Jun 14th 2019

Undercurrents & Inside/Outside

@ The Art Center Highland Park

1957 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035

Opening Friday, June 14th, from 5:30PM - 7:30PM

On view through Saturday, August 3rd

Join us for the exhibition opening of Undercurrents: works by Michelle Stone & Susan Smith Trees and Inside/Outside. Friday, June 14, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm.

The Art Center Highland Park (TACHP) exhibits work that breaks down the boundaries of inside and outside. As space can be defined by a physical separation, without or beyond an enclosure, artists here redefine the confines of what constitutes inside and outside. A physical wall, a border, or skin are forms that outline and delineate between inside and outside, acting as protection. Our skin protects us from germs, our homes protect us from weather. However, when we think metaphysically or spiritually, how do we describe those separations? In this compilation of artists, juried by Michelle Stone & Susan Smith Trees, the work represents the ability to break down barriers, revealing what is both inside and outside, blurring the delineations between them. Guest jurors: Susan Smith Trees and Michelle Stone (images above)

Congratulations to artists:

Jeff Baenen, Heather Brammeier, Susan Chertkow, Eva Marie Fitzsimmons, Jeanne Garrett, Lauren Geenen, Lisa Holzl, Suzanne Horwitz, Judith Joseph, Alexis Kanarek, Jill Kolker, Mary Krebs Smyth, Mara Krumins, Jacqueline Moses, Scott A. Mossman, Daniel Oliver, Raul Ortiz, Emily Papale, Lewis Rice, Lilach Schrag, Anne Smith Stephan, Jane Stevens, Kevin Swallow, Mark Charles Weidling

Composer Christopher Birnbaum: Announcing original music inspired by the artwork & theme.

Susan Smith Trees is a sculptor who has exhibited throughout the United States for the past 25 years. She is known for creating installations, wall reliefs, and floor works in a wide range of materials including thermoplastic, polyurethene, cast bronze and resin. Trees has won numerous awards including the Artists Program Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and commissions from the Open Lands Association of Lake Forest, Il. She has been represented by Gallery H in Three Oaks, Michigan and her work has appeared in “Calculated Leap” by Teresa Devine, “Sculpture Invasion 2016” published by the Koehnline Museum of Art, and “Strong Exhibits for a February Spring” the Paul Klein Art Letter. Her sculptures and drawings are included in private collections throughout the United States. She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. susansmithtrees.com

Michelle Stone is a veteran Chicago artist, best known for her constructed, impasto, painted, acrylic sculptures. Stone builds hybrid shapes hovering between figure and abstraction. Various sized forms crawl on walls, and floors, at times developing into elaborate installations and menageries. In addition to sculpture, she creates portraits, paintings, and drawings that explore relationships, evolving along a wide spectrum of the human condition. Stone has shown widely, is affiliated with Ceres Gallery, NYC, Chicago Sculpture International, and Dialogue Chicago, has a studio in Chicago with Cornelia Building Artists, and lives in Chicago. michellestoneart.com

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