Brent Fogt and Stacia Yeapanis: Resist the Urge to Press Forward

March 5 – April 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 5, 3 – 6pm
Closing Reception, Artist’s Talk and Sculpture Garden Installation Unveiling: Saturday, April 15, 3-6pm

Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Design for Riverside, Illinois

“As the ordinary directness of line in town-streets, with its resultant regularity of plan, would suggest eagerness to press forward, without looking to the right hand or the left, we should recommend the general adoption in the design of your roads, of gracefully curved lines, generous spaces, and the absence of sharp corners, the idea being to suggest and imply leisure, contemplativeness and happy tranquility.”

–Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Preliminary Report on a Proposed Design for Riverside, Illinois

The precise balance of Brent Fogt’s assemblage sculptures and the repeated tangles and scribbles in Stacia Yeapanis’ floor-based installation echo the ideas foregrounded in Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead’s curvilinear landscape design for Riverside, Illinois—a design that invites locals and visitors alike to slow down and contemplate their surroundings. Fogt creates objects that interact precariously with the wall and ceiling, while Yeapanis explores groundedness by arranging tangled thickets of material that blanket the floor. For both artists, making art is a way to escape the clock and pursue an alternate system of time, where discrete, repeated actions in the present take precedence over the looming expanse of the future. Each uses discarded, undervalued materials and meditative processes to encourage viewers to become more aware of their bodies and of the present moment. Rather than pressing forward, they ask us to be still for a while and attend to what’s right in front of us.

Yeapanis’ materially dense installations self-consciously echo the anxiety of “constant doing” that defines contemporary life, while simultaneously offering us an antidote to this pervasive busyness. They are improvised arrangements of thousands of distinct parts—byproducts of non-goal-oriented, repetitive gestures—that will be reconfigured in future installations. For this exhibition, Yeapanis has reduced her material choices and palette to colors found in three, regularly discarded types of material: tan-colored cardboard boxes and shipping tubes, multi-colored plastic dog waste bags, and the ivory tones of raw hand-spun wool. Her work’s ephemerality is pivotal to its content, which speaks to the presence of impermanence in everyday life and the possibility of responding to it with a sense of wonder and play rather than unease.

Fogt’s research and artwork focus on how small, discrete actions—additions, subtractions, divisions—accumulate over time. He creates slender, off-kilter sculptures by assembling fallen tree branches, discarded furniture, worn-out clothing, and other cast-off materials he has rescued from the streets and dumpsters of his Chicago neighborhood. Fogt sutures the branches and prefabricated furniture by screwing, wrapping, or crocheting them together with cotton yarn or jute. The resulting sculptures may hang from ceilings, lean against walls, or rest precariously on floors. By placing humble, weathered materials into predefined architectural spaces, his artwork points to daily activities like standing, sitting and walking that require us to physically balance ourselves and our surroundings.

Alongside sculpture and installation, both Fogt and Yeapanis will present two-dimensional works. Fogt’s collaged images from a 1960 Sears catalog hover in fields of empty space, the pieces appearing to float on the page, while the swirling cacophony of Yeapanis’s colorful ink drawings echo the unpredictably organic forms of her 3-dimensional installations. The artists will also collaborate on an installation for the outdoor sculpture garden, which combines materials Fogt collects while taking long walks along Riverside’s winding streets and parks with “tangles” cut by Yeapanis from packing boxes collected from her neighbor’s recycling bins.

About the Artists:

The son of a Lutheran pastor and a psychotherapist, Brent Fogt was born in Ohio and raised in Texas. Fogt’s sculpture, collage and drawings have been featured in solo exhibitions at Austin College, Emory University, Indiana University and the Lawndale Art Center, and in publications such as New American Paintings, Art in America and He has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, I-Park Foundation and Yaddo. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Fogt lives and works in Chicago.

Stacia Yeapanis is a Chicago-based, interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA in 2006. Yeapanis conducts weekly interviews with artists for the OtherPeoplesPixels blog. She was a 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence and a 2012-2013 Mentor-in-Residence at Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s BOLT Residency. Her site-responsive installations have been featured in solo exhibitions at Siena Heights University, Heaven Gallery and Lillstreet Art Center and in two-person shows at Dominican University and Design Cloud. In August 2017, Yeapanis will have a solo exhibition of her work titled Sacred Secular at Indianapolis Arts Center.

