Call For Entries: Consciousness of Abstraction II

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Consciousness of Abstraction: Beyond Literal Appearance II

JUROR:  DAVID REIF

EXHIBITION DATES: JUNE 23 – JULY 16, 2022

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES:  SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022 11:59PM CST

CLICK THIS LINK (OR CUT AND PASTE LINK TO YOUR BROWSER) TO APPLY:

https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/consciousness-of-abstraction-2/

We opened our original “Consciousness of Abstraction” exhibition, in March 2020, and it was cut short because of COVID. We had a wonderful response to this call for work, and we are now offering “Consciousness of Abstraction II” so that even more artists can have an opportunity to exhibit at ARC Gallery with the same outstanding juror. Please join us in celebrating this very important genre.

The terms “Abstraction” or “Abstract Art” are perhaps among the most common references describing particular way(s) of understanding and perceiving the cosmic and daily realities in which we find ourselves. (We might note, too, that the terms are often mis-applied as though they are necessarily in opposition to “Realism” or “Realistic Art”.) The truth is, however, that the abstract art “movements” of late 19th and early 20th century (Impression, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, etc.) were driven by a passion to get closer to the complex realities of nature and human condition, not depart from them. Later, Minimalism, Neo-Dada, Geometric Abstraction, Conceptualism, Art Povera and other developments continue this “Big Bang” inquiry. Put simply, “Realism in Art” could no longer be described as an explicit fidelity to direct, observed, experience. This basic axiom remains, arguably, just as valid today: Reality is often far beyond simple, static appearance and can be highly counter-intuitive. Over the decades, the concepts of Relativity, Quantum Theory and the advent of photography – among many other ideas – have helped clarify, how and why this is so.
Abstraction, of course can be many different things, driven by many different principles and suppositions: some conscious, some intuitive. As an artist; What are yours? This exhibition is an invitation to submit, through the qualities and implications of your work, some conscious exploration of this question.

All mediums and materials are eligible including video and performance for submission. Due to space limitations no large projections or media-based installations will be accepted. The juror will choose 3 honorary awards that will be posted in the exhibit and listed on the ARC website.

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:

DAVID REIF — Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Univ. Wyoming. BFA, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, Sculpture, Yale Univ.; Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.; Chair and Board, Wyoming Council for the Arts, Visiting Artist: Univ. of Northern Arizona; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; Univ. of Michigan; Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins, Centenary College of Louisiana; Univ. of Houston, TX., Wayne State Univ. Detroit.

CALENDAR:

Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Sunday, May 28, 2022.
Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs & Fri, June 16 -17, 2-6pm; Sat, June 18, 12-4pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, July 16, 12-4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: July 21-22, 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, JUNE 24, 5-8pm
Exhibition dates: June 23 – July 16, 2022
Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm

Kryssi Staikidis

“EMERGENCE”  Opening Reception Fri.  March 11, 5-8pm

My work often begins as a visual narrative connected to autobiography. The stories I paint are about immigration, a child’s longing, love, divorce, solitude, my dog, birds, the moon, the sea, life, death. I think of paintings as means to emote, reminisce, look back, as well as project into the future. My paintings are meant to be visual landscapes in which figures appear and disappear. These are stories, embedded, forgotten and revealed, works that hope to haunt and remind, and at times, foresee.

My process involves reading into stains of washes that I apply initially with oil and turpentine in layers. As I have an idea in mind, I look for the shapes of my characters randomly in the mix of transparency. Painting in this way, I am not limited by sketching or reproducing images that have already been created. I have found that as I paint, figures emerge that live their own lives and they begin to tell their own stories, often diverging from what I had originally intended. The paintings eventually become compositions of color and movement. They are painted one over another, sometimes ten or twelve times, so they are literally heavy. When asked to express their meanings or describe them, I rarely discuss form, but rather the stories I represent.

I have relied on narratives, both personal and cultural, as the driving force for my work. Some of the paintings in the exhibition at ARC this spring 2022 are Buddhist narratives which include the letters of Nichiren Daishonin written to his disciples in 13th Century Japan. “Ceremony in the Air” and “Tatsunokuchi” are such paintings. They are my ways of confirming the potential in each human being.

Bio
Kryssi Staikidis holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Art and Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University in New York City, a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Hunter College in New York City, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Art History from Columbia University. Her research interests are Indigenous Studies, art studio practice as a site for research, and critical pedagogy.  She is a Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University.

 

Image: A Visit from the Other Side, Oil on Canvas, 60″ x 72″, 2021

 

Opening Reception, Friday, March 11, 5:00-8:00pm

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

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

JUROR STATEMENT:
What is love? Is like saying… What is art? There are endless expressions justifying what love is. There is no right or wrong way of making ART or right or wrong to LOVE. For me, LOVE is an attraction that triggers an emotion, a feel. That feeling is soft, warm, comforting and sometimes that feel is the opposite… rough, cold, discomfort. LOVE is also discovery, finding, losing, birth, growth, death. LOVE is acknowledging attachments then detaching. For the “What is love?” exhibition at ARC Gallery, I chose works that attracted me. I stared at my computer screen and let the work grow with me through understanding or at least I tried. Works in the show made me feel the LOVE expressed in the work, just to hold its beauty in the exhibition before we go our separate ways.

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  

Patrice S. Nelson

Into the Vanishing Prairie:  Virtual Opening Reception  Sat.  Jan 8, 4-6pm

Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89831904735?pwd=alh0UE1CcHE1dzdpZCt3VDNCNnJKUT09
Meeting ID: 898 3190 4735   Passcode: 601074

Although I was born in Chicago, from a young age I was always hiking through prairies, sandy beaches and forests with my amateur botanist, photographer father looking for rare native plants to identify and photograph. Nature has always been one of my greatest inspirations, but I am deeply worried about it. This collection of paintings and drawings of wild native Midwest flora and fauna appear to be fading away because too many species are threatened and endangered. So, get outside and enjoy nature and her varied habitats before it all gets destroyed and disappears.

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Zoom Opening Reception, Saturday, Jan 8, 4:00-6:00pm

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

BODY POLITICS

BODY POLITICS  Virtual Opening  Sat.  Jan 8, 4-6pm 

JUROR: Ginny Sykes

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See a video of the exhibition below:

Watch “Blue Broad: The Feminist Reframing of Monica Lewinsky in the #metoo Era” by Heather Saunders and Erin Finley:

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.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: 

Nelson Armour, Elizabeth Ashe, Jenny Balisle, Bea, K. Johnson Bowles, Danqi Cai, Jeanne Ciravolo, Lauren DeRosa, Abigail Engstrand, Erin Finley, Sarah Fitzgerald, Kate Forer, Ghislaine Fremaux, Elizabeth Hall, Sharon Harper, Lydia Kegler, Delphin Keim, Gina Lee-Robbins, Beth LeFauve, Theresa Lucey, Sally Machlis, Bette McAvoy, Fiona McCargo, Socorro Mucino, Heather Saunders, Suzanna Scott, Randi Shepard, Dafna Steinberg, Li Turner, Darlene Tyree, Kathy Weaver, Gary L. Wolfe, Christine Wuenschel, Tina Ybarra, Alex Younger

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.

 

Virtual Opening, Saturday, Jan 8, 4:00-6:00pm

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

 

WHAT IS LOVE? (Call for Entries)

WHAT IS LOVE?

JUROR: Chantala Kommanivanh

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – JAN 2, 2022, 11:59pm CST

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

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?

For this exhibition we are looking for an artist-response to this idea of “Love” – in the broadest sense. These ideas might 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. Please submit work and an artist statement that illustrates whatever passion you are embracing.

As always, work from all genders, ages, races and ethnicities is welcome. With all juried exhibitions at ARC, the identity of each artist is withheld from the juror, and the selected work will be a collection of pieces that work together as a whole.

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. The exhibition will run from February 2-26, 2021.

Entry fee: $30 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:

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.

CALENDAR:

Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, Jan 2, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Thursday, Jan 13, 2021.
Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs & Fri, Jan 27 – 28, 2-6pm; Sat, Jan 29, 12-4pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, Feb 26, 12-4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: Thurs, Mar 3, 2022 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

FEES:
$30 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, FEB 4, 5-8pm

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

 

Manal Deeb

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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