During my first days at the Evanston Art Center, Ben Blount’s 2019 oil on canvas, Antiracism 1, stood out to me in the gallery space for its political message. Blount explores questions of race through the layering of letters of increasing opacity over each other, disconnected “R”, and jumbled words.
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Mounted on display at the Evanston Art Center hangs Doug Dewitt’s piece, Borrowed Harmony. What I found intriguing about the piece is that it reflects two parts: the forefront display and the foundation of the piece. Dewitts use of texture and material make for a contrasting yet harmonious artwork. The fluidity of the markings on the EPDM rubber portray a sense of playfulness and whimsical touch. While the rustic, firm, foundation of the piece literally nails down this act of play.
As I was walking through the beautiful gallery space for the first time, I was amazed by all the beautiful pieces. There, however, was one piece that stood out to me from the moment I saw it. Doug DeWitt’s I Did Not Know Marissa is an enchanting and strange piece of art. One can almost get lost in the seemingly endless white swirls that contrast and cover the black canvas. The strong white swirls fade becoming less visible and softer as it gets further away from the center causing your eye to follow and linger with it.
Direct Conversations is a 2015 oil on canvas by Olea Nova. It is an abstract piece in which none of the splashes and gobs of paint seem to rest in conversation with one another, despite the piece’s title. The splashes of black, dark blue, and maroon paint cover chunks of the canvas in a haphazard manner; if the title is meant to be heavily read into the painting, the conversation that the piece represents must be a violent or conflicting one. This piece rests in discontented correlation with Nova’s other pieces in the Evanston Art Gallery.
Upon walking through the gallery space, one of the pieces that stuck out to me was Olea Nova’s Model 1. This sculpture is constructed out of plexiglass, wire, metal, plastic, and lights that shine upward onto the sculpture. Nova was able to make these contrasting materials work together in the sculpture, while still displaying how different each of them are on their own. The way that the sculpture shows movement and disorder mirrors the way her paintings show contrast with the colors that she uses.
On my first day as an intern at EAC, I spent some time in the gallery taking in the works on display. I was moved by the whole series by Olea Nova, but particularly drawn into a piece titled “When.” The series consists of large uniform canvases, painted in a particular color scheme. The movements in the pieces are beautifully thought out in an abstract fashion.
This porcelain bowl stood out to me because of the pattern and color combination. The carvings are almost nostalgic, sending a wash of pleasant memories over me. They remind me of being cared for by my surroundings on a sunny, breezy afternoon. The colors only add to this soft feeling of relaxation. This piece feels like it has captured a heartening moment of reflection and reassurance. The combination of the pattern and colors, along with the smooth, glossy finish, creates a scene that is almost melancholic, but highly reassuring and calming.
Doug DeWitt’s exhibit on display at the Evanston Art Center has a beautifully dark and entrancing way about it. The seemingly endless rings in the center of a dark wall hanging of “I did not know Marissa” resembles some sort of black hole, or other dimension that the viewer can’t quite comprehend. The title leaves me curious about the context of this piece, and the emotional significance that it has in DeWitt’s life. I love the colors used in these pieces.
Olea Nova’s series of abstract paintings are currently hanging in the Art Center. These uniformly large canvases each display similarly simple color schemes but create a diverse group of compositions.
On his last day of work, Jeffrey, our EAC intern from China, writes about one of his favorite artworks on display in the exhibition Paula Froehle, Deborah Hirshfield and Laurie LeBreton:
It’s time to say goodbye to EAC. I love the slogan “Art for everyone”. During my stay, I’m so lucky to view three
Zane, our EAC intern from China, writes about one of his favorite artworks on display in the Loyola AP Show:
Today, the Evanston Art Center display the new exhibition, about Junior & Senior High School Student. I’m a art student. When I was in the third year of high school, I started to contact art and painting. At that time, we wanted to draw the painting as realistic as possible and lay the foundation. Here, I saw a different understanding of art.
