Judith Roth

Judith Roth:  Opening Reception Fri.  Jan 10, 6-9pm 

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Roth graduated from the Boston Museum School on scholarship, earned a BFA from Tufts University. Another scholarship was awarded before her senior year to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Later she took classes at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) and the Hyde Park Art Center.

Roth taught figure drawing and painting for many years at institutions including SAIC, Columbia College in Chicago, Suburban Fine Arts Center (now The Art Center) in Highland Park IL; The Figurative Art League, founded by Fred Berger, in Evanston IL; and Adler House in Libertyville IL.

She has been the recipient of many awards and purchase prizes including an Illinois Arts Council Project Completion Grant which culminated in a one-person show at the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago IL.

Widely exhibited, Roth’s many exhibitions include Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, Virginia; Trenton State College, Trenton NJ; National Academy of Design, New York; Wright State University, Dayton OH, College of Lake County, Grayslake IL; J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Ltd., Chicago IL.

Some of the many private and corporate collections that hold her art are: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois; Sandoz/Novartis, AG, Switzerland; Illinois State Museum, Springfield IL; College of Lake County Foundation, Grayslake IL ; Schiff, Hardin & Waite, Chicago IL; Whole Health Management, Inc., Cleveland Ohio, Abbott Laboratories, etc.

Selected by the Illinois Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, her drawing “The Dance” was included in the exhibition “Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium” a show which traveled from the John Thompson Center, Chicago to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC where it was on view for three months; then continued to travel to museums and galleries throughout Illinois for two years.

Her painting “War” was featured in an exhibition at the Spertus Museum in Chicago, IL. ”Engaging With the Present: The Contribution of the American Jewish Artists Club to Modern Art in Chicago, 1928-2004”.

As president of the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art (CWCA) 2001-2005, she founded The Ravenswood Corridor Arts & Industry Walk (now the greatly expanded Ravenswood ArtWalk (RAW), to engage her community via the CWCA, with Chicago Artists’ Month, and in 2006 was appointed by Alderman Schulter to the CTA Brown Line “Arts in Transit” panel.

That year she was also honored by the Ravenswood Community Council “in recognition and appreciation for outstanding dedication and service to the Ravenswood Community.”

Featured in a two person show “Figures” at College of Lake County in 2009, she was an affiliate member of ARC Gallery, Chicago Illinois, one of the longest running women’s cooperative galleries in the country, and showed a major collaborative piece at the gallery’s Member’s Show “Collaboration” in October in conjunction with the 2009 Chicago Artists’ Month.

From 2004-2009 she had a large body of work on view at the Berman Center, a women’s health and wellness facility founded by Dr. Laura Berman, at 211 E. Ontario St., Chicago IL, and in 2010 was honored by the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art for “Excellence in the Arts” as an artist, artist advocate, and founder of Ravenswood ArtWalk.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Jan 10, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 8 – Feb 1, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Emerging

EMERGING: Opening Reception Fri.  Nov 1, 6-9pm 

Many artists ‘begin’ their careers as artists not only in their early twenties but in later decades and for a wide variety of reasons—rediscovery of a long suppressed drive, delayed ability to focus on creating, a return to art school later in life, or a moment of enlightenment.This exhibition called for EMERGING artists of all ages and features the diversity of work that they are currently creating. All media was considered by the juror, including film/video/new media, mixed media/multi-disciplinary, installation and performance.

Artists selected by the juror to participate in the exhibit:

Malak Alraygi, Brooke Aruffo, Jenny Balisle, Amy Bernard, Jonathan Beskin, Rose Bonacorsi, Matthew Boonstra, Jonathan Bout, Michael Brooks, Paula Bullwinkel, Kristin Cass, Jeanne Ciravolo, Cheyenne Coston, Kimberly Dubsky, James Evans, Robert Fields, Daniel Gamez, Lindsay Garcia, Ashley Gardner, Jeanne Garrett, Parisa Ghaderi, LucyJulia Hale, Jeffry Dean Hinton, Alanna Huck-Scarry, Amanda Jean Iverson, Julie Johnson, Delphine Keim, Jill Kramer, JeeYeun Lee, Marisa Lewon, Sally Machlis, Camila Marianela, Eric Millikin, Socorro Mucino, Darren Oberto, Judith Ornstein, Kurt Palmquist, Louise Pappageorge, Holly Pettersen, Anna Reed, Karen Sako, Fran Sampson, Gretchen Schreiber, Marcos Serafim, Ebrahim Soltani, Emily Somoskey, Rhonda Urdang, Jennifer Velarde, Jonathan Ware, Czeslawa Wojtkowski, Christine Wuenschel, Hyewon Yoon, Jason Zhao

Juror: Laura Rudolph Cloud, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Art, Art History and Design. Sculpture Coordinator

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Nov 1, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 30 – Nov 23, 2019

 

Esther Charbit

Eclecticity:  Opening Reception Fri.  July 26, 6-9pm

My body of work is eclectic. Some of the pieces are abstract, some are figurative, and some are very decorative; but all have surface texture created by collaged papers and built-up paint.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, July 26, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: July 24 – Aug 17, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Sarah Barnhart Fields

FLUID THINGS:  Opening Reception Fri.  July 26, 6-9pm

I work to reach that magic place I knew as a child, where “reality” disappears and all things are possible.

