Celebrate the Winter Solstice with the astounding cut paper artwork of Richard Shipps which encourages the viewer to explore negative and positive form, shadow and light, through signs and symbols-a visual feast. Through the long night we pass, and find our way from dark to light.
December 1, 2010-December 23, 2010
Artist Reception Wednesday December 8
4-5pm Paper Cutting Demo- make a snowflake
5-8pm reception- free and open to the public
Welcoming our south side art partners: Monkey Mind Studio, Tall Grass Art Association, Union Street gallery
Digital Composites by Rebecca L. Heide
Hyperreality is about the manipulation of time and space through digital imagery. A personal narrative has been created from the dissection and reassembling of images that reflect the life of the artist. Photographs of landscape, the human form, and sculpture are manipulated to create memory vignettes. The images are a simulation of the mental state at various times through life. Feelings of happiness, loss, fear, isolation and complacency are reconstructed in a visual form for the viewer. Rebecca’s work depicts a heightened sense of reality that blurs the line of what is real and what is fantasy.
Hyperreality is a solo exhibition at Governors State University, Visual Arts Gallery E-1580. The exhibition will open on November 15, 2010 and run through November 23rd. Opening reception is Tuesday, November 16th from 5:00-8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Rebecca received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently working towards a Master of Fine Arts from Governors State University. Rebecca currently resides in Homewood, IL.
Governors State University is pleased to present Narratives of the Secret Darkroom by Joe Baltz. The exhibit explores the relationship between the language of visual reality recorded by Black & White film and the language of inner emotional experience. He uses the silver gelatin process to produce B&W postcards which are sent through the US Postal Service. The Postcard and text amplifies the connection of his personal world through photos and text. Baltz believes that images often call forth a secret story and stories often hold a secret image. Narratives of the Secret Darkroom is a two year photo project that allowed him to present 30 individual post card recipients a unique collection of personal observations and reminiscences captured on film and in text.
Joe Baltz’s photos and cards will be exhibited in a solo show at Governors State University, Visual Arts Gallery E-1580. The exhibition will open on November 2, 2010 and run through November 10. The opening reception is Thursday, November 4th from 5:00-8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Baltz is a teacher of Photography at Joliet Central High School and lives in Joliet, IL.
Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite piece in the Regional Faculty Invitational Exhibition. As the show comes to a close we are happy to announce that the People’s Choice Award goes to Carrie Ohm for “Cloud Circles:Impossibly Large Scaled Down #2”. 2010 Porcelain, Paper
The 2010 Regional Art Faculty Invitational is a biennial event for Universities and Colleges in the Chicago Southland and is hosted by the Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University. This year invitations were sent to Governors State University, Trinity College, Lewis University, Prairie State College, Saint Xavier University, Joliet Junior College, The College of Dupage, South Suburban College, The University of Saint Francis, Olivet Nazarene University, and Kankakee Community College.
The artists exhibiting in this year’s show are: Javier Chavira, Christopher Clark, Michael Costanza, Daniel Falco, Eric Gorder, Michael D. Hart, Jane Rhodes Hudak, Jean Janssen, Elise Kendrot, Erik LaGattuta, Joe Milosevich, Carrie Ohm, Heather Page, Beth Parin, Gary Schirmer, Lou Shields, Chelise Slowik, Jerry Slowik, Michael E. Smith, Jeff Stevenson, Jessica Van Swol,
The Invitational promises a random cross section of working styles, subjects and media and this year is no exception. Ceramic, wax sculpture, mixed media collage, graphic novel, pastel, photography, oil painting and assemblage are represented. This year we also have an art history project from Dr. Arthur Bourgeois from his African Art collection that is integrated with contemporary images to activate the exhibit and provide opportunity for reflection.
Mr. West is cordially inviting the public to view his newest body of photographs, “God’s Covenant Community,” a sacred documentary that explores the spiritual and sacred connections of Midwest Baptist Church members and their Christian Faith. Mr. West is a founding member of that church, and actively serves as a Deacon there. Midwest Baptist Church is a small to mid-sized church with a membership role that averages around 90-100 members. In “God’s Covenant Community”, Mr. West has focused on special moments that show the deepest kinds of Christian bonds that believers share in both formal and informal church settings. As Mr. West states, “my photographs attempt to visually show why the relationships and ties that exist between believers in a small church community are so strong. Put simply, God’s Love and Grace are the lifeblood and glue that holds this church [Midwest Baptist Church] together.”
