15th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition at Morpho Gallery

Winter Sessions
Opening Artist Reception
Friday February 7th 6-10pm

Morpho Gallery is featuring a variety of different local Chicago area artists for its annual Emerging Artist Exhibitions.

The exhibit showcases many different medias, from encaustic to etchings, paintings to sculpture. It is a show that celebrates artistic diversity and encourages emerging artists to show art.

Each year we select 3-5 artists from each exhibit to participate in a group exhibit during Chicago Artist Month the following October.

Morpho Gallery is dedicated to the advancement and exposure of emerging local artists. We offer our space as non-competitive, supportive system, open to all types of artistic media and age groups.

We are in our 15th year of EMA exhibits, giving young local and second career artists exposure. We offer our space as a stepping-stone to procedures in the art world and how to exhibit and present your art in a professional manner.

These exhibits bring artists into an established gallery, most for the first time, giving them experience and making connections, networking with other artists while trying to break into the ever-difficult art world.

These are no commission shows based on a nominal fee only after being accepted into the show. We will be having several exhibitions throughout the winter.

Additionally, we offer leasing packages at affordable prices for artists, musicians and artistic groups who wish to stage their own shows or rehearse. We are active members of the Andersonville, Bowmanville, and Ravenswood communities, and are dedicated to their enrichment via the visual arts.

Join us on opening reception night for some appetizers, drinks and fantastic new artwork. Shows featuring different artists and will be taking place throughout the winter months. See our website for updates and applications: morphogallery.com

Girls’ World

Artists: Judith Rapahel & Melissa Ann Pinney
Guest Curator: Tony Phillips
Dates: February 7 — February 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7, 2020, 5 to 8 pm

Judith Raphael and Melissa Ann Pinney share mutual interest in the lives of children, especially young girls, especially when they are at that touchingly vulnerable state where they begin to imagine themselves as women, now self-consciously feminine, but yet, by turns, still playful, zany, bumptiously un-self-conscious and childish. For both artists, this is special shared territory of investigation with which they have each provided wonderful vision and insight.

Other Events

Artist Talk: Saturday, February 22, 2 to 3 pm
9 Muses Reading Series at Hofheimer Gallery: Thursday, February 27, 6 to 7pm

Hofheimer Gallery
4823 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL

Best of 2019 EMA Exhibitions

October 18th Opening Reception 6pm-10pm
Oct 18 -Nov 13th

OCTOBER 2019 (Chicago) – Morpho Gallery presents eight Artists from our Winter Emerging Artists Exhibits; each Artist was selected from a series of five shows from January- March 2019. We exhibited over 120 artists during this timeframe.

Bob Fesser, Jennifer Starchvill, Jola Soares, Maria Raffaelle, Paul Ramirez, Chia Wolfman, Jason John Phillips, Deborah Spertus.

Each artist has unique style and technique, with each artist complementing each other.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Word to Mother – Vertical Gallery

Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present “Let Love Lead the Way,” an exhibit of paintings by British artist Word To Mother.

Running from October 5-26, 2019, “Let Love Lead the Way” assembles paintings created over the past two years in Word To Mother’s seaside studio — a collection of work that examines the virtues of a positive mindset, celebrating moments of happiness and kindness through the lens of primitive characters inspired by 1930’s cartoons. The artist will attend the exhibit’s opening reception, taking place at Vertical’s 1016 N. Western Ave. location from 6:00-9:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 5.

“Let Love Lead the Way” underlines the progression and maturity of WTM’s work, says Patrick Hull, Vertical Gallery owner and founder. “These paintings are very positive, very optimistic and very playful,” Hull says. “I think it’s critical for art to play a role in fostering positivity, and I know people will be able to feel the joy that Word To Mother is bringing to Chicago.”

“Let Love Lead the Way” is split into two bodies — salvaged pieces and layered paintings — featuring cartoon animals united by a shared spirit of perseverance and positivity. A range of textures and objects including rusted metal surfaces and vintage wooden patinas (some in WTM’s personal collection since 2004) provide the perfect backdrop for the artist’s menagerie of characters, which he executes in a limited palette with minimal use of gold leaf. Gestural marks and layers of illustrations form the surfaces of the contrasting pieces, with WTM’s singular line work exploring the optimism and joy that the character forms express.

Born and raised in an English seaside town, Word To Mother studied illustration in art school, from there expanding into graffiti and tattoo art — pursuits that profoundly shaped his latter-day mixed-media work, which juxtaposes signature flourishes like hand-drawn personal sentiments and tight sign-written letters evoking vintage typography. In addition to a previous Vertical Gallery solo show, 2017’s “Forgot How to Fly,” WTM has exhibited in galleries in London, San Francisco and Dubai.

Word To Mother
“Let Love Lead The Way”
October 5- 26, 2019
Opening reception with the artist: Saturday, October 5, 6:00-9:00pm