ERA OF PREPARATION AND DESIRE (NIU MFA Group Exhibition)

ERA OF PREPARATION AND DESIRE  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Apr 3, 4-5pm

Humans searching for meaning in times of crisis often ask, “what matters NOW?” That question is especially significant for emerging artists as they consider their role in society and their contribution to contemporary art. The nine MFA students graduating from Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design have persevered during a global pandemic in pursuit of their creative searches. The work featured in Era of Preparation and Desire answers, in different ways, the question of what matters now. Addressing issues ranging from identity and perception to social engagement, the artists highlighted in this group exhibition vary in discipline. Included are drawings by Andrew Elsten and Christina Kang; fibre works by 5355AH DelaRue; paintings by Larissa Barnat, Angie Redmond, and Aimee Valentine; a photograph by Amy Fleming; and sculptures by Nate Gilchrist and Gretchen Schreiber.

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PLUCKED & GLEANED

Plucked & Gleaned… an exhibition of fine art prints  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Mar 6, 4-5pm 

Exhibition dates: Mar 5 – 27, 2021

For a gallery view of the exhibition, see the video below:

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Click the following link to view the Virtual Opening:

https://youtu.be/TmgLhejFR1k

The virtual opening on YouTube contains a slideshow of the exhibit that includes the name of the artist and info about each piece.

Plucked and Gleaned is a group exhibition of fine art prints. The work on display touches on themes of identity, Midwest culture, place, and personal ecosystems. All of the works in the exhibition are by print artists living and making art in Northern Illinois and the Chicagoland area.

Exhibiting Artists:
Wes Beeler
Rachel Beer
Sasha Bitzer
Alex Bridges
Marco Camacho
Zoë Couvillion
Mikey Crotty
Jayden Dale
Jan Gerenstein
Nathanial Gilchrist
Christina Kang
Greg Padgett
Nick Phan
Sixing Qi
Saffron Williams

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, March 6, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Mar 5 – 27, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

Aviva Kramer

1000 Mirrors  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Feb 6, 4-5pm 

The glistening of gold in Japanese landscapes, scrolls and screens. Rich gold, pale gold, antique gold. Summoned up from ancient secret recipes. Sacred light and embodied reality encased in golden light.

Light trails, accidental objects, diaphanous forms which barely cling to existence. But the real world emerges, botany, unexpected.

The persistence of Eastern landscapes, forgotten, veiled in fog. If only to capture its spirit. Gravity and veils of paint that reveal of laws of the universe. Painting the invisible (or maybe it is humming of the breath we breath)…..emerging, receding…..lost in nature’s landscape, creation, destruction…..This is where I begin.

Aviva Kramer at ARC: Feb 2021. Click to download video of exhibition.

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See a slideshow of the exhibition below:

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Find out more about Aviva Kramer here: www.avivakramer.com

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Feb 6, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 5 – 27, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

Ruti Modlin

SITTING IT OUT, variations on a theme:  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Jan 9, 4-5pm (via Zoom)

See a slideshow of the exhibition below:

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The work for SITTING IT OUT has been created during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, save and except for 4 paintings that were painted previously yet included to complete the series. My work is derived from live model sessions or composites of different ones. While we all find ourselves restricted and less active, I felt a sense of introspection and new meaning in the stillness and anticipation of the subjects. Some compositions were created in response to a newspaper article, political upheaval or explorations of my own psychic imagination.

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Jan 9, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 8 – 29, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

SOLITUDE

SOLITUDE: Virtual Opening Reception  Sat. Jan 9, 4-5pm
Juror: Danny Floyd

Exhibiting Artists:
Ahmari Benton, Jeffrey Brooks, Paula Bulwinkle, Elena Clark, Eli Craven, Andrea Ferrigno, Bob Fields, Cait Hardie, stephanie mei huang, Doina Iacob, Carol Irving, John Lane, Sangheon Kim, Douglas Malone, Therese Mulgrew, Dan Oliver, Robert Pockmire, Gwen Pryor, Kathryn Rodrigues, Sheri Rush, Mardy Sears, Sage Whitney, Gary Wolfe

Congratulations to Juror Award winners: Elena Clark (collaboration), stephanie mei huang, and Kathryn Rodrigues!