While many of the images in “God’s Covenant Community” feature various age groups, Mr. West’s favorite images involve children at worship and at play. As his Pastor so eloquently states, “our children are the lifeblood of the church.” And the viewer will find all kinds of images of children in this exhibit. Many of these images feature children having fun at Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Easter Service, and Church Picnics.
Mr. West’s photographs originally start off as color photographs, and are then changed to grayscale, and then to a duotone mix of black, orange and green. The resulting image then is imbued with a warm tone that creates an archetypal timeless feel. As Mr. West states, “I want my concentrated body of covenant photographs to bring back the visual essence of that old time religion.”
What gives this documentary stunning universal appeal is the open expressive gesture that the people in each photograph display. Whether in the act of worship or at play, the members of Midwest Baptist Church are bonded by an open love, affection, and humanity that is simply contagious. Mr. West’s main goal and objective behind this body of work is to use these compelling photographs to encourage, uplift, and strengthen his church. A second goal is to provide a timeless authentic look and feel of what a genuine Church would look like on any given day. Mr. West feels that any authentic Christ-led Church should be characterized by love, fellowship, praise, worship, and lots of lively fun. If you get nothing else from this show, the viewer will definitely know that God, Covenant, and Community are highly valued by all Midwest Baptist Church members.
The Hidden Splendor of Color
Photographs by Jeremy Spence
September 13, 2010 and run through September 22
Closing reception is Wednesday, September 22 from 5:00-8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
The Hidden Splendor of Color is about the side of life that is usually passed on a daily basis. Through the usage of artificial light, landscapes at night take on a different persona. Color has been used to turn ordinary landscapes and architectural structures into something that can only exist at night. Spence’s panoramic works turn everyday landscapes into vivid habitats that become eye candy for the viewer. Through the use of richly saturated colors, one can appreciate the beauty of hidden colors that exist only at night.
Jeremy Spence is a graduate of Governors State University and recently received a Master in Fine Arts in Digital imaging/design at Governors State University.
Doyle’s series of work “Remnants” captures the remnants of once habited structures and discarded personal possessions. The images are a documentary of neighborhoods, homes and personal possessions that were once a part of a full and functioning life, now left as part of the present landscape. These “Remnants” have become part of the landscape due to our present economic recession, and shows the deprivation of land and life.
Doyle’s collection of images includes businesses and homes whose inhabitants are now just “Remnants” of past time. Doyle’s intent was to document areas such as Harvey, Illinois as well as the southeast side of Chicago. The facades of the buildings no longer have any redeeming qualities; they simply exist as an eyesore to most passer-byes. Doyle’s images are the scars that are left due to the harsh economic times these areas endured.
Monique Doyle is a Graduate from Governors State University with her BA in the Board of Governors and is working towards a Master of Arts from Governors State University in University Park, Illinois. Monique Doyle currently resides in Harvey, IL.
Governors State University is pleased to present Figures in Abstraction, new work by Karen Keorpes. Figures in abstraction illustrates an abstraction of the figure in taking us away from the reality of what we show the world and pushes the figure into a visual display of our inner self. Karen Keorpes abstract oil paintings will be exhibited in a solo show at Governors State University, Visual Arts Gallery E-1580. The exhibition will open on August 31, 2010 and run through September 8. The opening reception is Friday, September 3 from 5:00-8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Keorpes’ oil paintings evolve from her large collection of spontaneous sketchbook ink drawings. They are spontaneous drawings that I am compelled to draw these expressive figures as a way of unburdening my thoughts visually as if in a personal diary. Shapes and forms are used instead of words to create a visual story. Of emotions I have felt, seen, and heard on a particular day of events. My work is always about relationships with people I encounter and the daily interaction I have.
Keorpes’ is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and recently received a Master in Arts in painting at Governor State University. Keorpes’ is a teacher of art at Thornwood High School and currently lives in Orland Park, Illinois.
The Intellectual Life Committee and the College of Arts and Sciences at Governors State University present A Whole New Mind 2010 – Brainstorm, a national juried art competition inspired by Daniel Pink’s book "A Whole New Mind – Why Right Brainers will Rule the Future." Art work documenting, analyzing and/or inspired by the intellectual activity, thought processes, dysfunctions, and/or problem solving capabilities of the human mind will be favored.
