Chicago Gallery Past Exhibitions

NIU MFA Exhibition
May 19 - June 17, 2006

Annual exhibition of work by the graduating NIU School of Art Master of Fine Arts degree recipients.

Strange Fictions
March 15 - April 29, 2006
“Science Fiction is a wonderful fabrication of our hopes, dreams and fears of what is to come. It also addresses issues of artificial environments and fanciful objects,” says Chris Kahler, guest curator of this group exhibition that examined how Science Fiction has influenced contemporary art.
Artists include: Scott Anderson, Aaron Baker, Lisa Boumstein-Smalley, Charlie Cho, Justin Miller, Melissa Oresky, Steve Reber, Mindy Rose Schwartz, Frank Pollard and Chris Uphues.

NIU Faculty Salon
January 6 - February 25, 2006
Biennial exhibition of artwork in a variety of media by tenured and tenure-track faculty of the NIU School of Art.

November 11 - December 17, 2005
Contemporary artists examine the impact of mass information and technology on Americans' understanding of identity, race, ethnicity and self. Participating artists: Kristin Bly, Sheree Hovsepian, Rashid Johnson, Eduardo Kac, Heidi Norton, Kaz Oshiro, and Todd Pavlisko.

The Art Of Burma
September 9 - October 29, 2005
This exhibition examined the diversity and complexity of Burmese Buddhism through artworks made for both the palace and monastery environment and also examined the nature of collecting cultural art and artifacts in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. All works are from the Collection of the Center for Burma Studies at NIU and from Denison University in Ohio.
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NIU MFA Exhibition
June 10 - July 23, 2005
Annual exhibition of work by current recipients of the Masters of Fine Art degree from the NIU School of Art.

April 1 - May 21, 2005
An exhibition of conceptual, installation and performance art curated by Ed Maldonado. Participating artists: Jessica Almy-Pagan, Paola Cabal, Dianna Frid, Gisela Insuaste, and Edra Soto. This exhibition was co-sponsored with the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, a community based arts organization in Chicago.
Gisela Insuaste
Jessica Almy-Pagan

In(visible) Body
January 7 - March 12, 2005
This exhibition will investigate the unseen physical aspects of our bodies such as breath, blood, bones, perspiration, and heat. The activity that takes place beneath the flesh is, in fact, largely responsible for keeping us alive. It is these bodily processes that remind us, not of our individuality, but of our sameness.
Artists include: Sun Choi, Melanie Feerst, Brian Gustafson, Karen Jayne, Christopher Kahler, Christine LoFaso, Diane Nelson, Rebecca Ringquist and Leslie Speicher.
Melanie Feerst

November 12 - December 18, 2004
This exhibition explored the ways in which artists today continue to collaborate on works of art resulting in interesting and surprising outcomes.
Exhibiting artists include P. R. Angster and Art Leagy, Matt Irie and Dominick Talvacchio, Billie Giese-Vella and friends, Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes, Marina Sharapova and Igor Kozlovsky and Lynda Lowe and Georgiana Nehl.
Marina Sharapova
and Igor Kozlovsky

RedBall Project:
Three Cities

September 10 - October 23, 2004
Native Chicagoan Kurt Perschke's RedBall Project has been traveling the globe since 2001. The 15-foot inflatable red vinyl ball began in St. Louis as a project for Arts in Transit; it was then invited to Barcelona, Spain and Sydney, Australia and most recently was showcased in DeKalb, Illinois in April of 2004. This exhibition consisted of documentary installation photographs and video from St. Louis, Barcelona, and Sydney and the RedBall itself.

NIU MFA Exhibition
June 18 - July 31, 2004
Annual exhibition of work by current recipients of the Masters of Fine Art degree from the NIU School of Art.
Best In Show: Kelly A. Mueller

Global Matrix
April 17 - May 29, 2004
A contemporary review of fine art printmaking from around the world. This travelling show
was organized jointly by Purdue and Wright State Universities and featured 67 artists
from 19 countries.
Karen Kunc

NIU Faculty Salon
January 9 - February14, 2004
Biennial exhibition of artwork in a variety of media by tenured and tenure-track faculty of the NIU School of Art.

