Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Tenure-track Position: Assistant Professor of Graphic Design/Interactive Design

Department of Art/Graphic Design Program: Tenure-track Assistant Professor. Responsibilities include teaching and advising in graphic design at the undergraduate level, with opportunity for graduate teaching; creative work and research requirements consistent with tenure expectations; and service requirements such as committee work, facility supervision, and/or administration of the program.

Candidate should have a strong interactive focus. Advanced skills in interactive design are required, including work in various types of interfaces (web, tablet, smart phone). Required expertise in computer programs for graphic and interactive design, and programming skills. MFA or equivalent required for start date of 8/2012 (MFA as of 12/2012 considered). Desire: Professional experience in the field, teaching experience, working knowledge of time-based/video software, and contribution to diversity.

Send a letter of interest including contact information with email; vitae; contact information for three references; examples of recent work and examples of student work (in a digital format); statement of teaching philosophy via email to Helen Armstrong, For more information about the graphic design program please visit Screening of applications begins January 8, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

Miami University is an EOE/AA employer with smoke-free campuses. Right to Know—Consumer information Hard copy upon request.

Opportunities for Our New Professor Include:

—help to build a new MFA program in graphic design.

—assist with the continuing evolution of the undergraduate BFA and a new undergraduate minor.

—work closely with the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, a transdisciplinary program at Miami University that examines how digital media is disrupting traditional disciplines.

—access to cutting edge technology and equipment, such as the rapid prototyping lab (a 3D Printer, 3D Scanner, Laser Cutter, Plasma Cutter, and Prototyping Mill), as well as the John Smale Visualization Center (a suite of 3D and visualization tools including an immersive virtual reality cube (CAVE-like system), hologram wall, immersa-desk, portable 3D projection system, and more.)

—lead students in collaborative projects with real world clients, such as Hulu, Nestlé, and P&G.

—summer travel opportunities in various locations throughout the world.

—enjoy the creative energy that comes from being housed in an art department




Helen Armstrong

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Faculty Affiliate, Interactive Media Studies

Miami University | Department of Art

212 Hiestand Hall | Oxford, OH 45056-2486

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More on Avoid These Pay to Play

Artists are getting emails from the Brick Lane Gallery in London. The writer says she "stumbled across" the artist's work on the ". . . . website and was really impressed with your work. "

The advantages are that you get to see your work outside of your studio and having it on your resume will impress your co-workers and relatives who don't know anything about art. The disadvantages include: having it on your resume will negatively impress those who do know something about art -- the real dealers and collectors -- and in fact will often be the kiss of death; it will cost you a lot; and the odds of your selling enough to meet your expenses are terrible (real collectors steer clear of such places although tourists may not know any better).

There are programs which can search the Web to find art-related sites and copy all the email addresses. Brick certainly used one of those (although a human with very low salary requirements could do it by hand) and then sent everyone the same email.

Subscribe to Artists Opportunities Monthly, I do...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Upcoming Nancy Charak Exhibits, One More and One More

Oct 9, Sun 4-7pm, ARC Gallery," Ooh La La" Annual Members' Show, 832 W. Superior, 2nd Floor, Chicago. Exhibit runs from 10/5 to 10/29.
Oct 1-2, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm, 10th Annual Ravenswood Artwalk, at theCornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia, Chicago.
Oct 1, Sat 4-8pm, CWCA, Chicago Womens' Caucus for the Arts atTom Robinson Gallery, 2416 W. North Avenue, Chicago. Exhibit runs from 10/1 to 10/22.
Oct 6, Thur 5-8pm, Call and Response: From Artemesia to FridaKoehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines. Exhibit runs from 10/6 to 10/28.
Oct 8, Sun 2-5pm, Caffeine V, The Artists' Breakfast Group, at Triangle Gallery, 1763 N. North Park, Chicago. Exhibit runs from 10/3 to 11/2.
Nov 4, Fri 6-8pm, Bare Essentials: Minimalism in the 21st Century, juror Ingrid Fassbinder, Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. Exhibit runs from 11/4 to 12/22.
Jan-Feb 2013, "What's Abstract?", two-person exhibit at Chicago State University with Julian Williams, curated by Joyce Owens.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Upcoming Nancy Charak Exhibits, One More

Dido and Aeneas, 8"x8", 2011, watercolor on clayboard.

