Open call 8th Annual Encaustic Exhibition

CALL FOR ENTRIES – 8th Annual Encaustic Exhibition
Morpho Gallery, 5216 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60625
Dates: August 2nd – August 31st, 2019

Entry Deadline: July 6th, 2019
Opening Reception: August 2nd, 2019, 6pm – 10pm
Jurors: Kathy Blankley Roman and Dan Addington

About the Exhibition:

The exhibit is open to artists who work in the encaustic medium. Mixed media is welcomed, but encaustic must be the primary medium.

This year we will allow 3D work as well as 2D. Maximum 2D dimensions should not exceed 28″ per side, including frame or support, minimum size: 8”x8” or 16 running inches (H+L).

3D works not to exceed 28” in all dimensions including mount, if applicable.

About the Jurors:

After 6 years of successful shows, including: Hot Wax in the City, Wax(N)Blue and Unbound(ed), FUSEDChicago member Kathy Blankley Roman returns once again to jury our 7th Annual Encaustic Exhibition. Joining her, we are pleased to have Dan Addington from Addington Gallery on board as guest juror.

Kathy Blankley Roman is an award winning artist, whose expressive paintings have appeared in shows nationally, online and in numerous private collections since 2011. Using acrylics, encaustic or oil & cold wax, she is a process painter. Roman prefers a limited palette and works in layers, employing contrasts of texture, opacity and gesture to create tension and a sense of depth and history. Mostly small to medium in scale, her works have been described as “large paintings in a small space”. They suggest an intimacy which invites viewers to come close, to explore and experience them through their own personal filters.

Dan Addington is an artist and gallery owner who has been working with wax since 1989 and exhibiting encaustic work professionally since 1992. His work has been featured in-group and solo shows across the US, and is in numerous public and private collections. Dan is owner and director of Addington Gallery, located in Chicago’s historic River North art district, and has included encaustic painters in exhibitions there since organizing their first national encaustic exhibition there in 1996. Addington’s own figurative work incorporates materials such as fabric, oil, wax, tar, gold leaf and various printed matter. The accumulation and layering of these materials echoes his interest in history and the relationships between the stratification of cultures and the layering of memory. In these constructed, overtly physical pieces, Addington seeks to engage the viewer through their own process of physical and spiritual excavation.

The complete application is available to download at:

morphogallery.com/links.htm

CALL FOR ENTRIES – 14th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

Morpho Gallery, 5216 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60625
Dates: April 5th -May 1st , 2019 Submission Deadlime March 16th
Opening Reception: April 5th, 6pm – 10pm

About the Exhibition:

Morpho Gallery is pleased to announce its 14th annual juried photo exhibit. Photographers are invited to submit work for possible inclusion in the exhibition. Size limitation is 36” maximum in any direction, framing included. Original photography only, any and all subject matters and photo processes welcomed.

About the Juror:

Lloyd DeGrane is a Chicago-based freelance photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, the Paris Match, The Guardian and other national and international publications.

He specializes in location photography and portraiture, serving a variety of clients including: University of Chicago, University of Illinois system, University of Notre Dame, numerous university alumni publications, Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Night Ministry, Midwest Energy News, Belt Magazine, and the Nature Conservancy.

The complete application is available to download at:
http://morphogallery.com/links.htm

14th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition at Morpho Gallery

Opening Artist Reception
Friday January 25th 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 ceramics 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 in a group exhibit during Chicago Artist Month in October 2019.

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. http://morphogallery.com

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.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
www.morphogallery.com

14th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition at Morpho Gallery

Above: “Transitions” is by Chai Wolfman

Opening Reception January 11th, 6PM

Morpho Gallery is featuring a variety of different artists for its annual Emerging Artist Exhibitions. The exhibit showcases many different medias, from ceramics 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 in a group exhibit during Chicago Artist Month in October 2019.

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. Website: morphogallery.com

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.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
www.morphogallery.com

Morpho Gallery: November Best of Juried Photo Show 2018

November 30th Opening Reception from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Show Open: November 30th – December 29th

Morpho Gallery presents six artists from our 2018 Spring National Juried Photography Show, where juror Angie McMonigal selected: Lauri Novak, Noriko Buckles, Maria Rebelo, Stephan Butzlaff, Suzanne Shumaker and Patrick Carr as the best of the show.

We exhibited 14 artists and over 50 photographs in the National Juried Photography Show.