Jeffrey, our EAC intern from China, writes about one of his favorite artworks on display in the Loyola AP Show:
Today was my first day volunteering here, although I have been involved with the Evanston Art Center before. During my sophomore year, my peers and I worked with the Evanston Art Center and ETHS’s Emerge Leadership Program to organize a show that exhibited around 17 young Evanston Artists. I am currently a senior in high school, and when I entered the center on Tuesday afternoon I was greeted with the same welcoming and reassuring energy that I remembered from two years ago.
At first this piece may give off a sense of chaos but the color placement and brush strokes give the composition a cohesive look and sense of movement. The bright red color surfaces strongly when focused on but fades away to emphasize the blue and green tones around it. The longer I look at it, the more changes in my eyes. The little patch of seafoam green stands out to me as geometric and abstract and catches my eye through it’s contrast with the surrounding shades of blue and yellow.
Nancy Rosen’s “Stephanie”, on display at the Evanston Art Center, has a beautifully dark charm to it that pulls you into the frame. I love the emotion in this piece. The figure’s place in the composition creates a sense of sorrow and pain. I feel a contrast between her gentle hand placement and the harsh jagged features on the rest of her face, it almost feels like she has this soft contentedness amid a world of pain. I was immediately drawn to the woman’s long, bone-like features. There is so much detail in the woman’s face, it took me a few seconds to realize all of the detail in the
My name is Zane, a senior student from Ningbo University in Ningbo. I major in display design. I’ll act as an intern in this beautiful Evanston art center for two months.
Hello. I’m Jeffrey from Shenzhen University, China. For three weeks, I will be in Evanston Art Center as an intern. Here I’d like to talk about two wonderful artwork both about Lake Michigan.
Anthony, our EAC intern, writes about one of his favorite artworks on display in Daniel Miller's Ebb & Flow:
Tanya, our EAC intern, writes about one of her favorite artworks on display in the 2019 EAC Studio Exhibition:
We loved being a part of Comcast Newsmaker's segment with Ellee Pai Hong! Paula Danoff, our very own EAC newsmaker, had a great interview about EAC's various classes, exhibitions and outreach programs.
PHASES OF MATTER
October 11 - November 7, 2018
The Evanston Art Center is home to one of the largest art shows in the Midwest, the Evanston + Vicinity Biennial Exhibition. The exhibition was juried by Sergio Gomez, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B Art Center; Aron Packer, Owner and Director of Aron Packer Projects; and Therese Quinn, Associate Professor of Art History & Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. These three jurors had the opportunity to award three jurors choice awards and three monetary awards to the Biennial participants.
Ariana, our EAC Intern and a freshman at Shanghai University in China, writes about her favorite artwork on display in our newest exhibition, Design is a Verb: Chicago Sculpture International Biennial curated by Alyssa Brubaker. Design is a Verb is on display in our First Floor Gallery from July 27 - August 26, 2018. Learn more:
Sam, our EAC Intern and a sophomore at Rhode Island School of Design, writes about his favorite artwork on display in our newest exhibition, Design is a Verb: Chicago Sculpture International Biennial curated by Alyssa Brubaker.
Ethan, our EAC Intern, writes about his favorite artwork on display in the studio exhibition, Variations: Students of Eleanor Spiess-Ferris. Learn more here:
We are excited to welcome our newest EAC Intern, Elliot, from Shanghai, China. Elliot writes about his first impressions of the Evanston Art Center in the blog post below:
We are excited to welcome our newest EAC Intern, Terry, a freshman from Fudan Universty, Shanghai, China. Terry writes about his first impressions of the Evanston Art Center in the blog post below:
My name is Terry, a freshman from Fudan Universty, Shanghai. I’ll act as an intern in this brilliant Evanston Art Center for three weeks.
Andrea, our newest EAC Intern, writes about her favorite artworks on display in the current Evanston Made exhibition in our First Floor Gallery. Evanston Made runs throughout the month of June. Learn more here: https://www.evanstonartcenter.org/exhibitions/evanston-made-1
Sophie Fairmont, our newest EAC Intern, joins us from Boulder, CO, and writes about her first impressions of interning at the Art Center below:
The moment I walked into the Art center I knew I would love it. I was greeted with a warm hug from Paula, who generously and kindly took me under her wing. Art pieces glimmered from sunbeams, and the big roomed slowly became a meeting pace for friends to catch up. Everyone I met greeted me with a warm welcome, and big smile. My nervousness soon disappeared.
