April 2017 

Evanston Art Center 2017 Exhibition: 


DATES: Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 7 

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday May 7, 1 – 4pm 

GALLERY HOURS: 9am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 


The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to welcome the public to Monu / Mental featuring three artists: Matt Bodett, Kandi Jamieson and Megan Sterling. This exhibition is an exploration of mental health as a major social issue, empowered by community understanding and involvement. Through a visual dialogue each artist seeks to give voice to conditions that have evaded concrete descriptions. 

Matt Bodett, diagnosed with Schizo-affective disorder, uses his artwork to discuss the complexity of language in mental illnesses and its human effects. Megan Sterling's prints and drawings express the weight of internal struggles and the power of visual forms to connect trauma and empathy in viewers. Kandi Jamieson's installation work creates a functional and tactile way to experience mental illnesses. As well as the traditional exhibition, the artists will be holding talks and performances hosted by the Evanston Art Center to further engage the audience with the artwork. Through this the artists will activate the Evanston and Chicago communities in a larger dialogue about mental illnesses and our individual roles towards those who may suffer from them. 

Matt Bodett lives and works in Chicago, but hails from Boise, Idaho where he received his MFA. His greatest education came from being diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, and through that has learned about identity, language, and healing. Since being diagnosed thirteen years ago, Bodett has sought ways to express the symptoms and struggles of having a mental illness to those who are not diagnosed. Bring everyone together in dialogue and empathy has been his artistic mission. He currently is on the advisory board for the Institute for Therapy through the Arts and teaches for Northeastern University and Loyola University. Bodett utilizes art as a language to express the symptomology or the experience of mental illness. The works in this exhibit confront many notions of normalcy and offer an experience outside of traditional language. 

Kandi Jamieson was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2009 she received her BFA from Boise State University, exploring painting, printmaking, drawing and ceramics. Kandi and her husband—both artists—opened an art studio in Noblesville, Indiana in 2010 where they taught community art classes. In 2015 Kandi and her family moved to Evanston, Illinois so she could study at the School of Art Institute of Chicago for her Master of Arts in Art Therapy. She is currently using her art practice to explore the relationship between the personal, psychological and cultural perspectives of mental health. Her art serves as a language for self-reflection, research, exploration and 

transformation. Through the layering of translucent fabrics, stitching on old photographs, painting narrative imagery, she creates work which reconstruct multiple histories that function simultaneously; a language that is fluid and transformative. Kandi views the world through a client centered, social justice lens advocating for people with mental illnesses and populations that have been the targets of discrimination. Her goal is to share this creative tool of art making as a method to find meaning in our personal lives as well as the communities in which we live. 

Hailing from Idaho, Megan Sterling has been established in Chicago since 2005, coming here to pursue her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after receiving her BFA in Printmaking from Boise State University. She taught adjunct at Harrington College of Design for five years before branching off to work more independently as an artist and teacher. She is now the full time Printmaking Facilities Manager at Columbia College and the Assistant Director of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. Sterling exhibits her prints and large-scale drawings regularly in Chicago and across the country including New York, Cleveland, Boise, Portland and St. Louis. Weaving in and out of printmaking, drawing, collage and installation, her work traces back to notions of fragmentation, narrative and place, which for her are things that often go hand-in-hand. Sterling uses these as a platform to explore and push her image-making in alternate ways, interlacing both representational imagery and levels of abstraction. She pulls from a lexicon of imagery and has been developing earlier bodies of work juxtaposed in subtly suggestive yet ambiguous ways, tracking loss, displacement and reconciliation. Conjuring a thread of both curiosity and anxiety, her work creates an agency to meditate on experiences of pain and beauty, both personal and in the world around me. 

Monu / Mental will be exhibited in the main first floor gallery of the Art Center. There will be an opening reception on Sunday May 7, 1 – 4pm which will be free and open to the public. 

Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives. 

Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: 9am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday. First and second floor gallery spaces are handicapped accessible. Limited free parking is available. 

For more information, please visit us online at www.evanstonartcenter.org or contact Cara Feeney at (847) 475-5300 or cfeeney@evanstonartcenter.org. Visit the Evanston Art Center on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EvanstonArtCenter/, follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/#!/evartcenter, or on Instagram: @EvanstonArtCenter. 


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