Either Wrong or Right, Just Examine

Either Wrong or Right, Just Examine: Examining the State of Our Environment

ON VIEW: July 10 - September 5, 2021

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Opening Reception: Sunday, July 25 from 1-4pm

Hybrid In-Person & Virtual Artist Talk: Sunday, July 25 at 2pm

present/breath: participatory drawing/performance action: Sunday, September 5 at 1pm

Co-curated by Alpha M. Bruton and Adero Knott

The Evanston Art Center (EAC), an artistic hub on the North Shore for over ninety years, believes that some communities are all too rarely represented in the curatorial world. To address this situation, the EAC has developed a recurrent, project-based position for a BIPOC curator with ties to the Evanston community to develop an exhibition of their choosing. It is the EAC’s intent that such an exhibit will both build new ties to historically underrepresented groups as well as introduce Evanston and the greater Chicago area to new curatorial and artistic perspectives. 

Alpha Bruton and Adero Knott’s artistic vision entails an intergenerational curatorial practice that seeks to provide a model for emerging and established curators to innovate in curating inclusive experience, gain practical curating experience and critically reflect on how their curatorial style will imprint on the Evanston community and the world. Exhibiting artists will examine the state of their environment in society through themes of Racism, Spirituality, Documentation and Art as Wellness. 

Throughout the exhibition, Bruton and Adero will invite artists and the Evanston Art Center community to participate in a series of public dialogues facilitated by Knott and the exhibiting artists. These dialogues will explore ways artists examine their environment through themes of Racism, Spirituality, Documentation and Art as Wellness, as well as the intersection of art and social justice – how does identity and intersectionality affect our lived experiences, as seen in the practice of an artist? 

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Daphne Burgess

Talver Germany-Miller

Liz Gómez

Tracie Hall

Caryl Henry Alexander

LaKesha Howard

Candace Hunter

Larissa Johnson-Akinremi

Petra Kuppers 

Shonna McDaniels

Sandy Steinbrecher 

Andrea Yarbrough


Exhibition Catalog


Art Talks Hosted by Co-Curators: Alpha M Bruton & Adero J Knott

"Art as Wellness" Featuring Established Artist: Petra Kuppers and Emerging Artist: Andrea Yarbrough


"Documentation" Featuring Established Artist: Sandra Steinbrecher and Emerging Artist: LaKesha Howard-Williams


"Racism" Featuring Candace Hunter


"Spirituality, Part One" Featuring Established Artist: Tracie D Hall and Emerging Artist: Liz Gómez


"Spirituality, Part Two" Featuring Established Artist: Tracie D Hall and Emerging Artist: Liz Gómez


Virtual Artist Talk: Sunday, July 25, 2021

Featuring Daphne Burgess, Talver Germany-Miller, Caryl Henry Alexander, Shonna McDaniels


This exhibition will be held in the First Floor Gallery of the Evanston Art Center (EAC). All visitors are required to wear face masks. Please adhere to 6' social distancing requirements when in the gallery space. 

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 1 pm - 6 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Galleries are accessible.

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If you are interested in purchasing artwork on display, please contact Cara Feeney, Director of Exhibitions, at [email protected] or (847) 475-5300 x 107.


This project is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and a grant from the Evanston Arts Council an agency supported by the City of Evanston, IACA, and the NEA.


CLICK HERE to read the 2020 / 2021 Curatorial Fellowship Press Release.

Learn more about our upcoming 2021 / 2022 Curatorial Fellow: Melissa Raman Molitor.