As an educational service, current and past exhibition materials are available for free to gallery visitors. Many are available in the gallery. Electronic versions of several exhibition brochures are also available for online viewing below. (Click on the show title.)
June 27 to July 25, 2014
CLC gallerists Steven Jones and Jane Ellefson are retiring in June. This farewell exhibit features still-life paintings by both artists.
February 28 to April 13, 2014
Artcetera Gallery features a special invitational exhibition of handcrafted ceramic vessels from 60 artists from around the world. The Cup II is a diverse showcase of functional and non-functional cups, guest curated by Ben Bates.
February 28 to April 6, 2014
A national, invitational exhibition featuring prominent artists selected for the various ways that they approach the form and surface. The clay forms might solely exist to display the rendered surface, or the surface may truly embellish the form.
November 15 to December 15, 2013
Joel Sheesley paints realist images of reflective water puddles that metaphorically address a much larger world.
March 1 to April 7, 2013
FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in the encaustic medium. Their mission is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through thematic exhibitions of members’ work and workshops, and to create professional opportunities for networking and learning exchanges for their members. The 14 exhibiting artists in this exhibition demonstrate the medium’s versatility. Each artist has adapted the medium to fit his or her particular vision.
November 9 -- December 9, 2012
The College of Lake County’s full-time and adjunct fine art faculty will present their works in this triennial exhibition. The show will include paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and digital media.
August 17– September 23, 2012
Chicago artist Nikki Renee Anderson explores the nuances of the feminine experience through ceramic sculptures that incorporate sound. Australian artist Joanna Mortreux paints images of exotic or extinct animals and mixes them up to create strange but familiar creatures.
May 18 – June 29, 2012
Chicago painter Bill Frederick uses simple materials of brush, ink, watercolor, and paper. His work expresses his preoccupations with friends and family, history, geography, and a nagging sense of dread. Bill Frederick was born in 1957 in Chicago, where he still resides. He attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented by Zg Gallery, Chicago. His work is included in museum, corporate, and private collections.
February 24 -- April 8, 2012
Artists Indira and Karl Johnson have developed their art while living together in India, Sweden and the US. Indira is a sculptor who incorporates discarded objects in her work to evoke issues of permanence and decay. Karl’s paintings incorporate the rhythm, beauty and chaos found in nature and the sciences.
August 19 – September 25, 2011
The Robert T. Wright Gallery is pleased to present to our community this singular exhibition, “THROWN ALTERED: Vessels Out of Round.” We have assembled a diverse group of respected artists with one common thread. It is our hope that the works on display expand the viewers’ aesthetic horizons for works in clay.
July 8 - August 12, 2011
Printmaker Letterio Calapai (1902-1993) spent the latter part of his life in a storefront studio in Glencoe, IL. He was friends with many illustrious mid-20th century printers such as Rockwell Kent, Arthur William Heintzelman, Philip Evergood and others.
May 20 – July 1, 2011
Miller, of Grayslake, IL, exhibits photographs that examine the winding down of the Space Shuttle Program and the buildup of the next generation of manned rockets. He combines documentary and abstract approaches to the subject. Steven Mark, of Antioch, IL, will feature photographs from his documentary series on Galt Airport in Greenwood, Illinois.
February 25 – April 10, 2011
Binh Pho escaped his native Viet Nam after the Communist take-over and now resides in the Chicago area. He creates figurative and abstract imagery on delicately pierced and painted wood vessels. His forms and subjects come from memories, Eastern culture, Zen mind and his own playful thoughts. He says of his work, “I put a soul into every piece I create. I don't make objects; I create characters. If the viewers can pick up on that soul, I've accomplished it.”
November 12 -- December 12, 2010
A little knowledge and effort is the key to unlocking his paintings. Vermeulen is often an actor set within the stage of his painted melodramas. The works on display span nearly a decade of output and encompass six distinct themes. His body of works reference Eccle siastes, The Odyssey, Dante's Inferno and others.
August 20 – September 26, 2010
Working in ambiguously narrative photography and video, Carrie Schneider mines the complexities of relationships -- both romantic and familial -- nature, and the self. Schneider, formerly of Chicago, now resides in NYC.
February 26 -- April 11, 2010
This group photography exhibition explores how digital photography is breaking new ground both aesthetically and technically. It features the varied works of eleven artists from the Chicago area and around the country. Guest-curator Roland Miller.
