Iris Goldstein

“LOOKING FOR THE UNKNOWN”  Opening Reception Fri.  Feb 4, 5-8pm

Iris Goldstein, a long-time member of ARC Gallery, is exhibiting colored-pencil drawings at the gallery in February 2022.  Goldstein is always interested in the unusual and offbeat.  Though she is committed to nonobjective art, she tries to find visual images that are suggestive and allusive, based on real-life objects or places that are transformed through the artist’s imagination.  After working many years creating painted plaster wall-relief sculptures, she has been experimenting to see whether she can create a sense of 3/D space using colored pencils on paper.  The artist always tries to find new ways of seeing that she hopes will find a response in the viewer. She views nature as a stimulus for her ideas and sees nature and art as common elements in her search for a personal way of seeing. Goldstein studied sculpture at Smith College with Leonard Baskin and has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in drawing and painting.  She has shown her work in Europe and Japan and China.

Opening Reception, Friday, Feb 4, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 3 – 26, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

WHAT IS LOVE?

WHAT IS LOVE?: Opening Reception Fri.  Feb 4, 5-8pm

JUROR: Chantala Kommanivanh

This February, ARC seeks to examine the construct of  LOVE. What is Love? In what way is it a construct? How is it challenging? Love isn’t just a feeling, it’s a force to be reckoned with. It is used to move the world – forward or backward depending on your point of view. How does one’s understanding and concept of love influence our feelings, our decisions, our actions?

How do we mend and heal our relationships – and our relationship to the world – during this time of distrust, contempt, group think, political differences, racial strife, and the overall sense of “Us vs Them”? How do we:  get back to friends and family during COVID; save our planet from human destruction; respond to the general humanity of our world, and celebrate the human capacity for tenderness?

This exhibition is an artist-response to this idea of “Love” – in the broadest sense. These ideas include the love of: family and friends, nature, the body, and love for one’s heritage. Love can be vulnerability, a motivator, an obsession, crippling, and healing.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Antonia Amir, John E. Bannon, Grace Boss, Natasha Buksh, Paula Bullwinkel, Laura Cerf-Dahl, Jeanne Ciravolo, George C. Clark, David DeCesaris, Rima Day, SP Scotti Estes, David Feingold, Robert Fields, LucyJulia Hale, Lauren Krause, Michael LaMattina, Chris Law, Pamela Maurer, Robert Mullenix, Nancy Natow-Cassidy, Julie O’Connor, Mary Jo O’Hearn, Vijay V Paniker, Sabrina Sabella, Lauren Schoepflin, Erin Starr, Stella Zee

ABOUT THE JUROR:
Chantala Kommanivanh is an award-winning Lao American artist, educator and musician. ​The rap music he’s produced with Maintenance Crew and the visual components of Kommanivanh’s artwork have areas of overlap in their meaning and content. He is interested in creating new memories by “sampling” from past events. Through painting, his works are a reinterpretation of memories documenting his personal history. Raised with traditional Lao customs at home and active in hip-hop culture outside of home, Kommanivanh’s work investigates cultural hybridity and tensions of identity, as he and his family were refugees from the unfortunate outcomes of the 1964-1975 Secret War in Laos. His collection of paintings derive from personal and found photographs representing pivotal times in his life. His visual works have been displayed in five major solo exhibitions in Chicago-area and Midwestern art galleries, and have been included in numerous group and invitational exhibitions across the U.S.

​Kommanivanh is a recipient of several prestigious awards including the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation award in 2009 and was a two-time awardee of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Advance Opportunity Program Fellowship. In 2013, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth recognized him for his service of excellence to Illinois’s 8th District arts community.

​Kommanivanh earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University in 2008, and a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts in 2012. He has since found his way back to his hometown of Chicago and is an arts professor at his alma mater, NEIU.

