Solo Exhibition at the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg Gallery

Exhibition view

I currently have 15 drawings showing in the gallery at The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg. The exhibition will run through March with an Artist's Reception on Thursday, February 9 from 2:00-3:00 PM. The drawings include my series of 12 works entitled Sway and a series of 3 works entitled Adaptation.

The Sketchbook Project

Sketchbook spread

Sketchbook spread

I have a sketchbook included in Art House Co-op's The Sketchbook Project. Each participating artist was sent a sketchbook with a unique barcode and chosen them to finish and send back. Once finished, the sketchbooks will be exhibited in major cities around the country starting at the Brooklyn Art Library and ending there in their permanent collection. Once back in the Brooklyn Art Library, patrons are able to check out the sketchbooks to view them in the library. The exhibition will be coming the the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago on May 3-4.

Organic Inclinations

I have fifteen new drawings and a mezzotint on view at Mixed Company in River North. Organic Inclinations is an exhibition of works by myself and Sarah E. Rehmer that will be on view through January 16, 2012. We are hosting an Artists' Reception on Friday, December 2 from 7-9 pm. Mixed Company is located at 223 W. Erie Street, Chicago.


My new piece, Disintegration, is now on view at the Coalition Gallery! After many hours and a lot of help, I am excited to finally get to exhibit the piece in its entirety. The materials involved in making the piece include: Monotype on hand-cut mulberry paper, monofilament, crochet, glass beads, medium, wood and fabric. The final dimensions of the installed piece are 9 feet by 9 feet by 11 feet. I hope that you get a chance to see it in person if you are in the Chicago area! Time Signatures, the Coalition Gallery Resident's last group exhibition, will be shown at 217 North Carpenter Street in Chicago's West Loop through Friday, September 16. There will be a closing reception on September 16 from 5-7 and we will be open for the West Loop's Gallery Crawl on Friday, September 9 from 6-8.

Time Signatures opens August 19

My new installation, Disintegration, will be featured in our last group exhibition, Time Signatures, at the Coalition Gallery. The opening reception is on August 19 at 217 North Carpenter Street in Chicago's West Loop from 6 PM-9 PM. Photographs of the installation will be available once I install it! Here is the press release for the exhibit: Different artists approach temporality in a variety of ways, but it is nonetheless an ever-present factor throughout the creative process. Artists navigate multiple temporal planes simultaneously, thereby creating unique "time signatures" that are particular to their process and subsequently embedded in the work of art itself. One can look at the brush strokes, scratches, and layerings of a painting and easily see the residue of these signatures; but they are also present in the editing techniques of the videographer, the collagist, the installation artist, and so on. For Time Signatures, the metaphor of this musical term lends itself to a deeper reading of the group dynamic. The exhibition draws together artists of different backgrounds and working methodologies, each with their own unique artistic signature (with the temporal being one component of the sense of authorship and authenticity). When brought together in this group exhibition format, the different artists and their individual time signatures relate to one another in unexpected and exciting ways. Moments of harmony and discord allow the works to take on additional meanings as they relate to the works around them, whether in opposition or in unforeseen moments of synchronicity.

Coalition Gallery Artists participating in Time Signatures include Bryan Boomershine, Robin Dluzen, Jori Foreman, Nathalie Gribinski, Christie Helm, Bernell Loeb, Zach Mory, Brad Nugent, Dimitri Pavlotsky, Adrienne Pike, Sarah Rehmer, Shawn Stucky and Connie Wolfe. Time Signatures is curated by Steven L Bridges, Coordinator of Exhibitions and Teaching Artist at Marwen and Editor of the exhibition journal series Exchange Radical Moments.

My work will be featured in Trail Mix: Navigating the Visual Tradition of Nature

Here is the press release for our upcoming exhibition at the new gallery space in West Loop: An exhibition featuring work by Connie Wolfe, Christie Helm, and Andrienne Pike.

An exhibition featuring the work of Zach Mory and Robin Dluzen will be on display in the Project Space for the duration of Trail Mix.

Curated by Angela Bryant. Trail Mix continues through Tuesday, July 5:

Chicago Artists' Coalition

217 N. Carpenter St.

Chicago, IL 60607

Take a hike in the new CAC exhibition space and encounter the nature-based work of Christie Helm, Adrienne Pike, and Connie Wolfe.

