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4TH FLOOR GALLERY

HARD TO BELIEVE: VISUAL ILLUSIONS OF REALITY

CURRENT EXHIBITION – AUGUST 19- SEPTEMBER 30
Opening Reception: August 19, 7-10PM

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.

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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.

Artists Include:

Anthony Abboreno
Macus Alonso
Iman Alsaden
Aviva Alter
Kristin August
Mike Bale
Pedro Basantes
Carol Block
Rose Blouin
Fred Camper
Javier Chavira
Rick Cortez
Jennifer Cronin
Eoin Cullen
Andrew Ek
Carol Estes
Arielle Estrella
June C. Finnegan
Alicia Forestall-Boehm
Tracy Frein
David Anthony Geary
Charles Gniech
Michael Goro
Peter N. Gray
Michael Grucza
Daniel Guidara

Andrew Hall
Russell Harris
Clifton Henri
Marilyn Hollander
Jon Hook
Jesse L. Howard
Carolyn Cronin Hughes
Andrew Kim
Beth LeFauve
Judy Lipman Shechter
Renee McGinnis
Jane Michalski
Shirley Nannini & Candace Wark (collaborative)
Jack Nixon
Yoonshin Park
Gerry Santora
Steven Schwab
J. Michael Taylor
Nancy VanKanegan
Noah Vaughn
Derek Walter
Rebecca Wolfram
Molly Ann Wood
Reisha Williams
Zachary J. Williams

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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.