My work is a way of finding out who I am. To quote Kurt Vonnegut; “I make art to experience becoming – to find out what’s inside me – to make my soul grow.” Each piece tells me more about myself. It’s a more honest statement about who I am and my relationship to the world than I can make in any other way.

I am a sculptor whose raw materials are scrap metal, wood and other materials I find. I manipulate, add and subtract until the piece speaks to me, tells me it is finished and I see the “soul” of the work. I live and work in the country & have access to old tools and parts of farm equipment. These materials speak of death and renewal.

Being an artist for me is a process of lifelong learning, you are never done. Each piece is perpetual renewal. It’s always for the first time.

Opening Reception, Friday, July 26, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: July 24 – Aug 17, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm

Casey Sills

QUERENCIA:  Opening Reception Fri.  July 26, 6-9pm

Querencia: Spanish, a metaphysical concept, a place where one draws strength and is restored. In bullfighting, it is the part of the arena the bull seeks and chooses to take his stand, from this position he finds strength and calm.

These photographs are for me, querencias. They are places of meditation, sanctums in whose forms I find a presence that restores and gives peace. I drive backroads, through countryside, towns, and cities, looking to find, see, and photograph those places that are imbued with presence. I make documentary photographs that are both concrete and abstract. In my photographs there is a dialogue between the natural color of the living landscape and the manmade color of structures as they have been modified by conditions and time. My photographs are an aesthetic and topographic archaeology of a site; they are simultaneously a celebration of light gracing form, and a way of seeing which reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary. Photographic accuracy of light and color renders the subtle place where the fortuitous occurs and the marvelous emerges. The photograph captures the chemistry of an instant that both defines, and is redefined by the printed image. A sense of place, an image, a print, a querencia.

Opening Reception, Friday, July 26, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: July 24 – Aug 17, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Cynthia Vaicunas

FLOAT:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm

In Cynthia’s new work gestural big brush strokes run into dense repetitive areas of bold color – challenging the flow by their placement. Her willingness to switch materials contribute to stops and starts to emphasize a point. Introduction of lozenge like shapes drop from the top to the bottom of the picture plane and interrupt the underlying primary movement. Both gently and boldly they reveal themselves. Like bombs they carry weight both visually and emotionally as they alternately float and drop redefining space and altering our perceptions. They force us to see what happens when an opposing force is introduced.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Katherine Nemanich

Line, Ink, Space:  Opening  Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm 

Working with sumi ink and brushes of many sizes, Katherine Nemanich paints with broad movements that echo the rhythmic flow and rhetoric of selected musical compositions. She then transforms these marks into three-dimensional constructions as she tears and combines her calligraphic paintings, bending and layering the durable 100% cotton paper and fastening it in places with industrial elements—grommets, bolts, and wire. Nemanich’s constructions are non-rectangular and extend outwards across the wall or floor, or suspend from the ceiling.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Susan Emmerson

Afterwards: Opening Reception Fri. May 3, 6-9 pm

Susan Emmerson’s work speaks to the cause and consequences of natural disasters, both on a personal emotional level and on a more global scientific level. Using paper, Tyvek (a plastic paper), and drawings she explores the scenes of destruction and the imagery of loss. The wall sculptures depict disheveled, broken surfaces where Tyvek painfully peels away like paint or skin, and found objects and photos that recall lost mementos of home.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm 

Nelson W. Armour

Beyond:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 31, 6-9pm

In the series “Beyond” the images are meant to imply, to suggest, or to infer. Each environment is unique and the image aims at transcending the immediate setting into another realm. The viewer is invited to enter this territory and discover a new dimension.

These images seek to evoke mood, tension, and the unknown. While much of my work is rooted in reality, this series starts from a specific location but ends somewhere else. We live in times where the issue of what is real and what is not real is thrust upon us. This work invades this terrain.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 31, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 29 – June 22, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

nitty-gritty NIU Thesis Exhibition

March 28 – April 21

Opening Reception

March 30th

6 – 9 PM

M. Brej • A. Cortes • S. Dupré • N. Elson • R. Griffith • R. Hill

L. Iacoponi • M. Kennedy Nora • K. Rodey • E. Sawka • T. Silver • A. Viola