Nov 4, Fri 6-8pm, Bare Essentials: Minimalism in the 21st Century, juror Ingrid Fassbender, Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. Exhibit runs from 11/4 to 12/22.

and don't miss this one

GOOD THINGS COMING is a project with fellow mark-makers,Marian Carow and Sharon Swidler, "Marks in Time and Space," for a travelling exhibit of our art-making conversations. Email us at to book us.

Avoid These Pay to Play Art Galleries & Venues

Artists often find out about these offers through various forms of advertising, particularly mass emailings. The more agressive senders relentlessly bombard artists with emails and sometimes even contact them directly by phone. Costs to participate can range anywhere from under $100 to thousands of dollars, especially if you factor in incidental expenses like shipping, travel, insurance or accomodations. Whatever the circumstance, make sure you are aware of all costs and potential benefits or drawbacks in advance. Does everyone benefit... or is it more like you pay, they play? Here is a partial list, in no particular order, of publications, venues, and other situations where you have to pay to expose your art, and that you should fully research-- before you pay-- in order to understand exactly what you're getting for your money:

GENERAL RULE, don't pay to exhibit, exceptions quality juried shows at recognized venues, and shared rentals at established venues.

* Agora Gallery, New York City (related solicitations: Chelsea International Fine Art Competition)
* Florence Biennale
* Gallery Gora, Montreal, Canada
* Artists Wanted (related solicitations: The Power of Self, Art Takes London, 3rd Ward Open Call, Art Interview Online Magazine, One Life - An International Photography Competition, Art Takes Miami)
* World Art Media (related solicitations: NY Arts Magazine, APW Gallery, Arts Hotline, Art Fairs Newspaper, Annual Artists' Web Directory, Beijing Arts Space, NY Arts Beijing, The Broadway Gallery NYC, Art Fairs International)
* Artoteque (related solicitations: Artists of Today - 100 Contemporary Artists, iBIENNIAL 2011 2012)
* Masters of Today (related solicitations: Art Addiction, World of Art Magazine, Creative Genius, Art in Vogue, Art Connoisseurs, Female Artist's Art Annual, Artist's World - 100 Contemporary Artists, Nude de Nude online art annual, Bibliophile Limited Edition art book)
* World Wide Art Books (related solicitations: International Contemporary Masters, International Masters of Photography)
* World Art Foundation (Umbrella Publishing, Jojo Marengo)
* Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City
* International Contemporary Artists
* Art & Beyond Publications (online Magazine)
* Palm Art Award
* World Art Vision (related solicitations: Open Art Code)
* Magazine
* Contemporary Art Network (CAN), New York City
* Ico (aka Icosahedron) Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
* Art-Exchange (.com)
* RAW - Natural Born Artists
* American Art Awards
* Artist Portfolio Magazine (related solicitations:
* The Artists' Alley, San Francisco, CA (also known as Galiaria)
* American Art Collector published by Alcove Books
* NY Art Marathon
* Artspecifier (related solicitations: Photospecifier)
* A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, New York City
* Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
* The Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
* Printspace Gallery, London, UK
* Queen Gallery, Toronto, ON
* Working Artist Org.
* Manu Sol Publications
* Art LA (.com)
* James Gray Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (Art LA)
* Laguna Art (.com)
* Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (Laguna Art)
* Fine Art Connoisseur (related solicitations: Artist Advocate Magazine, PleinAir Magazine, American Forum for Realism, Plein Air Convention)
* Art Show Productions, Rochester & Pittsford, NY (related solicitations: Artisan Direct, ARTISANworks)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Upcoming Nancy Charak Exhibits....