This exhibition is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; and sponsorship from the Riverside Township.

The Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden
32 East Quincy Street, Riverside, IL 60546

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All of our exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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A Certain Slant of Light

January 15 – February 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 15, 3 – 6pm

Guest Curated by Bill Conger and Shona Macdonald

“There’s a certain slant of light On winter afternoons,
That oppresses like the weight Of cathedral tunes”
– Emily Dickinson

The work of this group of artists hopes to encapsulate the lyricism, fragility, and foreboding inherent in Dickinson’s poem. Memory too, captured in Dickinson’s vivid imagery, is present in much of this work: particularly the way memories unearth and dislodge, becoming different with age. Also, stillness and boredom where the imagination runs free, on days such as dreary, rain-soaked Sunday afternoons, as evoked in Dickinson’s poem.

The poem’s undercurrent of affliction illuminates something within the narrator herself. A supernatural heft within the four slight passages swells as the arbitrary and enigmatic slant of light transforms into a malevolent force of nature. The artists represented here amplify common visages and familiar objects while expounding on the implications. These artists similarly excavate content from the slightest stimuli either pictorially or through gesture. Their works yield psychically charged moments, which reference Dickinson’s unequalled ability to exact underlying drama from arrested observation. — Shona Macdonald, Guest Curator

Artists in the Exhibition: Bill Conger, Natalie Jacobson, Shona Macdonald, Melissa Randall, Dawn Roe, Pete Schulte, Buzz Spector, and Dustin Young.

Good Machines

December 4, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Reception: Sunday, December 4, 3 – 6pm

Curated by Natalie Jacobson

Watch videos of the technology-driven artworks in “Good Machines”:

How can we use technology to better connect to others and create new experiences for ourselves? This group exhibition explores this question through works that exploit machine and technology and use interactivity as a form of performance, while looking at the role that potentiality and destruction play within those experiences. Artists whose work often uses technology as a medium are invited to create machines that will generate a gesture, a kind of “drawing” in the form of a mark, sound, light, object, or movement. Due to direct or indirect public interaction with the machines, and within the confines of the gallery space, these drawings will change over time, and possibly be destroyed in the process. Come join in!

“Good Machines” draws inspiration from Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), an organization started in the 1960s by Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Whitman, Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer that brought artists, engineers, and cutting-edge technology together with the goal of reshaping human relationships to machines, information, and community. Artists who worked with E.A.T. include Fujiko Nakaya, Andy Warhol, John Cage, Yvonne Rainer, Forrest Myers, Öyvind Fahlström, Lucinda Childs, Alex Hay, Frank Stella, Michel Auder, John Chamberlan, Nancy Graves, Ralph Hocking, Joan Jonas, Les Levine, Michael Netter, Brigid Polk, Larry Rivers, Lucas Samaras, Richard Serra, Tony Shafrazi, Michael Snow, Keith Sonnier and many, many others. Their goals were generous in that they wanted to reach people traditionally outside of the art world, as well as take art outside of the gallery context and insert it into the everyday in ways that opened up new conversations.

Niki Passath performance at Longli Media Arts Festival, China, October 2016. Photo credit: Franz Shuber.

Niki Passath performance at Longli Media Arts Festival, China, October 2016. Photo credit: Franz Shuber.

For more information on E.A.T. and its history, see: Experiments in Art and Technology: A Brief History of Experiments and Projects, by Woody Vasulka.

Artists in the exhibition are Taylor Hokanson in collaboration with J. Stephen Lee, Richard Holland, Eric Lunde, Niki Passath, Jesse Seay, and Philip von Zweck. The exhibition runs from December 4, 2016 – January 7, 2017.

