e are requesting proposals for the 2023-2024 season!
Solo and Small Group (2-3 artists) will be considered. Please send the following to artgallery@ morainevalley.edu
Exhibition Proposal Letter, Artist Statement, Curriculum Vitae, 8-12 high resolution jpeg images of proposed work, Word Doc of image list that includes title, medium, year, and dimensions
You can also consider sending:
Proposed Educational Workshop(s), Link to website or portfolio, Connection to the Moraine Valley Community
Due January 31st, 2023!
"Bits and Pieces" opens Friday night at Side Street Studio Arts. It was a collaborative art project in which teams of 2 or 3 artists were asked to create a single work of art. We had three or four weeks to work on it. Side Street Studio Arts is having an open crit night and they are going to critique the pieces in it tonight. I have another collaboration with Antonia Ruppert tonight, so I have a good excuse to avoid the hot seat. I did submit this statement to the exhibition coordinator for them to use in lieu of stammering in person. I think Chris Palm is planning to go. Brave soul.
Timeline/Statement of the “Winter is Coming” collaboration. “Winter is Coming” is a collaboration between Julie Mars, Hallie Sanclemente Morrison, and Chris Palm. Chris Palm fills his sketchbooks with expressionistic, pop-surreal characters. Hallie Sanclemente Morrison is known for her torn paper collage paintings. Julie Mars works in woven bead mosaics on salvaged mirrors, glass, and other items..
After getting familiar with each other’s work online we had a Zoom call a couple of days after being teamed up. During that meeting we agreed to approach the work in layers. Chris agreed to go out of his comfort zone and enlarge one of his tree drawings on the base layer. Hallie would go in on layer two and work her magic with her torn paper paintings. Julie’s work is dimensional so it had to go somewhere on top. After the Zoom meeting, we didn’t have a fleshed-out composition in mind. Hallie and Julie would improvise when it was their turn.
Over the next few days, we had a few emails back and forth about acquiring a panel and we all loved it when Hallie offered to cut it down into a curvilinear shape. Then the panel went to Chris who primed it and set about enlarging the sketch he made for the project, then sent a photo of the result.
We live far from each other and have job and family obligations, so we shared photos of the work in progress by email. Hallie shared the first photo of her layer in progress. It was shaping up to be a meticulously crafted, impressionistic late Fall sunset landscape.
About her work, Hallie Sanclemente Morrison says,
“My torn-paper collage approach is usually very abstract-- so it was a treat to work more figuratively via this collaboration--with Chris Palm, The King of Cross-Hatching, and Julie Mars, a beautiful bead-working artist, whom I have admired for a while. The concept behind the exhibition resonates with a community healing method I've taught for a couple of years: Spontaneous Creation Making. So, I've enjoyed the fun, nonjudgmental spirit of the project-- and I know it'll inspire other means for communal connections, for Elgin and beyond."
Hallie got a bad cold and asked Julie for as much time as possible. During those few days, Julie suggested that we call the piece “Winter is Coming.” Julie had a mass of ice crystal and snowflake shapes on hand that would work for that theme, if the others agreed. The others agreed to the name. Hallie and Julie met on Black Friday morning to hand off the piece.
Julie Mars explains –
“We were really coming down to the wire, so I was crossing my fingers that Chris and Hallie would be okay with tying the piece together with a “Winter is Coming” theme. If I had another week, I would have consulted with them about tinting and toning the tree a bit. This was a creatively enriching and stimulating project. I enjoyed the comradery of working with two other creative people and the white-knuckle ride of artistic improvisation.”
Chris Palm describes how this wasn’t his first art rodeo –
“This is my second collaborative effort with Side Street and both have been enjoyable. While my last collaboration was with someone very similar to myself, this time, our three mediums could not have been more varied. While at first I thought our differing styles would have been a possible obstacle in our creative process, we were all very much on the same page with what we were envisioning and I am happy beyond words with the final result. It’s been a joy and an honor to work with my fellow artists.”
,It was such a delight to interview the Best in Show award winner from the Addison Art Guild's Fall 2022 Members' Show. I love painting and drawing of all kind, but it was so refreshing that the judge, Benjamin Calvert III, recognizes that alternative media can be art too. I am obviously not one to dismiss works made with traditional "craft" media as just craft and not art. Here, Margherita has created an original design, "The Teacher" and executed it with embroidery on linen. I am so happy that fiber art has come into its own.
I am working with two other artists on a collaborative art project for a show called Bits and Pieces produced by Side Street Studio Arts. Chris Palm is the first artist. He tends to sketch in a sketchbook most of the time. He has agreed to enlarge one of his drawings onto this large panel. I like his line work. I think we all agreed that his drawing would be a great first layer.
