Virtual Gallery - The Art Center Highland Park

Voices & Visions, Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease

Outdoor Artist Reception: September 11, 5:30- 8:00

Voices & Visions, Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease will be on display  August 14 through September 26, 2020, at The Art Center Highland Park (TACHP). The seventh biennial exhibit of V&V with the theme that aims to express the many ways cancer can be interpreted, literally and symbolically. TAC invited artists to submit works that address issues pertaining to cancer, from fear and facing mortality to finding strength and building community. Whether a survivor, previvor, caregiver, or just someone that has been touched by cancer or the fear of it, this exhibit seeks to find meaning and put into context how pain and suffering can lead to empowerment and healing.

Day 134

Each year, event founder and TAC curator, Caren Helene Rudmanposes a question for the community to answer which are exhibited along side of the artwork. In 2020, the question posed: ‘​How have healthcare providers and/ or caregivers, friends and/or family members helped you through your journey in dealing with cancer and its effects? Share an act of kindness that stands out or resonates, and feel free to recognize those by name.​”

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Congratulations to artists: Dr. Elana Ashley, Donna Bliss, David Brodsky, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Aimee Clinger, Heather Cox, VA. dePintor, Michael Gallagher, Noelle Garcia, Erin McNamara, Robbi Montgomery, Warren Perlstein, Rebecca Roberts-Kerns, Caren Helene Rudman, Lilach Schrag, Heather Sepanik, Corrina Sephora, Aya Tsuchiya, Elena Van den Akker, Nancy VanKanegan, Kaitlin Walsh, Richard Zeid

Caren Helene Rudman, Curator and juror: 


Kate Glowinski
Jessica Wagner


What happens to a regional art center when everything shuts down? The museums with established artists are closed, the galleries with emerging artists are closed, the coffee shops with local artists are closed, but in spite of the closures, there seems to be a constant, unifying drive to do what artists have done throughout history. Artists continue to create!

The art Center Highland Park (TACHP) put out a call for artwork during the stay at home order asking if it is still possible to connect through art and if so how? Curator, Caren Helene Rudman’s own artistic endeavor during covid consisted of creating a new piece every day of the quarantine, and she noticed as she was posting on instagram, more and more groups appeared with many hashtags, including #quarantineartchallenge. It sparked curiosity about how artists connect in an era of separation, thus, leading to the theme of, ART IN THE TIME OF QUARANTINE.

The seventy-three artists from twenty-two states throughout the US, including one entrant from Russia, with over 160 works of art selected, express a range of ideas and emotions coming out of this time. As guest juror, James Lynch, Executive Director TACHP noted, “The work in the exhibit reflects the varied filters that artists applied to this situation from landscapes to literal reflections and interpretations of the virus.”  How artists and galleries share their work may have changed, but the need to share reactions to the world are vital and continue to thrive as seen in this powerful virtual exhibit.

Exhibiting Artists:

Matthew Anderson, Lino Azevedo, Marcia Babler, Sandie Bacon, Warner Ball, Brandin Baron, Joe Bednarski, Jody Berns, Robert Bolla, David Brodsky, Suzette Bross, Owen Brown, Alexandra Buxbaum, Holly Campbell, Abbi Chase, Lydia Cheng, Sarah Ciampa, Justin Coe, Irene (Rieny G.) Cualoping, Drew Dodge, Becca Drach, Andrew Elsten, Ana Fleming, Linny Freeman, Katryna Gagle, Jeanne Garrett, Mo Gerngross, Kate Glowinski, John Hatlestad, Christine Hubbard, Johnson Hunt, Rickie Jacobs, Koon Hwee Kan, Deborah Katchko- Gray, Mary King, Mark Lakos, Melissa Lampl, Kim Han Le, Lezlie Lenz, Gabriela Leyva, Angela Lombardo, Bob London, Justin Martin, Mildred Morgue, David Morris, Shirley Nannini, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Randi O’Brien. Denise Orlin, Hyunju Park, Denise Presnell, Jayson Randall, Gonzalez Ronald, Rachel Rosell, Cheri Saffro, Delia Seeberg, Gareth Seigel, Heather Sepanik, Peggy Shearn, Estella Levin, Tobi Star Abrams, Cheryl Steiger, Susan Straub-Martin, Marco Tanzi, Jessica Tepora, Margaret Thompson, Michele Thrane, Frank Vega, Mary Vollero, Jessica Wagner, Ronald Walker Andrew Wohl


The Art of Ellen Sandor and (art)n
“Art Saves. Tough Art and Science Really SAVES.”

Ellen Sandor and her team at (art)n, Azi (Azadeh) Gholizadeh and Diana Torres, completely redesigned their work to accommodate an online virtual experience.

Viewed through the lens of today’s crisis, (art)n and Ellen Sandor’s work becomes more inspiring and relevant. Throughout her career, Ellen has worked with incredible groups of gifted artists, scientists, technologists and thinkers, resulting in intense collaborations, integrating other artforms, computer graphics, medicine and science. The intense content merged into totally new mediums, PHSColograms, which deal with topics from AIDS and Papilloma viruses, to breast cancer and autis

Ellen’s work is groundbreaking, and once again they have exceeded expectations, expanding their selected images to transcend the virtual and literal, the screen and brain, the image and observer. What she and her team share with us in this exhibit is the fulfillment of the possibility that the arts have to inform and influence other areas, science, medicine, with the courage to come at issues from an entirely new direction. They take us back into the gallery, perhaps not physically, but have managed to recreate the space for all of us to enter. Like a traditional exhibition, their incredible work informs, educates and especially entertains. By merging virtual art into a true experience, they also challenge and inspire us to all “Visualize in a New Light.”


Rajee Aryal Gamut And Ghost I Detail
Olea Nova Purple Spin









In spite of the current situation, TACHP continues to connect through art by presenting virtual exhibitions. The Art & Science theme has never seemed more relevant in the situation we now face. Despite the shutdown of our physical gallery space, we support artists by continuing to share their great work virtually.

Art & Science have always been interdependent, from the chemistry of paint, the theory of color, to the visualization, illustration, and imaging within the field of science and research. TACHP sought work that addresses how art and science intersect and the ways we can interpret and manifest this intersection using the many mediums available to artists. 

Thank you to Olea Nova and Rajee Aryal (images above) for their expertise in jurying the submitted work and sharing their extraordinary art that bridges art and science.
Congratulations to our accepted artists: Laura Cerf-Dahl, Susan Holtz, Jamie Kost, Robert Krawczyk, D. Lammie-Hanson, Kaitlin Maloy, Ryota Matsumoto, Chris Myhr, Diane Nelson, Mary Nott, Lindsay Olson, CV Peterson, Howard Sandroff, Heather Sepanik, Corrina Sephora, David Joel Thomas