About the artists:

Taylor Hokanson is an artist, educator and open source hardware advocate. His practice revolves around the creative opportunities formed by online communities and computer-aided fabrication tools. This research informs carefully engineered objects that question the myth of singular authorship, our expectations of post-digital functionality, and the absurdity of human-human and human-computer interaction.  Hokanson’s work has been shown in Austria, Canada, Estonia, India, Italy and throughout the United States. In keeping with the nature of his research, online venues form an equally important distribution medium. See the following websites for more information:;;;

Richard Holland is a 2003 JD/MA/MFA graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He had his first gallery show while still in high school, in 1989, and never really came to his senses. Along with Duncan MacKenzie, he founded the art blog and podcast Bad at Sports in 2005. He received grants from the Illinois Arts Council in 2004 and 2009. He has lectured and led numerous panel discussions on art, business and legal issues faced by artists, and comics at a varied string of venues including apexart, threewalls, the National Museum Publishing Seminar, the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and College Art Association. He has been a visiting artist at Bradley University, Washington State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time he is an attorney in private practice, a realtor, and father to two future ninjas.

J. Stephen Lee is a graphic designer and educator currently located in Portland, Oregon. He has experience in art direction, motion graphics, and UI/UX. He received an AB in Studio Art/Psychology at Dartmouth College and an MFA in Graphic Design/Integrated Media at CalArts.

Eric Lunde is not an artist that specializes in any one talent, media, or genre. My work has ranged from performance and performance art, experimental audio to 2D drawing and wall sculpture/installation. I have numerous audio releases in various formats released through audio concerns here in the US and throughout the world.
Niki Passath studied Violoncello and Architecture in Graz, Austria and made his diploma in Media Art and Digital Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.The longterm involvement with classical music instruments lead to his interest in automatons, machines and robots.  On the one hand he develops robots which draw their experiences as traces on different surfaces, on the other hand he is using the 3D-printing technology to transfer digital content back from the virtual to the reality. Passath lives and works in Vienna.

Jesse Seay is an artist and associate professor in the Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics at Columbia College Chicago. She holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her sound-producing kinetic sculpture has shown at the Hyde Park Art Center, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Chicago Children’s Museum, and is on permanent display at the University of Chicago. Find her online at

Philip von Zweck‘s conceptually driven works ranges from radio broadcasts and participatory public projects to solely authored paintings. He was a founding member of the radio art collective Blind Spot (2005-2008) and producer of the weekly sound art radio program Something Else (1995-2010) on WLUW, Chicago, director of the living room art gallery VONZWECK (2005-2008) and his office gallery D Gallery (2011-present). Solo projects have been presented at The Knockdown Center, NYC; INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, NYC; 65GRAND, Chicago; Performa 11, New York; NADA Hudson/INVISIBLE-EXPORTS; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Gallery 400, Chicago; three-walls, Chicago. He is the founder of the Chicago Artificial Birding Society and President and CEO of Thornberry, producer of the world’s finest doorstops. He is represented by 65GRAND.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and sponsorship from the Riverside Township.

The Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden
32 East Quincy Street, Riverside, IL 60546
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This exhibition is free and open to the public.
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Judith Brotman and Fraser Taylor: Missed (and Other) Connections

October 23 – November 26, 2016
Reception: Sunday, October 23, 3 – 6pm

Curated by Karen Azarnia

Read a review of this exhibition in New City here.

The Riverside Arts Center is pleased to present Missed (and other) Connections, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Judith Brotman and Fraser Taylor. Brotman and Taylor reference form and the human body through the immediacy of mark – be it drawn, stitched, collaged, or sculpted. Having shared an artistic dialogue for many years as both friends and colleagues, both artists delve into the complex territory of relationships and connections between people. Navigating the often contradictory notions of identity, self-perception, longing and desire, Brotman and Taylor convey urgency and vulnerability, embodied through formal material choices and a sense of touch. More Information

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Luis Sahagun: An Old God Renewed

Opens October 23, 2016 in the RAC Sculpture Garden
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 23 from 3-6pm

“In the beginning there was only darkness.
The atmosphere had no taste.
Anonymous ancestors magically appeared,
Alvaro’s History was erased.

Angels came to hear him sing,
For it was the rise of a new king.”
-Creation Story

Luis Sahagun An Old God Renewed, 2016 wood, drywall, cement, screws, spray paint, acrylic, oil, resin, & metal Courtesy the artist

Luis Sahagun
An Old God Renewed, 2016
wood, drywall, cement, screws, spray paint, acrylic, oil, resin, & metal
Courtesy the artist

Luis Sahagun creates paintings, sculptures and objects that serve as icons of an invented personal mythology. He is interested in the overlap of memory, imagination, and his own ancestral legacy and art, and describes himself as as “a quixotic artist who channels the working ethics of a construction worker on a romantic quest to use art to empower working class sensibilities.”