Please View the Exhibition Catalog at
Show Runs- May 24- June 24 2010
Artists Reception and Awards ceremony Saturday, June 19 5-7pm following the "Summer Sol-abration" event from 2-5pm in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at GSU
Reading Group Discussion- Thursday June 24, 2010 7-8pm in Visual Arts Gallery. The first 25 People to sign up will get a free copy of A Whole New Mind. Plus stop in the gallery during regular hours to vote for the "Peoples Choice Award" that will be announced on June 19th at the Artists Reception.
Curator: Jeff Stevenson Jeff Stevenson is a professional artist and educator exhibiting award winning artwork, and teaching Creativity, Studio Art, and Art History.
Susan Aurinko is a photographer, curator and gallerist for Coalition Gallery, Kemper Gallery IIT, and Prudential Plaza. In addition, Aurinko served as owner and curator of Chicago's FLATFILE galleries for ten years. An exhibition exhibition of her photography, entitled STILL POINT, INDIA, will open at Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, in 2010, and will tour India over the next two years. www.aurinkophoto.com
Tricia Van Eck is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This past year she co-curated the Chicago presentation of Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe and coordinated the Jeff Koons retrospective. She has curated and coordinated numerous other exhibitions for the MCA including Mapping the Self and Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing - Meditations on Black Aesthetics.
With You Never Get a Second Chance, a series of elaborate, multi-layered screen prints, Clark conveys a sense of affection for the commonplace sights and everyday people of modern Midwestern America while engaging the viewer in questioning his or her own perception of common, casual nonconformity. As a lifelong resident of the Mid-western society depicted in these prints, Clark has an intimate connection with his subjects. In essence, he is presenting a self-portrait of a community.
Christopher Clark holds both Bachelor and Master of Art Degrees from Governors State University. As the founder of captivewerewolf.com, the co-founder of Feed Art Center, and organizer of the annual Littlest Print Exchange, Clark is actively involved in developing collaborative, real world and web-based projects designed to bring together artists to cooperate toward common creative goals.
In the series, “Follow that Rabbit”, Ogren explores the Existential; the every day conversations, lessons learned, and the general exploration of the meaning of life. All depicted through a whimsical, Victorian, lens set in an enchanted-like forest. The rabbit often depicted in many of Ogren’s pieces, acts not only as representation of the artist herself, but as a narrator through Ogren’s life experiences and the work itself. The work is sometimes dark and moody, sometimes light-hearted, but is always meant to be viewed with a sense of humor. Embrace your inner child and follow that rabbit…
Ogren earned a BA in Art from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Webster University. She is currently completing her second Master’s degree in Digital Imaging from Governor’s State University while working full time as an artist.
In this series of photographs, inspired by the courageous stories of abused women, Burrink takes the viewer on a journey from the depths of despair to hope and healing by using stirring images that reflect the sorrows and beauty of life. Burrink’s message reflects her spiritual beliefs that no matter how broken a life might be, God can restore and heal.
Burrink graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA from The International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago with a focus on Interior Design. Burrink has recently been named to The National Scholars Honors Society and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Art from Governors State University. Burrink became the CEO of Artistic Interiors, Inc. in 1997 where she used her creative vision in interior design, custom artwork and murals for many clients throughout the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Her work has been displayed in several galleries and venues in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. She has five children and resides in South Holland, IL.
Lake explores the concept of death and survival within her series of oil painting and mixed media drawings. With her use of many canvases create singular interior spaces, she draws attention to architectural details, such as the edges of walls and floorboards, that are often overlooked. These objects act as physical representations of significant aspects of people’s lives which they tend to ignore.
Lake began her graduate studies after the death of her father, which acted as the catalyst for her entire body of work. She emphasizes the mood through the usage of colors within the subject matter, thereby creating a sense of both serenity and isolation.
Gholar's style is improvisational and intuitive with an emphasis on color and texture. Post-Consumerism takes its title from Gholar's, incorporation of found objects and recycled materials typically associated with consumer culture, such as cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and grocery bags. These common materials are transformed into works of abstract art. It is not just about salvage. It is about redemption.
Tiffany Gholar is a lifelong resident of Chicago, Illinois. She studied art as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and interior design at Harrington College of Design and is currently a candidate for a Masters Degree in Painting at Governors State University. Her work has been exhibited with other Chicago area artists, including Prak-Sis, The Galaxie Art Center, and 119th Street Artists in Whiting, Indiana.
