Lenore Lopez - Migration and Immigration

The artwork of Lenore Lopez of Blue Island, will be presented at the Visual Arts Gallery from October 23 – November 5, 2008.

Migration and Immigration explores the complex issue of immigration and the subsequent problems related to border crossing through a combination of media, from traditional still life to installation pieces. “The message of my work is to create awareness of the complexity, tragedy, and humanity involved in the immigration of both the documented and the undocumented immigrants,” says Lopez.

A public reception with the artist in attendance will take place on October 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Alonzo Balderas - Waiting for a Renaissance

Waiting for a Renaissance: The Southeast Side, an art exhibition by Alonso Balderas, will be on display from October 13 to 22, in the Visual Arts Gallery. A reception celebrating Balderas work will be held on October 17, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the gallery.

The photomontages and collages on exhibit consist of vintage black and white and contemporary color photographs pieced together to create a provoking, political commentary on Chicago’s southeast side.

Balderas is a native the southeast side who works to bring change to his former community. He is currently in the process of completing his Master’s of Fine Arts degree at GSU. Balderas teaches English and theater arts at J. Sterling Morton High School in Berwyn.