Opening Reception, Friday, Feb 4, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 3 – 26, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

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Laminated Heart:  Opening Reception Fri.  Dec 3, 5-8pm

my heart broke in silent sound
my tears did not touch the ground

“Laminated Heart” is an internal landscape, directed at no particular audience.  A powerful drive to reproduce oneself. A journey that takes you into replications of self that kept me alive.  A glance into a biding time revealing memories stolen by the time.  A quest for a golden note.  A dare to dissect the inner of the unknown without fear.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Dec 3, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Nov 27 – Dec 18, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

BODY POLITICS (Call for Entries)

BODY POLITICS

JUROR: Ginny Sykes

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – NOV 23, 2021, 11:59pm CST

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

In January 1973, Roe v Wade dramatically extended women’s options for bodily autonomy. Notwithstanding, women’s bodies remain a battleground – not just around reproductive health, but in myriad other areas, including (but not limited to) decisions around consent, safety, employment and beauty. Roe v Wade faces new threats to its existence – leaving reproductive rights in ever greater peril. Beginning with the policing of women’s bodies, and expanding to examine all forms of body policing and discrimination. ARC will host a juried exhibition in January 2022 to address these themes. Body politics shape the socio-political climate and affect basic human rights. From the #metoo movement and rape culture, to domestic violence, to gender politics, and right down to the politics of hair in the classroom and workplace, we want to hear from you with work that addresses ideas around bodily autonomy. Entry is open to all genders.

ALL media are welcome, including video, performance, sound, 2D and 3D work; 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 January 6 – 29, 2021.

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.)

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Ginny Sykes is an interdisciplinary artist utilizing performance, video, sculpture, painting, installation, ceramics and more. Her personal and political approach to art incorporates a Jungian and feminist perspective, working with symbol and myth to critique patriarchal codes that have occupied and over-determined artistic content through much of history. Resisting prescriptive and institutional classifications of a universalized female experience, Sykes instead asserts and affirms the complexity of identities women negotiate. She employs a poetic, layered, and visceral aesthetic across the genres of her practice to suggest the transforming and healing potential of art, and to invite new cultural, emotional, and psychological understandings. An example of this is Sykes’s recent project 100 Women: Collaborations Beyond the Veil, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. Through a photographic and performative lens, 100 diverse women posed for Sykes to create a contemporary visual archive of women on the subject of liberty.

Recent selected exhibitions include Art Performing Festival, Naples, Italy and Forte Marghera, Venice, Italy; Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy; Water Tower Art Festival, Soifa, Bulgaria; LACE, Los Angeles, CA; Legler and Woodson Regional Libraries, Chicago; Loyola University Art Museum, Chicago, IL; top Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany; Saltillo Contemporary, Saltillo, Mexico; Pinacoteca Communale de Arte Contemporanea, Gaeta, Italy; and Can Gelabert Casal de Cultura, Mallorca, Spain.

Sykes has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lill Street Art Center and the Evanston Art Center, and was a teaching artist for twenty five years, including After School Matters and the Illinois Arts Council. She has presented her work at the Jungian Institute International Conference and at the College Art Association Conference. She is a former board and advisory board member with Woman Made Gallery, has been a board member and core artist with the Chicago Public Art Group, and currently serves on the advisory council for the Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University. Sykes has co-created over 40 public artworks, including On the Wings of Water at O’Hare International Airport, and Rora at Erie Terrace on the Chicago River, which received an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is recipient of several DCASE grants, a Chicago Percent for Art commission, Ragdale residencies, and Artegiro residency in Conzano, Italy.

Sykes holds an MA in Women Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University, Chicago, IL, where she received a Community and Global Stewards Fellowship, and has a BFA from Washington University, St Louis, Missouri. She studied painting and art history for three years at Studio Cecil Graves in Florence, Italy. She divides her working life between Chicago, Illinois and Naples, Italy.

CALENDAR:

Deadline for Submission of Applications: Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Thursday, Dec 2, 2021.
Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs & Fri, Dec 16 -17, 2-6pm; Sat, Dec 18, 12-4pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, Jan 29, 20 12-4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: Thurs, Feb 3, 2022 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

FEES:
$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.