Through three separate mediums, these artists engage with the age-old tradition of artworks generated by our experience of the natural world. The paint, clay, inks and paper of Helm, Pike and Wolfe also push the boundaries of the visual tradition of nature, capturing and highlighting aspects of the natural environment with unique points of view. Helm’s bold palettes and brushstrokes are contrasted by Wolfe’s effortlessly subtle layering of tones and shadows, while Pike’s incorporation of physical indexes from the landscape helps bring the outdoors in.

Christie Helm’s abstractions of tree trunks employ vivid colors that quickly draw the viewer in, but it is their textured surface that encourages a longer stay.  Helm’s trees are symbolic of both growth and life, and she conveys this idea through her careful layering process.  Building up each surface through multiple layers of paint, the artist makes the journey just as important as the destination.

Natural elements are constantly infused into Adrienne Pike’s process of harvesting her own clay from a local creek to make her pottery, and her unique usage of horsehair brings an unexpected visual treat.  By allowing the hair to singe onto the newly fired pot, she creates an innovative mark-making tool that mimics both the beauty and unpredictability of nature.

Inspired by the rich textures and colors found in nature, Connie Wolfe uses paper to translate her meditative observations. Wolfe pays careful attention to shadows and negative space, always allowing plenty of breathing room within her work.  Viewers are not only left with a feeling of peace, but hopefully a desire to view nature in a more thoughtful way.

Selections from the PrintZero Studios Exchange update

The juried international traveling printmaking exhibition will now be shown at three places in Nicaragua over the next few months. My lithograph, Flicker, is part of this exhibition. Following is a list of the dates and places: Feb 25 - Mar 3 Centro Cultural Nicaragũense Norteamericano Managua

Mar 9 - 16 Casa de los Tres Mundos Granada

Mar 24 - Apr 8 Universidad Americana - Biblioteca "Pablo Antonia Cudra" Managua

Two chances to see my work

My work is currently featured in two group exhibitions. B-Sides opened at the Coalition Gallery in Wicker Park on January 21 and runs through February 25. The show features all 14 resident artists of the Coalition Gallery and highlights works that include processes outside of their more recent media. I have two reductive woodcuts in the show that were both made in the last three months, Memento and Hide and Seek. Four drawings, Ghost Series, are also featured in Creating in the Wild Zone at the H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art located at Carthage College. This exhibit highlights the works created by female faculty and staff working at Carthage and I was the guest juror for the exhibition. It will be up through March 12.

Light & Air

Light & Air An exhibition featuring works by three of the 2010-2011 Coalition Gallery artists: Connie Wolfe, Zach Mory and Robin Dluzen.

Opening reception Friday, November 12, 2010 (5:30 - 8:30pm) ... Light & Air addresses the notions of actual and illusionistic space through the work of three different artists who practice in a range of media, from the two-dimensional and the wall-bound, to the three-dimensional installation.

Connie Wolfe is inspired by the rich colors, patterns and textures in natural environments that typically go unnoticed. The resulting art becomes an emotional response to getting lost in the intricacies and layers. Organic shapes and tonal structures transform these realities into obscured identities through abstraction and enlargement in the artist’s work.

Zach Mory uses systems as his departure point, working on each piece until it feels exhausted. The mechanical nature of the rules he imposes is tempered by an instinctual awareness of the space in which he hopes each piece will go. His work becomes an unpredictable interpretation of each system through his hand rather than a pre-ordained conclusion.

Robin Dluzen’s interest is in “building” pictures using materials that do not reside completely within the field of art. Industrial and construction material are integrated into the artist’s content: contemporary and historical labor and industry. In addition, the nature of the material and imagery necessitates a laborious making process that is vital to the overall unification of meaning.

Light & Air continues through Friday, December 3, 2010. The reception and the gallery are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12pm to 5pm and Saturday, 12pm to 6pm, or by appointment. Ph. 773.772.2385. (Also open until 8pm on the first Friday of each month).

Opening reception at Coalition Gallery on October 1

I have a piece featured in the first show of this year's Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery, Bright New Talent. The following is from the CAC's website:

Bright New Talent is the first exhibition of the 2010 – 2011 year and an introduction to this year’s group of Coalition Gallery artists. Selected through a juried competition, the fourteen artists-in-residence will exhibit in Coalition Gallery through September 2011. Ranging in age, experience, education, global origin, and point of view, the Coalition Gallery artists create works that vary widely in content, media and process. As diverse as the artists are, what they have in common is their emerging status as artists and the city they presently call home: Chicago.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, October 1 from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm; which is also part of First Fridays for the Wicker Park Gallery district and the kick-off of Chicago's Artists Month! The exhibit will continue through November 5.