November 6 - December 13, 2009
The College of Lake County’s full-time and adjunct fine art faculty presented their works in this triennial exhibition. The show includes works by instructors David Bolton, Steven Jones, Joseph M. Hronek, Hans Habeger, Scott Ziegler, Roland Miller and more.
The Robert T.Wright Community Gallery of Art joins in the College of Lake County’s 40th anniversary celebration by highlighting many outstanding works in the college’s permanent art collection. There are over 400 works of art installed on the Grayslake, Lakeshore and Southlake campuses. Each work reflects the aesthetic, cultural, and social concerns of the time in which it was created. The art collection lends beauty and grace to our institutional setting, and the works of art develop the aesthetic sensibilities of the viewer.
July 10 - August 21, 2009
Yumiko Irei-Gokce’s artwork stands as an aesthetic bridge between two disparate cultures. Irei-Gokce, a native of Japan, has resided in the Chicago area for many years. Her prints and mixed media works on paper balance her Japanese sensibilities with a Western approach.
February 27 – April 11, 2009
Julieanne’s Descendants: Images from the Closet Trunk is an exhibition featuring 20 recent cast bronze sculptures, which Jackson is currently showing at the Robert T. Wright Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County. Each is a composite creation — partly rooted in family reminiscences of Jackson’s ancestors and partly rooted in the artist’s own historical research into the unsettling times in which they lived.
November 7 – December 15, 2008
David Gista’s exhibition Fictions seems to fit like a glove in the College of Lake County’s gallery space. The artist’s paintings and works on paper depict images of library interiors with towering shelves of books. What better venue to exhibit these paintings than in a gallery that resides within a library? There is, however, more to these works than at first meets the eye.
August 22 – September 28, 2008
This exhibition brings together the works of Ted Neal and Charity Davis-Woodard. In addition to exhibiting, both artists are participants in the CLC Ceramics Visiting Artist Program which is sponsored by the CLC Ceramics Club. The club is supported in part by the colleges’ Student Activities Office.
February 29 – April 6, 2008
For Carrie Iverson, making art is a process of distilling experience and movement in ways that, when completed, challenge us to examine our construction of memory: how we remember, what we remember and what meaning lies therein. Her primary medium of printmaking gives her the ideal tools for investigating the concept of memory from a variety of perspectives.
November 9-December 14, 2007
Leonora Carrington once said, “The task of the right eye is to peer into the telescope, while the left eye peers into the microscope”. This is a statement that holds a world of meaning when it comes to the work of native Chicagoan surrealist painter Karena Karras. Bert Menco’s Dutch-Jewish background has had an unavoidable personal impact on him. As an artist, he draws, paints, and prints.
April 27 - June 8, 2007
These two Lake County, Illinois artists approach landscape painting from opposite corners. Nina Weiss paints with thick, expressionistic brush strokes and vivid colors. Yelena Klairmont is a realist painter who depicts aerial views of both Chicago and Illinois farmland.
March 23 – April 22, 2007
Sandra Perlow’s boisterous colors and jostling forms invite us into spaces alive with adventure and wonder. They appear to momentarily capture a pulsating world in which patterns and shapes collide and join within layered planes that create their own fantastic architecture. In the midst of it all emerge vaguely human forms—the shape of a head, the length of a limb—that allude to the works’ psychological aspect and imbue them with a sense of childhood memories and subsequent emotional responses.
November 10th - December 15th, 2006
This exhibit displays works by College of Lake County full-time studio art faculty. The show includes works by instructors David Bolton, Terry Dixon, Hans Habeger, Bob Lossmann, and Roland Miller.
May 19– June 23, 2006
Chicago painter Sistler paints interiors with figures in gouache. He is interested in the irony of deep space and monumental scale within a minute format. Lake County artist Tom Szewc, on the other hand, paints monumental figures in oil and pastels on a grand scale.
March 3 – April 9, 2006
Chicago artist Eleanor Spiess-Ferris will display recent oil and gouache paintings. Her Surreal compositions portray images of women as a symbol for various gender-based issues. The title, “Magpie Chronicles,” recalls her childhood in New Mexico, and also refers to Native American lore. A catalog of the exhibition is available.
November 11 - December 16, 2005
Reginald Coleman is a Lake County artist who makes abstract, geometric compositions with subtle nuances of color. This retrospective exhibition covers the years from 1975-2005 and features his painting and works on paper. Coleman will retire in May of 2006 as art professor at the College of Lake County after 30 years. A catalog of the exhibition will be available.