Sahagun’s practice is deeply informed by his experience as a laborer, construction worker and product designer. Instead of the painter’s traditional brush, palette knife and canvas, Sahagun employs saws, knives, and engineered wood particle board as his primary tools and media. These modes of production have led Sahagun to develop an idiosyncratic personal vernacular that remains proudly embedded within the everyday realities of his blue-collar upbringing. He describes his outdoor sculpture An Old God Renewed as “an anthropomorphic panther that serves as a portal for human souls to exit our realm and enter the mythology that I have constructed.” Within the Panther’s eye is a depiction of the moon, which provides the symbolic source of energy for the portal’s ability to function.

Importantly for Sahagun, the moon also represents a world where “the fallen…friends and family members that have been murdered due to the violence found within my own Chicago Southland community” now reside. The sculpture is Sahagun’s offering to this familiar yet strange, distant yet ever-present “old god,” the moon. Through symbol, metaphor, and mythic storytelling, Sahagun’s works construct a viscerally powerful alternative vision of Chicago community history, through which we may ponder the minute alongside the infinite, the mundane in concert with the divine.

Luis Sahagun An Old God Revisited, 2016 (detail)

Luis Sahagun
An Old God Renewed, 2016

This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 1 ‐ 5pm.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and sponsorship from the Riverside Township.

Riva Lehrer: Exquisite Radical

September 4 – October 15, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 4, 3 ‐ 6pm

Closing Reception & Artist Talk with Riva Lehrer and Anne Harris Saturday October 15, 2-5pm
Reading and Artist Talk begins at 3pm

Exhibition curated by Anne Harris
Full-color exhibition catalogue with an essay by Anne Harris available for purchase

The RAC is pleased to present Riva Lehrer’s solo exhibition Exquisite Radical. Riva Lehrer’s figurative paintings and drawings challenge conventional notions of beauty. She exquisitely depicts bodies we are told not to look at, certainly not to stare at—not to see. She does this through portraiture, which traditionally focuses on unique individuals deemed worthy of being “the stars of their own lives.” (1) More Information

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Annual Members Exhibition 2016

Selected works from the 2016 RAC Members Exhibition:

June 26-July 23, 2016
Reception: Sunday, June 26, 3-6pm

Once a year, the Riverside Arts Center showcases the work of our students and members in our Freeark Gallery and FlexSpace. We look forward to this event every summer as an opportunity to highlight the creations of our talented supporters. We hope you’ll join us for the opening celebration on Sunday, June 26, from 3-6pm.

Charley Krebs: Black and White and Blues All Over

May 21 – June 18, 2016
Reception: Sunday, May 22, 3 ‐ 6pm
Curated by Kim Piotrowski

Charley Krebs has been the cartoonist for Chicago Jazz Magazine (CJM) since its first issue in 2004. His regular feature alternates between traditional one-panel jokes to half-page collage cartoons presenting an illustrated study of Chicago and its prominent music forms, jazz and blues.

Black & White and Blues All Over is the sequel to Krebs’ 2008 RAC career retrospective exhibit, Black & White and Read All Over. This collection of his work in RAC’s FlexSpace Gallery brings together cartoons drawn for CJM’s annual Chicago Bluesfest issue, along with a few other CJM cartoons and those from other print or online entities.

Charley was the editorial cartoonist for the Suburban LIFE Newspapers organization from 1979 to 2006, at times creating 5 cartoons a week for newspapers serving 75 communities. This work was recognized with 17 state and national journalism awards, including the top designation for the years 1997 and 2001 by the Illinois Press Association. He also was the first art director and cartoonist for New City. Along with a great number of other print publications, his work has been more recently featured online for AOL Patch and The Chicago Progressive.

