Friday, December 28, 2007

“Clearing Your Conscience Is On Sale Now!”

a performance by Nicole Gruter reflecting on the legacy of yesterday’s and today’s troops through dirty laundry and song.

Friday, January 11, 7pm
Artcore Brewery Annex
650 A South Avenue 21
Los Angeles, CA 90031

LA Artcore's Brewery Annex is easily accessed off the Golden State I-5 Freeway.

Gruter is a performance artist whose work over the last 15 years has incorporated elements of voice, duration, spoken word, video, installation, and sound. Gruter's subject matters range from political satire, family immigration, hoarding, operatic arias, and Dutch butter cake. She resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

This performance is in conjunction with German artist Roger Rigorth’s “Personal Geography” exhibit.

Gallery Hours are:
Thursday through Sunday
Noon to 4 p.m.
By appointment only.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Radio Intvw. with local artist Renee McGinnis

Matt Cunningham, of WBEZ 91.5 fm, has taped an interview with Chicago artist Renee McGinnis about her current exhibition at Packer Schopf. The program airs this friday Dec.21 between 9 and 10am and again at the 4:00 hour.

A more in depth interview will be available on the WBEZ website.

To view the complete exhibition go to
and click Renee McGinnis on the home page.

Show closes January 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Empirical Eternity | new paintings by Renee McGinnis

Packer Schopf Gallery

Exhibition Dates: November 30 to January 5
Artist’s Reception: Friday, November 30th 6 – 9 PM

This event is free and open to the public.

Renee McGinnis’ Empirical Eternity presents the ominous and its positive aftermath, the overgrown. Impending disasters, painted with a luscious hand, confound the viewer. What is made in that factory and what event led to this huge billowing cloud of smoke? Why do these power plants look like they are about to burst into flame? And who set the wheels in motion for all of this to happen? These are the questions McGinnis sets in motion with these allegorical paintings. They serve as beautiful warnings to us all, speaking visually about humanity, triumph, and tragedy and how these conditions co-exist.

The Palace Floor series takes this ominous tone and turns it on its head. She shifts to the future long after a cataclysm has occurred. Organic topiaries now surround obsolete man made monoliths. A lush hyper-green landscape, with cracks like mud cracks in a drought, is painted like a seductive mosaic floor. This is the antidote for the disasters, covering these segments of earth in all manner of lush vegetation, growth and hope. Once useful and glorified temples of progress, they now seem to haunt us with their mysteriously manicured grounds.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Artists at Work Forum

"What is Public Art, Anyway?"
Thursday October 18, 2007, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington
Admission free.

The City of Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, McCormick Place, and the Art Institute of Chicago's Ferguson Fund are the major agencies that commission permanent public art in Chicago. Kevin Nance, Critic at Large for the Chicago Sun-Times, talks with representatives from these entities about their funding and artist selection processes, conservation issues, and future plans.

Panelists include: Elizabeth Kelley, Director of the City of Chicago's Public Art Program, Amy Malick, Arts in Transit, Chicago Transit Authority; Jack Johnson, former chief of External Relations for Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (McCormick Place), and Barbara Hall, Senior Conservator of Objects at the Art Institute of Chicago, who will discuss the Ferguson Fund.

Artist at Work Forums are available as podcasts on Chicago Artists Resource. Click here for more info.

Save the date -- Upcoming Artists at Work Forums
November 15 -- Get Out of Town! Gallery Representation Outside Chicago
with Ruth Lopez of Time Out Chicago with artists Nick Cave, Jeanne Dunning, Mayumi Lake and Lincoln Schatz.

35th Anniversary of Feminist Art

“Opening Doors: Women in Art, 1972-2007” on Sunday, November 11, 2007, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center of American University, located on Ward Circle at Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Free admission and free parking under the building.

Panel discussion moderated by Josephine Withers with Judy Byron, HIRO, Victoria Reis, and Joyce J. Scott, with audience participation. Sponsored by the Washington, D.C., chapters of the Women’s Caucus for Art and ArtTable to coincide with two important anniversary exhibitions on view in Washington: "Claiming Space- Some American Feminist Originators”, November 6, 2007 to January 27, 2008 at the American University Museum in the Katzen Arts Center, and “WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution”, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts from September 21 to December 16, 2007.

