Amy Babinec is a painter from Southern Illinois whose work focuses on how memory is embedded and embodied in places and objects. She paints as a response to sensual stimuli in the landscape and its state of being, recording the moment and sounding the depths of the past. She knows just enough archaeology to be dangerous and can usually be found trespassing as part of her artistic practice. Babinec is full-time faculty and Department Chair in the Art Department at South Suburban College, a community college south of Chicago. Babinec received her MFA from the University of Chicago, MA in art history and archaeology from the University of Maryland at College Park, and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has appeared in exhibitions nationwide.
George Liebert is a painter, printmaker, and teacher based in Chicago. Liebert examines the longing for, and alienation from nature. Beginning with traditional plein air studies, then filtering them through digital processes and producing print media, Liebert incorporates these images into his paintings. Education also plays a critical role in his practice. with teaching and studio practice supporting one another.
Liebert has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the Painting and Drawing and Print Media and formerly in the First Year Program (now Contemporary Practices) Departments, He has taught in a semester abroad program in San Miguel de Allende, GTO Mexico and at Korea University in the International Summer Campus for SAIC.
Liebert was the Resident Director and Associate Program Director for Ox Bow Summer School of Painting in Saugatuck, Michigan from 1989 until 2003. After his departure, Ox Bow established an endowed scholarship in his name to honor his achievement as an artist and teacher.