He is a self-taught cartoonist originally from the west side of Chicago – copying characters from the Mickey Mouse Club and story books and then onto his school days emulating the comic books and comic strips of the 1960s. In the 1970s, Charley was the cartoonist (and editor-in-chief) of both his high school and college student newspapers in Cicero. In the 1980s and ’90s, he was an art director in the educational international travel marketplace. He has been a working artist and resident of the Village of Riverside since 1985. In addition to his ongoing work for Chicago Jazz Magazine, Charley is a top-tier staff cartoonist and illustrator for McKinsey & Company Worldwide.

Music themes have been prominent in his work for a long time: his first cartoon sale was a drawing of the Beatles in 1965 to his cousin Jimmy for a nickel.

Charley art

Jennifer Taylor — RAC Spotlight: Listen Hear

May 21 – June 18, 2016
Reception: Sunday, May 22, 3 ‐ 6pm
Curated by Anne Harris


Jennifer Taylor, Woman of the Sea, 2013, oil on canvas, 18 x 24”

The Riverside Arts Center is pleased to present Jennifer Taylor’s exhibition Listen Hear. This is part of our annual RAC Spotlight series that showcases a member of the Riverside Arts Center community. 


Jennifer Taylor, The Wedding, 2003, oil on canvas, 36 x 72”

About the Artist
Jennifer Taylor is one of the original founders of the Riverside Arts Center and served as Vice President of RAC’s Board of Directors for its first nineteen years. Jennifer is a self-taught artist, known for her inventive narrative paintings and beautiful hand painted furniture. She is the owner of the Painted Board Studio, which originated in Riverside but is now part of her newly opened studio and gallery, Beach Art Studios, located in the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary, Indiana. You may also be familiar with Jennifer as an actress. She’s had a long and varied career. At one point a regular on the soap opera The Edge of Night, she has recently had recurring roles in such television series as Empire and Prison Break, and played the role of Dinah in the Den Theater’s acclaimed production of The Quality of Life.

Information about Beach Art Studios and Painted Board Studio can be found here: 

John Opera and Adam Schreiber: Liquid Intelligence

April 17 – May 14, 2016
Reception: Sunday, April 17, 3-6 pm
Artists Talk/Closing Reception: Saturday, May 14, 2:30 – 5 pm
Curated by Gregory Harris

Chicago-based artists John Opera and Adam Schreiber utilize rudimentary image-making processes as a means of exploring photography’s most elemental nature. Opera creates fleeting abstract images of ink marbled in water and prints them as Anthotypes, a primitive photographic process derived from the colorful light sensitive chemicals found in plants. The Anthotype process, like Opera’s source images, is unstable and the photographs are in constant flux as they gradually fade. Schreiber’s vivid, minimal portraits activate the experience of looking and being-seen. Made with large-format paper negatives and a process of reversals, Schreiber connects his work to the origins of photography and the conventions of the photographic gaze. Both Opera and Schreiber relish the materiality of their chosen medium, accentuating what the photograph is rather than simply what it is of.
–Gregory Harris More Information

AP ART 2016

Riverside Brookfield High School
March 4 – April 2, 2016
Reception: Friday, March 4, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Riverside Brookfield High School, in conjunction with RAC, presents AP Art 2016.  Now in its seventh year, this annual group exhibition features artwork created by the current class of talented high school AP art students.  A variety of mixed-media work including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and more will be on display.

Andrejana Misic, Senior

Andrejana Misic, Senior

Participating Artists:
Rumaldo Delacerda, Sara Difatta, Benjamin Gembara, Kaileen Gilhooly, Nicholas Hamera, Claire Hejna, Grace Hodgden, Ayleen Huerta, Suzana Jukic, Joshua Lemont, Anika Marchan, Julia McCarthy, Andrejana Misic, Alana Novak, Nathan Perez, Erin Rookus, Elizabeth Rowley, Brianna Spinelli, Katelyn Storage, Zachary Straka, Emma Strand, Emily Temmer, Stephanie Vasquez, Daniel Wass

Judith Raphael and Tony Phillips


January 31– February 27, 2016
Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Saturday, February 27, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Artist Talk Moderated by Susanna Coffey

