National Art Premiere Features Eclectic Variety of Works From All Over the U.S.
Come and meet the artists this Friday at Elmhurst Art Museum.
Artists from across the United States are exhibiting an eclectic variety of traditional and contemporary works in National Art Premiere 2013, open now through April 26 in the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery at Elmhurst Art Museum.
Forty-two artists from a dozen states have used media as varied as chalk pastel on paper, oil painting, watercolor, steel sculpture, solar plate etching and digital composite in their juried entries. A free, public reception will be held in the gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 8.
While including submissions from as far away as New York, Mississippi and Arizona, the exhibition is heavily concentrated on Midwest artists from Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. The Chicago area is represented by artists from Chicago, Woodridge, Oak Park, Addison, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn and Wilmette.
Artwork from across Wisconsin tends to reflect that region's connection to the land, with titles such “Grazing the Hillside,” “Under Ice,” “Oil and Beeswax,” “Urban Farmer” and “Basswood.”
Missouri’s Armin Mühsam’s entry, “Black Interior 2,” is an acrylic relief collage. Since 2007, he has been Associate Professor of Art at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville. He received his bachelor of fine art in Germany, and his master of fine art in painting from Montana State University. His artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
In contrast to Mühsam, Kendall Wallor, artist from Woodstock, uses a very traditional technique in her entry, an “Untitled” oil on canvas. Many of her current works of art are done in oil on canvas in an Old Masters style, with a dark background, and are of animals with a spiritual connection or aura. She has a degree in fine art from University of Illinois in Urbana.
The primary focus of Chicago’s Jessica Gondek's work, according to her website, is "abstract, stemming from an interest in technology, geometry, machine aesthetics, architecture and printmaking." Her piece, “Fusee Pod,” is a solar plate etching. Gondek is associate professor of fine arts at Loyola University of Chicago.
Andrew Rauhauser of Wilmette has exhibited paintings and drawings in museums and galleries throughout the United States. He has received numerous awards, including three-time winner of the Concours award at the Art Students' League in New York. His paintings and drawings are held in many private collections. His entry in the show is “A Simple Puzzle.”
Entries were juried by Jose Agustin Andreu, who also is the judge for the exhibition. He is a Chicago artist on the adjunct faculty of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College. His extensive résumé includes numerous exhibitions in Chicago, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba and Spain.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, which is free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5 are free.
Source: Elmhurst Artists’ Guild