Jun 13th 2021

Dorothy Graden: Liminal Spaces: Meet the Artist

@ Evanston Art Center

1717 Central St, Evanston, IL 6020

Opening Sunday, June 13th, from 1PM - 4PM

On view through Sunday, July 11th

The Evanston Art Center is pleased to invite the public to the opening of Dorothy Graden: Liminal Spaces!

The artist will be present during the event. Registration is required. Sign up via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-artist-dorothy-graden-liminal-spaces-in-person-tickets-153026914621

Time slots to view the exhibition are as follows:
Sunday, June 13, 2021
1:00pm – 2:00pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm

NOTE: There will be a hybrid in-person / virtual Artist Talk with Dorothy Graden taking place from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Please register separately for the 2pm Artist Talk: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-talk-dorothy-graden-liminal-spaces-hybrid-in-person-virtual-tickets-153024920657

The safety and security of gallery staff and visitors is essential. A limited number of visitors will be allowed in the gallery space at the same time. ALL visitors are required to wear masks and take their temperature upon entry using provided gloves, and share results with an EAC staff member. Please adhere to 6′ social distancing requirements when in the gallery space.

Dorothy Graden is a contemporary artist whose art is inspired by Ancient Visions, prehistoric art of the Americas. Her mission is to bring awareness of these amazing places and to promote preservation and protection of ancestral sites on this continent, most of which are considered sacred to Native Americans. For over 30 years she has been traveling through the American west to photograph and draw prehistoric rock art. These rock art images were incised, pecked, abraded and painted on cave and canyon walls and boulders. Rock Art has been found on every continent except Antarctica. Some sites are 30,000 years old.

As all artists, Dorothy is inspired by personal experiences. She has explored the world of the seas scuba diving with her family. And a recent trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya influences her palette with colors of the savannah. Ms Graden pulls and pigments cotton rag in the paper studio and then applies mixed media to create her art. Often, images emerge from the paper as she works and her technique is a truly creative process. Ms Graden has presented her field work on rock art at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow at University College Cork, Ireland and at the University of Innsbruck in Austria (2014). Her photographs have been published in the Theosophical Society’s journal, Quest. She also presents, lectures and exhibits her drawings and ceramic sculptures at various venues throughout the Midwest and the Chicago area.

She draws with great admiration, respect and humility for the ancients who inspire her work. She is also available for presentations.
Dorothy’s art has been inspired by extensive research, hiking and traveling to deserts in Utah, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Colorado. Underwater art inspiration has come from scuba diving in global locations such as Fiji Islands, Hawaii, the southern Caribbean and Mexico.

Ms. Graden was represented by the ANN NATHAN GALLERY IN CHICAGO until Ann’s retirement in 2016. Thank you Ann for your years of dedication to the Art World.

For more information about the preservation and protection of ancestral sites visit ARARA (American Rock Art Research Association) and Bear Ears National Monument websites.

Dorothy Graden: Liminal Spaces will be exhibited in the second floor and atrium gallery of the Art Center from June 5 – July 11, 2021. The Meet the Artist and Artist Talk events are free and open to the public. This exhibition is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the EAC’s general membership.

Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and
expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative
instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and
community outreach initiatives.

Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours:
1pm – 6pm, Monday – Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday; 9am – 4pm, Sunday. First and second floor
gallery spaces are accessible. Limited free parking is available.

Due to COVID-19 protocol, when arriving at the EAC during our Gallery Hours, all visitors are required to wear masks and take their temperature upon entry using provided gloves, and share results with an EAC staff member. Please adhere to 6′ social distancing requirements when in the gallery space.

For more information, please visit us online at www.evanstonartcenter.org or contact Cara Feeney,
Director of Exhibitions, at (847) 475-5300 or cfeeney@evanstonartcenter.org.

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