Current Exhibition & Up Next

Exhibition Dates: June 14-August 3, 2019

Opening Reception: June 14, 5:30-7:30pm

Undercurrents: Works by Michelle Stone & Susan Smith Trees




The Art Center Highland Park (TACHP) exhibits work that breaks down the boundaries of inside and outside. As space can be defined by a physical separation, without or beyond an enclosure, artists here redefine the confines of what constitutes inside and outside. A physical wall, a border, or skin are forms that outline and delineate between inside and outside, acting as protection. Our skin protects us from germs, our homes protect us from weather.  However, when we think metaphysically or spiritually, how do we describe those separations? In this compilation of artists, juried by Michelle Stone & Susan Smith Trees, the work represents the ability to break down barriers, revealing what is both inside and outside, blurring the delineations between them. Guest jurors: Susan Smith Trees and Michelle Stone (images above) 

Congratulations to artists:

Jeff Baenen, Heather Brammeier, Susan Chertkow, Eva Marie Fitzsimmons, Jeanne Garrett, Lauren Geenen, Lisa Holzl, Suzanne Horwitz, Judith Joseph, Alexis Kanarek, Jill Kolker, Mary Krebs Smyth, Mara Krumins, Jacqueline Moses (image), Scott A. Mossman, Daniel Oliver (image), Raul Ortiz, Emily Papale, Lewis Rice, Lilach Schrag, Anne Smith Stephan, Jane Stevens, Kevin Swallow, Mark Charles Weidling

Composer Christopher Birnbaum: Announcing original music inspired by the artwork & theme.

Susan Smith Trees is a sculptor who has exhibited throughout the United States for the past 25 years. She is known for creating installations, wall reliefs, and floor works in a wide range of materials including thermoplastic, polyurethene, cast bronze and resin. Trees has won numerous awards including the Artists Program Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and commissions from the Open Lands Association of Lake Forest, Il. She has been represented by Gallery H in Three Oaks, Michigan and her work has appeared in “Calculated Leap” by Teresa Devine, “Sculpture Invasion 2016” published by the Koehnline Museum of Art, and “Strong Exhibits for a February Spring” the Paul Klein Art Letter.   Her sculptures and drawings are included in private collections throughout the United States. She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Michelle Stone is a veteran Chicago artist, best known for her constructed, impasto, painted, acrylic sculptures. Stone builds hybrid shapes hovering between figure and abstraction. Various sized forms crawl on walls, and floors, at times developing into elaborate installations and menageries. In addition to sculpture, she creates portraits, paintings, and drawings that explore relationships, evolving along a wide spectrum of the human condition.  Stone has shown widely, is affiliated with Ceres Gallery, NYC, Chicago Sculpture International, and Dialogue Chicago, has a studio in Chicago with Cornelia Building Artists, and lives in Chicago.


IMPACT Color IMPACT Black & White


Exhibition Dates: August 9-October 2, 2019

Opening Reception: August 29, 5:30-7:30pm

How do we measure the impact of Color or Black and White? TACHP will be filling our galleries with these concurrent themes in one exhibition, highlighting the dichotomies between color and black and white in terms of art. A bold sense of color can elicit a certain response, while a black and white photograph may take us to another time and place. TACHP and our guest jurors selected work whose use of color or lack thereof directs the content of the work. Color technique represents tone, feelings and emotions while the power of the work is dependent on and derived from its use even when color is absent. The exhibit pushes the theme literally and symbolically, from color theory to race, from form to intention.

Guest Jurors and featured artists (in order of images) Rhonda K. Brown, Cesar Conde, Sheri Rush

Congratulations to the following artists:

Chee Bravo, Stephen Butzlaff, Laura Cerf-Dahl, Irene (Rieny G.) Cualoping, Kim Curtis, Michelle Diederich, Rebecca Drach, Martinez E-B, Christopher Fowler, Jonathan Friedman, Jeanne Garrett, Shelley Gilchrist, Cynthia Goldring, Sonya Hammons, Steve Heine, Susan Holtz, Daniel Johnson, Erin Kaya, Cleo Krueger, Mara Krumins, Beatriz Ledesma, Lezlie Lenz, Cindy Lesperance, Denise Lucero, Linda Lutz, Kelly Mathews, Jill Meyerhoff, Scott A. Mossman, Andryea Natkin, Mary Neely, Mary Nott, Raul Ortiz, Ponnapa Prakkamakul, Kenneth Probst, Laurence Segil, Laura Stoecker, Glenn Strachan, Karen Sutker, Michael Tetrick, Michael Weinberg, Samantha Younis, Vivian Zapata


Rhonda K. Brown has been living and creating art in Chicago since 1995. A native Clevelander, Brown hails from a family that opened the first for-profit African American gallery in the country, Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1980. Growing up with art all around inspired her to complete a bachelor of fine arts with a double major in painting and drawing and art history from The Ohio State University. Thereafter, she interned at the Cleveland Museum of Art during its 75th Anniversary year and then completed her master’s degree in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. Brown’s expressive colorful paintings confront the viewer. Her abstracted human form, palette, and expressive lines communicate solemnity and boldness equally. Brown’s work appears in private collections throughout the country and has been featured in Samella Lewis’s International Review of African American Art, Oprah at Home Magazine  exhibitions, and architectural interiors.

Cesar Conde is a Filipino-American artist based in Chicago. He believes in the power of art to create social change and mirrors current events to record history. He tackles issues across color lines and communities with the belief that we can create empathy to affect actions for the good of humanity. Conde has exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, most recently in Purdue University, The Field Museum, Museo de Arte Moderno in Turin, Italy. He is part of the 17th annual juried exhibition at Freeport Art Museum in Freeport, IL.

Sheri Rush is a Chicago based painter whose practice includes photography and collage.  She received a BFA in painting from Texas Christian University and a MFA in painting from the University of Chicago. Rush’s work explores the ineradicable nature of memory and recollection, and the contemporary diminishing experience of the sublime.  Sheri Rush has been making paintings for over thirty years.  Her exhibitions consist of those in Texas and throughout the Chicago and Illinois area, including the  2018 Midwestern Biennial at the Rockford Art Museum and a solo show at the Hyde Park Art Center. Her artwork is in many private and corporate collections.