Click HERE to apply.

Opening Reception, Friday, JAN 7, 5-8pm

  • Exhibition dates: JAN 6 – 29, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

McHenry County College: Explorations in Photography

McHenry County College: Explorations in Photography:  Opening Reception  Fri. October 1, 5-8pm

This exhibit represents a small sample of the photographic work being produced by first- and second-year students at McHenry County College.

This work was made by students staring to explore the possibilities of the photographic medium. Students employ various strategies to make the work from: exploring the places they live, turning the camera on their friends or themselves, constructing complex tableaux, or using the camera to distort the everyday. The use of photography allows for an unlimited interpretation of subject and form, these are the first attempts by young photographers trying to make their mark.

Exhibiting Artists: Jenna Ahrens, Katy Beam, Matthew Bork, Haley Cleghorn, Janet Devereux, Megan Gurba, Therese Kolodzik, John Rudzena

Instructor: Justin Schmitz

Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 1, 5:00 – 8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 30 – Oct 23, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

 

IMAGINING FUTURES: ARC Members’ Show

IMAGINING FUTURES:  Closing Reception Fri. September 24, 5-8pm

Please join the collective membership of ARC for its annual Members’ Exhibition!

 

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 48 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 Closing Reception on Friday, September 24, from 5-8pm!

Participating Members: Granite Palombo Amit – Laura Cloud – Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Cait Hardie – Beth LeFauve – 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 – Esther Charbit – Jessica Gondek – Kristina Gosh – Pauline Kochanski – Cynthia Vaicunas – Chiyeko Yuki – Amy Zucker

Interns: Olivia Sciford – Devon Weist

 

Closing Reception, Friday, Sept 24, 5:00 – 8:00pm

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

GO MAKE A THING! (Call for Entries)

GO MAKE A THING!

JUROR: Jessica Gondek

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – SEPT 19, 2021, 11:59pm CST

CLICK THIS LINK (OR CUT AND PASTE LINK TO YOUR BROWSER) TO APPLY: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/go-make-a-thing/

Let’s have fun!
Frustrated? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Tired of stores not having what you need? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Tired of being alone? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Too many shipping boxes? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Tired of the news? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Sick of Zoom? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Bored? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Tired of being dressed only from the waist up? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Drinking too much wine? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Want a break from your spouse? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Kids driving you crazy? Tell them to “GO MAKE A THING!”
You, “GO MAKE A THING!”

Free exploration often opens doors to imagination. With tongue in cheek, we’re interested in play to overcome stress and frustration! So, have fun and…“GO MAKE A THING!”

And send the images to us and apply to this show!!*

* ‘Things’ in ALL media are welcome, including video, performance, sound, 2D and 3D work; and all artists’ work will be considered.

The exhibition will run from October 29 – December 18, 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.

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)).

Gallery hours are: Fridays, 3-7; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4. Masks for all visitors are required. (Hours subject to change)

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Jessica Gondek is an artist/teacher living in the Chicago area. She received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University Chicago and teaches drawing and painting in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Ms. Gondek has received a number of prestigious awards recognizing her creative work over the years. Notable are the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant, a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant, and a Mid-America Arts Alliance National Endowment for the Arts Grant.

Ms. Gondek has been recognized with a number of international artist residency awards. She has been an artist in residence at the Can Serrat International Art Center in Spain, and at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium.

Jessica Gondek has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and is represented in many public collections. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum, the Loyola University Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art Beecher Center.

Ms. Gondek is a member of ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.

CALENDAR:

Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, Sept 19, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Thursday, Sept 30, 2021.
Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs, Fri, Sat, Oct 21-23, 2021 (Thurs, Fri, Sat  12-4pm)
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, Dec 18, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Shipped Work Return Date: Wed, Dec 22, 2021 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

FEES:
$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.

Click HERE to apply.

Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 29, 5-8pm

  • Exhibition dates: OCT 29 – DEC 18, 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/