Jun 23rd 2012

“Ways of Making” National Juried Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: June 4 – 23, 2012
Closing Reception: Saturday June 23, 2012 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with remarks at 6

Aaron Ott, curator, Elmhurst Art Museum
Jason Foumberg, art section editor and columnist, Newcity; freelance writer and critic (Frieze, Modern Painters, Photograph, and Sculpture magazines; Department of Prints and Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago.

29 Artists:
Anthony Adcock, Hickory Hills, IL
Joanne Aono, Chicago, IL
Cousandra Armstrong, Matteson, IL
Roymieco A. Carter, Greensboro, NC
Margie Glass Sula, Morris, IL
JK Hanacek, Crete, IL
Riley Henderson, Riverside, IL
JiMao, Chicago, IL
Doreen Johnson, Oak Park, IL
Cydney M. Lewis, Chicago, IL
Casey Lowrey, Newman, IL
Florence Alfano McEwin, Rock Springs, WY
Allen Moore, Robbins, IL
Judith Mullen, Chicago, IL
Sarah Nishiura, Chicago, IL
Jody Oesterreicher, Chicago, IL
Eric Penington, West Lafayette, IN
Esther E. Randall, Richmond, KY
Luis Sahagun, Chicago Heights, IL
Beth Shadur, Highland Park, IL
Chris D. Smith, Chicago, IL
Yvette Kaiser Smith, Chicago, IL
Stuart Ross Snider, Tucson, AZ
Raquel Stallworth, Chicago, IL
Michelle Stone, Evanston, IL
Michele Thrane, Arlington Heights, IL
Jennifer Traff and Brian Espel, Chicago, IL
Erin Waser, Chicago, IL
Marjorie Woodruff, Chicago, IL

Jeff Stevenson, Director of the Visual Art Gallery organized the national juried competition “Ways of Making” to further explore a theme that has connected a series of exhibitions in the campus gallery at Governors State University. The exhibition series focuses on art making media taught in the art program and includes work on paper, photography, painting, sculpture and digital media. The national juried show “Ways of Making” includes work that emphasizes materials and techniques as they pertain to subject and content.

The distinguished jurors were presented with nearly 130 entries with the task of selecting work that best fit the exhibition theme and would fit within the constraints of the gallery space. 29 artists’ works were selected including 2 and 3 dimensional work, videos, installations, and nearly every medium imaginable.

“It is very exciting to have video pieces and three dimensional work included in this year’s show”, said Jeff Stevenson. “Aaron and Jason did such an excellent job of choosing work that is so wide ranging in style and yet there is a cohesive look to the show that is just going to be a knock out when it all comes together”.

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