Lauri Novak: As a young girl, she was fortunate to travel not only the United States but also overseas when she grew older. Being exposed to the diversity in cultures and lifestyles from an early age instilled in her a curiosity and appreciation for the differences she experienced. Photography became a natural outlet for her to capture and express this amazing new world, and as she honed her skills with a camera, she cultivated her photographic vision. Photography soon became many more than simply taking pictures. It became her joy, so much so that, even now, she sees the world in photographs. As a photographer her goal is twofold: 1) to provide people with a truly unique depiction of their most cherished memories, and 2) to inspire other photographers to look at the world through new eyes, and pick up their cameras and play with the world around them through the lens. Elliot Erwitt summed it up best when he said, “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” This is my experience, philosophy, and aim. And when I teach you to see the interesting in the ordinary, then I have accomplished what I set out to.

Noriko Buckles: is an award-winning photographer who lives outside of Chicago Illinois. Photography has been with her most of her life, starting at an early age when her father gave her a small point and shoot camera.  In High School she was a member of the Yearbook and school newspaper staff.  As a school photographer she worked around the school documenting every event and school life. At times her photographs were featured in local town newspapers. Noriko moved away from photography while going to college, then raising a family but as soon as the chance arose she dove right back into it.  In the meantime the digital age arrived and she put her beloved Konica film camera on a shelf and moved onto Nikon digital cameras. Even though her equipment has changed and the post-processing tool became a computer, her approach to subject matter has not changed.  Noriko likes to first approach the subject as a whole. She takes time to look at it from all different angles even before one shot is taken.  When she sees an angle that has possibilities, then maybe she might take one shot.  Noriko exhibits several times a year, earning Best of Show at “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” a Juried Mixed Media Exhibition and “Let There Be Light” a Juried photo exhibit both at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum.  She has also received several 1st  places including at the Glennie Memorial International Nature Salon (Other Plant Category) in Andover MA, “Between Light & Shadows” a Juried Photography Exhibition at the Bloomindale Park District Museum, The Union League Club of Chicago Photo Competition/Exhibit, and the 13th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit at Morpho Gallery in Chicago, which was Juried by Angie McMonigal to name a few.

Maria Rebelo: was born in Viseu, Portugal, in 1959. She lives and works in Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago. Maria’s projects explore different kinds of photography, both film, digital and some alternative processes. What started as an interest about documenting family and travels, evolved into an interest for fine art photography. Some photographers have a very distinct recognizable style, Maria, on the other hand, developed several bodies of work. Rebelo’s photographic interests lie in the beauty of the overlooked and the magic of light. She looks at our often-ignored surroundings, recording the formal qualities of lines and shapes, shadows and patterns. The delicate nature of these organic forms is enlarged and enhanced through macro photography and the subtle play of light. Maria works as an event photographer at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is currently working on a project with Pousadas de Portugal and is the photographer for the blog “Salt of Portugal” since 2011. The summer of 2016 she collaborated with “Culinary Backstreets” on a project called Tascas of Lisbon and organized a photographic walk through several neighborhoods of the city of Lisbon for VoiceMap.

Stephan Butzlaff: Stephen Butzlaff, a native of metropolitan Chicago, has had a camera in his hand since school. His early prowess led to a first place in the Scholastic National High School Photographic Award.  Today he exclusively shoots with a Leica M Rangefinder along with a Leica SL. He can be found on streets in urban areas hunting for the spontaneous moment capturing the humor, surprise and drama of everyday life.

Suzanne Shumaker: originally from Ohio, began her career in New York City, after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky in 1999. After developing her design skills for 10 years in New York and Chicago. She and her husband, opened their Evanston, IL-based firm, Shumaker Design + Build Associates, in 2009. A self -taught photographer, her photography ranges from documenting her architectural work to the “art of the every day”. In 2017, she began showing her fine art photography, in Chicago and Evanston.

Patrick Carr: is originally from Iowa and studied photography at the University of Northern Iowa.  He has lived in the Chicago area since 1989, currently in Evanston Illinois with his partner, artist Caryl Carlsen. My work focuses on found objects in the urban environment, particularly exploring the aesthetics of decay and destruction. Finding forgotten, lost and discarded items that have obtained a patina of age from exposure to the elements, I explore their properties both in and out of context with their surroundings.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
www.morphogallery.com