Best in Show:
Quentin Crockett, Erick Garcia, Tiffany Gholar, Sarah Ogren, Russ Laska and Becki Moffet-Moore.
The exhibit displays the work of GSU graduate and undergraduate art students. Works chosen for the exhibit will include paintings, drawings, photography, digital imagery, sculpture, and printmaking. Best of Show, second and third place cash awards will be chosen by a juror, Chris Matusek, Gallery Director for the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College.
Opening reception and awards ceremony: April 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend the exhibit. For more information, contact the Visual Arts Gallery at (708) 534-4021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tube Vase - Candice James
Ceramic - Kankakee Community College
Evidence of a Designer that Cares - Alea N. Shea
Oil on Canvas - Kankakee Community College
Found - Jeff Kolak
Technique Mixte Oil Painting - Elgin Community College
Chicago Flurries - Kathryn A. Budd
Oil - Morton College
Sundamage - Tamatha Francis
Paper and Chalk - Joliet Junior College
In the Floating Alley - Anna Dankova
Oil on Canvas - Joliet Junior College
The Oak Tree - Amy Yoder
Digital Photo - Prairie State College
Best in Show
Desert Flight - Andy Lechner
Ceramics - McHenry County College
A closing reception to celebrate the show and the artists and present merit awards is scheduled for Friday, March 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. Juror, Kathleen Scarboro, will announce the award winners at 2 p.m. This exhibition and reception is free and open to the public.
There is no fee to enter this exhibition. Artists may submit up to three original works in any medium. Entry is open to any student currently enrolled in an Illinois community or junior college. Works must have been completed during the last two academic years. Works previously entered into this exhibition are ineligible. Deadline for Entries: February 15, 2010.
March 4 through 26 with a closing reception on March 26, 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Award winners will be announced at 2:00 p.m.
Up to $1000 in awards including $300 for Best of Show.
Download Prospectus and Entry Form
For more information:(708) 534-4021 or email@example.com
Open to all students enrolled in GSU art courses during the Spring/Summer 09, Fall 09, and Winter 10 trimesters. Artwork must have been created in any art course at GSU during those trimesters. Any artwork previously exhibited in the student show is not eligible.
-Maximum TWO entries per student
-COMPLETED entry forms are to be attached to the back of EACH work. Forms are availa ble from art faculty or from the gallery.
-All two-dimensional work MUST BE WIRED and ready to hang. NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS. Work should be framed if the painting does not extend to the sides or if staples are visible on the sides.
-Photography, digital work, prints and drawings must be matted and framed, unless size does not permit and therefore appropriate hanging hardware should be installed.
-Sculpture – check with gallery assistant for available pedestals. If there are no suitable sizes, student must provide their own.
-Work not meeting the above criteria will not be exhibited.
Best of Show: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $100
Honorable Mentions: $50 at Juror's discretion
March 22 - March 24: Accepting work in gallery during regular hours
April 7th: Opening Reception 6-9pm /Juror’s critique and awards at 7pm
April 12-13: Work pickup in gallery.
The Littlest Print Exchange is a juried trade of tiny art prints. Fifty printmakers and photographers from around the world were invited to submit an edition of prints. These editions were then collated into portfolios containing one print from each of the fifty artists and sent back out to all of the participants. The exchange was announced in February of 2009 and completed in November of the same year. This exhibit features all 50 prints from seven countries and 22 states and includescexamples of various printmaking techniques such as woodblock, linocut, etching, serigraphy, photography, cyanotype, collagraphy, letterpress, lithography, drypoint, and digital.