Oct 9, Sun 4-7pm, Opening Reception, ARC Gallery," Ooh La La" Annual Members' Show, 832 W. Superior, 2nd Floor, Chicago. Exhibit runs from 10/5 to 10/29.

Oct 1-2, Sat-Sun,, 11am-6pm, 10th Annual Ravenswood Artwalk, at the Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia, Chicago.

Oct 1, Sat 4-8pm, Opening Reception, CWCA, Chicago Womens' Caucus for the Arts at Tom Robinson Gallery, 2416 W. North Avenue, Chicago. Exhibit runs from 10/1 to 10/22.

Oct 8, Sun 2-5pm, Caffeine V, The Artists' Breakfast Group, at Triangle Gallery, 1763 N. North Park, Chicago. Exhibit runs from 10/3 to 11/2.
Jan-Feb 2013, "What's Abstract?", two-person exhibit at Chicago State University with Julian Williams, curated by Joyce Owens.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jeanine Hill-Soldner Exhibits "Portraits of American Veterans" at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago



Exhibit at Northern Trust Bank Showcases Artwork from the National Veterans Art Museum and Portraits by Jeanine Hill-Soldner

Chicago, Ill. (July 2011) – As part of a renewed emphasis on local outreach, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) is proud to announce it is part of Northern Trust Bank’s new patriotism-themed art exhibit. The exhibit, entitled “Honoring and Remembering,” is located at 50 S. LaSalle Street and will run until August 29th.

The exhibit features nearly 30 pieces of art from the National Veterans Art Museum’s collection by veterans of the Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq Wars. In addition to pieces from the Museum’s collection, there are an additional 15 portraits of veterans by NVAM collaborator Jeanine Hill-Soldner. Highlights of the exhibit include Charles Salerno’s “Honoring and Remembering,” Charlie Shobe’s “Jungle Boots,” Laszlo Kondor’s “Xmas Party,” an untitled piece from Ash Kyrie’s “Transfers From War” series, digital prints by Jessica Ross and selections from Hill-Soldner’s “Portraits of American Veterans Project.”

“We are grateful to the Northern Trust Bank for the opportunity to share the art in our collection with a wider audience. This exhibit allows us to increase the exposure to our collection beyond just on our website and at our South Loop facility,” said NVAM Executive Director Levi Moore. The Museum’s website is and is physically located at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue. Moore added, “what is truly unique about this show is that it puts the art in our collection, which is inspired by veterans’ combat experiences, into dialogue with Jeanine Hill-Soldner’s portraits of veterans. Not only do viewers get to see the veterans’ art, but they also get to see an artist’s perspective of veterans. This is the type of project we want to promote to our supporters who we hope will assist us in remaining in Chicago.” The Museum is currently raising funds to move to a new facility in 2012.

The Northern Trust Bank “Honoring and Remembering” exhibit is free and open to the public during regular bank hours. For more information, call 312-630-6000 or visit

About the National Veterans Art Museum

Formerly the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, the National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences. Currently, the Museum is raising funds for a relocation effort with a goal of remaining in Chicago. To learn more about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit

About the “Portraits of American Veterans Project”

Founded by Chicago area fine artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner in August 2009, “Portraits of American Veterans Project” represents veterans who served in America’s foreign conflicts and at home and chronicles their stories. The “Portraits of American Veterans Project” incorporates original oil paintings of local American veterans with photographs and stories about the veterans told in their own words. To learn more about the “Portraits of American Veterans Project,” visit


The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 1801 S. Indiana Avenue, Third Floor, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 general admission and $7.00 seniors and students. Admission is free for veterans and active military and their dependents. For group admission reservations, call the museum at 312/326-0270 or visit

Monday, May 23, 2011

CWCA Salon

Hello Members,
Please mark your calandars for the next Salon to be held at Joan Minsky's studio, Cornelia Art Bldg., 1800 W. Cornelia,, Sunday, June 19, 3:00 p.m. Bring a piece of art to talk about and if you like, bring a snack to share. Details: Arlene, 847.674-0321.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Entry Deadline Approaching for Express Yourself Exhibition!

