Call for Art: Instruments of Fear!

Call for Art: Instruments of Fear!

Join The Art Center Highland Park and the Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest in creating “Rock n’ Roll Through History” installations.

Artists are called to submit their design ideas for the guitars these skeleton rockers will “play.” Prizes will be awarded for the crowd favorites—$500 First Place, $250 Second Place & Third Place. Each instrument will be auctioned off to support art classes and outreach programs at TAC.

Medium: artists can use actual guitars, cut out from other materials, or bring their material to a Highwood location to be cut with a jigsaw. Material and design should be outdoor-friendly.

Installations will be on display throughout the City of Highwood for a month leading up to and including The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest, October 6-8. All work must be completed by October 1 and delivered for installation by that date.

Crowd favorites will be awarded: $500 for First Place, $250 for Second Place, and $250 for Third Place.

All instruments will be auctioned off to support art classes and outreach programs at TAC. The auction is to take place October 28-31.


August 18: Submissions of concept due

August 31: Notification sent

October 1: Delivery of work

Click here to submit your proposal!

More about The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival:

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival and Skeletons on Display is the biggest outdoor celebration on Chicago’s North Shore featuring all-you-can-carve pumpkins, nightly lightings of pumpkin-filled walls, carnival rides, costume contests, trick or treating, two stages with live music and entertainment, hundreds of skeletons displays depicting the history of rock and roll, hayrides, food and beverage vendors and so much more!

Meet Me in a Moment

An orange and yellow poster reading: Meet Me in a Moment, Written and Directed by Aviva ChertokMeet Me in a Moment, a Theatrical Concert of Jewish Classical Music written and directed by Aviva Chertok, will be performed at The Art Center Highland Park on Sunday, June 19th, at 2 PM.

A classical music concert reimagined, Meet Me in a Moment opens the door to the lives of four great Jewish composers, with each musical selection followed by a theatrical scene from the composer’s life. Step back in time to the living room of Ernest Bloch, join a rehearsal with Paul Ben-Haim, and attend a meeting of the Society of Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg with Lazare Saminsky. The program also features a special screening of Aviva’s interview with one of the most acclaimed Jewish composers in the United States, Grammy-nominee Jonathan Leshnoff.

Written and directed by violinist Aviva Chertok, “Meet Me in a Moment” is a unique show that brings audiences the beauty of Jewish classical music while immersing them in Jewish history and culture.

Performers: Aviva Chertok (violin), Monika Miodragovic (piano), Richard Shavzin, (actor).

There are only 80 seats available for this performance, so purchase your tickets soon!

Voices & Visions: Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease 2020

Voices and Visions, Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease, 2020 will take place August 7 through September 26, 2020, at The Art Center Highland Park (TACHP).  TACHP curator, Caren Helene Rudman, has had cancer hit her family on many fronts, from five great aunts, her great grandmother and ultimately losing her Mother and her sister to the disease. Additionally, she and her family members have taken preliminary action to head off cancer, including mastectomies, hysterectomies and more. Caren’s passion for using the power of art and creativity as a healing voice is inspiring.  

Voices & Visions; Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease began in 2010 as an exhibit about breast and ovarian cancers. This exhibit was conceived as a 3-part trilogy consisting of a wall of statements answering different cancer-related questions (Voices), the juried art exhibition (Visions), and a race (wellness aspect.) The exhibit was such a success that the healthcare company Medline sponsored the exhibit as part of their breast cancer initiative, creating a tour of the 2010 exhibit, traveling to several cancer centers across the country.  Realizing the strength behind the theme, TACHP continued to present the exhibit as an annual event until 2012, when it transitioned to a biennial exhibit with a wider theme of cancer as a metaphor.

With each exhibit there exists a theme derived from putting the work together, including Out of Darkness Comes Light, Connections, and Color. The different questions asked range from; “How do you find strength in pain?” “How has cancer affected your life?” and “How do you detach from your body as you head in to surgery?” The responses have been honest and broad, seen in the first answer to, “how do you detach” was, “I have never felt more connected to my body in my life.”

Caren Helene Rudman, Reflecting

The Trilogy: 

  • Vision with the creative expression of artists
  • Voices from statements asked of community members and beyond which are displayed on plaques in the exhibit. In 2020, we ask: How have healthcare providers and/ or caregivers helped you and your family members through your journey in dealing with cancer?
  • Health and Wellness-  breast and ovarian cancers which was conceived as part of the trilogy

 Each year, TACHP honors someone who has battled cancer. In 2018, Jackie Sabath was honored. She had exhibited in 2016 with what turned out to be her last work of art, made specifically for Voices & Visions, just days before the exhibit installation. In partnership with Jackie’s family TACHP created The Jackie Sabath Exhibition Fund.

Jackie Sabath was an established artist on the North Shore. Her powerful piece, “Back Up Against a Wall, but Moving Forward,” exemplifies her spirit and strength to persevere throughout her life. The Jackie Sabath Exhibition Fund has been created to carry on her legacy by helping TACHP’s future exhibitions, social awareness, and educational outreach.

Caren Helene Rudman, the curator of this meaningful exhibit is amazed each year by the level of depth and beauty of the art and responses. Caren always states that this exhibit defies expectations and preconceptions about an art exhibit about cancer, because it has been anything but dark and sad. Her vision of Voices and Visions: Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease is best explained in her words; “This exhibit was conceived to express the shaky ground on which we feel when facing our mortality or those whom we love. As we allow ourselves to share the depth of what is in our hearts, we shed light on what gives all of our lives meaning.”

Save the Dates: Voices and Visions: Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease opens to the public August 14, 2020, and September 11, 5:30- 8:00 PM, the official Artist Reception (outdoors!) 

Sunday Salon Artist Talk

Please join us for our first Sunday Salon Artist Talk!

Engaging Diversity in the Arts: Community Discussion

The Art Center Highland Park hosts a panel discussion, Engaging Diversity in the Arts, on Sunday, September 22, 2019, 2:00-4:00pm. 

Panelists include moderator Gabrielle Lyon, PhD, Executive Director of the Illinois Humanities, and featured artists from our exhibition, IMPACT Color IMPACT Black and White, Rhonda K. Brown, Cesar Conde, and Caren Helene Rudman. 

We invite the community to this free event to join the conversation about the need for and acceptance of inclusion and freedom of expression. TACHP hopes to bring people together with Impact Color Impact Black & White, by breaking down barriers of constraints racial and negative preconceptions of those who are seen as “different”.. We hope you all join our conversation bringing communities together to make an impact in a positive way.

It’s Transition Time!

As much as we hate to see exhibits come down, it is always with mixed emotion with what is coming next. Tomorrow is the last day to see Undercurrents with Michelle Stone and Susan Smith Trees and Inside Outside. They are a fascinating look at how to break down boundaries. With that in mind, our next exhibit called Impact Color Impact Black & White breaks down different barriers, the ones that can be as subtle as color technique or as bold as racial preconceptions. We hope you all join our conversation, making an impact to build community in a positive way.

TACHP Gallery News

As Streaming Reflections and enLIGHTen come to a close, I am reflecting on the impact it has made. There is a ‘wow’ factor, a true enlightening experience.  The range of wonderment has been wide, from finding adults sitting deep in meditation engulfed in the changing colors of Bert Leveille’s installations, to filling the galleries with inquisitive elementary school students. Usually our gallery is lit with spot lights directed solely on the art, but here you enter a dark ethereal world with spiraling lights. If you haven’t seen it, try to come before June 8th!

Caren Helene Rudman, Curator

And I was lucky enough to host an event at TACHP during this incredible exhibit! BONUS


Can we be TOO busy?

On May 3rd TACHP hosted it’s annual benefit, titled ‘Expanding Our Horizons’. We had food, cocktails, entertainment, activities, a silent auction, two honorees and Channel 5 News anchor, Zoraida Sambolin as guest host. We exceeded our goals, hosted over 250 people and, in general, we considered it a success and all took a deep breath Friday night when it ended.

Then MONDAY we started working on the Festival of Fine Arts (June 22, 23 in front of TACHP, extending to Central and a block east and west). We also had the Wine Stroll, Uncorked, with the Chamber of Commerce and Friday, May 17 (tonight as this is being written), we have the artist reception for Streaming Reflections and enLIGHTen, featuring the work of artist Bert Leveille and many others. Continue reading “Can we be TOO busy?”