ARC Gallery Members’ Exhibition

NOW: 46 Years and Counting:  Opening Reception Fri.  October 4, 6-9pm

Please join the collective membership of ARC for its annual Members’ Exhibition! View current artwork from its talented and diverse membership.

Performance, Painting Installation from 6-9pm: “Now… No Really Now” by Karen Lange

Poetry Reading at 7pm: “Time, Space & Memory” by Monica J. Brown

Participating Members: Granite Palombo Amit – Virginia Carstarphen –Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Cait Hardie – Elyse Martin – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker

Affiliate Members: Kina Bagovska – Nancy Bechtol – Denise Bellezzo– Monica J. Brown – Esther Charbit – Anne Farley Gaines – Jessica Gondek – Pauline Kochanski – Karen Lange – Jane Stevens

Interns: Carol Chang – Rachel Gluski – Luci Liquori – Ilse Miller

As one of the oldest and largest non-profit galleries in Chicago, ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation (ARC) has a long and distinguished history as a cultural institution in the city. Founded in 1973 as a women’s cooperative organization, ARC not only provided exhibition space to 2-D and 3-D artists, but installation and video arts.

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 46 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 at its opening reception on Friday, October 4th from 6pm-9pm!

Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 4, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sep 25 – Oct 26, 2019

Frayed: Fiber Beyond Craft

JUROR: Jade YumangOpening Reception Fri.  June 28, 6-9pm 

Exhibiting artists chosen by juror:

Aviva Alter – Theo Bignon – Caroline Covington – Madison Creech. – Micah Dillman – Sophia Karina English – Audrey Goldstein  – Peg Grady – Mille Guldbeck – Danielle Anastasia Lasker – JeeYeun Lee – Joanne Luongo – Yvonne Martinez – Katie Mongoven – Em Racine – Daniela Triana – Jacob Zhefu Wan – Hope Wang – Mia Weiner – Chris Williford – Alex Younger


Fiber works — from embroidery, stitching and sewing, to weaving and felting— have, throughout history, been relegated to the genre of craft and to ‘women’s work.’ Since the late sixties and early seventies, however, the women’s movement has broken through that pigeonhole, as many talented artists turned to Fiber as a form of expression that extended way beyond Craft. ARC’s exhibition views fiber as a seminal aspect of expression–we look to further “fray” the boundaries of this evocative medium.
 

Fiber art now goes beyond the worn-out craft vs. art debate and is a lot more integrated into modes of making work. The potential of using techniques that we habitually encounter on our daily lives primarily through touch then highlighting that fundamental affect into transformative work is robust and boundless.

Subsequently, fiber art is a conduit that is adapted to grasp evolving implications able to tackle subjects including but not limited to personal narratives, formal abstractions, body works, and political underpinnings. Its conceptual weight is the ability to upend ubiquitous techniques and materials to craft different perspectives and/or break its expectations.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, June 28, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: June 26 – July 20, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Cheri Reif Naselli

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

Click here for a link to an article about Naselli in the Fat Canary Journal

This work, my work, is a glimpse into an interior life and ongoing conversations – wondering, searching, thinking, feeling, collecting, solving, hoping, listening, wandering, finding, questioning, more thinking, learning, panicking, walking, seeing, forever searching, visual thinking on paper and in space – resulting in this exhibition.

 

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  

Chiyeko Yuki

Here’s to Life:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 31, 6-9pm

Spring is here again after the long, severe winter. The seasons come around. Eight years have passed since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami took away the lives of more than 18,000 people and swept away everyday life along the coasts.

After the terrible tsunami,  a single pine tree, which had once been a part of a large forest, was the only tree left standing. It was called “the miracle pine” and it initially survived the summer heat, the blowing seawater winds, and the cold snow. It encouraged people and gave them hope to survive. Its roots, however, had been fatally exposed to seawater and it finally died one year after the tsunami. People started to work on a big project to apply special treatments to keep the wood from decaying before restoring it to its original site. By using cloning technology, efforts have been made to create offspring of this miracle pine. It has become a symbol of the recovery and survival efforts of the people in this region.

I have come to the realization that there is something we must hand down to later generations and to the future world. On the exact day of the Big Tsunami I was in bed, in the hospital after surgery. However, I am now here and I am able to enjoy my art and my life again. These small pieces of art are my everyday “journals”. They are my way of life shown in Light and Shadow.

I am writing this on Mother’s Day and I feel a sense of gratitude. My 98-year-old mother helps me cut the paper for my art. I feel thankful for my family and my friends. I am also grateful to the ARC artists who continue to encourage me to make art.

