Images on File

Curated by Robin Dluzen
April 7, 2018 – May 19, 2018
Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 7, 7 – 9pm

Stuart & Co. Gallery is proud to present Images on File, a group show curated by Robin Dluzen that presents the work of five artists engaging with memory. Through a variety of media –painting, digital prints, video, installation and ceramic– memory is used as content and allegory, as a tool for art-making and a conceptual framework, and as a signifier of identity and collective consciousness. In different ways, Lynn Basa, Lou Carney, Tian Jiang, Shaina Lund and Bibiana Suárez prompt the viewer to consider how and why memories are created, recalled and evolved.

For Basa, a murky, unsettling memory from her rural childhood serves as the basis for a series of large-scale, organic pods, installed both inside the gallery and hung from branches outdoors. Lund, too, mines her personal recollections with a selection of found items within custom memory boxes, and Lunar Cycle, a ceramic form composed of layered debris marking the output of her studio over the course of many months.

Jiang and Carney each manifest particular characteristics of memory in their works. Jiang’s looped video projection on clay is suggestive of the way repeated, daily visuals imprint themselves on our subconscious. Carney’s scenes are painted entirely from memory; with highly detailed figures on indistinct grounds, her works are directly reflective of our tendencies to remember only the most significant features, rendering the rest a haze.

In Suárez’s Aves Raras series, the memories depicted are shared ones. Here, vintage maps of Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico, Miami, El Paso and New York City, are overlaid with the flight patterns of native birds –a symbol for the movement of Latinos over time.

Suárez’s prints highlight collective experiences that span locations and generations. Maintaining a contemporary vision, Stuart & Co. Gallery strives to represent emerging and mid-career artists at the forefront of expression. Since its inception in 2012, Stuart & Co. Gallery has been home to innovative, pioneering exhibitions across a multitude of media and genres. The gallery embraces multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and crossgenre art forms in addition to traditional practices.

Robin Dluzen is a Chicago-based artist and art critic. The former editor-in-chief of Chicago Art magazine, Dluzen now writes regularly for Art Ltd Magazine, Visual Art Source and Art F City; her writing has also appeared in Newcity, The Reader, the New American Paintings blog, ArtNet, The Classical and The Outsider magazine. Dluzen received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Please join Stuart & Co. for the opening reception of Images on File on Saturday, April 7th, 2018, from 7 – 9pm. A complete list of participating artists can be found below.

For more information please contact Britney Lipton at (312) 487-1850 or via email at

Featured Artists:

Lynn Basa
Lou Carney
Tian Jiang
Shaina Lund
Bibiana Suárez

2250 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL, 60612
312.487.1850 |

At The Raw Stage

Artist Mimi Zaphiratos Exhibits Her Most Recent Work

Elephant Room Gallery is thrilled to be working with artist Mimi Zaphiratos on her solo exhibition, “At the Raw Stage”, opening Saturday, March 10th with a reception from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. The exhibition features oil paintings, hand-painted bottles and porcelain tea sets. The show runs through May 5th at the South Loop Gallery.

“At the Raw Stage” is a body of work that reflects the artist’s current painting process. The self-taught artist’s current work can best be described as abstract, naïve-primitive. The oil paintings are created spontaneously in the moment with no premeditation on subject or placement. A sense of relief and freedom is achieved in her process that can then be re-interpreted by the viewer. Shapes, lines, colors, characters and sometimes texture are woven into each piece in a way that provides depth to the solid composition. “When I exhibit my artwork, I am sharing with the audience how I see today’s world, which I inhabit. I also wish to show that art is the universal language of peace: to unite and communicate with the entire world no matter what ethnicity, language, color, background, or gender one is.” – Zaphiratos

Born in Vietnam and raised in France, Mimi Zaphiratos’ creativity stems from her diverse multicultural background. Her dynamic art explores universal themes such as life, loss, reconciliation and love. Her many mediums of work include oil paint on canvas, painted porcelain tea sets, public artwork, painted leather apparel and much more. Mimi currently resides in Chicago and continues to create while exploring new themes and mediums for creativity.

Elephant Room Gallery has been operating since 2009, exhibiting Chicago-based artists who bring fresh perspectives to the contemporary art world. The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in Chicago. More information on exhibitions and events can be found on the gallery’s website:

Hofheimer Gallery Opens with Betty Cleeland Exhibit

Betty Cleeland’s exploration of colors and patterns found in the world around us—in architecture, in nature, and in textiles—will be featured at a reception and opening of Hofheimer Gallery, 4823 N. Damen Ave., Chicago (on Damen north of Lawrence), 5 PM-8:30 PM, on March 9.

Cleeland’s exhibit will continue through May 4. Hofheimer Gallery displays works of contemporary and emerging artists in sculpture and painting. For more information, contact, 847-274-7550.

13th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibitions

Opening Reception: Friday, February 16th, 6 – 10 PM

Morpho Gallery is featuring a variety of different artists for its annual Emerging Artist Exhibitions. The gallery features many different medias, from ceramics to etchings, paintings to sculpture.

Each year we select 3-5 artists from each exhibit in a group exhibit during Chicago Artist Month in October 2018.

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 14th 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 more exhibitions thru the winter months.

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.

About Morpho Gallery:

Morpho Gallery prides itself in seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community. We invite local artists to exhibit their work in a creative and non-competitive atmosphere where artistic experimentation and development are encouraged. By creating a blank palette inside the gallery, we offer infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together.

Dreambox Gallery: Expo de Jeunes Artistes


Young Artists EXPO POP UP

Saturday, February 10th and 17th from 2pm-6pm

DreamBox Gallery presents Young Artists EXPO – the artwork of students and participants of after school art classes (1st through 5th grade) at the French International School in Chicago. As part of the Before-And-After art classes, ceramics and drawing are taught by visual artist and art teacher at Lycée Français de Chicago – Anne Seigenthaler.

Through the drawing class, the children obtain new ways to communicate their ideas and gain skills on how to express themselves creatively. Drawing helps students to stay focused and observe their surroundings. In a relaxed environment, students learn about the creative process involved in art making, which also includes reflecting on what they have made.

In the ceramics class, students learn fundamental techniques and gain experience with hand molding and shaping clay. There is a freedom in their self expression and the clay is a forgiving medium in which mistakes can always be easily transformed. In the classroom children learn to think creatively to solve problems and produce unique artwork that can be functional, decorative or express imaginative ideas.

For the past few months, students have been exploring and experiencing different creative adventures and are excited to present a selection of their work at DreamBox Gallery.


DreamBox Gallery/STUDIO I 2415 W.NORTH AVENUE I CHICAGO, IL 60647