ERA OF PREPARATION AND DESIRE (NIU MFA Graduate 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.
Exhibition participants:
Andrew Elsten
Amy Fleming
Aimee Valentine
Nate Gilchrist
Christina Kang
Larissa Barnat
Angie Redmond
Gretchen Schreiber
5355ah DelaRue

 

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, April 3, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Apr 2 – 24, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

Jeanette May

Tech Vanitas  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. May 1, 4-5pm (via Zoom – Link will be posted here on day of event)

Jeanette May’s “Tech Vanitas” photographs embrace anxiety over new technology and love for beautifully designed, obsolete machines. Her still lifes suggest 17th Century Dutch vanitas paintings with their air of craft guilds, international trade, and personal wealth. Her carefully disheveled arrangements of familiar devices also allude to product photography and advertising. “Tech Vanitas” examines the present and the past of technology with a sense of wonder and trepidation.

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, May 1, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Apr 30 – May 2, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

PLUCKED & GLEANED

Plucked & Gleaned… an exhibition of fine art prints  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Mar 6, 4-5pm (via Zoom – Link will be posted here on day of event)

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  

OBSERVING MOTHERHOOD (Call for Entries)

OBSERVING MOTHERHOOD

JUROR: LAURA CLOUD

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – MARCH 21, 2021, 11:59pm CST

CLICK THIS LINK (OR CUT AND PASTE LINK TO YOUR BROWSER) TO APPLY:  https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/observing-motherhood/

“Observing Motherhood” is an exhibition searching for 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. We’re looking for work that goes beyond the conventional stereotypes and is all inclusive of various marginalized groups. We welcome ALL perspectives and alternative viewpoints on the idea of Motherhood.

All media is accepted, including video, performance and sound; and all artists’ work will be considered. Due to space limitations no large projections or media-based installations will be accepted. Three “juror awards” will be selected for a small monetary award ($100 each); and awarded work will be featured on the ARC website.

The exhibition will run from April 30 – June 19, 2021. This time frame is equal to two ARC Gallery exhibition months – so more opportunity for your work to be viewed! We encourage everyone to enter (details below).

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 StateUniversity’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

Exhibition contingency plans:
At this time, we plan to have an actual exhibition at the gallery. There will be no in-person opening, though we will have a virtual opening event on Zoom (parameters to be determined). The gallery will be open, but both hours and visitors will be somewhat restricted until it is safe to do otherwise.

IF the city closes all businesses again due to COVID-19, the gallery will be closed, but we will have the entire show online visible to everyone who visits our website and social media sites; and we will send out a link to everyone on our mailing list, potentially around 4000+ viewers. All artists exhibiting will be identified, along with their work and their statement.

The NEW (Temporary) Gallery hours are: Fridays, 3-7; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4. Masks for all visitors are required and no more than 6 people will be allowed in the gallery at one time.

CALENDAR:
Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Sunday, April 4, 2021.
Work Delivered to ARC: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, April 21-24, 2021 between 12:00 and 4:00pm (gallery hours)
Exhibition Dates: Fri, April 30 – Sat, June 19, 2021
Virtual Opening Reception: Sat, May 1, 4pm – 5pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, June 19, 4:00pm – 6:00pm and Sun, June 20, 12pm – 4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: Fri, June 25, 2021 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

Click HERE to apply.

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Sat, May 1,  4pm – 5pm

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

 

OBSERVING MOTHERHOOD

OBSERVING MOTHERHOOD (Call for Entries)

JUROR: LAURA CLOUD

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – MARCH 21, 2021, 11:59pm CST

Click the following link (or cut and paste into your browser) to apply: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/observing-motherhood/

“Observing Motherhood” is an exhibition searching for 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. We’re looking for work that goes beyond the conventional stereotypes and is all inclusive of various marginalized groups. We welcome ALL perspectives and alternative viewpoints on the idea of Motherhood.

All media is accepted, including video, performance and sound; and all artists’ work will be considered. Due to space limitations no large projections or media-based installations will be accepted. Three “juror awards” will be selected for a small monetary award ($100 each); and awarded work will be featured on the ARC website.

The exhibition will run from April 30 – June 19, 2021. This time frame is equal to two ARC Gallery exhibition months – so more opportunity for your work to be viewed! We encourage everyone to enter (details below).

