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Past Exhibitions

 

Minimalism at the Clark
Rich Manalis
NIPSCO Gallery
November 4, 2016 - December 2, 2017
Exhibit Opening | First Friday: October 4

A fine art photographer, Manalis’ photographs attempt to communicate the artistic meaning inherent in both natural and man-made objects.

 

 

Water Elementals
Susan Henshaw

NIPSCO EDUCATION STUDIO (NORTH)
October 7 - 30
Exhibit Opening | First Friday: October 7 | 5-8PM
Area Artist Association member Susan Henshaw’s “Water Elementals” series explores the balance of stillness and flow through oil painting. While some images are recognizable as water, others are more abstract.

 

 

Project Simple: Capturing Silent Conversations
Chelsea Nix & Mariano Cortez

NIPSCO Education Studio
September 2, 2016-October 28, 2016
Conversation with the Artists | September 22
Opening Reception | October 7

Using the camera as a tool to share individual stories and help indigenous communities in third world countries, this husband & wife duo focused their lens on India and Nepal for this compelling series of photographs. 

To learn more about the stories behind Project Simple: Capturing Silent Conversations, LCA invites the public for a conversation with the artists on Thursday, September 22 at 6 PM.

 

 

‘Scapes
Hal Higdon
NIPSCO Gallery
September 2 - October 2
Exhibit Opening | First Friday: September 2 | 5-8pm

Best known for his writing, Long Beach resident and Area Artists Association member, Hal Higdon, never strayed far from his art, shifting styles between Impressionism and PopArt, and most recently Realism.

 

Moment in Time
Ezra Siegel
Brincka-Cross & Susan Block Galleries
July 2 - October 1, 2016
Exhibit Opening | First Friday: July 1 | 5-8 PM

Ezra Siegel is a minimalist painter who uses plaster, graphite and as many as 30 thin washes to create tones, shapes and texture. His process allows him to create subtle and nuanced color and tone.

“My paintings are both empty and full, ordered but yet improvised. They suggest "Minimal Painting" but exhibit a human touch, with the hope that the viewer can experience beauty through imperfection and subtlety.”

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The Rebirth of How
Lucy Slivinski
LCA Promenade
July 2 - September 24, 2016
Exhibit Opening | First Friday: July 1 | 5-8 PM

Lucy Slivinski is a well-known installation artist from Chicago. Lucy uses a vast array of found and recycled materials in her work to create conceptual constructions that draw a connection between nature and discarded objects. She has been commissioned across the country to create public installations. Slivinkski will be wrapping the 6 trees along the promenade leading to LCA’s entry.

“I live in the collaborative space of ideas, conception and construction.  My process with materials is focused on found objects integrated into conceptual art making, inspiring me by all connections and contributions.  My work is the investigation of connectivity.  I am both humbled and amazed at the regenerative power of life.... Through recycling, we have blessed opportunities to reshape things that are perceived as decay, into replenished mysteries of beauty."

"I am a true believer and a seer of the creative possibility."                    
- Lucy Slivinski

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Conversations with Chaos
Daryl Thetford
Hyndman Gallery
July 2 - September 24, 2016
Exhibit Opening | First Friday: July 1 | 5-8 PM

Daryl Thetford works in photography-based digital media and collage. His process begins by selecting a single, original photographic image followed by digital layering and combining of dozens of additional original photographs. It is a process, which takes an average of 40 hours. His resulting images range from culturally familiar individual pieces (bikes, cowboys, guitars, cityscapes) to more esoteric series based on humans’ inner struggle with modern society or the human sense of isolation in the noise of the modern world.

Thetford grew up in rural Tennessee and had an early interest in art. Encouraged to pursue a “practical” career, he spent 15 years working in the field if mental healthcare. When Thetford returned to art in 2001 he discovered that the psychology of behavior and emotion flowed neatly into his artistic process. The result is a compelling body of photo collage work that is informed by the richness of the psyche.

Thetford lives and works in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States and has work in numerous corporate collections.

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Carnivale in Indiana
Carol Block
August 5 - August 27
NIPSCO Gallery
Exhibit Opening | First Friday: August 5 | 5-8pm

Carol Block is a member of the Area Artist Association. She combines her interest in photography, painting, printmaking and surrealism by altering her photographs digitally and often overprinting several times.

 



 


"Love of Money"
by Abby Singleton


LOK Wishing Tree | Young Artists' Exhibition
Large NIPSCO Art Education Studio
June 3 - 23, 2016
Reception: Friday June 3 | 5-8pm (CDT)

An exhibition that showcases outstanding student artwork in the region as well as the Bloomington Boys & Girls Club. Work includes photography, drawings, painting, paper sculpture and more and will be on display in the NIPSCO Art Education Studios.




International Randomness

Out of the Shadows
Yoonshin Park & Richard Shipps
Hyndman Gallery
April 16 – June 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 5-8 PM (CDT)
 
Yoonshin Park and Richard Shipps’ paper installations convey a fragile balance, yet can be shaped to create complex volume, surface, and presence. Yoonshin Park creates paper, whereas Richard Shipps cuts it. Parks creates paper using a pulp mixture of cotton and abaca.  The process of creating paper intrigues Park because of the boundless possibilities for how she can incorporate and use it as a medium. "I strive to communicate with viewers about being fragile, fragmented and vulnerable." As an immigrant, Park uses her experience of being in a new environment to question space and its implications in defining one's identity as the inspiration behind her work. Shipps on the other hand has long been fascinated by the interplay of light and shadow and how that interaction reveals form in many interesting ways. Whether he is working in cut paper or steel sculpture, his work is a subtractive process, removing a cut shape to reveal other shapes in a framework of both positive and negative space.

Bios: 

Richard Shipps studied at Albion College, Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts, and Wayne State University. He began exhibiting his art in the Detroit area in the 1960s. Simultaneously, he began working in creative production. As an artist/designer/producer he applied himself to film & video animation. He received over 40 awards for creative and technological innovation, including the Grand Award from the International Film and Television Festival of New York. In 2006 Richard moved to Chicago, where he currently resides, and re-focused his fine art discipline. He spent a year as a resident artist and executive committee co-chair with the Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery. He has participated in Artprize for several years, exhibiting large scale cut paper work. His work has recently been exhibited in several venues in Europe, and a variety of exhibitions in the US.


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Yoonshin Park received her MA and MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was born in Seoul, Korea and currently resides in Chicago, IL  where she is working in sculptural papers, artist books, and installation.

 

 

 

 

 


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Signatures of All Things
Doug Stapleton 
Brincka/Cross Gallery
April 16 – June 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 5-8 PM (CDT)

Doug Stapleton re-configures found images into ambiguous narrative collages that often refer to the original source, but alters the message. Using his background in anthropology and art history, Stapleton is able to use his knowledge to construct his collages. “I play loosely with symbols and metaphors from art history, language, and religion to create new images that are strongly representational, with an attention to precise cutting and visual consistency, and a nod toward absurd, implied narrative,” explains Stapleton.

Bio: Doug Stapleton is an artist, curator and educator. Currently he is an adjunct faculty in the Interdisciplinary Arts graduate program at Columbia College Chicago. Stapleton's work has been the subject of two solo exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago in 2012.  He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989, and a BA in Anthropology from University of Delaware with a minor concentration in Art History and Ceramics.

 


The Davenport Brothers

Discarded Memories
Kass Copeland
Susan Block Gallery
April 16 – June 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 5-8 PM (CDT)

Copeland re-constructs discarded furniture and household items found in the alleys of her Chicago neighborhood to create recycled mixed media pieces.  Often returning to childhood stories and rhymes as resources, her work is rooted in this narrative foundation. Like joining words together to form a story, her pieces reveal themselves as new objects with completely separate histories.

Bio: Copeland is an artist and designer who has worked in Chicago since 1995. Prior to earning her BFA from The Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, she studied and apprenticed with her father, a theatrical and circus prop designer and craftsman.

 

Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit 
April 1 – May 15, 2016
Large NIPSCO Art Education Studio
Reception: Thursday, April 21, 4:30 - 6:30 PM (CDT)

Impressive in both quality and quantity, this striking display of art and fine crafts includes 2-D and 3-D pieces by kindergarten through 6th grade students. Created in the art rooms of the Michigan City public elementary schools, this exhibit features a number of art media including paint, clay, chalk pastels, and paper.

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Abstruse Daydreaming
Meredith Setser and Jay Zerbe
February 6th – April 9th, 2016
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: February 5th, 5 - 8 PM (CST)

Abstruse Daydreaming features fiber scapes by Meredith Setser and contemporary abstract paintings by Jay Zerbe.

Setser’s installations utilize printed motifs that reference patterns found in urban infrastructure, agricultural & eco systems. Applied to handmade felt these substrates are then cut, sewn, layered, and folded into a sculptural installation. The process of felt making, which employs heat, moisture, and aggressive friction, mirrors the geological phenomenon of the creation of the earth strata. Heavily intertwined with ideas, Setser’s process and materials are most important.  Etching, a process that at its very core involves corrosion and decay, and printed layers of information refer to the collective, stratified memory of a particular place. Setser is a printmaker and textile artist currently employed as an assistant professor of printmaking at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis.

Learn more about Meredith Setser at her website.

Zerbe’s abstract paintings are informed by the landscape and strike a balance between order and chaos.The appearance of order breaks down under scrutiny, which mirrors Zerbe’s understanding of reality. The core of the work revolves around juxtaposing these diverse structures and their uncertain references. Zerbe is a contemporary abstract painter originally from Chicago, but now resides in Northwest Indiana.

Learn more about Jay Zerbe at his website.

 

 

Placebo
Interactive Works by Jonah Ortiz
February 6th-April 9th, 2016
Brincka/Cross & Susan Block Galleries
Opening Reception: February 5th, 5 - 8 PM (CST)

Placebo features interactive sculptures by Jonah Ortiz that explore how we relate to objects and become desensitized by convenience, experience and time.

Ortiz’s low brow sense of humor is prevalent in his work but the underlying theme is what he calls, “creative experiment in humanity.” The sculptures are designed to spark intrigue and create dialogue among his audience. His artwork is a construct of a lifetime of experiences, summed up into thought provoking one-liners. Each piece delivers a narrative masked by jokes and glitter, but alluding to a social critique, and questioning how people perceive, and react to the norms of our society.

Click here to see Ortiz’s “An Exercise in Stupidity” installation.

 

 

The Art of Letting Go
Paintings by Gideon Douglas
Jan 29 – March 20, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 5, 5-8 PM (CST)

The Art of Letting Go features oil and acrylic paintings by Southwest, MI artist Gideon Douglas. His lyrical paintings reference the landscape of the region. Gideon grew up in Southwest Michigan and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Michigan State, which he attended on a baseball scholarship.  His experience is vast and varied; he studied art in Paris, owned a gallery in Key West and taught snowboarding in Breckenridge, Colorado for eight years. Gideon is also LCA's newest art instructor and will be teaching a Life Drawing  class starting Tuesday, Feb. 23. 