August 12 – September 25, 2005
Early 20th century Central European production ceramics are noted for their highly ornate and expressive figures and animal designs. The pieces in this exhibition, on loan from a local collector, explore this highly idiosyncratic and short-lived period of art.
May 20– June 24, 2005
Lake County, IL artist Doug Smithenry morphs his predominately male figures into kaleidoscopic distortions. Chad Wooters, of Elmhurst, IL, displays works from his The “Manly" Still Life Series. Each piece is an assemblage of hand tools with masculine associations.
March 4 – April 10, 2005
Chicago abstract painter, John Himmelfarb describes his recent work as "references to the Midwestern landscape, as well as, to the urban imagery." Himmelfarb’s work is included in numerous museum collections including: Art Institute of Chicago, The British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. A catalog will accompany this exhibit.
November 12 - December 17, 2004
Yale Factor, an art professor at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, paints whimsical realist still lifes with a satirical edge. Renee McGinnis, of Chicago, employs social commentary in her figurative paintings. Jacqueline Moses, of Skokie, paints surreal images that explore contemporary issues.
August 16 – September 26, 2004
Bonnie Stone, who resides in Saratoga, California, presents watercolors dealing with domestic issues. Her vibrant works explore women’s roles in traditional Judaic and African cultures.
May 21 – August 6, 2004
Tramp Art is a type of folk art that was produced in America from the end of the civil war through the 1930s. Tramp Art is noted for its highly ornate and idiosyncratic utilitarian objects. Carved from cigar box wood with pocketknives, it roots are German and Scandinavian. The exhibition will be curated by Amy Ortiz, Ph.D., Art History and Material Culture. The show will include examples of Tramp Art boxes, frames, furniture and whimsical objects.
February 27-April 10, 2004
A maker of pictures, no matter his or her medium, is a conflator of moments. While an object-maker creates a thing that obdurately occupies the present tense-no matter how it might command time, the time it commands is real time- the depicter of things and the renderer of views create images that transport us through time and space to somewhere, something else at some other time.
November 7-December 14, 2003
Her work has been included in many group shows throughout the Chicagoland area, as well as in many corporate and private collections. Himmelfarb’s work is also part of many private and public collections.
August 15th - September 28th, 2003
Joe Price developed a unique approach to serigraphy that requires up to 106 separate screenings of transparent color. This exhibit will display thirty-five of these stunning prints by the Los Angeles, CA artist. Price has works in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress. He chaired the Art Department of the College of San Mateo until retiring. A two-fold brochure will be printed.
February 28th – April 6th, 2003
Tim Lowly describes his latest works as visual meditations on the intent to various kinds of actions. His thoughtfully composed realist paintings depict people in unusual settings. Beyond appearance, Lowly seems to make visible the invisible places that people create within themselves.
November 8-December 15, 2002
The paintings of Linda Kardoff offer up multiple associations, but are never definitive. Her figures are caught in bizarre and inexplicable situations that belie the artist’s wry sense of humor regarding the human condition. Kreg Yingst wants the viewer to find an association through the real and tangible images in his work. However, it’s the improbable situations that bring interest and give meaning to a deeper reality that doesn’t appear on the surface.
August 16, 2002 - September 29, 2002
The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art will exhibit the works of two important African-American artists from August 16 through September 29, 2002.
March 1-April 7, 2002
Exile and remembrance have haunted the art of Paul Sierra for most of the four decades he has spent as a painter. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1944, he set sail, along with his parents and older brother, for Miami in 1961, leaving behind an “island paradise” ravaged by revolution. For the 17 year old, relocation was quick, dramatic, and irrevocable. Although he always intended to return to Cuba that likelihood ceased to be an option as the years passed. Home, for Sierra, became less an actual place with physical boundaries than a symbol made from memories altered by distance and time, an ideal which today exists only in dream and paint.
August 17-September 30, 2001
Mendelson’s The Song of Amergin is a higly intellectual and visionary series of drawings on par with William Blake’s illustrations for Dante’s The Inferno or Hieronomous Bosch’s nightmarish tableaus.
May 18-June 29, 2001
From 1933 to 1943 the project succeeded in putting unemployed artists to work, and for the first time made fine art accessible to the American public. During the years of the project, artists were encouraged to representationally depict the American scene in all its aspects. Projects artists often portrayed American rural and urban life, American labor or American history, which resulted in a rich, visual narrative of the feeling and events of the times.
