CSL: Central Suburban League Annual Exhibition
Reception: Thursday, April 20th
May 5 -June 17, 2023
The Passion Project
Annual Benefit: May 5
Opening Reception: May 19, 5:30-8:00pm
Featured artists: Bojitt (Bojana Ilic), Brandon Breaux, Jeremy Brown, Veronica Clements, Irene Mamiye, Yuko Nishikawa, Katrina Smolinsky, Elisa Valenti
All artists are passionate about their work. How that passion comes through the work and connects to audiences is explored through this powerful exhibition. The viewer does not merely see this vibrant, energetic, moving exhibition with their eyes, but rather they experience, absorb, and feel the effects of when artists truly put their passion into and onto the materials used and the words written. Moreover, when artists create work about topics they care about, they make more meaningful art.
The Art Center Highland Park asks artists “Why do you make the work that you make and how does it affect change?” The Passion Project Exhibition explores how the creative process travels from artist, to art, and from art to audiences, igniting the connection on a visceral level. Here, the art, artist, and viewer are all intertwined as we redefine our word of the year, vibrance.
June 23-August 5, 2023
Absurdity: In Dadaism we Trust
A Festival of Absurdity in a World Gone Mad
Opening Reception: June 23, 5:30-8:00pm
Collaboration with CWCA and Stola Contemporary Art
heme: Dadaism was a movement with explicitly political overtones – a reaction to the senselessness of WWI. It essentially declared war against war, countering the absurdity of the establishment’s descent into chaos with its own kind of nonsense. Our version of Dadaism reignites the reaction to the political divisiveness, increased violence, and tensions within communities seen today through a similar lens of propaganda. Chicago is the perfect place to react and act.
Action: Each artist and/or institution will create either an exhibition or individual works of art (both for public outdoor spaces and indoor galleries) that address the definition of Absurdity. Galleries will act as separate entities with different iterations, curating their spaces how they see fit, from selected artists to call for entry exhibitions, as long as the focus revolves around the theme of absurdity.
For more information or to join our collaboration
TAC is also searching for artists whose work addresses the theme of Absurdity: a world on the brink of madness. Entries can be in any medium and groups, companies, and individuals are all welcome to submit.
Contact Caren Helene Rudman, email@example.com
Featured Artist/ Guest Juror Sally Edelstein
N.Y. narrative collage artist Sally Edelstein defrosts the Cold War, piecing together visual fragments of Mid-Century American myths. Her work has focused on examining social fictions whether politically, gender-based, or race by deconstructing the vast cultural clutter of mid-century America through the lens of feminism and social justice.
August 11-September 23
Partition Anti-Memorial Project: Pritika Chowdhry (Center Gallery)
Opening Reception: August 11, 5:30-8:00pm
“In 2007, on the 60th anniversary of India’s Partition, socio-political and activist artist Pritika Chowdhry created her first work in response to the Partition, titled Queering Mother India. As Chowdhry researched feminist historiographies and recounts from her own family she soon found that the glorified storytelling surrounding the Partition of India failed to include experiences of women, marginalized groups, and global ties. As her research progressed, a complex web of interconnected geopolitical events emerged. Continuing to build on the series by excavating counter-memories each large-scale installation or anti-memorial functions as an entry point to healing processes and bearing witness.”
August 15- end of partition closing event
Borders and Boundaries Redefined-(Cindi Elkins Gallery)
Call for entry with a broad interpretation about how we define space, whether the literal borders in art, or the arbitrary lines delineating physical spaces such as states and countries, or the symbolic boundaries that separate self from others. We are searching for art that explores how we define borders.
November 10-December 30
Opening Reception-November 10, 5:30-8:00pm
The Carrying Stones Project- Co-curated by Sawyer Rose (Center Gallery)
“The Carrying Stones Project combines art and data visualization to jump-start public conversation about women’s work inequity. The works encourage viewers to confront issues of equity, labor, and community by pairing human faces and stories with the numbers behind them.”