 

Join us during First Friday on Feb. 5, 5-8 PM (CST) for the opening reception for Meredith Setser and Jay Zerbe: Abstruse Daydreaming and Jonah Ortiz: Placebo. Abtruse Daydreaming (Hyndman Gallery) features fibers scapes by Meredith Setser and contemporary abstract paintings by Jay Zerbe. Setser’s installations resemble various ecosystems and landscape formations. Zerbe’s abstract paintings are informed by chaos with order and derived by the landscape. Placebo (Bricka/Cross and Susan Block Galleries) features interactive sculptures by Jonah Ortiz that explore how we relate to objects and become desensitized by convenience, experience and time. Meet the artists and enjoy light bite. Learn more about the exhibitions and artists.

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Laurel Izard: Goddesses and Aliens
Area Artists Association 
December 1 – December 30, 2015
NIPSCO Small Art Education Studio 
Opening Reception: December 4, 2015. 5-8 PM (CST)


Goddesses and Aliens is an exhibition of Laurel Izard’s recent collages of graceful goddesses and geometric alien characters.  Some of these pieces make a passing reference to the tarot, but for the most part they come from Laurel’s imaginative ramblings in her sketchbooks and on scraps of paper.  Formally these works balance texture, shapes and color using painted canvas, handmade paper and vintage text, and are influence by artwork from medieval woodcuts, comic art, and pulp science fiction.

 

 

"Special Arts" Exhibition 2015
Showcasing artists from Michiana Resources and Social Learning Institute
November 6, 2015 - January 7, 2016
NIPSCO Large Art Education Studio 
Reception: December 2, 5-8 PM (CST)

 
An exhibition of prints and paintings by artists who receive weekly instruction from Lubeznik Center for the Arts.

Artist Debra Sawyer has been teaching these students at LCA weekly for the last six years. The program is supported by a generous grant from Duneland Health Council.

 

 

Bernard Williams & Edra Soto

Bernard Williams: Hard Driving & Edra Soto:Tropicalamerican
October 3rd - January 9th
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception Oct 2nd 5-8pm (CDT)

Bernard Williams: Hard Driving features an installation that focuses on a life-size car sculpture, constructed from plywood. The car, titled: Scott Car is a tribute to NASCAR’s first Black driver, Wendell Scott. The 1977 movie Greased Lightning, was loosely based on the life of Wendell Scott. The sculpture and related objects frame American culture in relation to the automobile, unequal competition, and excessive consumption.

Edra Soto: Tropicalamerican features a series of flags and chairs made by applying traditional crafting techniques to untraditional formats. Tropicalamerican (flags) were made with a variety of tropical leaves collaged and translated into a digital format. This series approaches the patriotic art tradition that for centuries artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and David Hammons, among others, have followed with the intent of canonize events, aesthetics and American Culture.  Tropicalamerican (chairs) are plastic Monobloc chairs upholstered with beach towels. The tiger image on the towels animates the four-legged piece of furniture. Stalking them challenges their function and adds to their excess. Soto (b. Puerto Rico 1971) is a Chicago based artist. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters in Fine Arts in 2OOO. Immediately after, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent presentations include: Hyde Park Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Galeria Agustina Ferreyra in Puerto Rico and Field Projects in New York City.

 

Chris Silva: Human Mess

Chris Silva: Human Mess
October 3rd - January 9th 
Brincka-Cross & Northview Galleries 
Opening Reception Oct 2nd 5-8pm (CDT)

Chris Silva: Human Messwill feature an array of mixed-media work. Silva seeks to create beauty, resonance, and harmony through interesting juxtapositions of color, texture, lighting, sound, and partnership with collaborators. Although born in Puerto Rico, Chris's creative pursuits are firmly rooted in Chicago's urban culture. Since the late 80’s Chris has been a prominent figure in Chicago's graffiti and skateboarding scenes. From his graffiti art foundation he went on to play a significant role in the development of what is now commonly referred to as "street art". For the past several years,he has been working on large scale commissions, exploring gallery oriented work, and leading community-based public art projects with various Chicago arts organizations. As a self-taught sound artist with roots in DJ culture, Chris also anchors a collaborative recording project known as, This Mother.

 

Julia Holmass: Watercolor
Area Artists Association
November 1 – November 30, 2015
NIPSCO Small Art Education Studio 
Opening Reception: November 6, 2015, 5-8 PM (CST)


“Painting allows me to slow down and observe my surroundings – to experience the play of light and color.  Unlike the process of taking photographs, painting connects me directly to what I see.  I’ve always made marks on surfaces; from my early crayon scribbles on walls through primary school paintings and high school doodles to my current, perhaps, more mature paintings.” – Julia Holmass

Julia Holmaas created her first oil paintings at age 10. After college, the National Park Service (NPS) employed her until retirement as Chief of Interpretation at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 2004. She began painting watercolor in 1992 while working as an Exhibit Curator at the NPS Design Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. There she was responsible for planning numerous educational exhibits for Park Service Visitor Centers.  Painting in both watercolor and oil Holmaas has won numerous awards for her work.  She is a member of the Area Artists Association, the Chesterton Art Center and the Southern Shore Art Association of Michigan City. She is active in the Duneland Plein Air Painters and teaches Beginning Watercolor at the Art Barn School of Art and Seminars for the Michigan City Art League.

 

Marquette High School
September 25 - October 31, 2015 
NIPSCO Large Art Education Studio
Opening Reception: October 2 5-8 PM (CDT)


Paintings, drawings, and prints by Marquette High School students. 

 

Treasures Old and New
Area Artists Association – Patty Mershon Schaefer
October 1 – October 31, 2015
NIPSCO Small Art Education Studio 

Patty Mershon Scaefer's early years of painting show her interest in manipulating realism, and the the influence of Picasso, Braque, Matisse, etc. Her later efforts lean more towards strengthening the design form, shapes and color with still some image present.  

 

Andrea Peterson: Rooted
July 18 - September 26, 2015
Brincka-Cross & Northview Galleries
Opening Reception July 17, 6-8 PM (CDT)

In her first solo show at LCA, Andrea Peterson’s, Rooted is an exploration of our region from the roots up. The work focuses on the trunks, a place of transition, of the mighty beeches and oaks of the older trees. Due to the sandy soil in Northwest, IN the trees must reach out across the dune to be able to tower 300 ft. into the air. Their tenacity is of profound beauty and wonder. Peterson is one of the most respected expert paper making artists in the country. Her work focuses on new innovations and approaches to hand paper making and paper arts while utilizing indigenous plants and materials found in the region sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission.  Andrea is chair of the advisory board of The Friends of Dard Hunter, an international hand paper making organization and a member of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA). Andrea has exhibited internationally and nationally, her work can be found in many public and private collections.

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Lora Fosberg: EVERYTHING LOOKS PERFECT FROM FAR AWAY
July 18 – September 26, 2015
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception July 17, 6-8 PM (CDT)

2015. The year of dueling ideas: Doomsday. Chaos. Destruction. Collapse. Helplessness. Inertia. Excess. Waste. Hubris. Humor.  Irony. Empathy. Humanity. Beauty. Tragedy. The future. The past. The now. This exhibit will reflect the dueling forces of our times through the use of sculpture, paintings, prints, and large scale drawings. This is Lora Fosberg’s first solo exhibition at LCA. Fosberg (1966 - ) of Waukegan, IL currently lives and works in Michigan City, IN. She has exhibited nationally in group and solo shows at Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), V1 Gallery (Copenhagen, Denmark), and Lokaal WV15 (Amsterdam, Netherlands). She is represented by Linda Warren Projects (Chicago, IL) and Jack Fischer Gallery (San Francisco, CA).

http://www.lorafosberg.com/ 

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Color, Energy, & Movement
Area Artists Assocation
August 7 - September 18, 2015
NIPSCO Large Art Education Studios

Stylistically, Reggae incorporates elements of Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, African, later American music, as well as other genres. In the spirit of Reggae, the Area Artists’ Association presents their interpretation of Reggae in Color Energy & Movement.

 

Art:  The Interface of Math and Beauty
Area Artists Association – Kevin J Gross
Sept. 4 – Sept. 29, 2015
NIPSCO Small Art Education Studio 

Art:  The Interface of Math and Beauty is an exhibit of fractal artwork by Area Artists Association’s Kevin J Gross.   The exhibit is the interface between two worlds.  Gross states, “The one world is calculated, logical, objective.  Fractals are mathematically based patterns created using computers.  The other world is emotional, soul-stirring, subjective.  What fascinated me about my first fractals was their beautiful, organic curves and luxurious colors.  In my mind the two worlds should not fit together.  They should be separate realities.”  The resolution is in the math.  Fractals are created using the same math that nature uses to build the universe around us.

 

 

LOK Young Artists Expo
May 29 - July 31, 2015
NIPSCO Art Education Studios
Opening Reception: June 5, 5 – 8 PM (CDT)

Multimedia showcase of artwork by youth in LaPorte County and Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington, IN in partnership with LOK Wishing Tree Foundation.

 

 

 

Area Artists Association: New Members Exhibit
July 1 - July 31, 2015

Small NIPSCO Education Studio
Reception: July 17, 6 – 8 PM (CDT)

The Area Artists Association of LCA will present their newest members during the month of July. New members include: Kevin Gross (Fractal Artist), George Millet (Watercolorist) and Joan Spohrer (Watercolorist).

 

Taehoon Kim: Poem of a Boy Who Stopped Growing

 

Taehoon Kim: Poem of a Boy Who Stopped Growing
April 25 – July 11, 2015
Brincka-Cross & North View Galleries
Opening Reception May 1, 5-8 pm (CDT)

This exhibition features ceramic sculptures by Taehoon Kim (1976 - ) South Korea.  Taehoon’s work evokes a place between the subconscious and the evolution of substance. He uses materials, modified and hybrid, as a metaphor for amorphous communication with his creatures. The exhibition attempts to reveal and develop persuasive reflection on the essence of a man and its connection with creatures. His work engages with physical and emotional evolution of creatures.  Taehoon was born in Korea and earned two Master of Fine Arts degrees at the Hongik University in Korea and School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Kim has exhibited both nationally and internationally and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Looking Glass: Exploring Self Portraiture

Looking Glass: Exploring Self Portraiture
April 25th, 2015 – July 11th, 2015
Hyndman Gallery 
Opening reception May 1, 5-8 PM (CDT)

This exhibition will examine the art of self-study and portraiture ranging from sentiments of sincerity, exhaustion, and the hilarity of family relationships to notions of memory, identity, and self-perception within the context of historical and contemporary self-portraiture practices. Exhibiting artists include: Rachael Banks, Shane Booth, Nancy Floyd, Jessica Jacobs, Julia Grieve, Anna Garner, and Gail Dodge. Curated by Gray Lyons and Linda Wilson, both respected contemporary photographers in the field of portraiture and alternative photographic processes.

 

Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit

 

Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit
April 3 – May 13, 2015
NIPSCO Education Studios
Reception: April 30, 4 – 6 PM (CDT)

Impressive in both quality and quantity, this striking display of art and fine crafts includes 2- and 3-dimensional pieces by kindergarten through 5th grade students. Created in the art rooms of the Michigan City public schools, a variety of art mediums including paint, clay, chalk pastels, and paper are represented at each grade level.