Participating Artists include Jennifer D. Anderson from California, Trina Baker from Kansas, Rakesh Bani from India, John Bergmeier from Michigan, Donald Booth from California, Marc Bosworth from Kansas, Brainstorm from New Jersey, Craig Burkhalter from Georgia, Katarzyna Cepek Idaho, Christopher Clark from Illinois, Bonnie Cook from Washington, Michael Costanza from Illinois, D. Wesley Davis from Kentucky, Patricia Delgado from Spain, Daryl DePry from Nevada, Karri A. Dieken from Washington, Erin Dollar from Oregon, Carolina Espinosa from Canada, Kari Garon from Wisconsin, Brett Grunig from California, Mary Hanson from Minnesota, Stephanie Harvey from Pennsylvania, Nancy Jo Haselbacher from California, Robert Howsare from Ohio, Teréz Iacovino from New York, Ashley Kanaley from New York, Mari LaCure from Kansas, Adam Laughlin from China, Amos Leager from Missouri, Melody Knight Leary from Connecticut, Luke Leyden from New Jersey, Big John Lingenfelter from Arizona, B. Love from Idaho, Nichol Markowitz from Hawaii, Jill Marie Mason from Indiana, Casey Neumann from Hawaii, Carrie Ohm from Illinois, Matthew Pazzol from Indiana, Sage Perrott from West Virginia, Diana Phillips from the United Kingdom, Roxanne Phillips from Missouri, Joanne Price from Minnesota, Dennis Raines from Washington, Pete Rangel from Illinois, Lindsay Riley from Kentucky, David Spencer-Pierce from Missouri, Lee Turner from United Kingdom, Lorna Turner from California, Jessica Van Swol from Illinois, and Maggie White from California.
For more information on the exchange and each of the participating artists please visit The Littlest Print Blog.
On Friday, February 5th at 3:30 in Engbretson Hall, the 2010 Honorary Degree recipient, Major League Baseball outfielder, author and businessman, Doug Glanille, will be talking about the unique blend of education, business, and baseball in his life.
Black Hawk College
Tabitha DeFrieze - Tentacles U
Tabitha DeFrieze - Tentacles H
Tabitha DeFrieze - Tentacles V
Elgin Community College
Claudia Frost - Cold Pumpkins
Claudia Frost - Bits and Pieces
Claudia Frost - Autumn Gourds
Jeff Kolak - Found
Nick Morland - Deceive
Harold Washington College
Alex Cohen - In My Room
Victoria Cacciatore-Claus - Core
Heartland Community College
Teandra M. Fleming - Virtue of Innocence
Joliet Junior College
Carrie B. Barrera - History
Carrie B. Barrera - First Time
Anna Dankova - I Shall Do More
Anna Dankova - In the Floating Alley
Robert Dennis - Bird on a Wire
Christina Donisch - Joy
Tamatha Francis - Helping Hand in Nature
Tamatha Francis - Sundamage
Sherri Kiefner – Epiphany
Vanessa Martinez - Flow
Rodrigo Montoya - While I Draw
Allison Stevens - Shrine Head
John Wood Community College
Amanda Rush - Me
Kankakee Community College
James Basham - Untitled
Christine Hallock - Undersea Dreaming
Lisa Hanley - Untitled
Candice James - Twisted Vase
Candice James - Electric Green Bowl
Candice James - Tube Vase
Bailey Maricle - Fossil
Alea N. Shea - Evidence of a Designer that Cares
Alea N. Shea - Girls Growing Up
Britni Ulrich - Faceted Flower
Natalie Zographos - Cheers!
Natalie Zographos - Room for One More
Lincoln Land Community College
Hallie Hedinger - Nire no Ki
Tierra Reed - A Touch of Innocence
McHenry County College
Katia Chernyavskaya - Reflections in White
Maggie Hay - Disorder
Andy Lechner - Desert Flight
Andy Lechner - Green Dream
Andy Lechner - Black & White
Moraine Valley Community College
Eric Sterling - The Dream of Absolute Aloofness
Morton Community College
Kathryn A. Budd - Fall With Purple Ball
Kathryn A. Budd - Chicago Flurries
Parkland Community College
Rachel Rosenberger - Safety
Prairie State College
Michael Carr - Hinged
Michelle D. Cox - Chicago
Bruce Peerson - Balancing Act
Amy Yoder - The Oak Tree
Richland Community College
Sean Huskey - Joker
South Suburban College
Joe Walton - Eyes Glued to the Television
Noel Marungo - Faceted Bottle
The park collection includes 26 pieces by nationally and internationally recognized artists. The walk is along both paved and unpaved paths so appropriate cold weather gear is recommended.
Visitors should meet inside the Hall of Governors near the sculpture Art Ark by Terrence Karpowicz. For more information, email the park or visit the sculpture park website.
The Collaborative Arts Guild based in Chicago Heights provides area artists a platform to develop their creativity, exhibit their art, and conduct business as professional artists. For more information about the Union Street Gallery and the Collaborative Arts Guild visit unionstreetgallery.org
For information of the Art on Campus program and its exhibition opportunities, please visit artoncampus.blogspot.com