In the Eye of the Beholder
November 5 - December 13, 2003
This show featured work by Illinois artists who enhance the classical notion of Portraiture by creating poetic, psychological portraits that seek to reveal the essence of their subject - who they are - rather than what they look like.
Artists included were Ellen Roth Deutsch, Robert Horvath, Alice Sharie Revelski, Nancy Rosen, Judith Roth, Helene Smith-Romer, and Joseph W. Turner.

Jin Soo Kim:
September 5 - October 18, 2003

This installation by internationally recognized Korean
born, Chicago artist Jin Soo Kim featured a new
body of work that, although conceptually linked to
her earlier works, formally is quite distinct. Still
working with issues of travel, experience and
memory this piece explored the theme of travel both
literally through minimal sculptural objects and
metaphorically through sound elements.
The installation consisted of eight 12-inch high by 12-inch wide by 8-foot long tunnel sculptures fabricated of steel, and two audio CDs that featured layered sounds of ticking clocks, breaking light bulbs and clanging plates from railroad tracks - sounds that were quiet, yet discernible, and hidden, emitting from speakers within the tunnels.

Lewis DeSoto:
Paranirvana (Self-Portrait)
April 25 - May 24, 2003
California artist Lewis DeSoto's
interests in archaeology,
anthropology, cosmology, and
world religions came together
in this traveling exhibition
organized by the Samek Gallery
at Bucknell University.
"Paranirvana (self-portrait)" is a 25-foot long image of the Reclining Buddha, made of a painted nylon fabric and inflated by a small air fan. The daily inflation and deflation of the sculpture was open to the public.

January 10 - March 15, 2003
Group exhibition of Chicago-area artists that investigated the nature of collecting contemporary art. What makes collectibles aesthetically, stylistically, intellectually and financially desirable? Collectible explored the issue of commercialism as it applies to artistic production and exhibition practices. Matt Irie, Rena Leinberger, Kathleen McCarthy, Jocelyn Nevel, Jason Peot, John Sparagana.

Design France: Generation 2001
October 25 - December 7, 2002
A traveling exhibtion of contemporary French Design that featured 54 pieces from 36 design companies representing 44 designers.

Jane Calvin: A Decade of Work
Sept. 13 - Oct. 12, 2002

A collection of photographs from 1992 - 2002 that displayed Chicagoan Jane Calvin's interest in the relationships between visual and verbal communications.

Dan Mills: Detector
April 26 - June 1, 2002
Map painting, collages, sculpture, installation and a video projection worked together to slyly critique the darker side of history and culture through the guise of "objective" education.

January 11 - March 2, 2002
A group exhibition that explored such issues as social implications of nostalgia and the appeal of the retro aesthetic. Artists featured: Aaron Baker, Meg Duguid, Rebecca Keller, Brigitte Kirchgatterer, Miki Lee, Virginia Meredith and Christopher Patch. Curated by Julie Charmelo.

NIU School of Art Faculty Salon
November 2 - December 15, 2001
Biennial exhibition of recent work by NIU School of Art tenure and tenure-track faculty featuring work in ceramics, design, drawing, fiber, jewelry and metalwork, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and time arts.

The Long River Carries the Moon Silently Away:
The Ceramic Art of Ah Leon
September 7 - October 20, 2001
Traveling exhibition of ceramic sculpture and functional ware by internationally-recognized Taiwanese artist Ah Leon. Artist works in the ancient Chinese Yixing tradition of trompe l'oeil ceramics.

Stephen Prina: What's Wrong? Open the Door....
April 27 - June 2, 2001
Photography and text installation by California artist Stephen Prina. A former Chicagoan and NIU alumn, Prina, whose work has been exhibited in both the Carnegie International and Documenta, is internationally recognized for his conceptual installations.

January 12 - March 10, 2001
Group exhibition addressing the notion of originality or uniqueness in contemporary culture. Artists include Adam Brooks, Max King Cap, Jeff Dick, Julia Fish, Marc Fischer, Lora Lode, Leah Oates, Karen Reimer, Brian Ritchard and Oli Watt. Curated by Julie Charmelo.

Domestic Abstractions:
Ceramic Sculptures by Virginia Scotchie
November 3 - December 9, 2000
Traveling exhibition by South Carolina artist Virginia Scotchie of ceramic sculptures that reference domestic objects. Body of work was created during artist's residency at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy.

Artificial Desert: Photographs by Philip Melnick
September 8 - October 21, 2000
Exhibition of over 60 black and white photographs examining the forms and spaces in which desert flora is presented indoors. Philip Melnick recently retired from the NIU School of Art.