Curated by Anne Harris
Essay on The Conversation: Twosome

Catalogue Available

JudithJudith Raphael, Surveying the Universe, 26 x 41”, acrylic  on panel, 2013

TonyTony Phillips, A Family, 41.5 x 29.5”, pastel on paper, 1980

RAC is pleased to present Judith Raphael and Tony Phillips in Twosome. Both artists are fixtures in Chicago and have been exhibiting since the early 1960’s. This is the third exhibition in our series called The Conversation, featuring two artists who together have some form of creative discourse.
Judith and Tony have been married for thirty-five years. Their home and shared studio are fashioned from an old warehouse in Pilsen they had the prescience to buy in 1985. Both artists depict parts of stories—specific moments and grand events—through exquisitely crafted figurative paintings and drawings. Tony’s pieces are dark. Trains and planes plunge through twilight, women morph into sphinxes and trees, goats have cat’s eyes, lightning strikes, and the artist’s surrogate appears repeatedly—soft, naked and mortal. In contrast, Judith’s girls and boys (often her grandchildren) are brightly illuminated. They float on bicycles and parachutes, hurtle through the sky with jetpacks, tell secrets, run races, and release Pandora’s pestilence into the universe while remaining utterly unplagued. Together, their work bookends us between old and young, and fear and fearlessness.
–Anne Harris

About the Artists
Judith Raphael received her BFA from the University of Mississippi, and her MA from Northwestern University, where she studied with Ted Halkin. Her work has been seen locally and nationally at such venues as The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; The Frye Museum, Seattle, WA; and the Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY. Awards received include the Adolph & Clara Obrig Prize from The National Academy Museum, a Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy, and also grants from the NEA and the Illinois Arts Council. She taught for decades at both SAIC and Moraine Valley Community College, retiring in 2002. Her most recent solo exhibition was in 2015, titled Coming into Bloom, at Elmhurst College.

Tony Phillips received his BA from Trinity College, Hartford, CT and his BFA and MFA from Yale University. His work has been shown locally and nationally at venues ranging from The Art Institute of Chicago to The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; The National Academy Museum, New York; The Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY; and Lyons Weir and Marianne Deson Galleries, Chicago. He’s received numerous awards including the Jacob and Bessie Levy Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago, multiple NEA Fellowships and Illinois Arts Council Grants, as well multiple residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell. He began teaching at SAIC in 1969, where he retired in 2001 as chair of the painting department. He still teaches a course there now as Professor Emeritus. Presently, Tony’s work is on exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Surrealism: the Conjured Life.

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Bob Faust: Betweens

November 21, 2015 — January 16, 2016
Reception: Saturday, December 5, 2015, 3— 6pm

Left: Innocence/Experience, 2015. insulation sheathing, muslin and rubber. 30" x 48" x 2” Right: OK, 2015. Cedar. 78" x 78" x 32”

Left: Innocence/Experience, 2015. insulation sheathing, muslin and rubber. 30″ x 48″ x 2”
Right: OK, 2015. Cedar. 78″ x 78″ x 32”

The Riverside Arts Center is pleased to present the solo exhibition Betweens, featuring new work by Bob Faust.

In this moment, we each stand at the polar extreme of our own innocence. Between these two points lie our struggles and strengths — our fragility, fears and faith. In this exhibition Faust explores this calcified accumulation of “betweens” that keep us standing upright — through a conceptual lens somewhere between art and design.

About the Artist
By exploiting his experience as a typographer through materiality, Bob Faust creates visual, visceral and contextual art experiences across myriad mediums and media. He is the principal and creative director for Faust, a cultural branding and communications studio as well as the studio/special projects director for artist Nick Cave where he collaborates on both exhibition design and performance works. Faust has been recognized nationally and internationally for his creativity and clarity through many prestigious collections, exhibitions and publications such as the Society of Typographic Arts Archive, Expo Chicago, DSGN CHGO, Communication Arts, Print and and the London Creative Competition.