Don't forget to submit your entry by April 20th for the Express Yourself Exhibition!

Exhibition Awards:
Most representing the theme "Express Yourself": to be the featured artist for 2 months on TWO websites, WCA San Diego Chapter site and our online juried show site.
• 1st Place - $100
• 2nd Place - $50
• 3rd Place - $25

If you have questions, E-mail

Mark your calenders and don't forget about future Themes:
-Diversity – Deadline June 20, 2011;
-Telling Stories – Deadline August 20, 2011;
-Bursting Out – Deadline October 20, 2011
-Open Theme (anything goes) –Deadline December 20, 2011

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Call for committee members for Social Justice Conference at WCA Summer Board Meeting in St Louis

St. Louis will be hosting the summer board meeting. In conjunction with it we are planning a Midwest one day Art and Social Justice Conference which will include a national juried exhibition on Friday July 22, 2011.

The conference could be a great resume building, networking, strengthening WCA opportunity for you. Most of the organizational work is being done in St. Louis by local members. We would like your help. We are forming committees. Currently there are two committees where tasks can be completed from a distance.

Committees (so far):
1) Marketing and PR throughout Midwest region
2) Award ceremony -small ceremony where one member from each Midwest chapter will be honored for service in an area of "Art and Social Justice"

Sign up for a committee, questions, suggestions, or ideas - please contact:
Roxanne Phillips
WCA-STL, President
WCA national, Chapter Council Director

Friday, March 11, 2011

Women's Works 2011


24th Anniversary Exhibition

Presented by the

Northwest Area Arts Council

March 3 - May 1, 2011

Gala Opening Reception

Saturday, March 12th- 6 - 9 PM

Old Courthouse Art Center

101 N. Johnson Street, Woodstock, IL

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Art Gallery hours:
Thurs – Sat: 11:00 – 5:00
Sun: 1:00 – 5:00

Friday, March 04, 2011

Identifying and Cultivating Individual Donors

Identifying and Cultivating Individual Donors

This workshop is particularly appropriate for Executive/Managing Directors and
Development staff of small-to-medium sized organizations

Tuesday, March 29 - 9:30 pm - 12:30 pm
(including post networking session)

Location: National-Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Room 5006

Featured Presenters: Marty Grochala, Director of Institutional Advancement, Chicago Academy for the Arts
Mark Warner, Principal, MDW Consulting


How do you optimize the value and productivity of your fundraising efforts?
How do you best engage your trustees to join in and support your fundraising work?
How can you make the best use of your time out of the office (and, yes, get out more often)?
Finding and cultivating individual donors is a work-intensive, long-term investment for any organization but is particularly challenging to manage with a small staff and modest budget. Hear from professionals who have successfully (and efficiently!) mastered the techniques of identifying and cultivating individual support, and hear their ideas for scaling these activities to fit your staffing and budget size. At this workshop you’ll learn about proven methods for successful individual giving efforts, including:
Building a Framework for Annual Giving
Creating a System of Accountability
Board and Staff Roles and Tracking Activity
Making the "big ask
Stewardship and Relationship Building

Join us and get yourself prepared to make the big ask!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

SDWCA online exhibit

Meadow 2008 (dyed painted and stitched cotton) 18x22"

My work won 1st prize in the San Diego WCA online juried exhibit Transformation.

The next exhibit Express Yourself opens in May.



Friday, February 25, 2011

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Grand Opening Weekend!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other lessgendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can't make this stuff up).


