Virginia Carstarphen

Wanderings, Maps and Memories   Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. May 29, 4-5pm (via Zoom – Link will be posted here on day of event)

While in college I discovered the writings of American geographer John Wright who coined the term “geopiety:” geo from the Greek for earth and piety from the Latin pietas meaning sense of duty of filial love. This word so perfectly expresses my love and sense of devotion to the places that have filled my life. The landscapes of Georgia, New England, Florida, and the Midwest; the waters of the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico all figure prominently in my work.

Although my work edges mostly on abstraction, I have always thought of myself as a landscape artist.  Artists like Eva Hesse, Anselm Keifer, and Cy Twombly inspire me. Cartography and asemic writing are devices I rely on to explore my subject matter. Through line, color, material and gesture I attempt to honor the landscapes that I am deeply attached to. These landscape explorations are filtered through both experience and memory. Imagination plays an important role as well.

At times these abstracted landscapes can be internal mappings of the human body on a cellular level – a way of finding myself in the world.  Other times they verge on more macrocosmic abstractions – a landscape as big as a galaxy.  Often they navigate the space in between. It is within that space that I find balance between destruction and renewal, entanglement and order.

In this body of work, maps themselves become the vehicle to explore these ideas.  Where am I? Where do I come from?  Where am I going?  These questions are at the heart of the manipulations of the maps.  They become transformed by my wanderings, both literally and symbolically.

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OUR PLANET: OURSELVES (Call for Entries)

OUR PLANET: OURSELVES

JUROR: Jane Stevens

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – MAY 22, 2021, 11:59pm CST

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

Spring is here! And the beauty of our natural world is ever more apparent. Green shoots are poking through the crust, and once again 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 seek to 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.

We welcome all applications to our next juried show “Our Planet: Ourselves,” which will give expression to these messages. 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 June 25 – August 14, 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).

Entry fee: $40 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image (lower charge for students – High school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $25 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry (Please include copy of Student ID)). If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.

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.

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.

(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, May 16, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Sunday, May 30, 2021.
Work Delivered to ARC: Wed, Thurs, Fri, June 16-18, 2021 (Wed & Thurs 12-4pm, Fri 3-7pm)
Exhibition Dates: Fri, June 25 – Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Virtual Opening Reception: Sat, June 26, 4pm – 5pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, Aug 14, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Shipped Work Return Date: Fri, Aug 21, 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, June 26,  4pm – 5pm

  • Exhibition dates: JUNE 25 – AUG 14, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri – 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

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/