Jan 8th 2022

Please join the Riverside Arts Center for an artist talk with Liz Chilsen on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 2pm. This talk will be held in person and via zoom. Following the artist talk we will hold a closing reception from 3-6pm.

Artist Talk: Liz Chilsen
Saturday, January 8, 2022, 2-3pm

Join us in person:
32 E. Quincy St., Riverside, IL, 60546

or via Zoom:

This talk accompanies Liz Chilsen’s exhibition “Messengers” in the Freeark Gallery. Closing Reception follows the artist talk from 3-6pm.

Exhibition runs through January 8, 2021
Remaining Viewing Hours:
Wednesday, December 29: 1-5pm
Thursday, December 31: 1-5pm
Friday, December 31: 1-4pm
Thursday, January 6: 1-5pm
Friday, January 7: 1-5pm
Saturday January 8: 1-6pm
Masks and social distancing required

Liz Chilsen is a Chicago-area artist, educator and arts administrator. Her work explores connections between human spirit and physical place. She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally, and her work is held at Detroit Institute of Arts, Wisconsin Historical Society, Nicaragua Cultural Center, the University of Illinois’ Comer Archive, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography among others. She has received awards and honors including an Individual Artist Fellowship from IL Arts Council, an IL Humanities Bicentennial Action Grant, residencies at Ragdale Foundation, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, and The Center program at Hyde Park Art Center. Chilsen holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College and a Bachelor of Science in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is Director of “Lessons of Place”, a photographic study of endangered places funded by Illinois Humanities, and is a Teaching Artist with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) in Chicago Public Schools. She joined RAC in 2019, first as Director of the FlexSpace and now, as Executive Director.


Artist Statement
These works are part of my ongoing exploration of place, and connection to ancestral time, love and loss. Each piece is a container of mystery and promise. For the smoke-fired pieces, I hold firings at ancestral and family homes, I use fire and light transforming mud into glass. These fires are fueled with things from my collections and surroundings, such as leaves and seeds from my daily walks, lists and notes from my parents and loved ones, newspapers containing family obituaries and biographies, and other precious ephemera. Burning releases life to feed life.


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