 

Steamroller Printmaking Project

Steamroller Printmaking Project
Feb 7th, 2015 – April 18th, 2015
Hyndman Gallery 
Opening reception Feb 6, 5-8 PM (CST)

Experience enormous relief prints on muslin created from 3x7 foot carved wooden plates and an industrial steamroller. Produced by Walnut Ink Projects with a team of print makers from Syracuse University, Lora Fosberg, and local artists in downtown Michigan City with support from CH Distillery, Michigan City Public Art Committee, Reith-Riley of Michigan City and donors through the Steamroller Kickstarter. 

Exhibiting artists include: Janet Bloch, Lora Fosberg, Laurel Izard, Suzanne Cohan-Lange & Richard Lange, Julia Neilsen, Andrea Peterson & Mary Uthuppuru, Nichole Renee Sheaffer, Michael Bill Smith, Tom Torluemke, Melissa Washburn, and Jay Zerbe.

Photo credits: Jesse Meyer and Michael Jackson

 

Work Local: Art Meets Industry

Work Local: Art Meets Industry
Feb 7th, 2015 – April 18th, 2015
Brincka/Cross & North View Galleries
Opening reception Feb 6, 5-8 PM (CST)

Local artists, craftsmen and graduate students from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) come together in this design-based exhibition. Co-curated by IIT Chicago professor, Paul Pettigrew.
Exhibiting artists include: Jon Hook, Paul Pettigrew, Lee Purcell, Eric Tucker, and Illinois Institute of Technology graduate students.
Host Companies: AAA Steel Supply (Schererville, IN), Blocksom & Company (Michigan City, IN), and Jack Meyer (Sawyer, MI).

 

 

 

 

Pipelines & Borderlines: People Can’t Drink Oil!

Pipelines & Borderlines
Feb. 21st, 2015  – March 27th, 2015
NIPSCO Education Studio
Opening reception March 7, 5-8 PM (CDT)

This exhibition follows the tradition of Mexican political printmaking in two portfolios. The first portfolio focuses on the Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada, which according to climate scientists, are the worst and most dangerous environmental disaster in the world. The second focuses on the other end of the pipeline, the BP Refinery in Whiting, IN on Lake Michigan. BP’s record includes the worst oil spill in American history. Both portfolios were curated by Chicago artist Beverly Keys. Together the portfolios comprise a total of 37 prints produced by 31 artists from North America. Exhibiting artists include: Eveline Kolijn, Rene’ Arceo of Chicago and Nicolas de Jesus of Mexico.

 

Sunrise/Sunset: Interpretations of Dawn and Dusk in Oil

Captured Dreams
Area Artists Association – Stephanie Carnell
Dec. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014
NIPSCO Small Art Education Studio
Opening Reception Dec. 5, 2014, 5-8pm

Captured Dreams is an exhibit of intaglio prints by Area Artists Association's Stephanie Carnell. Dreams slowly emerge as one begins to fall asleep. They blur and morph as they push, pull and stretch reality. A dream may be remembered while it lingers as we wake, but during the reality of our day, our dreams escape to our subconscious where they began. Stephanie uses various tools and techniques as she attempts to capture the fleeting moments of dreams onto plates. These tangible images are transferred from the plate to paper, creating intaglio prints of her captured dreams.

 

MCAS Teacher Exhibit

Inspired: Inspire
MCAS Teacher Exhibit

Nov. 14, 2014 – Dec. 28, 2014
NIPSCO Large Art Education Studio
Opening Reception Dec. 5, 2014

A show featuring artwork by MCAS art teachers. Karrie Harbart explains the title of the show: “We are inspired through our own work and we use that inspiration to inspire our students.” Exhibiting artists include: Holly Beadles, Sue Cleveland, Rita Cochran, Jean Everspaugh, Thomas Friend, Karrie Harbart, Sandra Kedo, Sherry Loving, Lynn Mitchels, Kelly Tokoly-Rothermel, Susanne Vigen, and Cheri Whitler.

 

Comics & Code

 

Comics & Code
Oct. 25, 2014–Jan. 10, 2015
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception Nov. 7, 5-8 pm

Comics & Code will explore the contemporary relationships between words and images through comic illustration, objects and animation. This invited group of artists will feature innovative stories that address the impact on culture through personal, political, social and gender issues.  These cultural gatekeepers reach far beyond genre borderlines to express complex and compelling stories. Exhibiting artists are Turtel Onli (co-curator), Juan Arevalo, Jun Ogasawara, Paul E. Schultz, Corey Roc Bottom  Davis, Philo Barnhart, Sean McGuinness, Cory Hamscher, Gina Wynbrandt, and Arie Monroe. 

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The News-Dispatch     NIPSCO

 

It’s Not Just Your Sunday Comic’s Strip

 

It's Not Just Your Sunday Comic Strip
Oct. 25, 2014–Jan. 10, 2015
Brincka-Cross & Northview Galleries
Opening Reception Nov. 7, 5-8 pm (CST)

It's Not Just Your Sunday Comic Strip features selected original comic art work from the private collection of Paul Pettigrew. Over 20 years of collecting original signed works from some of the most influential comic artists in the business.

 

Sunrise/Sunset: Interpretations of Dawn and Dusk in Oil

Sunrise/Sunset: Interpretations of Dawn and Dusk in Oil
Area Artists Association - Laurie Schirmer Carpenter
Nov. 1 - Nov. 30, 2014
NIPSCO Small Art Education Studio
Opening Reception Nov. 7, 2014, 5-8pm


Sunrise/Sunset: Interpretations of Dawn and Dusk In Oil are paintings by Area Artists Association's Laurie Schirmer Carpenter. Carpenter explains, "Sunrises and sunsets have many different meanings for each or us.  Sailors see red sky at morning as a warning and red sky at night as serenity.  Lovers see sunsets as romance.  Sunrise begins the optimistic “first day of the rest of your life”.  Sunset can be the end to a glorious day or the harbinger of “things that go bump in the night”.  Both have metaphorical meanings in art, literature, music and film, especially concerning birth and death.  All ancient mythologies have particular gods and goddesses of dawn and dusk.  I thought about these different interpretations and our universal attraction to these times of day while creating these oil paintings.  There is mystery and promise and order in these fleeting moments and trying to capture them in paint is a frustrating, yet fulfilling, endeavor."

 

Fantastic Ark & Great Distinction Zoo

 

Fantastic Ark & Great Distinction Zoo
Michiana Resource & Social Learning Institute
Sept. 25, 2014 - Nov. 7,2014
NIPSCO Large Art Education Studio
Opening Reception Oct. 3, 2014

An exhibition by artists from Social & Learning Institute and Michiana Resources facilitated by art educator Debra Sawyer at Lubeznik Center for the Arts supported by Duneland Health Council. Fantastic Ark & Great Distinction Zoo is an exhibit of mythical and magical creatures sculpted in clay or papier-mâché. The art project evolved out of the bible story of Noah’s Ark and other narratives of great migrations.  Each artist created his or her own creature then combined their concept with a partner artist’s concept, the two collaborating to create a new and unique hybrid. The creatures were inspired by mythical gods and magical creatures from religious and cultural stories. Both artists proceeded to sculpt two versions of their final creature.

 

The Circus--Parades Charades & Masquerades

 

The Circus--Parades Charades & Masquerades
by Carol Block
Oct. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2014
NIPSCO Small Art Education Studio
Opening Reception Oct. 3, 2014, 5-8pm

The Circus--Parades Charades & Masquerades exhibit is alternative photography with an edge by Area Artist Carol Block, who is a former exhibiting member of various galleries, including Hyde Park Art Center, Art Institute Art Rental & Sales  (Chicago) Soho 20 Gallery (New York)  Southern Shore Gallery BAE Art Institute of Chicago, MS Vis Ed  Institute or Design Chicago and Southern Shore Gallery and Area Artists Assn. The Lubeznik Center and Purdue North Central (Indiana).

 

Invasive Species... The Art of Upcycling

 

Invasive Species... The Art of Upcycling
Aug. 2–Oct. 18, 2014
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception Aug. 1, 5-8 pm


A resurgence in the “ready-made” art practice made popular by Dada artists Duchamp and Man Ray, upcycling makes use of discarded materials and transforms them into beautiful objects without breaking down the material. Invasive Species: The Art of Upcycling will feature upcycle inspired artwork that crosses boundaries between environmentalism and art. Artwork by Michael Dinges, Victoria Fuller, Alan Emerson Hicks, Valerie Mann, Chris Silva, and Bryan Sperry.

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Transformation

Transformation
by Jan Dean
Brincka-Cross & Northview Galleries
Aug. 2–Oct. 18, 2014
Opening Reception Aug. 1, 5-8 pm

An installation by Jan Dean, transforming Styrofoam packing.

“Jan Dean is a visual artist whose artworks explore the paradox and psychology found in material culture. The work draws from the meeting of Western culture and Eastern philosophies. Materials dominate the visual appearance of the work but sentience and the human experience are what it articulates.”

 

Aquatic Kaleidoscope

Aquatic Kaleidoscope
by Renee Robbins
Brincka-Cross & Northview Galleries
Aug. 2–Oct. 18, 2014
Opening Reception Aug. 1, 5-8 pm

Paintings that draw from natural phenomena and micro to macro relationships and pull together molecular, biological, aquatic, and celestial systems. Robbins paintings mix and juxtapose hybrid flora/fauna inside a space that simultaneously evokes the deep sea and the cosmos. Bringing together microscopic and telescopic viewpoints stimulates the process of painting to move fluidly between the real and imagined.

 

Theme and Variation

 

Theme and Variation
By Hal Higdon
NIPSCO Art Education Studios
September 5 – October 1, 2014

Just as Brahms channeled Handel and Rachmaninoff channeled Paganini, Hal Higdon uses images from comic art for inspiration. In this Theme and Variation exhibit of his art, Higdon displays original comic art from his collection beside newly created paintings of runners. Daredevil runs a marathon. Superman sprints. Archie and Veronica go jogging. A unique approach to art that is both Pop and Popular.

 

Aquatic Kaleidoscope

Mycological Magic
by  Mike Bailey
NIPSCO Art Education Studios
July 25 - Sept. 14, 2014
Opening Aug. 1, 5 - 8 PM (CDT)


Local, first time photographer, Mike Bailey, finds inspiration in the beauty of life and nature. His photographs were taken with an iPhone 4. No special effects, lenses, or lighting were used.

 

 

Aquatic Kaleidoscope

Minimalism: Images of California
by Richard Manalis

Area Artist Association
Small NIPSCO Art Education Studios
August 1 - August 31, 2014
Opening Aug. 1, 2014, 5 - 8 PM (CDT)


During the spring of 2014, Richard Manalis, photographed three beaches in southern California, up-close. The photos were taken in  La Jolla Shores in La Jolla; Hendry's Beach in Santa Barbara, and El Capitan State Beach in Santa Barbara County.  Many of my images captured momentary scenes that were soon washed away by the waxing and waning of the ocean.  The sand, as a background, provides a minimalistic feeling to these photographs.

 

Material Possessions

 

Material Possessions
May 16th-July 26th, 2014
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception May 16, 6-8 pm

Material Possessions is an intimate group show of 5 esteemed artists of the highest artistic practice in the field of contemporary fiber arts. These established and emerging artists from around the country incorporate a redemptive sensibility in the use of methods and materials. The nuance of traditional handcraft wrought by hand and repetition is encoded in this innovative 2D & 3D exhibit. Exhibiting artists Frank Connet, Karen Gubitz, Aram Han, John Paul Morabito, Lisa Lee and Clifford Peterson.