See a gallery view video of the exhibition below:

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See a slideshow presentation of the exhibition below:

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See stephanie mei huang’s “how to paint a rocking horse” Juror Award winning video below:

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THE VIRTUAL OPENING RECEPTION OF SOLITUDE: https://youtu.be/AmXb690h-_c

Solitude can elicit either a sense of euphoria or peace, or a sense of confinement or punishment, while others are isolated in a community unit. As we move forward into the fall and winter months, and COVID continues to impede our movements and interactions, how do we, as individuals, or as members of a larger, even worldwide community, process these survival confinements? Artists use their mediums to express the inner joy, conflict, frustration, sadness or peace we find ourselves confronting. This show represents the creative endeavors of this process under the current circumstances —  keeping artists alone but pulling together into a community.

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.)

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Danny Floyd is an artist, researcher, curator, and educator based out of Chicago. At the risk of confusion, his work seeks the narrow threshold between meaning and nonsense in text and images. Often at odds with neuro-normative conventions, he embraces divergent thinking through improvisation and the delightfully weird. He is the Exhibitions Director for ACRE and a Lecturer of Visual & Critical Studies and Sculpture at SAIC. Since 2013, he has been an active part of Chicago’s artist-run space community through two programs, Ballroom Projects and Adler & Floyd. He has held curatorial residencies with ACRE and Chicago Artists Coalition. He was also awarded the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellowship in 2017.

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Jan 9, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 8 – Feb 27, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri – 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

Abigail Engstrand

Exhibiting Signs of Life:  Virtual Opening Reception  Sat. Nov 7, 4-5pm (via Zoom)

I need to stop trying to transplant my giant old hydrangea, as it’s too deep, wide, and heavy

(I realize now)
             and go back to my computer to reword a proper brief statement about my work.
I need to say something with poetic brevity
                   about what I’ve been observing and contemplating:
the fragility and resilience
                          of human body and spirit.
I feel my delicate decorative clothesline,
with the fleeting sketches on paper, torn, hanging chad’s left in place,
and the temporary nature of fibers (that used to keep living mammals warm and protected),
                                   illustrates my thoughts-
being recycled, in a way elevates to the realm of an art object –
                       a comparison, a dance… sometimes ironic.
I felt

I am a painter

I observe and build relationships. My fiber pictures, I call them “felts”, are often translated from another, more 2 dimensional medium, like a watercolor painting or charcoal drawing, into a multi-dimensional picture, by using fibers that have had another life before being selected for my visual adventure.

This new medium is old; it has either been an integral part of a living, breathing being, like sheep, alpaca, silk worm or dog, or a growing plant like bamboo, milkweed or corn fiber. Sometimes my chosen bits of color or texture have already served even more cycles of purpose, as an article of clothing or a blanket for human life. I feel good about honoring Mother Earth, and all her inhabitants, by reusing resources. I also relish including sentimental fibers and fabric scraps, relevant to the subject, drawing more personal connection into the piece…

Like watercolor puddles, and children, fibers have a life of their own that they lend to a planned picture; a spontaneity which toys with levels of artistic, or parental, control. There’s a constant dance working with them; deciding where boundaries are needed and when and where to let go, look, listen and appreciate the altered perception and new definition they’ve created! No matter which medium I use, in all my pictures there is language-sometimes literally, in words, but always imbued with attempts at communication; a story told in color, shape, and scentual* bridges.

*I love to add various natural essential oils to my hands and rubbed into the fibers as I work for an added dimension.

Virtual Opening, Saturday, Nov 7, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 30 – Nov 21, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

ARC Gallery Members’ Exhibition: STILL HERE

STILL HERE:  Virtual Opening Reception Sat. October 3, 4pm

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, including artists and arts organizations. As one of the longest standing non-profit galleries in Chicago, ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation is pleased to let you know that we are “STILL HERE.” Please join the collective membership of ARC for its annual Members’ Exhibition! View artwork from its talented and diverse membership.

ARC, founded in 1973 as a women-run cooperative organization, has a long and distinguished history as a cultural institution in the city. ARC’s mission is to bring innovative, emerging and experimental visual art, to a wide range of viewers, and to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. Celebrating 47 years in existence, ARC provides exhibition opportunities and support to artists, across all artistic disciplines including performance, sound, and video. The support ARC offers includes: professional presentation of work, significant financial subsidy of gallery space, group and themed show opportunities, and feedback and encouragement to young and emerging artists.

Celebrate another great year of existence during the Virtual Opening Reception on Saturday, October 4th from 4pm-5pm!

