Jan 16th 2022

Please join the Riverside Arts Center for the opening reception of “The Bigger the Fear and Despair” a two-person exhibition with Mayumi Lake and Stacia Yeapanis in RAC’s FlexSpace on Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Each artist reflects upon personal experiences in creating their colorful assemblages and installations.

Riverside Arts Center’s FlexSpace
32 East Quincy Street, Riverside, Illinois 60546

Opening Reception
Sunday, January 16, 2022, 3-6 PM

Proof of Vaccination, masks, and social distancing required. The Riverside Arts Center follows Public Health requirements and guidelines for safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Artists Talk
Saturday, January 22, 2022, 2 PM
In-person and via zoom

Exhibition runs into March, 2022
Viewing Hours:
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 1 – 5 PM

Mayumi Lake is a Chicago-based artist, originally from Japan. Her installations, photography and video art have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Yoshinaga Gallery (New York), Chicago Artists Coalition, Witzenhausen Gallery (Netherlands), and Cornelius Pleser Galerie (Germany) as well as in numerous group exhibitions including Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Carrie Secrist Gallery (Chicago), and Paci Contemporary (Italy). Lake is the recipient of several grants from Chicago’s DCASE, the Illinois Arts Council, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Residencies include The Chicago Artists’ Coalition Hatch and Bolt, Roger Brown, Skowhegan, and a residency in Krems, Austria. In addition, she has published two monographs from Nazraeli Press. Her art is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Asia Society, and Facebook. Lake holds an M.F.A and B.F.A. in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Stacia Yeapanis is a Chicago-based, interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer. She explores the relationship between repetition, desire, suffering and impermanence in cross-stitch embroideries, remix videos, temporary collages and improvised, sculptural installations. Yeapanis is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at SAIC, where she earned her MFA in 2006 and won a Marion Kryczka Excellence in Teaching Award in 2020. Her first monograph was published jointly by Aperture and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in 2009. Yeapanis was a 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence and a 2012-2013 Mentor-in- Residence at Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s BOLT Residency. Her solo exhibitions include shows at Siena Heights University (Michigan 2013), Heaven Gallery (Chicago 2014), Indianapolis Art Center (Indianapolis 2017), Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery (Palos Hills, Illinois 2018) and Kent State, Stark (North Canton, Ohio 2019), Finlandia University (Hancock, Michigan 2020) and Material Exhibitions (Chicago, 2021). Stacia was the Spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence at Zócalo Apartments in Houston, TX.


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