SHIFT: Felecia Chizuko Carlisle + Jeroen Nelemans

October 10 – November 14, 2015
Reception: Saturday, October 10, 3 – 6pm
Curated by Karen Azarnia


left: Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Variations on a Theme, 2015, Video projection still, Dimensions variable
right: Jeroen Nelemans, Homage to the Cube, 2014, Custom made light box, polarizing filters, cellophane, 9” x 9” x 1”

RAC is pleased to present a two-person exhibition featuring Felecia Chizuko Carlisle and Jeroen Nelemans.  Miami-based artist Carlisle will present a single-channel video projection entitled Variations on a Theme, along with works from Chicago-based artist Neleman’s ongoing light box series Homage to the Cube.  Engaging art historical references, Nelemans looks to Josef Albers and Carlisle culls from Performing Space by Ilke De Vries and Barbara Kasten’s Constructs series.  Deconstructing contemporary digital media, both artists mine formal elements of light, geometry, and color with mesmerizing results, to challenge notions of perception and the act of looking.

About the Artists
Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, a native Floridian, has lived and worked in Miami, FL since 2009. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute New Genres department in 2006. She is an artist and museum educator. Her projects cross the disciplines of performance, installation, sound, sculpture, photography, video and public works. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include USF Contemporary Art Museum(Tampa, FL), Locust Projects (Miami, FL), Vizcaya Museum and Gardens(Miami, FL), Riverside Arts Center(Chicago,IL) and Fountainhead Residency(Miami, FL). She is represented by Emerson Dorsch where she has had two solo exhibitions. In 2015 she was awarded a Wavemaker Grant via Andy Warhol Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant and a commission from Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places.

Jeroen Nelemans (1974) was born in the Netherlands and currently resides in Chicago. Some of his recent shows include the Mission gallery in Chicago, Aspect/Ratio gallery in Chicago, the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Space in Miami, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Greece, Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois, the Nice&Fit gallery in Berlin and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids.

His work has also been screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the Banff Center in Canada, Gallery 400 in Chicago, as well as the Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, Halle, Germany, the Magmart International VideoArt Festival in Napoli, the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival in Ireland and the Kortfilm festival in Copenhagen as well as the 25th Festival Les Instant Video in Marseille France.  Nelemans received a Full Merit Scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and finished his MFA in 2007. He was a resident at the Jentel residency, Vermont Studio Center.


Paola Cabal + (f)utility projects


Sculpture Garden:
(f)utility projects

August 30 – October 3, 2015
Closing Reception: Saturday, October 3, 1 – 3pm

Curated by Karen Azarnia
Exhibition catalog essays by Annie Morse and Karen Azarnia

Paola Cabal, On-site research image, 2015, digital photograph

The Riverside Arts Center is pleased to host Paola Cabal as an artist-in-residence  this August, in preparation for her anticipated exhibition Crescent.  Cabal’s work focuses on documenting the passage of light through space, over a specific span of time.  Cabal will utilize the residency to complete a site-specific installation in response to the arc of daily rhythms of the Freeark Gallery:  the natural light entering the physical architecture of the space, the train which travels at regular intervals behind the gallery, and the Des Plaines River which flows nearby.

While Cabal’s previous work has primarily documented sunlight, the installation at RAC will feature a response to moonlight.   On the recent evening of July 31 – August 1, the artist spent the night in the gallery documenting the light of a rare “blue moon” as it illuminated the gallery walls.  As she states, “the secrets and surprises of a space only reveal themselves once time and attention have been committed.”  Her work is a result of slow and methodical observation, a finely honed act of looking.  Cabal’s painterly gesture of “fixing light” highlights the contradiction of this poetic yet futile act of labor.  It becomes a catalyst for self-reflection on our own fleeting passage through time and space.
–Karen Azarnia

(f)utility projects, On-site research study, 2015, digital photograph with rendering

What purpose does an open, outdoor space situated behind a gallery serve, if not as a respite from the attentive requisites of the gallery space itself? In our upcoming intervention, (ƒ)utility projects (a collaborative comprised of Paola Cabal, Michael Genge, and Chris Grieshaber) seek to elevate the natural elements of the back yard of the Riverside Art Center to “Art Object” status by selectively positioning white “gallery walls” between and around the landscaping and trees already located there.  Partly a response to recent endeavors elsewhere that seek to position “nature” in a gallery setting, and partly an attempt to create a different kind of visual dialogue in a hybrid, natural/built environment, (ƒ)utility projects looks forward to formalizing this heretofore casual space, in this way linking it intimately to the freeark gallery while also positing it as a visually compelling place unto itself.
(ƒ)utility projects