The other artist is Hallie Sanclemente Morrison. Her website is here: https://halliemorrison.myportfolio.com .
She is going to use her beautiful torn paper technique on the middle layer. She cut the 36x48" thrift store art panel that I found into this curvilinear shape, gessoed it and gave it to Chris. Chris did a couple of more layers of gesso, then started DRAWING.
I am super grateful and proud of Chris for working much larger than he is used to.
I am feeling a lot of suspense. I have no idea what direction Hallie is going to go! As soon as I get an inkling for what she is going to do, I have to sit on my hands. I will probably add beads on top, but, again, that depends on what the other two have done. I might paint. I might add found objects. No idea at this point.
I admire Dorothy Bury Shaw a lot. She is a truly gracious and deep person and her artwork reflects that.
It was such a pleasure working on Dorothy's solo show at the Addison Center for the Arts in October 2022. Visitors had a lot of the same questions about her work. Dorothy answers them for us here.
CALL FOR ARTISTS!
Artists are encouraged to sign up to be part of a public collaborative artwork at the Addison Public Library. The Library and their Artist in Residence, Antonia Ruppert, need 12 local artists for “The Faces of Addison” project. Each artist will be paired with a prominent resident of Addison to paint a 12” x 12” portrait of them. If you are concerned like me that you are not a portrait artist, they’ve got us covered! Ms. Ruppert and the Library will be taking pictures of your resident and transferring the image to the 12” x 12” watercolor panel. We just need to flesh out the photo transfer in our own style. The Library will provide watercolor crayons, pencils, the panels, and Omicron markers for you to use. You can bring your own art kit too. You will be creating the piece within a 2 or 3-hour block of time.
You have three dates to choose from to make a Faces of Addison portrait:
Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 1 to 4 pm.
Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.
Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 5 to 7 pm.
The work of 12 portraits will be displayed as part of the permanent art collection of the Addison Public Library. It’s a great opportunity!
Contact Jodi Gianakopoulos, the Adult Services Associate at the Addison Public Library to sign up at 630.458.3320. Check addisonlibrary.org for more information about the Faces of Addison and other projects led by Antonia Ruppert for this exciting artist residency.
Antonia Ruppert's website is here: https://www.antoniaruppert.com
You can get more information about all of Antonia Ruppert's artist residency projects here:
Applying to this show is a bit of a stretch because my work doesn't really highlight specific people. They are definitely circles of light in which you can see your form subtly reflected back at you. I will leave it up to the curator. JAM
Circle of Light: Halos in Contemporary Art. An online Artsy exhibition examining the use of the halo as a symbol in contemporary art. The halo has become a widely recognized design feature in art due to its frequent association with divinity, importance, and purity. These days, contemporary artists may use this symbol to imply a wide range of thoughts and meanings, not just religious ones. The halo over a person's head in a portrait suggests a distinct way to relate to that individual. Exploring contemporary uses for an ancient visual symbol will be a fascinating experience. Curated by Sergio Gomez
"Halo, also called nimbus, in art, radiant circle or disk surrounding the head of a holy person, a representation of spiritual character through the symbolism of light. In Hellenistic and Roman art the sun-god Helios and Roman emperors often appear with a crown of rays. Because of its pagan origin, the form was avoided in Early Christian art, but a simple circular nimbus was adopted by Christian emperors for their official portraits. From the middle of the 4th century, Christ was also shown with this imperial attribute, as was his symbol, the Lamb of God, from the end of the 4th century. In the 5th century it was sometimes given to angels, but it was not until the 6th century that the halo became customary for the Virgin Mary and other saints. For a period during the 5th century, living persons of eminence were depicted with a square nimbus. The halo is also found in Buddhist art of India, appearing from the late 3rd century CE. It is believed that the motif was brought to the East by Greek invaders." -- Brittanica Encyclopedia (https://www.britannica.com/art/halo-art)
The online exhibition runs from January 1 to 31, 2023.
No Submission FeesThere are NO fees whatsoever to submit or participate.
Selection ProcessThe exhibition will be curated exclusively online. Selections are final. Submissions deadline November 18, 2022. Curated by Sergio Gomez.
Art SalesAll works must be available for sale by 33 Contemporary. Works already sold are not eligible for this exhibition. Art sales and inquires will be handled by 33 Contemporary Gallery from the date acceptance to the end of the show. There is a 50% commission for any art sales.
Participation RulesBy submitting your art to us, you grant 33 Contemporary Gallery permission to publish your work online and social media for exhibition and marketing purposes. All artwork will be attributed to the artist. We will not collect or handle any physical work of art. By participating, you certify that you are the rightful owner of the art and that it does not infringe in any copyright violations.
ImagesSince this is an online show, images MUST be clear, properly cropped and not showing anything outside the art or frame. Do not include frame in the photograph unless it is part of the work. Blurry, low quality and bad images will be automatically disqualified.
SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: Friday, November 18, 2022.
Ready to Submit?COPY AND PASTE THE INFO BELOW IN YOUR EMAIL SUBMISSION. One email per image and maximum of two email submissions. Any additional submission or submissions with missing information will be disqualified.
NAME EMAIL SUBJECT: Circle of Light
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The Norris Gallery will host “Embracing Texture” as its Winter 2023 public exhibit. The exhibit will be on public display Saturday, January 14, through Sunday, February 19, 2023. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free.
Artists are invited to submit for judging as many as three original works in any 2D or 3D media that depict and/or incorporate texture. Entry deadline is November 1, 2022.
Submitted works must be original in concept and execution (no reproductions or giclees), and not previously displayed in the Norris Gallery.
Call The Norris for more information – 630-584-7200.
Norris Gallery committee invites artists to submit up to three original pieces for consideration in the winter juried show called Embracing Texture. Artists are invited to enter artwork such as but not limited to Collages, Assemblages, Fiber, Fabric, Embossing, Impasto Paintings, Ceramics, Sculpture, Jewelry.
- Entry deadline: Sunday, November 11, 2022
- Artists notified of status of entries: by end of November.
- Accepted work drop-off date: Monday, January 9, 2023 (schedule to be worked out with artists.
- ALL WORK MUST BE FOR SALE-Originals only-No reproductions or giclees
- Check Norris website for additional requirements- www.norrisculturalarts.com
- Show dates: January 14 through February 19, 2023 (gallery hours: Thursdays through Sundays, 11 am - 4 pm)
- Reception and awards presentation: Sunday, January 22, 2-4pm
- Work pick-up date: Monday, February 20, 2023 (schedule will be worked out with artists)
- All work must be able to be dropped off at the gallery.
Update December 1, 2022.
I received an acceptance letter in the mail today. The jurors selected "Arctic Ice Sheet" for the exhibit. Drop off is on Monday January 9 by appointment between noon and 4 pm.
Above: Skull made by Haroshi out of broken skateboard decks.
I used to collect art and political manifestos. But after the introduction of the internet and starting a family, I couldn't keep up with the proliferation of ideologies. For some, every tweet is a manifesto so I will take that to heart and keep this brief as well. A micro-manifesto, if you will.
Many, many artists, my self included, have come to the conclusion that if we are going to make something let's reuse cast off or pre-owned materials. The Tate's website defines assemblage as "art that is made by assembling disparate elements—often everyday objects—scavenged by the artist or bought specially." Some artists like the sense of nostalgia and history in old items. Others enjoy the raw textures of Art Brut and oxidized patinas of Arte Povera. In the last couple of decades, though, an increasing number of artists has realized that to consume new materials in the creation of art contributes to environmental harm. They seek to create bodies of sustainable, post-consumerism work.
With that choice, comes the ick factor that surrounds cast off materials as unwanted waste and garbage. People don't want to see art made out of packaging. That stuff is only fit for landfills! Overcoming this prejudice is where the artist's challenge lies. The artist is tasked with taking cast off materials and refining them into something psychologically, socially, and environmentally valuable. Artists that can do this are tantamount to alchemists.
I am not there yet. My work is a combination of used items, some pre-owned beads and thread, and a lot of new beads. I design my work for public display, but I also want it to be pleasant to live and work with, as well as aesthetically enriching.
Other artists, though, are working with some really rough and maligned materials. There are a lot of artists working with cast off packaging. Most of them are pure environmental artists. They are open-minded and I really respect them. Their work is not always meant to be nice to live with. Sometimes it is solely meant to be displayed publicly and to communicate serious existential threats to life on on Earth—including ourselves—created by ourselves.
Here are some assemblage alchemists and their works made out of trash. I hope these examples help you feel a little more appreciation for fine art made out of humble materials. It's important that we don't overlook it just because the art materials are humble.
First up, Jason Rogenes makes futuristic backlit sculptures out of styrofoam. The lighting is where the magic happens.
El Anatsui from Ghana makes sculptures out of scrap packaging. Africans are good at using everything. I'm guessing it's because they haven't been hammered as much with advertising about the ideals of the disposable consumer lifestyle. Just a guess from an ignorant American. (You are welcome to let me know how ignorant in the comments.)
Angela Haseltine Pozzi collected plastic objects off the beach and created public sculptures of sea creatures out of them. The plastic in the ocean is being eaten by the fish that we, in turn, eat. This is neither appetizing or healthy for anybody in the food chain.
I love assemblage made from cast-off or pre-owned items. I could go on and on listing more artists. I'd love to see examples of your favorite assemblage artists. Tell me about them in the comments!
Julie Mars' current events, projects, & inspirations.