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

Exhibition contingency plans:
  • At this time, we plan to have an actual exhibition at the gallery. There will be no in-person opening, though we will have a Virtual Opening Event on Zoom. The gallery will be open with limited hours and visitor restrictions (until it is safe to do otherwise).
  • IF the city closes all businesses again, due to COVID-19, the gallery will be closed, but we will display the exhibition online, visible to everyone who visits our website. All artists will be identified, along with their work and artist statement; and we will send out a link to everyone on our mailing list, potentially 4000+ viewers.
  • The new (Temporary) 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.

Click the following link (or cut and paste into your browser) to apply: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/observing-motherhood/

CALENDAR:
Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Sunday, April 4, 2021.
Work Delivered to ARC: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, April 21-24, 2021 between 12:00 and 4:00pm (gallery hours)
Exhibition Dates: Fri, April 30 – Sat, June 19, 2021
Virtual Opening Reception: Sat, May 1, 4pm – 5pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, June 19, 4:00pm – 6:00pm and Sun, June 20, 12pm – 4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: Fri, June 25, 2021 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, May 1, 4:00-5:00pm

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

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!:  Online Exhibition Fri.  Aug 28, 6pm 

Juried by Artist, Angela Davis Fegan
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 4, 2020 at 11:59pm
Apply here: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/respirations-now/

What does a future look like that allows us all to BREATHE freely?! Each citizen of this world has a RIGHT to BREATHE.

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.

ARC Gallery is looking for work that addresses the need to elevate humanity. RESPIRATION(S) NOW! will be an online exhibition in which work not only addresses the problems, but envisions solutions and blueprints for action to create a world which honors BREATH as a RIGHT.

All mediums and materials are eligible for submission including video and performance. Images must be jpg. Videos of time-based work or performance must be 3 minutes or less and include a password-free link to YouTube or Vimeo. Public art and site-specific installation (oustide of the gallery space) will also be considered, and must be in place by July 24. The images selected by the juror will be compiled into a slideshow video. This video will be shown on ARC Gallery’s website and Facebook page. Time-based work will be given a space on Facebook to be viewed. Individual images will be also be highlighted on Instagram and Facebook.

This is a donation-based call for entries. A suggested $5-$50 donation will allow ARC Gallery to continue its mission to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. And to raise public awareness on community-based issues by presenting exhibits, workshops, discussion groups and programs by, and for, underserved populations.

Apply here: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/respirations-now/

 

Virtual Reception, Friday, August 28, 6:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Aug 28 – Sept 25, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Art, and a Time of Solidarity (Images)

Art, and a Time of Solidarity: A Unique Art Collecting Opportunity  Fri.  July 24, 6pm

Announcing: “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” A Virtual Fundraising Event: This is YOUR chance to OWN a Judith Roth or Virginia Mallon artwork and help ARC Gallery continue its mission of supporting artists!! You can purchase tickets for this (online only) virtual fundraising event here: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

Following are the available images. Prices listed are the value of the work.

“Self Portrait with Mandolin” by Judith Roth, oil, 36″x48″, $1800

 

“Waiting” by Judith Roth, graphite on paper, 29″x37″, $1000

 

“My Sister, My Friend” by Judith Roth, pastel, 31″x44″, $1500

 

“Maxine Waters” by Virginia Mallon, oil on slate, 12″x12″, $500

 

“Yvonne” by Virginia Mallon, oil on slate, 12″x14″, $500

 

ARC is a woman-run Chicago gallery recognized for its long-standing support of talented artists, showing more than 200 individual artist’s work each year for the last 47 years.  But this year, as we shelter in place, we face our biggest challenge yet. You can help! 

In lieu of a spring fundraiser, ARC is hosting an on-line event both to raise much needed funding and to honor two talented women artists who have supported ARC in the past.

Judith Roth (July 18, 1935 – February 9, 2019), a former member of ARC, was a highly regarded figurative artist in Chicago. Virginia Mallon is a New York painter and ARC supporter, who has shown her work at the gallery.  Through a generous donation of work by Virginia and by Judith’s family, ARC is able to mount a fundraising “event” which gives lucky participants the opportunity to become a collector of their work. Simply purchase a ticket to the “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” event and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a piece of Judith’s or Virginia’s work for your collection. Following is the link to purchase tickets: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

Each ticket purchased increases your chances in this unique opportunity to become a collector. Tickets are $10/each. Three tickets are $25. A purchase of five tickets for $50 also makes you an Artist Friend of the gallery. The Artist Friends page gives supporting artists visibility on ARC’s website in appreciation for their support of ARC’s mission. 