 

Ignorance with Wings

 

Ignorance with Wings
By Michael Bill Smith

May 16th-July 26th, 2014
Brincka-Cross & Northview Galleries
Opening Reception May 16, 6-8 pm

“My work forms at the intersection of focused play and intuition. Employing seductive materials such as vinyl upholstery, paint, velvet, wood, and neon lighting as well as found images and text, my wall-based paintings and sculptures are indebted to process art, encompassing notions of the body, improvisational art making, and unconventional use of materials.”

 

LOK Young Artists Expo

 

LOK Young Artists Expo
May 30th-July 18th, 2014
NIPSCO Art Education Studios

Multimedia showcase of artwork by youth in LaPorte County and Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington, IN partnership with LOK Wishing Tree Foundation.

 

What is Left Unspoken

 

What is Left Unspoken
March 7th – May 10th, 2014
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception March 7th 5-8 pm

Historically artists have been the purveyors of new dialogues and new visual languages.  These dialogues may be the voice of a larger community through observation, where what’s not being said is perhaps not being said because it is implicit. "We have a choice either to master the unsaid or to be mastered by it." The exhibit will feature 2D & 3D conceptual pieces by Barbara Hashimoto and Doug Fogelson.  Barbara Hashimoto will display installation pieces from her “Junk Mail Experiment,” which were created by turning everyday junk mail into art.  Chicago artist Doug Fogelson will be displaying “Overlapped” imagery.

 

Embroidered Archetypes

 

Embroidered Archetypes
March 7th –May 10th, 2014
Brincka-Cross & Northview Galleries
Opening Reception March 7th 5-8 pm

An exhibition of twenty-two embroidered images depicting the symbols of the tarot by Laurel Izard. Each panel is small, highly detailed, and uses embroidered colors to create dramatic textures and color combinations.  The major arcana is considered to embody the archetypes of the human journey from birth to maturity, and describes the soul’s trials and tribulations as we strive for wholeness. 

 

Marquette Artwork Exhibition

 

Marquette Artwork Exhibition
January 31, 2014 – March 1, 2014
Nipsco Art Education Studio
Opening Reception: February 7 , 2014 5-8 pm

Over 80 students from Marquette Catholic High School present artworks inspired by the Day of the dead and Halloween.  The Ceramics classes created brightly colored clay tiles based on Mexican sugar skulls, while the Introduction to Art students made poster sized paintings of skeletons engaged in everyday activities.

 

In Which I Become a Mother

 

In Which I Become a Mother
Photography by Natalie Mills
February 4, 2014- March 2, 2014
Nipsco Small Education Room

 Part autobiography, these photographs manifest the sarcastic and bizarre moments of parenting. 

 

 

Veteran’s Honor Wall
November 2, 2013 - February 9, 2014
LCA Lobby

The Veteran's Honor Wall allows us to celebrate and remember those who have served out country.  The wall is supported by individual donations and The Wall Gang, who sponsored memorials to all LaPorte County veterans who lost their lives in the Vietnam Conflict.  Honor Wall Tributes and memorials will be on display in our West lobby until February 9th, 2014.

Click here for the LCA Honor Wall listing.
Click here for the Laporte County Wall Gang Listing.

 

 

Theater of Conflict
November 2, 2013 – February 9, 2014
Brincka/Cross & Robert Saxton Galleries
Opening Reception: November 1, 2013, 5-8 pm

Works by William Weege, Oskar Graf, and Raphael Canogar from the LCA permanent collection that deal with the subject matter of political protest, revolution and the theater of war. William Weege’s highly graphic prints are a chronicle of the unrest of the 60’s with a focus on political protest and the Vietnam War. Oskar Graf, a German artist and highly regarded master of the etching process,presents snap shots of World War II. Raphael Canogar, a Spanish print maker, features bold, heavy and graphic work that deals with political struggle and revolution in Spain in the 60’s.

 

 

Citizen ★ Soldier ★ Citizen
November 2, 2013 – February 9, 2014
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: November 1, 2013, 5-8 pm

An art exhibition of contemporary works by military veterans.  C.S.C. honors those who have fought for our country and those fighting to reintegrate into society after their war experiences, specifically those after 9/11/2001. Curated by Tara Leigh Tappert, an independent scholar, archivist and American art consultant, the exhibit will explore the ways in which soldiers returning to civilian life use the arts to heal and communicate their personal experiences.  

Select artwork from the Combat Paper Project and the Joe Bonham Project will be included. Participating artists include: Jesse Albrecht, Robin Brooks, Thomas Dang, Tif Holmes, Aaron Hughes, Ash Kyrie, Malachi Muncy, Jaeson "Doc" Parsons, Giuseppe Pellicano, Donna Perdue, Skip Rohde, Patrick Sargent, Phillip Schladweller, Zach Skiles, Ehren Tool, Andrew Wade Nunn.

Click here to view the online catalog.

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Peace Paper Project
November 2nd - February 9th
Nipsco Art Education Studio
Opening Reception: November 1 , 2013 5-8 pm

An exhibition of works on handmade paper made from unserviceable military uniforms.  The Peace Paper Project gives returning military members an opportunity to tell their story by transforming their unserviceable uniforms into paper, and subsequently, into art.   The  exhibition exemplifies papermaking as a form of personal expression for veterans of the US Armed Forces. 

 

 

Magical Realism: Possible not Probable
August 2 – October 27, 2013
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: August 2, 2013, 5-8 pm

When a highly detailed, realistically painted image is “invaded” by something that is “not quite right”, or too strange to believe”, you are in the realm of Magical Realism. Often concerned with myth, allegory or the personification of natural phenomenon, the viewer is left to ponder what is “real”. Artists include: Todd Baxter, Robert Gadomski, Nicole Gordon, Laurie Hogin, Priscilla Humay, Elaine Pawlowicz, Casey Riordan Millard, and Caleb Weintraub.

 

 

Fabricating for Funding
Inner Lobby
August 2 – October 27, 2013

An interactive exhibit where visitors can vote for their favorite design by placing cash inside. The design that obtains the most cash value wins! In a unique partnership with Illinois Institute of Technology, Architecture and Furniture students Adam Weisseet, Marina Khakhayeva, and Maria Savrasova, designed and built donation boxes inspired by the Lubeznik Center mission. This project not only provides three very different interpretations, but also helps raise funds for Lubeznik Center. Come in and “CASH” your vote today!

 

 

The Documentation of Nature
August 2 – October 27, 2013
Brincka/Cross Gallery
Opening Reception August 2, 2013, 5-8 pm

Olivia Petrides and Peggy MacNamara, following the tradition of close examination of the natural world begun in the Renaissance, both artists utilize the research collections of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago for their work. Petrides is the illustrator of the Peterson Field Guide to Western Trees. MacNamara is the Field Museum’s Artist-in-Residence who has worked from the museum’s collections for twenty-five years.

 

 

Water Wrackets
Robert Saxton Gallery
August 2 – October 27, 2013
Opening Reception August 2, 2013, 5-8 pm

A reinterpretation of the 1975 short film, in collaboration with musician Cooper Crain, Benjamin Funke creates a psychedelic meditation on water. In Water Wrackets, a trancelike soundscape of forlorn beauties and strange vibrations is paired with a montage sequence of luminous images that metamorphose from Nature to Artifice and back again. The photographic visuals feature local tributaries.

 

 

Nesting Instinct
Conference Room Gallery
August 2 – October 27, 2013

A series of mixed media works by Melissa Washburn featuring birds and nest forms.

 

 

Construction Sites
May 18 – July 28, 2013
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: May 17, 2013, 6-8 pm

Construction Sites, curated by Thomas Allen, features established and emerging national and international contemporary photographers. Artists participating in this exhibition are not still-life photographers. They’re set designers, lighting engineers and casting directors. They don’t arrange and take pictures of scenery and objects. They make them.

 

 

Body Language
May 18 – July 28, 2013
Brincka/Cross & Robert Saxton Galleries
Opening Reception: May 17, 2013, 6-8 pm

Mitch Messina and Lynn Duggan use figurative images to evoke angst about identity. Messina’s ceramic sculptures offer a metaphysical reflection on object-making as a human activity in an automated and virtual world, while Duggan’s jewelry, sculptures, and collages explore the devastation wreaked by social disparity and violence.

 

Art from the Start
Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit
April 17 – May 23, 2013

Impressive in both quality and quantity, this striking display of art and fine crafts includes 2- and 3-dimensional pieces by kindergarten through 5th grade students. Created in the art rooms of the Michigan City public schools, a variety of art mediums including paint, clay, chalk pastels, and paper are represented at each grade level.

Ice Abstracts: photography by Greg Gallagher

 

Ice Abstracts: photography by Greg Gallagher
December 1, 2012 – May 12, 2013
Conference Room Gallery
Opening Reception December 7, 5-8 pm

 

Realm of Dreams

 

Realm of Dreams:
January 25 – March 10, 2013
NIPSCO Education Studios
Closing Reception March 1, 5-8 pm

Lu and Ry Hook, two local teenagers, explore the world around them through the use of non-traditional media including crochet, printmaking, and mixed media. They have transformed the gallery space to bring the visitor into their world of wonder.

 

 

Drawing to Conclusion
March 2 – May 12, 2013
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: March 1, 2013, 5-8 pm

Drawing is no longer relegated to pencil on paper. Drawing to Conclusion showcases the varied content, style and scale of eight contemporary Midwestern artists.

Exhibiting artists: Rick Lange, Christina Mrozik, Jennifer Nelson*, Olivia Petrides, Monica Rezman, Lynn Retson, Matt Woodward, and Monica Wulfurs.

 

 

Line of Thought
March 2 – May 12, 2013
Brincka Cross & Robert Saxton Galleries
Opening Reception: March 1, 2013, 5-8 pm

Area Artists Association members interpret Line of Thought in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, and photography.

Iconoclastic!

 

Iconoclastic!
December 1, 2012 – February 24, 2013
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: December 7, 2012, 5-8 pm

Iconic images are appropriated, manipulated and repurposed from advertising, American pop culture, religion, and the art world. Exhibiting artists include: Janet Bloch, Patty Carroll, Pate Conaway, Benjamin Funke, Nicole Gordon, Patrick Luber, Brian Sullivan and Michael Wernik.

 

The Common Good

 

The Common Good
December 1, 2012 – February 24, 2013
Brincka/Cross & Robert Saxton Galleries
Opening Reception: December 7, 2012, 5-8 pm

John Bower’s black and white photographs of historical and culturally iconic places throughout Indiana as featured in his 7th Indiana photography book. Bower’s book can be purchased in the Gallery Shop. He will be signing copies during the opening reception.

 

Hues and Views: plein air paintings by Julie Kasniunas

 

December 7, 2012 - February 3, 2013
Hues and Views: plein air paintings by Julie Kasniunas
Area Artists’ Association Gallery
Opening Reception December 7, 5-8 pm

AAA Winter Solstice

 

AAA Winter Solstice
November 23, 2012 – January 20, 2013
NIPSCO Education Studio
Opening Reception December 7, 5-8 pm

 

Intersection: drawings by Lynn Retson

 

November 2 - 30, 2012
Intersection: drawings by Lynn Retson
Area Artists’ Association Gallery
Opening Reception November 2, 5-8 pm

X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out

 

August 31–November 18, 2012
X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: September 7, 5–8 p.m.

From the most primitive jawless hagfishes to species like the Striped Bass, this exhibition of startlingly beautiful digital x-rays will deepen your understanding of the incredible diversity of fishes.

Sue Sommers: Fish Tales

 

August 31–November 18, 2012
Sue Sommers: Fish Tales
Brincka/Cross and Robert Saxton Galleries
Opening Reception: September 7, 5–8 p.m.

Water is both habitat and medium in this exhibition of paintings by artist Sue Sommers whose watercolor “Zen” fish depict local species in exuberant color and lifelike form.

Mane Time: photography by Kathy Gleser

 

October 5 – October 28
Mane Time: photography by Kathy Gleser
Area Artists’ Association Gallery

Form and Expression, Expression and Form

 

September 7-October 5
Form and Expression, Expression and Form
Area Artists’ Association Gallery

Opening Reception: September 7, 5–8 p.m.

Brand’s art blends painting techniques from the Renaissance with thoroughly modern imagery. His distinctive style contains a complexity of space, color and form, as resonant as symphonic music.

Building Communities through Coffee

 

August 31–September 28, 2012
Building Communities through Coffee
NIPSCO Education Studio Gallery

Opening Reception: September 7, 5–8 p.m.

Coffee, or rather coffee-inspired photography, by Becca Waterloo and other students from Illinois Institute of Technology and the Interprofessional Project. The team of students were charged with designing and building a coffee storage facility hut for coffee farmers using local materials in the Gibuzaale village of Uganda. This photographic exhibition documents their story, desire and passion to connect sustainability and an element Americans thoughtlessly run on everyday – coffee.

Between Twilight and Dusk: Paintings by Edward Maldonado

 

August 3 – September 2, 2012
Between Twilight and Dusk: Paintings by Edward Maldonado
NIPSCO Small Education Studio

Utilizing a restricted pallet of grays, greens and blues, Maldonado aims to capture the evening light in the fields and woods of Northern Indiana. He states, “I think of these paintings as recordings of transient moments much like early impressionists attempted to capture changing light by painting a series of the same subject during the course of a single day.”

Petraglyphs & Pictographs: Ink Drawings and Sculpture by Dorothy Graden

 

June 1 – August 24, 2012
Petraglyphs & Pictographs: Ink Drawings and Sculpture by Dorothy Graden
NIPSCO Large Education Studio

For 25 years, kindergarten teacher Dorothy Graden, has traveled throughout the Southwest hunting for markings made by ancient native peoples. The study of these markings and their symbolism has inspired her artwork. Petroglyphs are markings made by etching into the rocks and caves, while pictographs are images that painted with natural pigments.

Beaten & Bound

 

May 26 – August 26, 2012
Beaten & Bound
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: June 1, 5–8 p.m.

American artists including Lesley Dill of New York, sculptor, book artist and art theorist, Buzz Spector, “book surgeon” Brian Dettmer, and local artist Andrea Peterson explore the cutting edge of contemporary book and paper works.

Light & Flow: 50 Year Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement

 

May 26–August 26, 2012
Light & Flow: 50 Year Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement
Brincka/Cross and Robert Saxton Galleries
Opening Reception: June 1, 5–8 p.m.

Curated in cooperation with Chicago’s Echt and Ken Saunders Galleries, this anniversary exhibition of studio glass features exquisite and iconic works by Lino Tagliapietra, John Kuhn, Rick Beck, Christina Bothwell and more. Sponsored by Bonnie Marx, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group.

Ladies & Gentleman, Children Of All Ages, Step Right Up!

 

March 16–May 20, 2012
Ladies & Gentlemen, Children Of All Ages, Step Right Up!
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: March 16, 6–8 p.m.

A show for all ages, this collection of original circus side show banners from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s; on loan from Chicago’s Carl Hammer Gallery and collector Col. Hunsley of LaPorte, Indiana, will astound and delight!

Area Artists Association: Double Take

 

March 16–May 20, 2012
Area Artists Association: Double Take
Brincka/Cross and Robert Saxton Galleries
Opening Reception: March 16, 6–8 p.m.

An intriguing exhibition designed to make you look twice–with each artist presenting a work in two pieces.

Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit

 

April 14–May 21
Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit
NIPSCO Art Education Studios

Opening Reception: Thursday April 19, 5:30–7:00 p.m. (CT)

Impressive in both quality and quantity, this annual display of art and fine crafts includes 2- and 3-dimensional pieces by kindergarten through 5th grade students. Created in the art rooms of the Michigan City public schools, works in paint, clay, chalk pastels and paper are represented at each grade level.

Black History Posters


March 2–April 6
Black History Posters
NIPSCO Art Education Studios

Opening Reception: Wednesday March 7, 4–6 p.m.

Part of an annual contest sponsored by the Michigan City Human Rights Commission, this exhibition features posters designed by local kindergarten through 12th grade students.

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service: Earth from Space

January 14 – March 11
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service: Earth from Space
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: January 14, 6–8 p.m.

Satellite imagery of earth reveals the swirling arms of a massive hurricane, triangular shadows cast by the Great Pyramids, and the grid-like pattern of Kansas farmland in this exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Dramatic large-scale images are complimented by a digital video globe display and an OnCell audio tour. Earth from Space was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The exhibition has been made possible by Global Imagination. Additional support has been provided by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Smithsonian Women's Committee. Sponsored by Great Lakes Catering, IBEW Local 531, NECA Northern Indiana Chapter, NIPSCO and Unity Foundation of LaPorte County .

To access the Earth from Space audio tour via your cell phone, dial 219.221.4071 or visit http://myoncell.mobi/12192214071 on your Internet-enabled smartphone.

To download an MP3 version of the Earth from Space companion tour, click here.

 

Andy Plioplys & Peter Gray: Informatika


January 14–March 11, 2012
Andy Plioplys & Peter Gray: Informatika
Brincka/Cross & Robert Saxton Galleries
Opening Reception: January 14, 6–8 pm

Science is art in this exhibition of work emerging from the cutting edge of medical imaging. Artists Andy Plioplys and Peter Gray look to neurology, genetics, microbiology and physics for inspiration, presenting unusual perspectives on scientific knowledge.

Christina Vagenius: The Gift

January 13 – February 26
Christina Vagenius: The Gift
NIPSCO Art Education Studio

The Gift is a three-dimensional children's book that consists of 24 shadow boxes created by self-taught artist Christina Vagenius. The shadow boxes were made using vintage and discarded books and journals on the subjects of spirituality and love, stories that embodied the ideas of journey and longing, hope and trust. The pages from these books are hand painted and cut, bringing together the many words and voices spoken inside the forgotten pages. Vagenius lives in MIchiana Shores with her husband and three children.

 

Recent Additions to the LCA Permanent Collection

 

December 20 – January 4
Recent Additions to the LCA Permanent Collection
Hyndman Gallery

Consisting of some 500 works of art, Lubeznik Center's permanent collection features a wide range of contemporary works by both regionally and nationally known artists. Selected by exhibitions Curator CarolAnn Brown, these recent additions will be on view in our Hyndman Gallery for a limited time. 

Indiana Wildlife Artists Twenty-eighth Annual Exhibit

 

October 14 – January 6
Indiana Wildlife Artists Twenty-eighth Annual Exhibit
NIPSCO Art Education Studios

The work of some of Indiana's finest amateur and professional artists working in the subject area of wildlife and nature is featured in this traveling exhibition of work. First organized in 1982, Indiana Wildlife Artists promote the advancement of wildlife art and conservation of our natural resources.

Larry Chait: Motion and Memory

 

October 14 – January 4
Larry Chait: Motion and Memory
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: October 14, 6–8 p.m.

A journey home is captured through the filter of time and distance in this exhibition of evocative photography.

Jözef Sumichrast: String Theory

 

October 14 – December 18
Jözef Sumichrast: String Theory
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: October 14, 6–8 p.m.

A spectacular installation of eleven horses suspended by string is the centerpiece of this exhibition that explores our understanding of matter/energy and its relationship to space/time.

Lost and Found

 

October 14 – December 18
Lost and Found
Brincka/Cross and Robert Saxton Galleries
Opening Reception: October 14, 6–8 p.m.

The concept of the “readymade” or “found object” began with Marcel Duchamp and his 1917 work “Fountain,” which consisted of a urinal displayed upside-down. Duchamp was part of the anti-art establishment Dada movement, and so the work was meant as a challenge to prevailing ideas of art. Does something become art simply through being touched by and interpreted by the artist? Does display of an everyday object in the context of a museum or gallery cause us to ascribe it a different set of meaning than in its “natural” environment? Found objects connect these varied works by Lubeznik Center’s Area Artists Association.


Fish Prints: A Tribute to Coastal Awareness Month

September 11 – October 9
Fish Prints: A Tribute to Coastal Awareness Month

Created by 4th and 5th grade students from Lake Hills Elementary, these "Gyotaku" or Japanese fish prints were part of a local celebration of Coastal Awareness Month involving Michigan City Area Schools, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District and Save the Dunes.

 

Israel: Land of Contrast & Faith

 

September 2 – October 9
Israel: Land of Contrast & Faith
Photographs by Michael Steinberg
NIPSCO Art Education Studio

Israel is a land where vast contrasts exist between the ancient and modern. This dichotomy is most apparent through the architecture and the people of Israel, with their differing political and religious beliefs. Photographer Michael Steinberg takes us on a journey of Israel as viewed through his personal lens.

Text Messages

July 1–October 2
Text Messages
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: July 1, 5–8 p.m.

Jean Bevier, Jennifer Boe, Karin Vance Chickadel, Lora Fosberg, Amanda Katz, Michael Bill Smith and Charles Wickler are featured in this exhibition of work by artists who use language, text or typography to help convey meaning. Political, personal, satirical or lyrical, these "messages" are interpreted through a wide range of media including paint, silk and neon. While some are the result of personal musing, others contain social, political or cultural commentary.

 

Melissa Jay Craig: Transcriptions

 

July 1–October 2
Melissa Jay Craig: Transcriptions
Brincka/Cross and Robert Saxton Galleries
Opening Reception: July 1, 5–8 p.m.

A maker art books and sculptural installations, Craig’s works manipulate scale, color and texture in handmade paper.

Dana Zier & Students: Art From the Zoo

 

July 1–August 28
Dana Zier & Students: Art From the Zoo
NIPSCO Art Education Studio

Artwork by animal painter Dana Zier and students from LCA's popular Art at the Zoo class are featured in this exhibit. Over the course of 4 weeks, students met at Michigan City's Washington Park Zoo, drawing from live models and learning painting and pastel techniques. Their work will inspire you!

 

Woman as Artist, Woman as Muse: Diamond Collection Posters of the Belle Epoque 1890-1910

April 16–June 26
Woman as Artist, Woman as Muse: Diamond Collection Posters of the Belle Epoque 1890-1910
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: April 15, 6–8 pm

Women are featured as both artist and subject in these rare, original art nouveau advertising posters. This program has been made possible through a matching grant from the Indiana Humanities Council in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sponsored by Bulk Transport. Audio tour sponsored by Great Lakes Catering.

Indiana Humanities Bulk Transport

 

Tommy: The Material Girl

 

April 16–June 26
Tommy: The Material Girl
Brincka/Cross Gallery

Colorful art quilts by Tommy Fitzsimmons.

Vintage Vogue: Cover Art from the LCA Permanent Collection

 

April 16–June 26
Vintage Vogue: Cover Art from the LCA Permanent Collection
Robert Saxton Gallery
Opening Reception: April 15, 6–8 pm

From the permanent collection of the LCA, these Vogue magazine covers from 1916–1933 feature fashion illustration by masters of the Art Deco style, including Helen Dryden and Eduardo Benito.

In Their Shoes, Artwork by the Social and Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged

June 3 –June 24
In Their Shoes, Artwork by the Social and Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged
NIPSCO Art Education Studio

Portraits and spectacularly decorated shoes created by clients of Michigan City’s Social and Learning Institute are featured in this exhibition. The product of weekly art classes, taught by local artist Debra Sawyer at Lubeznik Center for the Arts, the mixed media works are both expressive and exuberant. All of the artwork from the exhibition will be offered for sale, with prices starting at $75. Proceeds will benefit the Social and Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged as well as Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ outreach and education programs, like the one that produced this exhibition.

 

Metal Music Diary: Photographs by Juli Palmer

April 29–May 29
Metal Music Diary: Photographs by Juli Palmer
NIPSCO Art Education Studios
Opening Reception: May 15, 2–4 p.m.

Juli attended her first concert when she was 37 years young. It was Motley Crue.  Since then, she’s been hooked on going to concerts and photographing them.  Her images capture the energy of the live music experience.

 

Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit

March 11April 20
Art from the Start
Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit

Opening Reception Monday, March 14, 4:30–6:30 p.m. (CT)

Impressive in both quality and quantity, this striking display of art and fine crafts includes 2- and 3-dimensional pieces by kindergarten through 8th grade students. Created in the art rooms of the Michigan City public schools, a variety of art mediums including paint, clay, chalk pastels, and paper are represented at each grade level.

 

What Will Your Legacy Be? Margaret Burroughs Prints

 

Feb. 19–April 10
What Will Your Legacy Be? Margaret Burroughs Prints
Conference Room Gallery
Opening Reception: February 18, 6–8 pm

Lubeznik Center for the Arts is pleased to share prints from our permanent collection by Chicago artist, teacher, leader and DuSable Museum of African American History founder, Margaret Burroughs.

Through the Woods, Around the Block

 

Feb. 19–April 10
Through the Woods, Around the Block
Opening Reception: February 18, 6–8 pm

Local artist Larry Jensen presented an international cast of wood turners with a simple challenge: Starting with 2 identically sized solid wood blocks measuring 6x6x3, create an original work of art from one and leave the other untouched. The results will amaze you.

100 Views of Chicago: Bronislaw M. Bak Woodcut Prints

 

Feb. 18–April 10
100 Views of Chicago: Bronislaw M. Bak Woodcut Prints
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: February 18, 6–8 pm

As fresh today as they were in 1967, the soul of a city is evoked in Bak’s stylized prints. 100 Views of Chicago is a folio of 100 black-and-white woodcuts published by Studio Press of Chicago in 1967. The images include iconic scenes of Chicago such as Marina City, the high rises along Lake Shore Drive, the Art Institute, the Chicago River, and the Field Museum. 

Black History Month Poster Contest

Feb. 11–March 4
Black History Month Poster Contest
NIPSCO Education Gallery

Opening Reception and Award Ceremony February 23, 4–6 p.m.

Part of an annual contest sponsored by the Michigan City Human Rights Commission, this exhibition features posters designed by kindergarten through 12th grade students. First, second and third place awards will be given in four grade categories at a presentation by Michigan City’s Mayor Oberlie at City Hall on Feb 23rd at 10 AM.

 

ImageMakers 2010 National Photography Contest: United Through Photography

 

Feb. 11–March 4
ImageMakers 2010 Photography Contest: United Through Photography
Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City
NIPSCO Education Gallery

Since 1960, the ImageMakers Photography Contest has provided aspiring photographers with a chance to express their creativity through pictures. Club members, ages 7 through 12 are proud to display their favorite photographs of our Club and our community.

Beyond the Arches: Selected Works from McDonald’s Corporate Art Collection

November 14, 2010–February 13, 2011
Beyond the Arches: Selected Works from McDonald’s Corporate Art Collection
Benefit Exhibit Preview and Reception: November 13, 6-9 pm
Public Opening Reception: November 19, 6-
8 pm

Housed in the corporate offices in Oak Brook, IL and throughout the United States, McDonald’s Corporate art collection spans decades and includes more than 3,700 pieces of 2- and 3-D art works by regional, national and international artists. Lubeznik Center for the Arts is honored to bring selected works from this distinguished and rarely viewed collection to Michigan City. Download the audio tour here or phone (585) 627-4173 and listen as you tour!

 

Jack Lane: Saloon Society Chicago Style

 

November 14, 2010–February 13, 2011
Jack Lane: Saloon Society Chicago Style
Opening Reception: November 19, 6-8 pm

Populated by newspaper people, writers and their groupies, Jack Lane’s photographs from O’Rourke’s Bar evoke Chicago’s Saloon Society of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Join us for a “spirited” panel discussion featuring Chicago writer and newsman Rick Kogan at the November 19th opening reception.

Markus Giolas: Edible Abstractions

 

November 5– January 9, 2011
Markus Giolas: Edible Abstractions
Opening Reception: November 19, 6
8 pm

Supersized images of sliced lunch meat offer a visually striking opportunity to examine our connection to the food we consume. A staple of American culinary culture, blown up to 50 x 50 inches the humble deli slice of ham or pimento loaf becomes a beautiful abstract image in its own right, while also reminding us how far removed most of us are from its origins.

 

Oscar Martinez: Isolation of Being

September 18 - November 7, 2010
Oscar Martinez: Isolation of Being
Brincka/Cross and Library Galleries
Opening Reception September 25,
6–8 pm

As a child in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Oscar Martinez loved to explore the river behind his home. His work is clearly inspired by the lush colors and natural forms of what he calls "my little paradise on earth." The shock of isolation he experienced upon moving to the U.S at age 13, contrasted with the idyllic memories of his childhood, established a polarity that he explores at length in Isolation of Being.

An accomplished artist who has had numerous group and solo exhibitions, Martínez resides in Chicago where he has been actively involved in the Chicago mural movement. Appointed by the Governor of the State of Illinois to the Illinois Arts Council, he served as chair of Media Arts. He has served on various boards and commissions including as President of the Latino Institute of Chicago and founder of the Latin American Museum of Art.

 

Art@The Center

September 18– November 7, 2010
The North End: Lubeznik Center Area Artists Association 30th Anniversary
Opening Reception September 25, 6-8 pm

Michigan City has a long and colorful history as a tourist destination and lakeshore community, attracting artists and creative characters as part of its diverse population. This exhibition features more than 40 works by local artists, each choosing a unique location from Michigan City’s “North End” for inspiration and interpreting the site through their own medium and style. Works of photography, painting, sculpture, poetry and music are all represented in the exhibit ― emphasizing the rich contribution of the arts, and artists, to the character of the North End.

More information on the Area Artists Association.

 

In the Shadow of Cortés

 

September 28–October 28, 2010
In the Shadow of Cortés
NIPSCO Gallery

History and art collide in this exhibit featuring the work of historian and author Kathleen Ann Myers and former National Geographic photographer Steve Raymer.

Art@The Center

July 24 – September 19, 2010
Art@The Center
Work by Students of the Lubeznik Center
NIPSCO Gallery

Art by participants in Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ classes and workshops are the subject of this multi-media exhibition.

Phil Shore & Sherry Giryotas: Place

July 17– September 12, 2010
Phil Shore & Sherry Giryotas: Place
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception July 17, 7-9 pm

The sculptural and painted works of Shore & Giryotas examine the relationship between humans and nature. While Shore’s artwork is informed and influenced by his travels to, and the study of, archeological artifacts of Ancient Greece, Giryotas' inspiration is closer to home, recording "memories of our land in Michigan."

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Sharon Gilmore & Donna Hapac
Sharon Gilmore, Scrambling (detail)

 

July 17– September 12, 2010
Sharon Gilmore & Donna Hapac
Brincka/Cross and Library Galleries
Opening Reception July 17, 7-9 pm

Utilizing an experimental, intuitive approach, Hapac constructs organic sculptural forms from organic and manufactured materials. Gilmore’s works use found objects to create archetypal or mythical items from nature. Both artists borrow inspiration and resources from the environment.

Bev Overton: Junk Mail and Wrappers

 

July 17– September 12, 2010
Bev Overton: Junk Mail and Wrappers
Conference Room Gallery

Opening Reception July 17, 7-9 pm

Ephemera gets a second chance to inspire, amuse and “become beautiful and whole” in these colorful mixed paper constructions.

John Searles: Pas de Deux

 

July 17, 2010
John Searles: Pas de Deux
Sculpture Garden
Unveiling July 17,
7-9 pm

The metal sculptures of John Searles reflect his enduring interests in mathematics, design, movement, energy and freedom and are an expression of his on-going dialogue with the metals he works with. Made of aluminum, Pas de Deux represents two ballet dancers, as well as the passion, delight and interdependence of Man & Woman.

Twila Beahm: Busting Out

 

June 18–July 18, 2010
Pieces of Me: Artwork based on the Drawing Collages of Tony Fitzpatrick
NIPSCO Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, July 17, 7–9pm

Expressive collages created by Safe Harbor and Boys & Girls Club afterschool students are featured in this unique exhibit. The result of a six week lesson plan that began with writing about a memorable event, the stories and artwork illustrate each child’s life experiences.

 

The Spider Music

The Spider Music
(detail)

April 24July 11, 2010
Tony Fitzpatrick: No. 9, An Artist’s Journey
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, April 24, 7 pm

No. 9, An Artist’s Journey features drawing collages that blend found objects, symbolic images and poetic narrative in lively and complex works.

Self-taught, Chicago based artist and poet, Tony Fitzpatrick is a former boxer, bartender and radio talk-show host, as well as an occasional movie actor.  With a gift for imagery and detailed drawing, Tony's characteristic style is informed by sources such as children's books, field guides, circus posters, tattoo designs and folk art.  In November 2009, Newcity named Tony Fitzpatrick the "Best iconic Chicago personality now that Studs Terkel is gone.

 

Still Life with Apricots

Still Life with Apricots
(detail)

April 24July 11, 2010
Carl Holzman: New Still Lifes
Brincka/Cross Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, April 24, 7 pm

New still lifes by Chicago artist Carl Holzman seek to combine elements of the natural and artificial in fresh ways. Holzman manipulates light and composition to breathe new life into subject matter from fruit to flea market finds ─ creating unified painted images that bring comfort and delight to the viewer.

Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Holzman worked for 2 decades in corporate finance. He eventually studied drawing and painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and with portrait painter Richard Halstead. In 2007 Holzman left his day job to pursue painting full time. His work has been exhibited at a number of galleries in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

 

Drawn to Tattoos

April 24–July 11, 2010
Drawn to Tattoos
Library Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, April 24, 7 pm

Once limited to a set of stock images referred to as flash, classic tattoos were copied, traded and repeated. As the popularity of tattooing has grown, so to has the market for a more original and artful approach. Conceptualized between artist and collector, these one-of-a-kind expressions are indelible works of art.

Curated by Harlan Thompson, Drawn to Tattoos provides a unique look at the art of tattoo. The daily drawings of Chicago tattoo artists Harlan Thompson, Tim Biedron, Jason Vaughn and Mario Desa cover the walls of Lubeznik Center’s Library Gallery while a digital presentation provides a colorful look at the product of all those drawings ─ celebrating tattoo as art.

 

Twila Beahm: Busting Out

April 24–July 11, 2010
Twila Beahm: Busting Out
Conference Room Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, April 24, 7 pm

Hoping to raise awareness of how women have been viewed, used and exploited because of their breasts, this exhibit employs humor and word play to invite contemplation of dark subjects including physical abuse, breast cancer, and body image. Each piece celebrates an individual woman's triumphant spirit and strength.

Artist Twila Beahm, who started this intensely intimate project in 2007, says of the experience, "I came to realize that I was not the potter; I was the clay."

 

Home Grown Art: Home School Students Create

 

May 9–June 14, 2010
Home Grown Art: Home School Students Create
LaPorte County Christian Home School Association
NIPSCO Gallery

This exhibit of children’s art reflects the diverse backgrounds, interests and unique curriculum of these students.

 

Elementary Schools Art Exhibition

April 24–May 9, 2010
Elementary Schools Art Exhibition
Michigan City Area Schools
NIPSCO Gallery

Impressive in both quality and quantity, this striking display of art and fine crafts includes 2- and 3-dimensional work by kindergarten through 5th grade art students.

 

Exhibits

Eleanor Himmelfarb,
Fandango Celebration
(detail)

January 30, 2010 April 18, 2010
The New Moderns: In Search of Form
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception February 5

Download Exhibition Catalog (PDF)

Curated by local artist Carole Stodder, this exhibition features works by seven internationally known artists committed to working in an abstract manner in their exploration of form. Open to subjective interpretation, these colorful works will stimulate your imagination.

 

Connie Kassal, The Young Artist

Connie Kassal,
The Young Artist

 

January 30, 2010 April 18, 2010
Seeing the Light
Brincka/Cross and Library Galleries
Opening Reception February 5

Featuring over 30 works by members of the Lubeznik Center Area Artists Association, Seeing the Light invites contemplation of the title theme of light. Diverse and de-"light"-ful interpretations include works of photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media.

 

ImageMakers 2010 National Photography Contest: United Through Photography

 

February 27, 2010- March 28, 2010
ImageMakers 2010 National Photography Contest: United Through Photography
Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City
Opening Reception March 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Since 1960, the ImageMakers Photography Contest has provided aspiring photographers with a chance to express their creativity by taking and developing their own pictures. Club members, ages 7 through 12, are proud to display their favorite film and digital photographs of our Club and our community.  Many of the images capture service projects or activities that hopefully will instill the viewers to help others.

 


November 21, 2009- January 21, 2010
Artwork from the Social & Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged

SLID is a non-profit organization in Michigan City that provides instruction to adults with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities.The Lubeznik Center for the Arts provided the arts instruction to the clients of SLID through a grant from the Duneland Health Council. Their skilled instructor, Debra Sawyer, took the students through a series of explorations of self to create profound self-portraits.

The artwork expresses the likenesses and emotions of the artists in four different mediums; cut paper, oil pastel, ceramic and paper maché.

The core values of SLID are based upon equal justice, human dignity, individualization and a fullness of life. Janet Bloch, Education Coordinator at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, states that, "This exhibit exemplifies these core values not just for this population, but for all people, with a display of joy and verve that are contagious.The show speaks volumes about the human spirit."

Many of the works are for sale and would make wonderful holiday gifts for the art lover in your life. Connoisseurs of self-taught and naive art will not want to miss this exhibit.

For more information, please contact Janet Bloch, Education Coordinator, Lubeznik Center jbloch@lubeznikcenter.org, for the Arts at 219-874-4900 or visit our website at www.lubeznikcenter.org

 

Two Worlds by Margaret Burroughs from the LCA permanent Collection
Two Worlds by Margaret Burroughs from the LCA permanent Collection

December 14, 2009- January 10, 2010
Works from the Lubeznik Center Permanent Collection
Hyndman Gallery

Select works from the Lubeznik Center for the Arts' permanent collection will be exhibited in the Hyndman Gallery and will feature prints that have never been exhibited in the LCA galleries as well as some old favorites.

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation awarded the Lubeznik Center a $25,000 grant to fund the reorganization of the permanent collection. The LCA has spent several years analyzing, organizing, cataloging the collection and is now ready to begin showing the works on a larger scale. This grant funding helped the LCA define its focus: prints, photography, regional artists, and contemporary and mid-twentieth century paintings. As a result of this process the LCA was able to determine which pieces did not fit with its mission and began developing a focus for acquiring new pieces.

Earlier this year Fred Shaffer, a collector of regional artwork, approached the LCA about some pieces he wished to donate. A couple items were selected that were a good fit for the collection including a painting by the late David Langley. This early work, painted in 1964, was an excellent addition and was just exhibited in the David Langley Tribute from August 1 - October 11, 2009. Langley's wife, who made the exhibit possible, had not seen the Shaffer piece in 40 years and was quite touched to have it included. Individuals interested in discussing the donation of artwork should contact CarolAnn Brown at cabrown@lubeznikcenter.org or call 219-874-4900.

 


Oct 17- Jan 10, 2010
Prints & Drawings, Works on Paper
Brincka & Library Galleries

Prints & Drawings, Works on Paper 
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The 2009 Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ biennial Regional Juried Art Exhibition is focused on artwork completed on paper and is entitled “Prints & Drawings: Works on Paper". Accepted artists represent all eligible states including Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio. Of the seventy six artists that applied for this exhibition, thirty four were accepted. With an array of works ranging from interactive pieces, to etchings, to traditional figure drawings, there is sure to be something to capture the imagination of art enthusiasts to casual viewers alike.

Fifty-three works comprise this eclectic meeting of the arts; of these, three artists will receive cash prizes and $1500 in purchase awards will be presented. These purchases will be acquisitioned into the Lubeznik Center’s permanent collection. Come out to support regional artists.

Artwork was juried by best-selling author and print artist Audrey Niffenegger, best known for her book “The Time Traveler’s Wife” which was recently made into a move and ran in theaters nationwide. Her new book “Her Fearful Symmetry” is now available in stores. Also juried by LaPorte County book and paper artist, and talented instructor, Andrea Peterson of Hook Pottery Paper.

 

Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album, Photographs by Otto Frank
Anne & Margo (1938) © AFS/AFF, Amsterdam/Basel

Oct 17- Dec 10, 2009
Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album, Photographs by Otto Frank
Hyndman Gallery

"Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album", is a traveling exhibition on loan from the Anne Frank Center USA. The opportunity for the public to view these family photos is rare; the Lubeznik Center is the only entity in Indiana privileged to display this exhibit. This project, Anne Frank Family Photos & Other Stories of our Collective Heritage, will use art as a vehicle to create awareness of how Holocaust and global stories are inter-connected with our own Northwest Indiana historical stories of intolerance, prejudice and courage. Anne Frank’s message of tolerance and understanding will help expand our vision of diversity for today.

Just as in many families, the photo album of the Frank family begins with the birth of the first child. As an amateur photographer, Otto Frank has a single theme: the life and times of his daughters Anne and Margot. Nothing we see in Otto Frank’s photos reveals the horrors that Anne and her family will have to endure. What we now know about the fate of Anne Frank affects our perception of her book, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Equally so, it is impossible to view the photos that portray her life with an impartial eye.

The exhibit consists of photographs, many of which have never been shown to the public. The photos are reproductions from the Frank family albums, some of which have only recently been discovered. A 28-minute award-winning documentary film, “The Short Life of Anne Frank,” will also be shown in the gallery.

Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album, was developed by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and is offered exclusively in North America by the New York based Anne Frank Center USA.

Who is Anne Frank?

Born on June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was a German-Jewish teenager who was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust. She and her family, along with four others, spent 25 months during World War II in an annex of rooms above her father’s office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

After being betrayed to the Nazis, Anne, her family, and the others living with them were arrested and deported to Nazi concentration camps. In March of 1945, nine months after she was arrested, Anne Frank died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen. She was fifteen years old.

Her diary, saved during the war by one of the family’s helpers, Miep Gies, was first published in 1947. Today, her diary has been translated into 67 languages and is one of the most widely read books in the world.

Copies of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” are available in the Gallery Shop.

Click here for a list of related books and movies of interest to exhibition visitors. (PDF)

Sponsors:

  • UBS Financial Services James E. Percifield
  • Friends of the Lubeznik Center
NIPSCO Newcomb Unity Foundation
Enterprise    

 

 

October 17, 2009- November 14, 2009
Michiana Resources: Artwork by Adults with Developmental Challenges
Reception October 17 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Chicago time)

Thanks to funding from the Duneland Health Council the Lubeznik Center for the Arts provided weekly on-site art classes for Michiana Resources. Through this on-going program clients developed their drawing & painting skills. Reception October 17 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Chicago time)

Michiana Resources Inc. is a rehabilitation agency, developed to help individuals with disabilities and/or vocational disadvantages help themselves. This is done through the cooperative development of an individual program plan to provide vocational, developmental, support and advocacy services for the purpose of enhancing the consumer's ability to become as self sufficient as possible.

 

 

September 24, 2009
6:30 to 8:30pm

Cassidy and the Sculptors - A discussion with art critic Victor Cassidy & the artists

The Lubeznik Center is proud to present an interview of two eminent sculptors from the region, Neil Goodman and Terrence Karpowicz.  The interview will be conducted by the distinguished writer, Victor M. Cassidy, whose work has appeared in art periodicals such as Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Art Net and on the blog Chicago Now. The panel will be in the Lubeznik Center for the Arts Hyndman Gallery.

Admission is FREE for LCA members and students with valid ID, $4 donation for the general public.

After the opening reception, “Public & Private” exhibit catalogs will be available in the Gallery Shop for $5.

Newcomb Indiana University Northwest


 

September 5- October 11, 2009
Indiana State Prison: Inmate artwork
NIPSCO Art Education Studios

Selected artwork by inmates from the Indiana State Prison, located in Michigan City, IN

 

'Sand, Steel and Spirit' Edition Box

The "Sand, Steel and Spirit" Edition Box, a collaborative artwork by the
Area Artists Association of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts is on exhibit
at the Center's Conference Room indefinitely.

In 2004, 33 artists each committed to producing a limited edition of 60 art
works to be enclosed in a specially crafted wood box of maple and walnut.
The artists who participated each received a box, with the remainder
earmarked for sale as a fund-raiser for the Area Artists Association and the
Lubeznik Center for the Arts.

The 2 and 3-dimensional pieces include many media including prints,
drawings, paintings, digital prints, photographs, collages, ceramics and
woodworking. The theme of "Sand, Steel and Spirit" reflects the essence of
the dunes of Lake Michigan and its environs.

The box is a document to the creative spirit of the region and can be
purchased through the Gift Shop of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. Support the Arts - Consider the "Sand Steel & Spirit" Edition Box as a truly unique addition to your home or organizational collection.

November, 2004-January, 2005 - Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
March, 2005 - Part of a Collaborative Projects Exhibit, Columbia College, Chicago, Il
November, 2005 - Gallery 107, Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI
February 2006-Ongoing - Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
April-June, 2006 - Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
November 2006 - Depot Gallery, Beverly Shores, IN 

View "Sand Steel & Spirit" online!

David Langley Tribute Watercolor Show

August 1- October 11, 2009
David Langley Tribute Watercolor Show
Cross Brincka Gallery and the West Lobby Gallery
Opening Reception August 1 from 7:00 -9:00 pm (Chicago time)

This exhibit is a tribute to the late David Langley, a local water color artist whose work spanned decades and captured the dune/beach/lake life of the shores of Lake Michigan and particularly in Long Beach, IN.

CarolAnn Brown, curator at the Lubeznik Center, states that "Langley was a longtime participant in our annual Lakefront Art Festival and we felt it was only natural to honor his work during the festival", which occurs August 15 and 16 at Washington Park in Michigan City.

“Clever Exit”, shown here, was Langley’s last piece. He finished this piece prior to his death, just days before the 2008 Lakefront Art Festival.

 

“Prairie Passage & the Sentinels” (2009) by Terrence Karpowicz and Neil Goodman
“Prairie Passage & the Sentinels” (2009) by
Terrence Karpowicz and
Neil Goodman

August 1- October 11, 2009
Public and Private: Works by Terrence Karpowicz & Neil Goodman
Hyndman Gallery
Reception August 1 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Chicago time)

Karpowicz and Goodman, both living in Chicago, are accomplished and admired artists who have chosen to show works from private and public collections - hence the title. When asked why these artists were selected to exhibit together Suzanne Cohan-Lange, the Lubeznik Center Board President and Chair of the Exhibitions Committee, explains that "Goodman's work is concept based, where Karpowicz is inspired by objects in nature, yet these contrasting approaches seem to work beautifully together."

Oddly enough, The city of Munster approached the same two artists to collaborate on a public sculpture, ultimately titled "Prairie Passage". it is a 32 foot gateway which defines the entry to Centennial Park on Calumet Avenue in Munster, Indiana. Cohan-Lange states "it is fortuitous that both Munster & the Lubeznik Center chose these two sculptors together in the same year. This helps to bring attention to both efforts and make this more of a regional event."

Writer and Critic Victor Cassidy states about Goodman's work in the exhibit catalog: "Regardless of whether they represent objects in real life or not, Goodman’s sculptures are always crisp, clear, and quietly authoritative. He has evolved stylistically over the years, but has never lost his center." Of Karpowicz, Cassidy states, "When he works for himself, Karpowicz revels in exploring materials. He constantly tries out new ideas, often risky ones. He may buy a visually interesting stone from a quarry’s junk heap, leave it in his yard until it speaks to him, bring it into his studio, and make it into a sculpture." The catalog was made possible though the support of Indiana University Northwest and Newcomb Integrated Marketing Solutions.

Neil Goodman’s work is intimately linked to the Midwestern industrial landscape where he has lived and worked through most of his career. A professor of art at Indiana university Northwest since 1979, his studio and residence are in Chicago. His sculpture has been commissioned and collected by museums, corporations, convention centers, parks, synagogues and private residences. Goodman's work has been featured and reviewed in “Art Forum”, “Art in America”, “Art News” and “Sculpture Magazine”. His work can be seen at the Chicago McCormick Place South Pavilion, the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, the Burnham Park Children’s Garden at Soldier Field Stadium and at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN.

After his undergraduate studies at Albion College, Michigan and graduate work at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Terry Karpowicz was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to the United Kingdom, serving as Scholar to the Wind and Watermill Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. There he studied the technical and mechanical aspects of the country’s medieval wind and watermills. He established his sculpture studio in Chicago and has received two National Endowment for the Arts awards, grants from the Illinois Arts Council, and numerous private and public commissions. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and the Soviet Union.

 

 

August 7- September 18, 2009

(exhibit off site)

"Originals in Black and White" - Members of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts' Area Artists Association explore the use of monochromatic "black & white" in art. By eliminating their use of color artists must address the other elements in their work and thus be challenged look at their process in a new light, so to speak. "Black and White" represents various media, which may include sculpture, paper, ceramics, paint, wood, metal, or photography.

The Area Artists Association is an organization within the Lubeznik Center for the Arts to recognize and encourage active regional artists by providing exhibit opportunities and a support group for juried-member artists to explore topics of mutual interest at regular monthly meetings.

Originals in Black and White

Location: South Shore Arts' Substation #9 Gallery at 435 Fayette Street in Hammond, IN.

Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm

Phone: 219/ 933-0200


Peace Posters

 

July 7- August 31, 2009
Peace Posters
NIPSCO Art Education Studios

Posters from Life Magazine's coverage of Woodstock are currently on exhibit alongside posters created by students participating in the LaPorte County Coalition of Youth Serving Agencies' Summer Camp.

 

 

Eric Tucker & Derek Walters – Garden Sculpture Installation

This series of outdoor sculptures is a collaboration between Derek Walter and Eric Tucker. The pieces were inspired by their connection to the landscape of Northwest Indiana. It includes ceramic and steel elements that allude to the regions topological attributes. The artists improvised amalgamations of natural and industrial forms around the notion that their sculptures could embody the relationship between those disparate elements. 

About the Artists:

Eric Tucker holds a B.A. from Indiana University Northwest and received an M.F.A. from The University of Chicago in 2001. He has been exhibiting his sculpture in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago and other Midwestern venues for the last ten years.  Eric currently resides in Northwest Indiana where he maintains and active studio practice and teaches at local colleges.

Derek Walter moved to Chicago from California to earn his MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.  He is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University Northwest and lives in Hobart.

 

 

May 30- July 6
Wabgonké: Things Made of White Earth
NIPSCO Art Education Studios
Reception May 30 from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm (Chicago time) 

“Wobgonké: Things Made of White Earth” is an art outreach project geared towards ages sixty and over. Project Wobegoké is supported by a grant from the nationwide MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program. In this innovative program the Lubeznik Center for the Arts will provide arts instruction in sculptural and functional ceramics to the Elders of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Southwestern Michigan , near Dowagiac.

“Wobgonké” is a Pokagon word which translates “things made of white earth.” Teaching artist Jason Wesaw incorporates Pokagon language into his methods as a way to interlink participants’ work with their cultural traditions. He often uses traditional processes to make his own art and will pass along these techniques and sensibilities during the 12-week ceramics project.

The MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program is funded by MetLife Foundation and administered by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.

National Guild Metlife Foundation

 

The Burnham Plan

Interurban Trains & Tourism: “Reclaiming the Past for the Future”, Burnham Centennial

May 23- July 26, 2009
Interurban Trains & Tourism: “Reclaiming the Past for the Future”, Burnham Plan Centennial
Hyndman Gallery
Reception May 30 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Chicago time)

The LCA is honored to participate and celebrate in The Burnham Centennial with the city of Chicago and all its program partners. The exhibit will feature some of the original lithographs commissioned in the late 1920's to promote tourism and economic development between Chicago and South Bend . These posters, developed as South Shore Posters, are beautiful examples of vintage artwork portraying the early 20th century boom of Northwest Indiana.

The tourism and economic development campaign is alive and well today with numerous contemporary paintings by Mitch Markovitz, John Rush and other regional artists featured in this exhibit. Also included in the exhibition are original paintings from South Shore Freight, NIPSCO, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, as well as related works and artifacts from dozens of private collections. Additional highlights will be photos from the Prairie Club dunes/beach corridor from the early 1900's, and Save the Dunes campaign. The exhibit will also include a variety of artifacts and memorabilia from the South Shore Line as well as works from the Lubeznik Center's permanent collection. A DVD production with original music by TM Books and Video will be on view in the gallery. Posters, DVD's and books for train enthusiasts of all ages will be available for purchase in the Gallery Shop.

The Lubeznik Center joins hundreds of other organizations as a program partner in this wide-spread event during 2009. The Burnham Plan Centennial celebrates the Bold Plans and Big Dreams that shaped metropolitan Chicago for the past century and challenges our region’s communities, leaders and institutions to build on the success of the Burnham Plan and act boldly together to shape our future. For more information, about the Centennial, please visit www.burnhamplan100.org.

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Funding for this exhibit and its related programs are provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program.


Southshore Freight Indiana University Northwest Newcomb Integrated Marketing Solutions
Thanhardt Burger Corporation DNR Indiana Lake Michigan Costal Program
NOAA

Westchester Township History Museum

The Times Media Company
Lakeshore Public Television The Lakeshore 89.1 FM WNIT


Other Voices: Ricardo Manuel Díaz & Truman Lowe

March 14–May 17, 2009
Other Voices: Ricardo Manuel Díaz & Truman Lowe
Hyndman Gallery
Opening Reception: March 14, 7–9:00 pm

Chicago artist Ricardo Manuel Díaz was born in Guantánamo, Cuba, and immigrated to the United States in 1968. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Unite Pedagogique d’Architecture #3, Ecole d’Art et Design in Versailles, France. Routed in the émigré’s experience, his work explores the idea of psychic passages and issues of displacement, isolation and transformation. Díaz’ work has been described as a darker, deeper vision of folk art (Allison Hersh, Savannah Morning News, April 2005). He was forced to leave his home in Cuba at the age of 11, and his art is rooted in the émigré experience—exploring “the idea of psychic passages” (Jackie Otto-Miller, January 2008). He likens his works to poems without words. Díaz describes his art as being “concerned with the fragility of human existence, the individual and the fictitious distinction between the self and the external world as separated realities… A silent season, the space that exists between our thoughts and actions—between experience and memories.” His focus is bringing Art into Life and Life into Art.

 

 

March 31- June 3, 2007

"Latino Impressions: Portraits of a Culture" (Hyndman Gallery) - focuses on the historic and current artistic trends of the Latino/a community, featuring works by local, regional and international artists, including works on loan from the collections of Maria Bechily and Scott Hodes, Gilberto Cardenas, Dr. Tom Carlson, Jack & Dani Lane and Shirley Lubeznik. "Latino Impressions" will investigate a variety of themes, including personal and political identities, mythic symbols, preserving memory and rights of passage.  Curated by Carol Ann Brown.

Opening Reception March 31, 2007 from 7-9 pm.

Such notable artists as Rufino Tamayo, Rafael Coronel, Diego Rivera, Claudia Fernandez, and Jesus Lugo will be represented. Exhibiting artists: Patricia Acosta, Alfredo Arreguin, Juan Angel Chavez, Juan Compean, Ricardo Compean, Anita Garza, Michael Hernandez de Luna, Blanca Lopez, Jesus Lopez, Martina Lopez, Jesus Lugo, Marcos Raya, Sydia Reyes, Edra Soto, and Maria Tomasula.

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