Hola! My name's Marina and today is my first day as the Community Outreach intern.
It's a crisp Monday in March and walking into the art center I was met with a warm welcome. After walking past the front desk, I was able to take in the gift-shop and main exhibition gallery. Interestingly enough I arrived while they were in-between exhibits! The white walls were bare yet gleaming under the track lights. The energy in the space was tranquil.
We will miss our EAC Intern Jack, as he travels back to his home in Changchun, Jilin, China! We wish Jack the best of luck as he continues his journey! Below he writes about his last day at the EAC:
It’s my last workday and I really treasure the last few hours in Evanston Art Center. It’s really a good place and I do enjoy those unforgettable days! I’ll never forget the working skills that I’ve gained here and I’ll also never forget those impressive artworks.
We will miss our EAC Intern David, as he travels back to his home in Shanghai, China! We wish him the best of luck, and know he will go on to do great things! Below he writes about his last day at the EAC:
Time flies, it has already be to time to say goodbye to everyone. So I walked around and took a visit of the Evanston Art Center again.
Jake, our EAC Intern from Lake Forest College, writes about our upcoming exhibition by artist Barry Lorberbaum on display in our Second Floor Gallery.
We are excited to welcome our newest EAC Intern, Jack, an exchange student visiting from Changchun, Jilin, China! Jack writes about his first impressions of the Evanston Art Center in the blog post below:
As flowers need sunshine, we need art to enrich our life!
In Evanston Art Center, we can see all kinds of art works.
Here is a painting -- Angel. I love it. The cloud in the middle is a symbol of an angel and it is in oceans of books. I think the painter wants to convey that knowledge creates an angel.
Anne Guitteau, our second SHAPE OF NOW Artist-in-Resident, collaborates with Katrin Schnabl building a multi-dimensional knitted environment. Using discarded plastic that has been carefully cut and repurposed into yarn, the traditional craft of knitting becomes the vehicle for a conceptual exploration of space, environment and body. Having both independently knitted with plastic before, this residency provides a unique opportunity for a larger-scaled investigation.
We are excited to welcome our newest EAC Intern, David, an exchange student visiting from Shanghai, China! David writes about his first impressions of the Evanston Art Center in the blog post below:
If you are looking for a place to visit and enjoy the art in Evanston, Evanston Art Center (EAC) must be the best choice for you. You can have exhibitions, classes and events in the EAC. So let’s just visit the Evanston Art Center in the first view.
We loved being a part of Comcast Newsmaker's segment with Paul Lisnek of WGN News! Paula Danoff, our very own EAC newsmaker, had a great interview about EAC's various classes, exhibitions and outreach programs.
Thank you to Comcast Newsmakers for inviting the Evanston Art Center to participate in this outreach program!
Check out this very special segment here: https://comcastnewsmakers.com/2017/12/13/make-art-part-life/
Interviewed by Jesse Hunt
Far From the Front Lines is a collection of 22 artists whose work reflects the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is currently on exhibit at the Evanston Art Center. I recently took the opportunity to sit down with the curator, Dorit Jordan Dotan, and learn more about her and her show.
Interviewed by Millicent Kennedy
Rafael E. Vera’s installation TBD… nevermind is currently on display at the Evanston Art Center as part of the Evanston + Vicinity Biennial: Group Exhibition. I recently had the opportunity to speak with him about the shift in his work that led his art practice in this new direction.
Interviewed by Millicent Kennedy
Katherine Nemanich’s piece Duality 1 is composed of collage and ink on paper. Though only two colors are featured in this piece - black and white - the intense contrast of flat ink next to 3D paper construction results in a simplistic yet incredibly engaging final product. If we look at the natural world around us, whether it is the dark space behind a blue sky or the abyss beneath a glistening surface of water, darkness tends to fall behind and light is seen in the forefront.
