The Steiners

The Steiners: Three Generations:  Opening  Fri.  Aug 3,  6-9pm 

1463 W Chicago Ave  Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location on Chicago Ave.  There are still 3 exhibitions at our old location at 2156 N. Damen.  Those will be the last exhibitions at the Damen location.

Nature or nurture? A combination of both may be responsible for producing three generations of artists in the Steiner family, each with a unique style and artistic aesthetic.

Patriarch Joe Steiner had no exposure to art as a child but remembers being thrilled when he was able to draw a horse that actually looked like a horse at the age of four or five. Over time, he developed his skills largely on his own, until he won a citywide art competition while still in high school. He followed a different path for a while, majoring in psychology in college. Later, he took occasional art classes, entered art fairs, then ran a successfully gallery and art school in Lincolnwood for a number of years, before closing the gallery to devote more time to painting.

Joe’s daughter, Lisa, grew up around art and artists. A photo of her drawing at her father’s feet during an art fair appeared in a local paper when she was just a preschooler. She also followed a different path as a college undergraduate, but later studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earned an MFA at the University of Oregon, and became a painter.

Joe’s granddaughter, Sahar, was immersed in art throughout her childhood by her grandfather, her aunt Lisa, and her father David, who painted early on before becoming a documentary filmmaker. She took art classes in high school and won a prestigious Gold Key in painting from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. She too has chosen a different major at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she is a student, but she continues to study and make art, and it is an important part of her identity and her life.

Opening Reception, Friday, August 3, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Aug 3-25, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Debby Spertus

Debbie Spertus:  Opening  Fri.  July 20,  6-9pm

Spertus’ artwork is both dreamlike and evocative. Not everyone who looks at it will see the exact same thing, but they will see something. I love to explore the use of color, line, shape and texture to also elicit strong feelings and emotions as well as the other four senses. I have no fixed subject in mind in the process of creation itself and I paint by intuition. Once my artworks are finished they exist entirely for other viewers. The most truthful interpretation of each of my artworks is the one that is your own.

Opening Reception, Friday, July 20, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: July 18 – August 11, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Tehilla Newman

Tehilla Newman: Opening  Fri.  July 20,  6-9pm

While my legal name is Heidi, mostly everyone calls me Tehilla: my Hebrew name which means “Praise Gd with song.” I love to sing, yet also praise the Gd of my understanding with visual art. I use clay, (MotherEarth Herself) and while I work from live nude models, I sculpt the neshama  (soul/essence) rather than the physical body. People who see and touch them in person comment on the “Kabbalstic” healing energy emanating & vibrating from within them. I welcome your touch and feedback.

Opening Reception, Friday, July 20, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: July 18 – August 11, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Granite Palombo (Amit)

The Movement for the Liberation of the Narrative: Opening  Fri.  July 20,  6-9pm

Granite Palombo (Amit ) is an activist, interdisciplinary artist who exhibited nationally and internationally. She initiates outreach projects with previously incarcerated clients, youth at risk, and with residents of a domestic violence shelter. Integrating her training as a therapist she exhibits and performs with her clients in professional art venues. She was ordained as a Rabbi at RSI in New York in June 2016, focusing on Jewish mysticism and healing.
Palombo’s (Amit) work has a strong textual component and her installations and performances uses often projected animations and projections of real-time interactive animation reflecting the dancers’ movements. Her narratives concern social issues, which she connects to broader more general questions of humanity and the human condition.

Opening Reception, Friday, July 20, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: July 18 – August 11, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Monica J. Brown

Mythical Memory/Abstract LensOpening  Fri.  July 20,  6-9pm

“My current work is an exploration of memory, history and personal mythology. I believe that gathering the stories from the past, knowing them, and sharing them is a means to healing learned dysfunctional patterns as well as embracing inherited strengths and gifts.  I have been exploring the stories of my maternal ancestors with an inquiry into that which is passed down through generations of women (epigenetics).

What does it mean to remember? Memory is the fabric of life experience. Our autobiographical memories are the stories that we tell ourselves about ourselves. Though life events may be experienced with others, memory is a solo journey, as it a reproduction of events filtered through personal perception and an interpretation of past experiences. Beyond nostalgia, memory holds an essence of our awareness of ourselves. It is a template for how we perceive relationships, and informs our interactions inside relationships.

Memory is an abstraction. It holds our entire history, but how much of that is our “real” story? And what stories do we tell ourselves about this story? Which stories do we own and which ones own us? And how do we break free of those that don’t serve our greatest good? And which ones are there for us to uncover/recover/discover for the healing our ancestors/progeny/selves?”