March 2-30, 2001
By first living as a giant among the Lilliputians, and then as a miniature among the giants of Brobdingnag, Gulliver made clear how scale determines what is seen, and therefore, what is considered. And ultimately that is considered worth knowing. And so it is with the views offered up by Louise LeBourgeois and Steven Carrelli.
The artists represented in the show- Sam Nhlengethwa, William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Deborah Bell, Sandile Gohj, Zwelethu Mthewtha, and Philippa Hobbs- have all enjoyed good doses of local and international attention, a magnetism born out of honest images that cut to the quick. It’s a winning combonation of some of the wisest and wittiest, stabbingly satirical and celebratory artists working in South Africa today.
November 10-December 16, 2000
Dennis Bayuzick's aesthetic orientation as a painter has always been rooted in the perennial artistic traditions of symbolism and surrealism. Gabriella Pettit's work is developed from collage images, personal pbotographs and drawings composed into warping flexible arrangements. The images play off recognizable figures or places and more painterly surface explorations.
August 18-October 1, 2000
In the pages of art history there are numberous examples of children following the artistic foortsteps of their fathers. Bruegel, Cranach, and Peale are but a few such names, which spring to mind. Edmond and Charles Kanwischer, father and son respectively, share this heritage. This exhibition puts their work together for the first time. While genetics links the two artists together, aesthetics separates their work. Edmond is both a sculptor and painter of abstract compositions, while Charles pursues a more representational bent through his graphite drawings.
February 25-March 26, 2000
Mesplé uses Ovid’s masterpiece as a sort of traveler’s guide to navigate through a capricious cosmos whose inhabitants are constantly changing form and substance.
November 12-December 19, 1999
Richard Bruck has an award-winning background in photojournalism, disappointing experiences in commercial photography, and more than a decade of deep interest in the fine art photography that led him to pursue this new light imaging medium.
August 20-Spetember 26, 1999
Dan Ziembo, a long-time professor of art at the College of Lake County, taught drawing, design, printmaking, and computer graphics, is also widely recognized as a painter.
February 26-April 4, 1999
At first glance their work doesn’t seem to have much in common. Luecking’s sculpture is fashioned on an armature of logic, unvarying physical laws and universal governing systems. It’s scientific, mechanical, and honed on a keen intellectual edge. Using stone, wood, and metal he engages the natural and man-made evnvironments in ingenious dialogues layered with references from archeology, astronomy, biology, ecology, geometry, and physics. In his large-scale outdoor sculptures, such as the soon-to-be completed Sun Pivot, he literally incorporates the earth, sun and stars into his designs.
Through the placement of the sculpture stones, Sun Pivot establishes three spatial alignments or sightlines: one running northeast and southwest, another angeled to the rising sun on the summer solstice, and a third angled to the sunrise on the two equinoxes. Together, the alignments suggest the continuous but changing, relationship between the natural and manmade worlds.
November 13-December 14, 1998
Michael Chelich is a classical realist painter whose works range from portraits and still lifes to his more challenging narrative pieces. Chelich also has some narrative figure compositions on display.
July 10-August 14, 1998
The French word “atelier” means an artist’s studio or workshop. The Atelier Neo Medici, under the direction of Patrick Betaudier, is an externsion of this centuries old idea of master-student atelier. The name Medici is synonymous with the Renaissance. Betaudier stresses that just as during the Renaissance, painting must touch upon universal chords, that is, Art must transcend the merely fashionable.
May 22-June 26, 1998
The works of Janet Bloch and Rose Divita are brought together in this exhibition for the first time. While there are strong distinctions between their manners of working, there are also areas of common ground. These two Chicago painters, working on small formats, combie representational imagery with text.
February 27-April 5, 1998
The ten artists in this exhibition fall somewhere between the definitions of visionary, intuitive, or self-taught. Each person shares the common thread of being very uncommon, of seeing the world in a way that is very different from our own.
November 14-December 14, 1997
At first glance, it appears Steve and Jerry Jones, two brothers who became artists, couldn’t look at the world more differently. Steve is a realist painter whose extracting style is reminiscent of 17th century Dutch still life painters. Jerry was an expressionist painter whose energetic work draws on African art. Yet their lives and work have parallels.
August 22-September 28, 1997
Varied Views brings together the works of five Chicago area artists whose concerns run from the abstract to the representational. The broad range of media on exhibit includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography.
