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  

UNMASKED: Portraiture in a Pandemic

UNMASKED: Portraiture in a Pandemic
Virtual Opening Reception, Sat. November 7, 4-5pm (via Zoom)

Juror: Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern University

Exhibiting Artists: Linda Andrei, Larissa Barnat, Margaret Buchen, Patrick Carroll, Jenny Chernansky, Chris Cinque, Kate Conroy, Mary Rose Deraco, Noris Englund, Donna Fleetwood, Charles Goss, Precious Henshaw, Masha Hoffey, Allie Kushnir, Bryce Landingham, David Eugene Lemley, Rebecca Miller, Robert Mullenix, Natalie Pivoney, Sebastian Sandu, Joe Steiner, Jennifer Stofer, Rachael Warner, Christine Wuenschel

UnMasked on YouTube   

In this time of isolation and confinement – when we can often see only a portion of another’s face – this juried exhibition celebrates faces – and the people behind them. This exhibit also examines the ways in which people mask themselves or masquerade. This genre is defined as broadly as possible: self, other, representational, abstracted, likeness, current, past, psychological, emotional…

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Nov 7, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 28 – Dec 19, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri – 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

REALITY AND ART

REALITY  AND ART:  Virtual Opening Reception Sat. Sept 12, 4-5pm
JURIED BY ARTIST AND PROFESSOR DANIELLE ANDRESS

Reality, Realism, Representation. Art is often about searching for and expressing reality, whether literally or conceptually. In our last juried show, “Consciousness of Abstraction”, we were interested in the movement away from imagery. This exhibition is a continuation of the conversation— from the considering of abstraction to the considering of its sibling genre, realism, reality and representation — or Reality and Art.

This environment of shifting and contradicting truths, denial of science, proliferation of  ‘alternative facts,’ and manipulations of imagery makes understanding reality and truth an illusive undertaking. The artist’s striving to express and understand reality becomes more complicated with this shifting appropriation of what is mere perception and what is reality. This show includes work that is representational in both the traditional sense of being compelled to express what you see and reality as a conceptual sense of using the contemporary current environment as a reference.

Exhibiting Artists:
Kristin Anderson, Allison Baker, Selene Bataille, Michael Borowski, Abbi Chase, Alexander Clark, Michele Corazzo, Robert Esau, SP Estes, Jack Flynn, Barbara Hansen, Michael Koerner, Jamie Kost, John Manno, Christopher Miller, Mary Murphy, Erin O’Neill, Daniel Walworth, Kelly Xintaris

(Image: Give Me Your Tired Your Poor by Barbara Hansen)

Exhibition Dates: Sept 2-26, 2020

  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – 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

Jenny Chernansky

In the Shadow of the Feminine:  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Dec 5, 4-5pm

SEE THE EXHIBIT ON YOUTUBE BELOW:
Join us here Saturday, December 5, 4pm via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 915 8673 3882
Passcode: 130261

The depth of the shadow is equivalent to the strength of the light. They are relative and dependent on each other without hierarchy   Shadows are often subtle, unseen yet necessary for sight. They play with our imaginations, our fears and dreams. The idea of a shadow has many implications; from the interference of light, the mysterious unknown, the Jungian idea of repressed aspects of the psyche, even the beginnings of painting have been associated with the tracing of a shadow. Throughout history, religion, and culture the feminine is often condemned to darkness, kept in the shadows, divided into categories such as virgin and whore. The show attempts to shine a light on the feminine shadow.

 

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UNMASKED: Portraiture in a Pandemic Call for Entries FINAL DEADLINE SEPT. 26

FINAL DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES SEPT. 26

Link to application form https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/unmasked-portraiture-in-a-pandemic/

Juror: Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern University

In this time of isolation and confinement – when we can often see only a portion of another’s face – we are creating this juried exhibition to celebrate faces – and the people behind them. We would also like to examine the ways in which people mask themselves or masquerade. We are looking to define this genre as broadly as possible: self, other, representational, abstracted, likeness, current, past, psychological, emotional…

We are interested in all forms of mark making; and all media are welcome. The show will be juried by Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern University. The exhibition will run from Oct 28 thru Dec 19, 2020. 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.

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

The new Gallery hours (starting Sept 4) will be: 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.
FEES: $25 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 $20 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.

CONSCIOUSNESS OF ABSTRACTION: Beyond Literal Appearance

LINK TO VIDEO OF THE EXHIBIT  

Juried by David Reif:  Opening Reception Fri.  Mar 6, 6-9pm 

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. This exhibition invited artists to submit, through the qualities and implications of their work, some conscious exploration of this question.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Martin Altman, Kayla Bailey, Zoe Beaudry, Gretchen Beck, Curtis Anthony Bozif, Nancy Charak, Shuwan Chen, Miles Chumley, Chris Cinque, Lexi Coffee, Simone Collins, Barb Cone, Sally Duback, Gary Duehr, Ashley Edgerton, Jack Flynn, Judith Roston Freiilch, Alice George, Zack G Goulet, Mille Guldbeck, Carol Hamilton, David Hauptschein, Paula Henderson, Kate Hendrickson, Susan Hensel, Megan Hinds, Nancy Hlavacek, Kate Pollard Hoffman, Neil Kalmanson, Jamie Kost, Sarah Kreuter, lialia Kuchma, Carrie L. Larson, Chris Law, Denton-Peter McCabe, Jon Merritt, Nabil Mousa, Socorro Mucino, Jen Pagnini, Denise Presnell, Gina Lee Robbins, Sabrina Sabella, Fran Sampson, Judith Shepelak, Eunhye Shin, Casey Sills, Pamela Simard, Marion Sirefman, Jim Sloman, Jeff Stevenson, Sharon Swidler, Nils Timm

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.

VIDEO LINK TO VIEWING EXHIBITION:  https://youtu.be/fTFgw3RG05A

Opening Reception, Friday, March 6, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: March 4 – April 30, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

TimeOut Chicago Recommendation of ARC Gallery

ARC was listed by TimeOut Chicago in May 2019 as one of Chicago’s top galleries.