Opening Reception, Friday, July 20, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: July 18 – August 11, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Pride and Prejudice: Gender Realities in the 21st Century

A juried competition exhibition: June 20-July 14, 2018  Opening Reception:  Friday, June 23, 6 – 9pm

Participating artists:

Jill AnnieMargaret,  Elizabeth Arden,  Martin Beck,  Leah Mulligan Cabinum,  Nelson Cantada,  Kristin Cass,  Marion Delarue,  Evin Dubois,  Abigail Engstrand,  David A. Feingold,  Mary Frances Fleming,  Nicolina Holt,  Michael Hubbard,  Kevin Kegler,  Emily Lombardo,  Jamie Luoto,  Jessica Malatia,   Kelly Mathews,  Luis Mejico,   Hayden Nagin,   Cassandra Opaskar,  John Paradiso,   Ahmad Jahandeh Poshtiri,  EM Racine,  Leslie Robison,  Andre Rubin,  Dan Scott,  Omi Torres,   Sanh Brian Tran,  Antoinette Viola,

GENDER—perhaps the most essential aspect of one’s person— has transcended the binary ideas of the past, evolving into complex conceptions about identity and sexuality. While contemporary gender expression has created space for empowerment and freedoms for many, it remains confusing for some, wrong-headed for others, and a topic that is continually fascinating to the media. Many welcome this attention and the progress it bodes; but it has also resulted in pain, harassment, and discrimination for others.

ARC, established as a woman-run gallery 45 years ago, continues to embrace and honor the various struggles associated with belonging to a particular gender. Because of this mission, the gallery is presenting  a juried exhibition entitled “Pride and Prejudice” which will open in June 2018–the same month as the Pride Parade in Chicago.

The juror for this exhibit, Oli Rodriguez, is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, photography, performance and writing. Currently, he is faculty in the Photography Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His projects conceptually intersect and dialogue within consent, queerness, childhood and sexuality. He curated the exhibition, The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics at SAIC. He is a part of the monograph Confronting the Abject, named from his research themed class that he co-taught with Catherine Opie at SAIC. He just finished his book, The Papi Project, which archives the AIDS pandemic through his queer, POC family in Chicago during the 1980s. Rodriguez has screened, performed, lectured and exhibited his works internationally and nationally.  Oli Rodriguez will give a closing juror’s talk on July 14.

Artists From Bulgaria — ARC Gallery Exchange Exhibition

“REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN THERE”  Exhibition dates May 23-June 16.  Opening Reception Friday, May 25, 6 – 9pm

ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is excited to continue our art exchange with artists from Art Movement Krug, Kardzali, and Association of artists from Kardzali, Bulgaria. This exhibition is the second part of the two-way artistic exchange between ARC Gallery and Art Movement ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is excited to continue our art exchange with artists from Art Movement Krug,

Participating artists: Radost Nikolaeva, Galina Dimova, Ziyatin Nuriev, Zafer Galibov, Laura Dimitrova, Arian Rexhepi, Burhanettin Ardagil, Didem Erbas, Guillaume Hillairet, Gyongy Laky, Diane Roehm, Vanya Petkova, Vladimir Chukich, Emil Penchev, Iveta Stoyanova, Kamber Kamber, Maya Mecheva, Pavlina Chukich, Penka Atanasova, Hari Atanasov, Hristo Gaberov

Joan d’Arcambal

May 23-June 16, 2018  Opening Reception Friday May 25  6-9pm

Each one of Joan d’Arcambal’s sprawling, color-drenched paintings appears to be a vivid record of the painting process. In fact, it’s a dazzling illusion, because her large, paint thickened works-that is, her signature impasto style represent the end of the act: the terminus of an artistic expedition, which she reaches by launching herself into a near-trance state, to paint for hours, until she can no longer stand or hold a brush.


“Painting for me is like entering another world,” says d’Arcambal. “I paint without thinking – it’s completely intuitive. I believe that the work reflects that.”

Susan Smith Trees

Exhibition dates:  May 23 – June 16   Opening Reception Friday, May 25, 6 -9PM

Susan Smith Trees work concerns the confrontation with the forces of the psyche and the attempt to give physical expression to the cracked, open spaces within.

Materials drive this process. The act of manipulating the material, she explores its capabilities and limitations and discovers its possibilities. It is through this relationship that direction and form emerge. Letting the material lead allows the unleashing of an inner world in a kind of physical exorcism suggesting the experience of the body as a gateway to transformation.

“There is only one journey, going within.” R.M. Rilke

Al-Qawi Tazal Nanavati

“Al-Qawi Tazal Nanavati”  Opening  Fri.  April 27,  6-9pm

My art is an amalgamation of printmaking, drawing and painting, and through it, I deconstruct the essence and importance of meditation, prayer and Islamic practices in my life. The works are heavily influenced by my upbringing as I grew up around people of many faiths in an environment where tolerance and pluralism were protected. In the midst of chaos, unrest and many examples of intolerance in the world today, I attempt to demonstrate through my work the peace and serenity that I obtain through Bandagi also called Zikr, which is a form of repetitive chanting that has been the basic inspiration for my work.


Exhibition dates:     April 25 – May 19, 2018

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm