Dec 3rd 2021

The Riverside Arts Center is pleased to present tandem solo exhibitions – Stephanie Brooks’ exhibition “Obstacles and Intimacies” and Liz Chilsen’s exhibition “Messengers” in the Freeark Gallery and Sculpture Garden. This is part of RAC’s Spotlight Exhibition series which highlights artists who are a part of the RAC community.

Join us for a special evening opening on Friday, December 3rd during the Riverside Holiday Stroll. We will be serving hot beverages in the Sculpture Garden, artworks priced for unique gift-giving, and a pop-up shop with work from RAC teachers.

Exhibition continues through January 8, 2022
32 East Quincy Street, Riverside, IL


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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