February 29 - April 30, 2020

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 1 - 4pm

Curated by Doug Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art at the Illinois State Museum

Eleanor Spiess-Ferris (b. 1941) is an American symbolist painter cited as a significant surrealist, narrative figurative and feminist artist. This exhibition of over 40 years of painting and drawing by Chicago artist Spiess-Ferris traces the development of her distinctive figures across her career and compares studies and sketches with final works.  Spiess-Ferris’s figures are narrative bodies, telling stories of personal, spiritual and environmental crises.

CLICK HERE to view select images from Eleanor's exhibition. 

Virtual Gallery Tour of Daphne's Sister:


Women Author Readings, Chicago Quarterly Review at Evanston Art Center

Sunday, March 8 from 1:30 - 3pm

LOUISE LEBOURGEOIS is a painter and writer living in Chicago.  She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago an MFA in Painting from Northwestern University, and an MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago. LeBourgeois has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Italy, Japan and the Netherlands.  Her essays have been published in the Chicago Quarterly Review and The Rumpus.

DIPIKA MUKHERJEE is the author of the novels Shambala Junction which won the UK Virginia Prize for fiction, and Ode to Broken Things, which was longlisted for the Man Asia Literary Prize.  Her short story collection is Rules of Desire(Fixi, 2015) and she has two poetry collections.  The Third Glass Of Wine (Writer’s Workshop 2015), and The Palimpsest of Exile (Rubicon Press, 2009).  Her work is included in The Best Small Fictions 2019 and she frequently writes for World Literature Today, Asia Literary Review and Chicago Quarterly Review as well as a literary column for The Edgein Malaysia.  She is core faculty at StoryStudio Chicago, teaches at the Graham School at University of Chicago, and is affiliated to the Buffet Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern University.

NATALIA NEBEL is a Pushcart prize nominated writer whose work has been published in literary journals that include Fifth Wednesday Review, Burnside Reviews, Free Verse, Prague Review and Seems.  In 2017 and 2018, Northwestern’s MFA program nominated her for the AWP First Journal award in the essay and short story categories.  She is Co-curator for Sunday Salon Chicago, a literary reading series that was named one of 2019’s Top 50 Chicago literary organizations.

SIGNE RATCLIFF is Contributing Editor of Chicago Quarterly Review.  Her short fiction has appeared in CQR and Conclave Journal.  Her work was selected as a finalist entry for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship.  She lives in Chicago.

ELEANOR SPIESS-FERRIS is a visual artist and only recently turned to writing, blending childhood memories of her native New Mexico into short stories.  She is cited as a significant American surrealist and is known for her narrative and feminist iconography.  A one-person exhibition of new works will open in May 2020 at Hofheimer Gallery, Chicago.



This exhibition is partially funded by the Illinois State Museum, Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the EAC's general membership.

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:00am to Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 4:00pm