1. "'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011

"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011

2. "Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers,'" The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011

3. "South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors," Salon, February 15, 2011

4. "House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows," National Journal, February 9, 2011

5. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011

6. "Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids," Think Progress, February 16, 2011

7. "Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli," The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011

8. "House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy," The Hill, February 16, 2011

9. "House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding," MSNBC, February 18,2011

"GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011

10. Ibid.

Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Copyright- The Changing Face of Creativity

Are the copyright laws out of touch in the new reality of digital on-line media?
With the expanding reach of the internet and social media, it is becoming less clear who is the author of new visual and written works.
A panel discussion on the topic: “Copyright-The Changing Face of Creativity” will be held on Feb. 7, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Drinker, Biddle and Reath LLP 191 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 3700, Chicago, IL.
The panel consists of:
David Frey, J.D, Partner, Drinker, Biddle and Reath LLP
Ed Lee, J. D., Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Daliah Saper, J.D., Saper Law
With Moderation by Tim McCarthy, J.D., Senior Counsel of Clark Hill.
This is the first installment in a new educational series on Intellectual Property in the 21st Century sponsored by Heartland Angels, aChicago based, early-stage private equity capital investment network.
Attendance sign-in will begin at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will include a question and answer period.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration and inquiries by e-mail only to: There will be a $10 charge (payable by cash or check only) at the door.

For Further information
Ronald L. Kirschner

Joy Horwich, ft. Judith Roth : Pop Up Gallery

Click to Enlarge:One Week Only!

Monday Feb. 14th
The fun begins with a Valentines Day Brunch from 10-11:30 and will continue until Presidents day on Feb. 21st

Mon.-Thurs. 10am-6pm
Thurs. - After P"art"y 7pm-9pm
Fri.- 10am-4pm
Sat. -1pm-6pm
Sun.- 10am-5pm
Presidents Day- 10am-6pm

2055 Greenbay Road, Highland Park (parking adjacent)

For more information contact

Friday, January 28, 2011

Help Support the Arts!

Chicagoans will soon elect a new mayor for the first time in 22 years. The next mayor will make decisions that will impact Chicago's arts industry for generations.

Chicago is home to a powerful arts industry that generates more than $2 billion in economic activity and employs more than 150,000 people annually. Yet, the arts infrastructure in Chicago is vulnerable. Recently, there have been lay-offs at the Department of Cultural Affairs, cuts to the CityArts grant program, and proposals to privatize the Blues and Jazz Festivals among others.

To tell the candidates that the arts matter, sign this petition!

To learn more about how arts affect the economy and for more information on this campaign visit :

Supported by Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Woman's Caucus for Art

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Let it Shine Flyer!

Click to see enlarged image for more information!

Tell your friends, and anyone you meet to come to this great informational and social networking event to learn about self publication and to make a few friends and contacts!

Smart Phones and Dumb Laws

Click to enlarge for details about the show!
An event sponsored by Woman's Caucus for Art!

Read the New York Times Article for more information!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Heads Up!

This event is co-sponsored by Woman's Caucus for Art!

Smart Phones and Dumb Laws:

Will Your Cell Phone Make You A Criminal?

The Rising Wave of Repression Against Documenting Dissent and Police Misconduct

Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7pm

Tom Robinson Gallery

2416 W. North Ave., Chicago

As cellphone video recording becomes easier and more popular, police and prosecutors are taking increasingly repressive steps to counteract the ability of everyday people - as well as independent and citizen journalists - to document police misconduct, political protest, and newsworthy events. Are you in danger of arrest, even a felony conviction, for pulling your cellphone out in public places to record the police, acts of political protest, or newsworthy events?

Come and learn how you can take a stand for our rights — and help make law enforcement accountable. Join us for a forum with Gregory Koger, Chris Drew and their attorneys, Jed Stone and Mark Weinberg. Both Gregory and Chris have been arrested for recording public acts of political protest.

Gregory Koger was arrested and sentenced to 300 days in jail for recording a speaker making a political statement with his cellphone before a public event at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago. He is currently out of jail on appeal bond after serving nearly 2 months of his sentence and continuing the legal battle by appealing his conviction. (

Chris Drew has been accused of a felony crime for using an audio-recorder while being arrested for selling art for $1 on a public street. His story was featured in the New York Times on Jan 23 ( He faces up to 14 years in jail and is set to go to trial on in early April. See his website at for more information.

Sponsored by the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art, The Ad Hoc Committee for Reason, World Can't Wait - Chicago & Evanston Chapters

Endorsed by the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism