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

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.

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Dec 5, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Nov 25 – Dec 19, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

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.

AN EVENT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING AN ARC MEMBER

ARC is hosting another get-to-know-us-better event on Saturday, May 4th at 2:00 at our new gallery space (1463 W Chicago Ave).  Come see the new space, the current shows (which are really interesting!), meet the women who run ARC, hear about our history as one of the few remaining women’s cooperative galleries in the country. Plus, there will be snacks and mimosas!

NEW OPPORTUNITIES AT ARC !!

ARC Gallery is expanding its arts capacity. While ARC will continue to show quality contemporary art in its main gallery area, the gallery is looking to offer additional affordable options for artists who work in other mediums. Artists with cutting edge ideas looking for affordable space are encouraged to explore these new opportunities. ARC is a women-run cooperative gallery committed to the support of emerging artists. All genders, ages, and ethnicities are welcome.

PERFORMANCE ART:

The new gallery space has a stage! Options for utilizing this part of the gallery include highlighting one or more performance artists at one of our monthly exhibition openings; or a performance event featuring several – or longer –  performance pieces. Pricing: $40 for a performance lasting 15 minutes or less; 15-45 minute performances will range $75-$150. Apply here.


RAW SPACE:
Our new location on Chicago Avenue (ideally located near a number of other galleries) has a large, relatively undeveloped basement area which we will use as an “incubator space”- a site ideal for installations, assemblages, or performances.  Artists who are looking for an affordable space to transform for a month or two are encouraged to stop by the gallery to check out the space. Pricing: $150-$500. Submit proposals here.

TIME ARTS
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ARC has identified a small portion of the gallery to be dedicated to the exhibition of video, sound, or animation pieces. Work will be looped on a monitor(s) and/or headphones. The work will be on view for one entire exhibition month. Pricing: $15 for submissions 5 minutes and under; $40 for submissions over 5 minutes long. Submit your mp4 here.

Interested artists may email us at info@arcgallery.org for more information. Stop by the gallery (1463 W Chicago Ave) if you’d like to see the space. You may submit a proposal with samples of your work if you would like to be considered for one of these opportunities. Our exhibition committee reviews all work, and will get back to you with a decision re: your proposal and/or a link to send your payment.

WELCOME: New ARC Gallery Artist Friends!

ARC Gallery Artist Friends!  Click on the link below and look for these artists on the ARC Artists Friends page of the website:  

https://www.arcgallery.org/artist-friends/

Thank you to the recent donors to our Logan Foundation Matching Grant who have become Friends of ARC:

Robert Castro  email: Castroartchicago@gmail.com

Jonas Dikinis

Rena Church

Eoin Cullen

Jolanta Soares

Abigail Enstrand

Carol Lee Fritz

Karen Sako

Gloria Zucaro

Jon Beskin

Constance Vepstas

Nancy Charak

Stephen Schiff

 

 

ARC ‘MOVING UP’ CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

WE ARE MOVING!!  WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR IN ORDER TO KEEP THIS SPECIAL PLACE GOING.  Please read on… and help support ARC’s continued existence!

‘MOVING UP’ CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation has been an integral part of the Chicago art community for almost 45 years! 

While we have always survived on the commitment of our members and friends(!), this year we are facing significant challenges. The 25% increase in this year’s rent — now coupled with the necessity to move in 2018 to a new exciting space — means we must mount a capital campaign to raise $30,000. 

ARC today remains true to its original mission to adhere to a high standard of quality in all its exhibitions, to support and show the work of talented and emerging artists, and to mentor fellow female artists/students.

Although we show the work of all artists, whatever their gender, we bring a uniquely female perspective to the running of this gallery — cognizant always of the challenges many artists face to get their work shown in a professional space and mindful of the value of support.

Also, as part of our mission, we subsidize the cost of mounting individual shows for talented emerging artists. Our juried shows attract both national and international submissions; and many past members of ARC have gone on to further critical recognition. Currently we are expanding our programming to include more performance and video work; and we are reaching out to mentor younger artists via our “Launch Member” program.

ARC remains a unique gallery space in Chicago. We would love to have your support! 

THANK YOU!!

$10.00 ARC BIRDHOUSE FUNDRAISER

 

$10.00 BIRDHOUSES WILL BE FOR SALE AT THE GALLERY UNTIL DEC. 17, 2016
ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation is holding a
fundraiser to coincide with our upcoming Home Exhibition. ARC is selling artist designed, painted and otherwise enhanced small birdhouses to support the work of it’s educational arm. These unique birdhouses are available at $10 each. Get a piece of art, an ornament for your tree, a gift for a colleague or just a little fun for yourself.