October 16 – December 21, 2017 Artist’s reception will be held October 26, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm
The State Street Gallery is pleased to announce its fall exhibition, Connections, highlighting the work of over 30 artists and artisans living and working in Illinois. The juried collection is largely tactile and three dimensional. A variety of ceramic techniques and applications will be represented including the unique Saggar firing, the soulful expressive figures of Robin Power, the imaginative and blooming plants of Sharon Bladholm and the fun and funky tiles of Jason Messinger. Contemporary will connect with traditional in a vast array of media including blown and fused glass, photography, textiles, oil painting, paper maché. Work from well-known Illinois Artisans members (formerly with the Illinois State Museum) will include the graceful curves of forged steel by Roberta Elliott, and vivid landscape paintings by Didier Nolet. The exhibition will continue to evolve with a sculpture-in-progress by the ever entertaining and inventive Alan Emerson Hicks.
This is the 5th curated exhibition hosted by the galleries of Robert Morris University that celebrate the vast talents of artists and artisans living and working in Illinois.
Featured artists and artisans include: Sharon Bladholm, William Butler, Michelle Coakes, Michael Coakes, Kass Copeland, Sharon Davie-Barrett, Tammy Deck, Roberta Elliott, Deborah Fell, Alan Emerson Hicks, Sarah Kaiser, Ginny Lee, Anne Leuck, Patty Kochaver, Mays Mayhew, Eugenia Meltzer, Jason Messinger, Heather McQueen, Didier Nolet, Dennis O’Malley, Nancy Pirri, Robin Power, Michelle Rial, Mary Russell, John Scarborough, Beth Shadur, Laurie Shaman, Hugh Spector, Jim Spizzo, Mary Watson, Nina Weiss, James Wilbat, and Shelley Wright.
In addition to the works on display in the exhibition, smaller hand-crafted items by the featured artists will be available for immediate purchase in the ArtMart section of the State Street Gallery.
ConnectionsSelect Work by Illinois Artists and Artisans will be open October 16 and will run through December 21, 2017. The artists’ reception will be held on October 26 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. The gallery is located on Robert Morris University’s Chicago campus, 401 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605. It is open Monday – Thursday, 10am – 6pm. It is free and open to the public.
Contact Shelley LaMantia-Wright for further information 773-844-1717