WCA members from around the country are offered a place to stay with WCA/DC members if you wish to participate in these events! Contact Barbara Wolanin at

Next CWCA Planning Meeting

The National Conference for WCA and the College Art Association comes to Chicago in 2010. Get involved with your Chicago Chapter no to help plan for the future of YOUR organization!

The next meeting takes place on Sunday, November 11 at 3pm. Location TBA.

WOMEN ARTISTS OF INDIA: “Tiger by the Tail”

Brandeis University, Boston will be holding an exhibition, “Tiger by the Tail! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture” from October 2-December 14, 2007. The work of seventeen contemporary Indian women artists workingin a variety of media will be on display. There is a 125-page catalog to the exhibition, a two-day international symposium, opening and closing receptions, and a number of other events. The Opening Reception begins at 5:30 on October 2nd; the symposium takes place October 2nd from 9 am-3 pm and October 3rd from 8 am-4 pm.

“India has emerged as a vital and formidable global presence. With this comes the meteoric rise of the country’s vanguard art practice and urban visual culture,” said Dr. Elinor Gadon, a resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, co-curator of the exhibition and recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art. “One of the most significant developments over the last 30 years has been the emerging prominence of self-conscious female artists willing to challenge social norms.” (read more in WCA Fall Newsletter)

Dallas in 2008!


Our National Board and the Dallas Fort-Worth Chapter are working hard on a great line up of activities for February 2008 in Dallas Texas, full details will be available in the Fall newsletter you will receive by mid-October, also check the web site for updated information.

Support the Lifetime Achievement Awards
You can go directly to our website to buy your dinner tickets and raffle tickets. Consider organizing a table of friends from your chapter to sit together and support our guests of honor at your table.

SAVE THE DATES: February 21 - 25, 2008
Westin City Center, Dallas, Texas

Thursday: JWAN Exhibit opening (Women’s Museum)
Friday: Joint CAA Panels, Women's Committee Awards, special evening
receptions (various galleries)
Saturday: Day: Chapter’s Council meeting, Panels
Evening: Lifetime Achievement Awards
Sunday: Chapters Council, Dallas Conference and National Juried Exhibit
reception (Fort Worth and Arlington)
Monday: WCA National Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Audio Archive - Artists at Work Forums, Creative Chicago Expo, Conversations on Creativity

New audio recordings of Artists at Work Forums and the Creative Chicago Expo are now available for listening or download. You can listen to Forums, Workshops and Conversations on Creativity here -- or download them to your mp3 player.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Jeanine Hill-Soldner :: An Artist Profile on PBS

Jeanine Hill-Soldner is an award winning artist from Algonquin, IL. She began painting at the age of 12 and training at 15. She holds several University degrees in art. Her acclaimed body of work, “Memories of an Era, Reflections of Our Time” tell the story of her family’s experience during the Vietnam War while her Dad, a U.S. Marine, was involved in the early ground assault of the War in 1965 and did a second tour of duty in 1969. Ms. Hill-Soldner has created a number of large format oil paintings that span more than 245 square feet. These paintings engage the viewer in a visual dialogue that seems to touch on a new level of seeing, and understanding of the effects that war can have on families.

The PBS Real Simple crew interviewed the artist in her home, visited her studio and filmed the entire “Memories of an Era” exhibition in the Sage Gallery at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake. These beautiful paintings represents over 7 years of intensive work, where the artist depicts the War through the eyes of a child. This work processes a global relevance that spans generation’s cultures and time.

PBS Real Simple Television, WTTW Channel 11 and WYCC Channel 20 (16 cable)

Don't miss the program airing on Saturday June 23, 2007
WTTW channel 11: 3: 00 p. m.
WYCC channel 20: 3:30 p. m.

Sunday, June 03, 2007


Just wanted to remind everyone the Cool Globes Project is on display in Chicago.

Attached is Ginny Syke's Globe. Congratulations Ginny and everyone who worked on this piece. Came out beautifully.