Participating Members: Granite Palombo Amit – Laura Cloud – Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Cait Hardie – Elyse Martin – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Michelle Williams

Affiliate Members: Kina BagovskaNancy Bechtol – Denise Bellezzo – Monica J. Brown – Virginia Carstarphen – Michele Corazzo – Esther Charbit – Jessica Gondek – Kristina Gosh – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker

Interns:  Kofi Brooks – Paige Hall-Petry – Sabrina Sabella

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Oct 3, 4:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 2 – 24, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

ARTISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE – Online Exhibition

ARTISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE – Online Exhibition
Virtual Opening Reception: Sat. October 3, 4pm

Curator: Virginia Mallon

In response to the current political crises in America, a cadre of diverse and talented artists launched a year-long cross-country show into the heartland of America, united by the belief that art is and should be a catalyst for change.  Waylaid by the pandemic, the exhibit has launched virtually with planned exhibits in 2021.

Exhibiting Artists:
Donna Bassin, Beatrice Lebreton, Virginia Mallon, Susan Saunders, Marrisa Bridge, Lydia Makepeace, Jessica Nissen, Jonathan Talbot, Barbara Friedman, Dee Mallon, Yvonne Short, Jessica Waddington, Holly Gordon, Maggie Rose

Exhibition Tour Details:

ARC GALLERY & EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
Chicago, IL
September 30 – November 21, 2020

KUPFERBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT QUEENS COLLEGE
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
New York, NY
October 2020

NEW HARMONY GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
New Harmony Indiana
August 2021

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, October 3, 4pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 30-Nov 21, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

RESPIRATION(S) NOW! Online Exhibition

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!:  Online Exhibition

Juror: Angela Davis Fegan

Exhibiting Artists: Jillian Bruschera, Stefani Byrd, John Calavitta, Jasmine Clark, Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy, Jennifer Farrell, Sabella Flagg, Juan Giraldo, Heidi Hogden, Amy Leners, David Obermeyer, Shevare Perry, Heather Schroering, Amber Taylor, Devon Thompson, Hugo Ximello-Salido

View video of the full exhibition below:

View “The Razor’s Edge” HD video by Stefani Byrd here.
View Shevare Perry’s “30+2” here.
View Heather Schroering’s “The Mouths Chef David McAtee Fed” here.
View Amy Leners’ New Moon, Animated Monoprint here.
View Jen Ferrell’s full “Respiration Book” here.
Did you miss the virtual opening reception? You can view the dynamic artist discourse with juror, Angela Davis Fegan, here.

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!

At the crux of some of the current crises that the world is enduring right now, is breath: African-Americans are being denied the right to breathe; COVID 19 is attacking lungs; and the lungs of the planet are in need of restoration. Life on our planet is inter-connected. Divisions and exclusions will insure the continued separation of humanity. Together we live, or together we perish. Humans are the problem and the solution.

Compassionate, righteous indignation, coupled with action for legislative justice is needed to shape a future that includes racial equality, universal healthcare, and planetary stewardship. What does a future look like that allows us all to BREATHE freely?! Each citizen of this world has a RIGHT to BREATHE.

Juror Statement: Respiration(s) Now! Is a collective portrait of American discomfort. Reconsideration of long existing wounds. These interdisciplinary works weave together a multifaceted narrative about collective grief, breath, isolation, and the value of human life. Public space is forever changed. Public discourse has taken to the immediacy of the streets and social media. Perception is not reality, and with this multi-person perspective, we begin to see a fuller clearer picture. Hopefully the online nature of this show allows for rumination on these works in the viewer’s private space during this collective pause.

Featured image is video still of Shevare Perry’s “30+2”

 

  • Exhibition dates: Aug 28 – Sept 25, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

UNMASKED: Portraiture in a Pandemic

UNMASKED: Portraiture in a Pandemic
Virtual Opening Reception, Sat. November 7, 4-5pm (via Zoom)

Juror: Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern University

Exhibiting Artists: Linda Andrei, Larissa Barnat, Margaret Buchen, Patrick Carroll, Jenny Chernansky, Chris Cinque, Kate Conroy, Mary Rose Deraco, Noris Englund, Donna Fleetwood, Charles Goss, Precious Henshaw, Masha Hoffey, Allie Kushnir, Bryce Landingham, David Eugene Lemley, Rebecca Miller, Robert Mullenix, Natalie Pivoney, Sebastian Sandu, Joe Steiner, Jennifer Stofer, Rachael Warner, Christine Wuenschel

UnMasked on YouTube   

In this time of isolation and confinement – when we can often see only a portion of another’s face – this juried exhibition celebrates faces – and the people behind them. This exhibit also examines the ways in which people mask themselves or masquerade. This genre is defined as broadly as possible: self, other, representational, abstracted, likeness, current, past, psychological, emotional…

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Nov 7, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 28 – Dec 19, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri – 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm