallery at one time. (Hours subject to change.)

Exhibiting Artists: Karen Ami, Diana Baumbach, Amy Bernard, Alexandra Buxbaum, B. Kirk Chernansky, Sara Peak Convery, Ava Da Re, Katrina Davis-Salazar, Jillian Dickson, SP Scotti Estes, Morgan Ford Willingham, Stacey Lee Gee, Katere Gladdys, Niki Grangruth, Elizabeth Hall, Caitlin Hazelton, Susan Hensel, Daisie Hoitsma, Chloe Iria, Anna Johnson, Lindsay Johnson, Sarah King, Beth LeFauve, Robert Mullenix, Nastja Nykaza, Denise Orlin, Allison Pasquesi, Anat Pollack, Katie Ries, Gina Lee Robbins, Holly Romano, Marleene Rubenstein, Mardy Sears, Amy Usdin, Weiting Wei

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Laura Cloud’s work has been exhibited internationally and nationally. Exhibitions include: actuel’art/lagalerie in Paris; Le Logge Art Gallery, Assisi, Italy; the Museu Historico de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil; the Liu Hai Su Art Museum in Shanghai, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago and the Sidney Yates Gallery in the Chicago Culture Center. She was invited to speak about her work at the 6th Annual International Conference on the Visual and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece. In 2016 she was an artist in residence at Green Olive Arts in Tetouan, Morocco and in 2019 she was an artist in residence at the Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi Italy. Recent projects include collaborations with Michigan State University’s RECap Lab, the Snares to Wares Initiative and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Laura is an Associate Professor and coordinator of the sculpture program at Michigan State University. She received a BFA from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, May 1, 4:00

  • Exhibition dates: Fri, April 30 – Sat, June 19, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri – 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

Jenny Chernansky

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

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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