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  

Northern Illinois University MFA Exhibition

Master of NoneOpening  Fri.  April 5,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

Master of None is an exhibition of Master of Fine Arts Graduates from Northern Illinois University.

Exhibiting Artists:
Sasha Bitzer
Shane Bowers
Terrance Gray
Noah Kashiani
John Linquist
Samantha Mendoza
Natalie Pivoney
Emily Rangel-Cascio
Zeinab Saab
Daniel Stetzinger
Xingyi Tan

Opening Reception, Friday, April 5, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Apr 5-27, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Laura Cloud

Moroccan Markets:  Opening  Fri.  Feb 8,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

Laura Cloud: Moroccan Markets

Moroccan Markets is the result of a residency program I attended at Green Olive Arts located in Tetouan, Morocco. Over the years the country has negotiated international free trade agreements with several  countries. This work was inspired by the patterns, colors, repetitions and amassed quantities of merchandise found in daily life around Tetouan.

Opening Reception, Friday, February 8, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 6-Mar 2, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art

Humanity Rising IIOpening  Fri.  Feb 8,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art Presents: Humanity Rising II

Humanity Rising I was born in 2016 out of the unease that we, as members of the caucus, felt in the wake of our political condition. For Humanity Rising II, the artwork embodies the human condition – politically, environmentally and spiritually.
Laura Cerf-Dahl, Esther Charbit, Anne Farley Gaines, Jeanine Hill-Soldner, Kathryn Kucera, Judy Langston, Bert Leveille, Kelly Mathews, Jeane Kat McGrail, Mary Krebs Smyth, Anita Miller, Joan Minsky, Jacqueline Moses, Sandra J. Perlow, Alice Revelski, Judith Roth, Caren Helene Rudman, Vicki Senn, Heather Sepanik, Suzanne Weythman, Rebecca Wolfram

 

Opening Reception, Friday, February 8, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 6-Mar 2, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Art Makers North

ImpromptuOpening  Fri.  Feb 8,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

Art Makers North Present: Impromptu

Exhibiting Artists:

Adrienne Aaronson
Gail Baar
Marcia Babler
Sandie Bacon
David Cohen
Reginald Coleman
Marilyn De Boer
Ellen Roth Deutsch
Marlene B. Diamond
Marikov Ventura
Jeanne Garrett
Barbara Goldsmith
John Hatelstad
Suzanne Horwitz
Todd Jacobs
Steven T. Jones
Judith Joseph
Beverly Kedzior
Pamela Lee
Ruti Modlin
David Robbin
Ann Rosen
Marilyn Schulenberg
Peggy Schutze
Judy Lipman Shechter
Mary Krebs Smyth
Cheryl Steiger
Kay Thomas
Michele Thrane
Ellen & John Wright

 

Opening Reception, Friday, February 8, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 6-Mar 2, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

“His-ter’-ee-uh”

His-ter’-ee-uh:  Opening  Fri.  Mar 8,  6-9pm 

Juried by artist Olive Stefanski

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

This exhibition 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.

Exhibiting Artists:

Heather Bennett
Meghan Chase
Jeanne Ciravolo
Shelby Dillon
Abby Friend
Nolan Keohane
Helen Lee
Lily Martina Lee
Brandon Lowery
Susan McMillen
Ashley Miller
Sophia Moreau
Kathia Muniz-Rios
Chelsea Nader
Samantha Lynn Pearson
Jess Podraza
Cheri Reif-Naselli
Gina Robbins
Abby Schnure
Gretchen Schreiber
Joan Siem
Wei Weiting
Lauren Woods
Shihui Zhou

Opening Reception, Friday, March 8, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Mar 6-Mar 30, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

 

ARC Gallery PopUp Members Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:  January 9- February 2 2019 . Opening Reception Friday, Jan. 11, 6-9PM

In January 2019, ARC Gallery will be showing an exhibit of works by current members, interns, affiliate members and prospective members.

Come to the gallery to see the variety of excellent work shown by the artists who run the gallery on a day-to-day basis (or have done so in prior years).

Current ARC Members participating in the exhibit:  Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker —

ARC Affiliate members participating in the exhibit: Denise Bellezzo – Esther Charbit – Anne Farley Gaines – Pauline Kochanski – Jane Stevens

Gallery Associate participating:  Monica J. Brown

Gallery Intern participating:  Rachel Gluski

Applying for Membership participating:  Cait Hardie – Elyse Martin – Michele Williams