February 28-April 6, 1997
Jorge Simes, an Argentinean artist residing in Chicago, creates works which have their antecedents in European 18th century battle paintings. Unlike the traditional genre, his work does not celebrate war. Rather, he hopes to communicate how soldiers in all wars are anonymous prey to larger forces.
November 15-December 15, 1996
The Alchemic Emporium is a work that attempts to reunite art, science, and mysticism. On the surface, this marriage may appear forced but there are many common historic bonds.
March 1-April 7, 1996
The human figure in art continues to fascinate us because its interpretation seems limitless. In the figure’s portrayal we recognize both out commonality as humans and our diversity as individuals. Tim Doud and Steven Hudson have been recognized for their figurative works by each receiving Arts Midwest fellowships.
August 25-September 24, 1995
Bruno Surdo fervently believes that art should present powerful images that reflect the ideas, aspirations, and attitudes of its time. His works address issues of our day and age the way great artists of the past centuries captured their time. His realist approach is grounded in the sound painting methods and practices of that period.
March 3-April 9, 1995
The diverse work of painters and sculpters are on exhibition.
February 17-March 19, 1995
Belief and disbelief charge through our era with equally persuasive claims. Ours is a time of pride, it is a time of shame. Faith and cynicism are not mutually exclusive. The photographs in this collection, so filled with confidence in humanity, also whisper, under their breath, of despair.
November 11 - December 18, 1994
FOCI (Forms of Contemporary Illinois) is a solo exhibition series now in its fifth season. It provides a forum for spotlighting divergent art directions being explored by contemporary artists in Illinois. This FOCI installment presents the large-scale woodcuts by Southern Illinois artist Joel Feldman.
March 4-April 10, 1994
The works in this exhibition bring to the farthest north-eastern county of Illinois, vistas from around the state. The artists represented are either in the process, or already have distinguished themselves with their depiction of the Illinois landscape. The exhibition does not attempt to be comprehensive artistically or geographically. It is, as the title implies, selected views; landscapes by thirteen artists from various locals. However different each artist’s approach may be, they all reflect a profound love of the land.
October 1-November 7, 1993
We are proud to feature the works of Lake County artists in the Thirteenth Annual Recent Works Exhibition, a juried competition. Cash awards and purchase prizes will be presented to outstanding artists.
March 12-April 10, 1993
The thirty-eight artists invited to participate in [this gallery] share in the spirit of this season. Their works run the gamut from explicit realism to allegorical and conceptual. These artists have chosen to express aspects of spring and nature in their own personal imagery and medium.
March 1-April 14, 1991
Thirty-seven artists explore the parameters of what constitutes a self-portrait.
August 24-September 30, 1990
Refined craftsmanship and serene composition are characteristic of some pieces in the collection while, at the other end of the spectrum, there are pieces which could only be described as raw and aggressive in both subject matter and use of materials.
January 12-February 25, 1990
In the process of becoming a clinical psychologist, Robert H. Derden, Jr., Ph. D., acquired the sensory acuity and intellectual formation that would also enable him to develop into a discerning, risk-taking collector of contemporary art.
August 25-October 1, 1989
Like the ancient alchemists who attempted to transform lead into gold, Patrick Farrell, Joseph Hronek, and Harold Sudman are attempting to transform paint into reality. These Realists achieve a very sophisticated, nearly photographic level of finish to their works.
March 3-April 16, 1989
This exhibit displays works by College of Lake County full-time studio art faculty.
November 18-December 18, 1988
Little over half a century ago, as America struggled to extricate itself from the Great Depression, our government made a decade long investment in American artists. From 1933-1943 the project succeeded in putting unemployed artists to work, and for the first time made fine art accessible to the American public.
January 15-February 7, 1988
This exhibition is an attempt to reflect the dreams of a people - dreams realized and dreams deferred. The works on display provide an indication of the sensibilities, aspirations, and stylistic diversity of contemporary black visual artists from the Chicago Area.
August 28-October 4, 1987
The re-examination of traditional painting through experimentation with electric light and surface pigments has figured strongly in Steve’s present direction. Today his work can either be in conventional format, as in paiting, or unconventional, through the use of illusionary architectural spaces.
January 18-February 8, 1987
The subject matter in these series of works depicts aspects of American history, industry, agriculture, and the perceived need for Social Security. These themes reflect the main concern of the W.P.A. muralist to create an essentially American image which was comprehensible to the general public.