NIU Printmaking exhibition at ARC Gallery Chicago

NIU Printmaking exhibition at ARC Gallery Chicago

Students in the Printmaking Area of the NIU School of Art and Design are exhibiting their work at the ARC Gallery in Chicago, 1463 W. Chicago Ave.

Plucked & Gleaned opened on March 6 and runs through March 27. It is a group exhibition of fine art prints. The work on display touches on themes of identity, Midwest culture, place, and personal ecosystems. All of the works in the exhibition are by print artists living and making art in northern Illinois and the Chicagoland area.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday noon to 6 p.m. Sundays noon to 4 p.m.

Plucked and Gleaned posterExhibiting Artists:
Wes Beeler
Rachel Beer
Sasha Bitzer
Alex Bridges
Marco Camacho
Zoë Couvillion
Mikey Crotty
Jayden Dale
Jan Gerenstein
Nathanial Gilchrist
Christina Kang
Greg Padgett
Nick Phan
Sixing Qi
Saffron Williams

ARC Gallery is an internationally recognized exhibition space that has been an integral part of the Chicago art scene since its inception in 1973. Founded during the women’s movement as an alternative to the mainstream gallery system, ARC is one of the oldest co-ops of its kind in the country. As a non-profit, woman artist-run cooperative, ARC continues its feminist tradition by providing exhibition opportunities for professional and emerging artists working in all media based on excellence of artwork, without discrimination toward gender, race, age, class, physical/mental ability, sexual, spiritual or political orientation.

Visiting artist lecture on Ohio Earthworks and World Heritage, March 17

Visiting artist lecture on Ohio Earthworks and World Heritage, March 17

Christine Ballengee MorrisJoin Dr. Christine Ballengee Morris, professor in arts administration, education and policy development and director of American Indian Studies for The Ohio State University for a free, open to the public virtual lecture, Wednesday, March 17 at 5 p.m.

Several thousand years ago, building earthworks was a central feature of the public architecture of many Indigenous cultures in the world. Gaining community support, building economic development strategies that included the arts and American Indian tribes, and consideration of Earthworks as World Heritage sites are topics explored in this presentation.

Ballengee Morris is co-author, with NIU School of Art and Design Professor and Head of Art and Design Education Kryssi Staikidis, of the book Transforming Our Practices: Indigenous Art, Pedagogies and Philosophies published in 2017.

Ohio Earthworks and World Heritage: Cultures, Sites, Tourism and the Arts
Wednesday, March 17, 5 p.m.
Free, open to the public
Zoom link

Sponsored in part by the NIU Arts and Culture Fee.

Artist, entrepreneur Cheryl Holz virtual visiting artist talk, March 9

Artist, entrepreneur Cheryl Holz virtual visiting artist talk, March 9

Join mixed-media artist Cheryl Holz as she presents a visiting artist talk to the NIU School of Art and Design, Tuesday, March 9 at 11 a.m.

Holz is a Midwestern artist whose mixed media artwork celebrates nature’s strength, beauty and diversity.

Like sediment accumulates in a river bed, she builds up layers of textured surfaces, organic painting processes and relevant text on wooden panels. Portions are excavated to reveal botanical or geological specimens and natural patterns.

Cheryl has received local and national recognition for her work and shows in galleries, museums, and juried shows throughout the country. Her work is included in many corporate, private and health care collections.

The lecture is free and open to the public via Zoom.

Cartoonist Leigh Rubin visiting artist presentation, March 4

Cartoonist Leigh Rubin visiting artist presentation, March 4

Leigh RubinCartoonist Leigh Rubin, whose cartoon “Rubes” is syndicated in more than 400 media outlets worldwide and distributed by Creators Syndicate will take part in an online visiting artist presentation with the NIU School of Art and Design, Thursday, March 4 at 11 a.m.

Rubin is an accomplished author and cartoonist. He has written 20 books. 2019 marked the 35th anniversary of Rubes®.

His work has been featured in film, television and advertising. Leigh also enjoys a busy schedule giving thought-provoking and entertaining presentations on art and creativity at conferences, as well as professional organizations all around the country.

In 2018 Leigh began his tenure at Rochester Institute of Technology as the college’s first Cartoonist-in Residence.

In addition to print, Rubes® also has appeared in advertising, on television and the big screen. View his work at rubescartoons.com.

HIs virtual visiting artist presentation is free and open to the public via Zoom, Thursday, March 4 at 11 a.m.

Photographer John Opera to give visiting artist lecture March 1

Photographer John Opera to give visiting artist lecture March 1

John Opera, a photographer who “works at the intersection of photographic materiality and light-derived abstraction” will present a visiting lecture for the NIU School of Art and Design, Monday, March 1 at 5 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public via Zoom (passcode: 328305).

Opera’s work combines a deep interest in the visual characteristics of natural and scientific phenomena with a rigorous experimental approach to the techniques and apparatuses by which photographs have been defined and produced.

He is currently an assistant professor of art at the University of Buffalo (SUNY).

This lecture is supported by the NIU School of Art and Design Public Artistry and Scholarship Committee and the Photography Area.

LVL3’s Vincent Uribe to chat with ARTS715 class

LVL3’s Vincent Uribe to chat with ARTS715 class

vincent-uribeVincent Uribe, director of LVL3, an artist-run exhibition space and online publication launched in 2010 will chat with students in ART715: Professional Studio Practices, in an open to the public Zoom, Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Uribe is an artist and creative community builder based in Chicago. Through LVL3, he has organized hundreds of exhibitions featuring exceptional emerging and mid-career artists both nationally and internationally.

In 2013, Uribe joined the team at Arts of Life to help expand opportunities for artists with disabilities. Through the Artist Enterprise Program he launched Arts of Life’s in-studio Circle Contemporary galleries and expanded Arts of Life’s public exhibitions locally in Chicago and on a national scale.

Uribe serves as a founding board member for Equity Arts.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83820269289?pwd=YnRycmtkSzB1VWFDQ2srWW1pSmdYQT09