Inspired by Social Issues: Male Artists of Color Reflect on Today’s Urban Experience
November 18-January 6, 2017
Opening Reception: November 18 | 7 – 10 PM
A collection of provocative art works that address some of the greatest problems facing our society, including unemployment, homelessness, youth incarceration and gun violence. Male artists of color present works that draw attention to people dealing with some of the most pressing problems of contemporary life in the United States. The exhibition includes works on paper, portraits in oil, watercolor and charcoal, mixed media, sculpture and installation and views of the urban landscape.
CREATIVE FURNISHINGS: A COLLECTION FROM CHICAGO DESIGNERS + MAKERS
OCTOBER 8-23, 2016
AWARDS CEREMONY OCT. 21, 7-10PM
Highlighting the unique perspective of individual designers and their take on furniture and decorative arts for your home and living spaces, this exhibition offers the finest works from the Chicago region. Awards will be presented for the following categories: Best of Show, Best Use of Urban/Reclaimed Materials, and a Non-Furniture Category. Brought to you by the Chicago Furniture Designers Association and the Bridgeport Art Center.
HARD TO BELIEVE: VISUAL ILLUSIONS OF REALITY
AUGUST 19- SEPTEMBER 30
This exhibition of hyper-realism features art work by nine artists who have been accepted into Bridgeport Art Center’s Annual Art Competitions over the past four years, including several award-winners. These artists create paintings and drawings that are so skillfully representational that it is difficult to distinguish them from photographs. The exhibit naturally raises questions about the effect of photography on fine art, the definition of “realism” in art, and why such art is so popular.
Artists Include: Anthony Adcock, Javier Chavira, Jennifer Cronin, Tracy Frein, Russell Harris, Roland Kulla, Jack Nixon, Kyle Surges and Zespo
DIALOGUE CHICAGO: FULL FORCE
June 17 – August 5, 2016
This exhibition is a celebration of the upcoming 15 year anniversary for the evolving group.
DIALOGUE CHICAGO is an unique interdisciplinary critique/seminar for working artists seeking aggressive studio practice. Recognizing a need for regular dialogue among visual artists, Sarah Krepp founded the forum in 2002 as a vehicle for professional artists to meet and share their work. The group has evolved into a supportive cross-disciplinary artistic community.
The ARTist Behind the Education: The 2nd Annual Art Educator Show
April 15 – June 3, 2016
Awards Ceremony: April 24, 3-5PM | Read About the Winners
Bridgeport Art Center, The Illinois Art Education Association & The Illinois High School Art Exhibition Present a Celebration of Art Education in Illinois with Two Simultaneous Exhibitions:
The ARTist Behind the Education: The 2nd Annual Art Educator Show, a juried exhibition featuring up to 100 works of art and more than $1000 in cash prizes/awards. Opening reception and awards ceremony, April 15, 7-10PM, 4th floor gallery; show continues until June 3.
4th Annual Bridgeport Art Competition
February 26 – April 1, 2016 | Read About the Winners
Jurors Mary Ellen Croteau and William Lieberman have reviewed all applications to Bridgeport Art Center’s 4th Annual Art Competition and selected 52 artists to participate in the exhibition and to compete for $3,000 in prizes. Eight prizes, including a $1,000 Best of Show, was awarded at the opening reception on Friday, February 26, 7-10PM.
June C. Finnegan
David Anthony Geary
Peter N. Gray
Jesse L. Howard
Carolyn Cronin Hughes
Judy Lipman Shechter
Shirley Nannini & Candace Wark (collaborative)
J. Michael Taylor
Molly Ann Wood
Zachary J. Williams
Stories Without Words: Geometric Abstraction
January 15 – February 19, 2016
Stories Without Words presents a review of contemporary geometric abstraction with an in-depth look at paintings and sculptures by five artists: Jens Brasch, Walter Fydryck, Michael Grucza, Steven Lockwood, and Victor Nelson.
It has been said that geometric abstraction is to abstraction as veganism is to vegetarianism. The word abstraction itself refers to the practice of removing something from the work of art – usually representational imagery or narrative content. Geometric abstraction removes even the trace of the artist’s hand, by eliminating expressive gestures that could imply a story outside of the work of art. Yet all the artists in this show create works that refer to narratives of some kind.