On Friday, July 24, ARC Gallery will host this virtual “event” and live drawing announcing the winners of the five paintings and drawings shown here. Your entry(s) will make you eligible to win one artwork. (Please note that this is an online event online. There will be no in-person event at ARC Gallery’s physical location. During the Virtual Event, we will call off names of all donors as we enter their names in a “hat”.  And then pick the winners! )

Thank you for your support in these challenging times!!

 

Virtual Reception, Friday, July 24, 6:00pm

Art, and a Time of Solidarity

Art, and a Time of Solidarity: A Unique Art Collecting Opportunity  Fri.  July 24, 6pm

Announcing: “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” A Virtual Fundraising Event: This is YOUR chance to OWN a Judith Roth or Virginia Mallon artwork and help ARC Gallery continue its mission of supporting artists!! You can purchase tickets for this (online only) virtual fundraising event here: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

ARC is a woman-run Chicago gallery recognized for its long-standing support of talented artists, showing more than 200 individual artist’s work each year for the last 47 years.  But this year, as we shelter in place, we face our biggest challenge yet. You can help! 

In lieu of a spring fundraiser, ARC is hosting an on-line event both to raise much needed funding and to honor two talented women artists who have supported ARC in the past.

Judith Roth (July 18, 1935 – February 9, 2019), a former member of ARC, was a highly regarded figurative artist in Chicago. Virginia Mallon is a New York painter and ARC supporter, who has shown her work at the gallery.  Through a generous donation of work by Virginia and by Judith’s family, ARC is able to mount a fundraising “event” which gives lucky participants the opportunity to become a collector of their work. Simply purchase a ticket to the “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” event and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a piece of Judith’s or Virginia’s work for your collection. Following is the link to see all available work and to purchase tickets: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

Each ticket purchased increases your chances in this unique opportunity to become a collector. Tickets are $10/each. Three tickets are $25. A purchase of five tickets for $50 also makes you an Artist Friend of the gallery. The Artist Friends page gives supporting artists visibility on ARC’s website in appreciation for their support of ARC’s mission. 

On Friday, July 24, ARC Gallery will host this virtual “event” and live drawing announcing the winners of the five paintings and drawings shown here. Your entry(s) will make you eligible to win one artwork. (Please note that this is an online event online. There will be no in-person event at ARC Gallery’s physical location. During the Virtual Event, we will call off names of all donors as we enter their names in a “hat”.  And then pick the winners! )

Thank you for your support in these challenging times!!

 

Virtual Reception, Friday, July 24, 6:00pm

Call for Entries “His-ter’-ee-uh”

A juried exhibition in March 2019 at ARC. Click here for prospectus and application form.

New exhibit at ARC Gallery, March 2019, juried by artist Olive Stefanski. (NEW DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS! —Jan. 26th, 11:55 pm)

With this exhibition, we are calling for art that addresses structural sexism—in particular, women’s emotional realities, and how that emotional reality plays out in a national atmosphere of distrust about women’s stories, women’s rationality and women’s anger.

His-ter’-ee-uh: from the Greek word “hystera”, or womb—an organ that was thought to migrate erratically through a woman’s abdomen, searching for “fragrant smells”, much like “an animal within an animal”. (Aretaeus, Greek physician, 2nd century AD)

While the uterus has become more sedentary over the intervening years, it nevertheless continued to be blamed for women’s irrationality and emotional distress. In the 19th century, a time marked by both physical constraints (corsets) and psychological restrictions (confinement to womanly activities), widespread concerns about female hysteria resulted in numerous cures for misbehaving wombs. A popular treatment for hysteria at the time was clitoral stimulation administered by one’s physician.

Today, in the inevitable backlash to the “MeToo” moment, women once again are distrusted, disdained (and sometimes diagnosed) for an emotionality that threatens the status quo. Women’s bodies continue to be the ground around which much of the conflict revolves. Strangely enough (as we saw in recent Supreme Court hearings) some of the hysteria around these events now seems to also emanate from men, which suggests the need for a new metaphor to explain the cause of women’s rage.

application form and prospectus: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/ahistereeuha/