Exhibition Dates: March 1- April 7, 2019
Opening Reception: March 1, 5:30-7:30pm
Artist Talk with Judy Norris: March 15, 2019, 5:00pm
In the main gallery: A Look Within: Judy Norris & Suzette Bross
TACHP exhibits two Chicago artists who explore the representation of self and others through art. Judy Norris has been painting for fifty years, with a prolific collection of works often reflecting her own life. As a kind of visual diary, there is a complexity between herself and viewer as her self portraits do not look us in the eye, but rather she turns her back to us, leading us further into her private world. By Contrast, Suzette Bross’ For the Glass, transforms the traditional portrait by turning a digital flatbed scanner into a contemporary version of the photographic plate. “Meditating on the tradition of portraiture, Bross mimics the sharp details and imperfections in the surfaces of 19th-century studio portraits. Her relationship with her subjects becomes a performative act of photographing.” By pushing technology into the past, Bross creates an intimacy with her subjects, including herself through her own self portrait. Together, their work exemplifies a commonality of self expression seen through very different lenses.
Lecture Gallery: Beyond the Selfie
The Art Center Highland Park (TACHP) presents a juried exhibition of work that reaches beyond the traditional concept of a self-portrait. With over 75 entries, our guest jurors, Judy Norris and Suzette Bross, chose art that reflects interpretations of the self-portrait theme . In today’s obsession with “Selfies,” we found that often artists push the boundaries of self-expression and representation.
Congratulations Artists: Cosima Aryee, Jooeun Bae, Hayley Bean, Ina Beierle, Jody Berns, Claire Brassell, Kandi Champagne Cook, Samuel Fisch, Lauren Geenen, Patricia RAIN Gianneschi, Candi Hall, David Hauptschein, Steve Juras, Mary Krebs Smyth, Al Krueger, David Kutz, Anne Leuck, Terry Luc, Ara Lucia, Julie Ludwick, Andrew Maxedon, Janet McNulty, Te Moore, Karena Nelson, Anna Redwine, Tamzin J. Richie, Tara Riley, Anne Rowell, Karmel Sabri, Rana Sadek, Anita Seltzer, Heather Sepanik, Ali Seradge, Erin Smego, Karen Smith, Mark Stafford, Kerra Taylor, Gale Trausch, Nikki Vismara, Ashley Young
Guest Jurors:Judy Norris (image left) & Suzette Bross (image right)
Judy Norris is a Chicago based artist explores the self, identity, and relationships to family. She is inspired by personal tales, the environment, and cultures around the world. Her work embodies much from her own life, including a series and book dealing with the sense of grief from the loss of her son. Her self portraits defy the usual expectations of defining the self with a sense of humor and realism tied together.
Suzette Bross is a photographer living and working in Chicago, Illinois. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and more. With an MFA from the Institute of Design at IIT, Bross has taught at Columbia College Chicago, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and the Northwestern University Medical School. Her work has been exhibited internationally and across the United States. Her series, For the Glass, was featured in solo exhibitions at the Chicago Artists Coalition and Lehman Arts Center in North Andover, MA, Geary Contemporary booth at EXPO Chicago 2016, and as the first exhibition in the Chicago Google Artist Initiative. The series pushes the boundaries of portraiture.
East Gallery- Express Your Selfie @ TAC
TACHP facilitates an interactive self-portrait activity, initiated by Director of Education, Mindy Tiberi. Visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to create their own self-portrait to add to our walls.
TACHP teams with the Highland Park Police Department and Edgewood Middle School, inspired by the International Program, Photovoice, to combine photography with social change and self-portraiture. The HP police has asked students at Edgewood to create a photograph to reveal what a healthy life means to them. “It’s all about choices. Students are faced with making choices every day. The most important choices they are faced with often have an impact on their health and well-being.”