(the virus taxonomy)
April 28 - June 3, 2000
Installation by Chicago artist Frances Whitehead consisting of canopic jars, on the lids of which are three-dimensional models of virus categories recognized by the International Center for Taxonomy of Viruses. The installation juxtaposes rational scientific order against a source of personal fear.

BLINK: Interventions in the Salon
January 7 - March 4, 2000
Thirteen artists explore the nature/influence of gallery space through direct investigations. Artists include John Arndt, Mary Dritschel, Julia Fish, Mike Hill, Karen Lebergott, Nathan Mason, Kathleen McCarthy, Patrick McGee, Adelheid Mers, Jason Peot, Corey Postiglione, Mindy Rose Schwartz and Buzz Spector. Curated by Julie Charmelo and Brian Ritchard.

Form and Measure: Paintings by Lynda Lowe
November 5 - December 11, 1999
Installation by Illinois artist Lynda Lowe that explored the relationship between art and science. Growing out of an interest in theoretical physics, Lowe's work pairs the power and mystery of representational form with the ways in which objects are measured or quantified.

NIU School of Art Faculty Salon
September 10 - October 23, 1999
Biennial exhibition of NIU School of Art tenure and tenure-track faculty featuring work in ceramics, design, drawing, fiber, jewelry and metalwork, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and time arts.

Natural Resources
April 9 - June 5, 1999
Group exhibition of artists who incorporate organic materials into their work, including Mark Arctander, Michele Brody, Palli Davene Davis, Barbara Kendrick and Karen McCoy.

Dysfunctional Home
January 9 - March 6, 1999
A mixed-media, group exhibition featuring artists whose work transforms functional household items into non-functional or alternatively functional objects. Artists featured: Jane Benson, Tonya Hart, Linda Horn, Jennifer Mannebach, Frances Myers, Sean Rowe, Paul Sacaridiz and Christine Tarkowski.
Curated by Julie Charmelo.

A Brush with Nature
October 16 - November 28, 1998
A collaborative environmental installation by three NIU professors featuring watercolor scrolls by Charlotte Rollman, environmental design and lighting by Harry Wirth and live music performances by Han Kuo-Huang.

Maxim Kantor: Paintings and Etchings
September 11 - October 10, 1998
Premier Chicago exhibition of paintings and etchings by contemporary Russian painter Maxim Kantor whose work reflects Jewish life in the former Soviet Union.

Thomas Skomski:
Walking on the Bottom of the Ocean
May 1 - June 6, 1998
Two site-specific, sculptural installations by Chicago artist Thomas Skomski that transformed the gallery space into a meditative environment of light, water and sound. Another exhibit of this artist's work is planned for the Altgeld Gallery in the spring of 2005.

Then & Now:
Celebrating 25 Years of the
Chicago Women's Caucus for Art
March 13 - April 18, 1998
Chicago Women's Caucus for Art's 25th Anniversary Exhibition. Juried by Lucinda Barnes, Curator of Collections at the MCA, Judith Kirshner, Director of the School of Art and Design at UIC and Peggy Doherty, Director of the NIU Art Museum.

Substance: A Corporeal Examination
January 9 - February 21, 1998
Group show of Chicago-area artists whose work examines the physicality of the human body. Artists featured: ad319, Lynne Brown, Judi Hayden, Elizabeth Ingraham, Jin Lee, Joseph Litzenberger, Shona Macdonald, Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs, Alison Ruttan, Susan Sensemann, Donald Stahlke, Barbara Wiesen and Joe Ziolkowski. Curated by Julie Anne Charmelo.

Yih-Wen Kuo:
Simplicity of Complexity
October 14 - November 29, 1997
Solo exhibition of NIU professor of art, Yih-Wen Kuo's architectonic ceramic sculpture. Sceduled to coincide with the international S.O.F.A. (Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art) Exposition at Navy Pier.

Inter:Penetration, Art for Humans and Computers
September 5 - October 4, 1997
Group show of artists whose work highlights traditional and emerging electronic media. Artists featured: Elliot Anderson, Nancy Buchanon, Jason Ditmars, John Manning, Ken Rinaldo, Kurt Schultz and Christine Tamblyn.
Curated by Marjorie Franklin.