JASON BROWN is a visual artist who investigates the ideas of place and space and how they intersect with identity through his 2D work in both public and private spaces. As The Zip Code Kid, he has three pieces in the Evanston Made show, each representing the main zip codes of Northwestern. During a visit to the Evanston Art Center, we were able to sit down and chat more about the ideas behind his work and his unique study of how we are formed by the places we inhabit.
IMANI DAVIS: What was your inspiration for creating this art piece?
RITA SHIMELFARB: It was driven by the idea of both separation and connection between Love and Faith. Which sustains which? When one collapses, will the other one pick you up and hold things together? Are they two sides of the same coin?
Sarah Kaiser’s piece titled Quite a Pair represents a pair of pears laid down among an undefined horizontal and threw to an infinite sky characterized by weightless clouds.
This painting is principally an oil painter, and the jewel-like colors in the work were made by a glazing technique.
It’s brightness is build up by transparent veils of color and a deep plasticism is reached trough the clearness and well defined profile of the subjects.
Javier Jasso’s installation based sculptural work at the Evanston Art Center examines how humans respond to their surroundings, and their natural inclinations to seek a sense of home. The materials utilized by the artist mirror those used in construction ; metal, plaster, concrete, plastic and wood.
At the Opening Reception of Nature vs. Nurture, curator Younsoo Kim Flynn gave a talk about her research and process on curating this exhibition, which aims to redefine the complex relationship between natural and urban landscapes.
Read a copy of Younsoo Kim Flynn’s speech below:
It started as a question or an experiment to gain multiple views from artists I respected on how they perceive and experience nature while living in highly urbanized environments.
Interviewed by Leah Spears
Over the past week, some of our Evanston Art Center interns interviewed an artist from our Evanston Made Exhibit that caught their eye.
Learn more below about: Vanessa Filley, Stephen Murphy, Kristen Neveu, Jevoid Simmons and Dorit Jordan Dotan.
First is an interview with Lisa Degliantoni, the creator of Evanston Made.
How did Evanston Made start, what was the inspiration for the project?
Pedro Velez is the first of six in house resident artists participating in the Evanston Art Center’s Society! Artwork In-Residence Program. Pedro is a multidisciplinary artist whose work merges his interests in journalism and art criticism into visual essays that take the form of large sculptural paintings, photographic collages, and limited edition posters. Velez’s work focuses on many topics branching from race, politics and other aesthetic concerns.
We loved having Jon Hansen with You & Me (WCIU) at the Evanston Art Center this week. Watch him create some art in our Ceramics Studio with our very own Mollie Morris and Paula Danoff.
Partial exhibition shot on the first floor of the EAC's "Studio Exhibition."
The “Studio Exhibition,” featuring an amalgamation of artwork produced by students of all levels, opened last weekend at the Evanston Art Center (EAC). This two-level exhibition includes an impressive range of work from students that recently completed an EAC class, and features paintings, sculptures, printmaking, jewelry and ceramics, among other media. Although the show reflects the EAC’s many course offerings, it also emanates creativity and offers visual variety for viewers.
- Don Miller, from Mad Lab Industries, displayed drones and discussed the drone camps and classes the EAC offers. Miller explained that Mad Lab Industries created a buildable drone kit for Einstein by Design, who has partnered with the EAC for its drone camps for kids. During these camps, kids have the opportunity to put together and fly a small drone; at the end of the camp, kids can take their drone home. Why drones? This is just one way the EAC is merging technology with art.
Rob Mulholland, Operation Specialist Project Manager.
The Evanston Art Center (EAC) welcomed Rob Mulholland to its staff in March as EAC’s Operation Specialist Project Manager. Programming is foundational to his work: assisting to create “an environment for members, students and guests to have the opportunity for creative experiences and personal growth,” as he describes it. According to Mulholland, his primary duties include researching, evaluating current programming and recommending new programming for the EAC Maker Lab, which features innovative and design experiences, movement and yoga initiatives and the culinary arts center.
Change is in the air at the Evanston Art Center (EAC). The most exciting change this spring is our move to 1717 Central Street in Evanston at the end of May. The new location features a contemporary design, open space and a coffee shop to facilitate community interaction. Its central Evanston location and updated programming will make the Evanston Art Center a place where creativity meets community.