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Opening Reception, Thursday, April 8

The Carthage College Faculty Exhibition, called Dialogue, Spectacle, and Fabrications, will be open from April 9 through May 15 at the H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art. The exhibition will have an opening reception on Thursday, April 8 from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm. The faculty in attendance will be speaking about their work at 6 pm and refreshments will be served. This reception will be held in conjunction with the opening of our annual Student Art Exhibition in Gallery B.

Opening Reception, Saturday, March 6

The Midwest Printmakers – Group Invitational exhibit will be open from March 6 through April 20 at the Miller Art Museum. Sixteen printmakers were invited to display up to four pieces in the exhibit. The opening reception details are as follows: Miller Art Museum, March 6 from 3 until 4:30, 107 South 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI. The following printmakers are in the exhibit:

I hope to see you at the opening if you are in the area!

Purchase Awards from the Parkside National Small Print Exhibition

One of my mezzotints, Loss, was selected to be part of the Parkside National Small Print Exhibition retrospective of purchase award winners. This piece was selected by juror, Wayne Kimball, in 2003. The exhibit is up from January 17 until February 18 at Parkside's Communication Arts Gallery. The following excerpt is the press release for the exhibit:

The best art from the past two decades are now on display at the Parkside National Small Print Retrospective. Drawing on the top prints from 23 previous small print shows, the retrospective is open now through Feb. 18 in the Communication Arts Gallery. Selected by UW-Parkside’s Doug DeVinny who began the small print exhibition in 1986 and by gallery assistant Glen Larson, the prints represent a sampling from each year’s exhibition. Each print was purchased for UW-Parkside’s permanent collection and many have been displayed in our hallways and classroom. Others are being shown for the first time in years. “We’re excited about bringing out of storage a selection of prints that were on display during shows from the late 1980s to 2009; these are purchased prints that have not been seen on campus in recent years,” said Art Dept. Chair Trenton Baylor. Along with internationally known artists like Warrington Colescott and Carol Wax and perennial contributors like Brian Paulsen, Art Werger, and Yuji Hiratsuka, the Small Print Retrospective also showcases prints by former students like Connie Wolfe, Joshua and Andrew Brennan, and Margaret Suchland. Baylor said since this is a cross section of the best prints from past shows, patrons will see the best of the artists’ craftsmanship, vision, and experimentation. Each print has a “new look” thanks to a generous donation from Karen Johnson Boyd of Racine for framing. The Parkside National Small Print Retrospective is open Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3 to 8 p.m.

Tiny Art Exhibition Opens

I juried and curated an exhibition called Tiny Art at ArtWorks in Kenosha, WI. The show is running from November 7-December 5, 2009. There are a variety of mediums represented and the maximum size of the work is 12 inches cubed. Prices range from $15 to $500 and the content ranges from photo-realistic to non-representational. Some artists in the exhibition include: John Cizmar, Art Werger, Nicole Hand, Scott Smith, and Rachel Akin. I look forward to curating and jurying the Tiny Art exhibit again next year. Please check ArtWorks website for information on how to enter next year's exhibit.

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Inspired by Music exhibition opens on August 1

infinite_1 A small portion of my new installation, Infinite, will be featured in an invitational exhibition at ArtWorks in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Each artist was to submit a song that inspires them in some way while making art in general or the exhibited piece specifically. During the opening reception, the Laurenzi Dance company will be performing an interpretive piece based on the music. The music will be played as a backdrop to the exhibition for the rest of the time it is displayed.

The show runs from August 1 until September 5 and the reception is on August 8 from 6 pm-9pm.

Creative Influences: Artworks exhibition opens in Lake Charles, LA

passingthrough_1I started a new series of drawings inspired by light coming through the trees onto my studio floor while I was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. My first drawing of this series is in an invitational exhibition at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The piece, called Passing Through, is a charcoal drawing and is 22" x 30". The premise of this exhibition was for the curator to pick a variety of art professors from around the US. In turn, each professor had to pick three of their past students to be included in the exhibition also. Doug DeVinny was my professor in the exhibit and his influence still comes through in my work.

The exhibition is at the Abercrombie Gallery, Shearman Fine Arts Center, McNeese State University from July 8 until August 21.

PaperWorks invitational exhibition

I have a piece, Hover, in the PaperWorks exhibition at ArtWorks in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The exhibition runs from February 14 through March 14 with the opening reception on Saturday, February 14 from 6 pm-9 pm.