CAVA | Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists presentsArchitectural Elements

January 4 – 30, 2018
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Friday, January 19th | 6 – 9 PM

The Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to helping visual artists aged 50+ to expand their horizons, promote their art, and grow with over one hundred other artists throughout the greater Chicagoland area. We help to promote our Members’ work through several annual exhibitions, our website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. We also host many member activities, including Salon Nights, our annual Symposium/workshop event, and our annual Member Lunch. CAVA artists represent a rich and vibrant voice in our society, and contribute to the cultural life of the Chicago area. We hope you enjoy this exhibition, come to meet the artists at the reception, and become a member!

To learn more, become a member, or volunteer, contact us at info@WeAreCava.org

Artwork: Carol Flisak – “Undulating Lines”




October 20-December 29, 2017
Opening Reception: October 20 | 7 – 10 PM

THE ART OF COLOR: Frank began painting many years ago as a child and was greatly influenced by his grandfather who was a musician.  Frank and his twin brother Tom were always drawn to painting and drawing.  Later, he studied art in college honing his skill in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastels.  From time to time, you will see his work shift to sculpture casting in bronze as well as carving in stone.

His vision is to create expressionistic art works with an emphasis on the human figure in the environment.  His work puts a modern twist to the human figure with color, textures, and framing in a strong classical composition.


May 19- June 19, 2017
Opening Reception: May 19 | 7 – 9 PM

“Recent space explorations go ever deeper into the cosmos. My current images attempt to map those explorations into the unknown. They also involve the element of Time—the measurement of form’s movement in space. To represent these elusive elements, I utilize the vertical axis as contrast to the more familiar horizontal boundary of ground and architecture. Still visible are the ever present forces of elemental energy.” – Ruth Esserman




April 21-May 13, 2017
Opening Reception: April 21 | 6 – 10 PM
Dialogue with the Artist: November 12th |1 – 3 PM

It’s not uncommon for Art Educators to find themselves with little to no time for their own studio practice with few opportunities to exhibit their artwork. With that in mind, the Illinois Art Educator Show was developed.

The primary goal of the show is to encourage art educators to continue developing their artistic practice. In addition, the show provides art educators an exclusive opportunity to showcase their artwork with colleagues. Art educators from all across the Chicagoland area are invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind event, an exhibition focused on celebrating the creative talents of the art educator. The Illinois Art Educator Show is a juried show, featuring over 100 works of art from city, suburban, public, and private educators. Winners will be awarded more than $1000 in cash prizes/awards.

Find out more about the IHSAE here.


February 17 – March 3, 2017

Opening Reception: February 17, 7-10PM

The IHSAE is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is the advancement of visual arts education through exhibition. The organization is centered on a core principle of being a show developed by teachers, for students.

As a testament to this principle, the entire director team, including John Zilewicz (the Executive Director) and Matt Winkelman (the Senior Scholarship Exhibition Director), is comprised entirely of full time art educators from high schools in the Chicagoland area. The show is also made possible through the efforts of other art educators who volunteer their time to celebrate the artistic talents of Illinois’ high school art students on a grand scale.

Since 2014, the IHSAE has been responsible for awarding high school art students more than $30,000 in cash and prizes, facilitating 150 early college program scholarships, and connecting over 600 high school seniors to tuition scholarship offers totaling more than $50 million. In addition to these scholarship awards, the Senior Scholarship Exhibition also includes special recognition and monetary awards to students with significant display of talent.

Already one of Illinois’ largest and most influential student scholarship exhibitions, this year, nearly 100 high schools from across the state have registered as participants in the IHSAE’s Senior Scholarship Exhibition. Over 300 students submitted portfolios to the exhibition this year, with over 6500 individual artworks being considered for scholarship by colleges/universities across the country. With all this talent being reviewed, many of these seniors are the recipients of multiple scholarship offers.




November 5 – December 17, 2016
Opening Reception: November 5th | 6 – 10 PM
Dialogue with the Artist: November 12th |1 – 3 PM

An invitation to explore what is first seen as a thought created and formulated within the mind from past memories forming what is being seen.  Seeing is a window, when opened allows infinite connection to what is presently hidden from view.

Allan A. Teske’s work is aesthetically transforming and creates elusive metaphors which radiate throughout the canvas.

Contact the Artist for additional information:
Allan A. Teske | 773-239-4440 | ateske821@aol.com


September 8-28, 2016

Opening Reception: September 9, 6:30–9:30PM | tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Art shapes our ideas of who we are as individuals and influences who we are as members of society. Unbroken includes voices of artists with spinal cord injuries and disease (SCI/D) and celebrates their contributions, talent, creativity and personal stories. This visual storytelling is a glimpse of the accomplishments, pain, happiness, loss, and beauty of a few individuals with spinal cord injury and paralysis.  The show celebrates Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month! Some artwork will be for sale (100% of art sales goes to the artists).  Visit Backbones Online for more info.

Featured Artists:

Carrie Kaufman (Chicago, IL)
Jen Kostanski (Chicago, IL)
Mariam Pare (Naperville, IL)
Genevieve Nutley (Chicago, IL)
Federico Martinez (Cissna Park, IL)
Reveca Torres (Prospect Heights, IL)
Emily Lyles (Columbia, SC)
Melissa Allensworth (Irvine, CA)
Jesse Cuellar (St. Louis, MO)
Kennedy Nganga (Mombasa, Kenya)



Third Floor Artists Exhibit


The Resident Third Floor artists feature their art works in a collaborative, spontaneous gallery.  Artists featured:

Jens Brasch
Maureen Claffy
Helen Dannelly
Ruth Esserman
Karen Hirsch
Jeff Hirst
Turtle Onli
Nell Schneider
Patricia Stewart

The Senior Portfolio Show

April 15- April 24, 2016

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 Senior Portfolio Show is selected on the basis of scholarship offers by over 60 accredited 4 year colleges and universities from across the country. Those students awarded at least one scholarship will be selected for the exhibition. Opening April 15, 7-10PM, 3rd floor gallery; Awards Ceremony April 24, 3-5PM, sculpture garden event space.



DIVERSE REALITIES: 6 Chicago Latino Artists

March 11 – April 10, 2016

Montserrat Alsina (Venezuelan) is an art educator, painter, print maker, dancer and performance artist.  She is the co-founder of Colibri Studio/Gallery in Pilsen, and was the coordinator for 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios for 8 years.

Jose Andreu (Puerto Rican) ,painter and print maker, has taught for more than twenty years at The School of the Art Institute and Columbia College Chicago.

Rene Arceo (Mexican) graduated from SAIC with a fine arts degree and a teaching certificate. Arceo is a co-founder of Galeria Ink Works in 1984 and the Taller Mexicano de Grabado in 1990. While building bridges among artists from different countries, he has published nine international print portfolios through Arceo Press in the last decade.

Carlos Barberena (Nicaraguan) is a self taught painter and print maker living in the Chicago area for fewer than ten years.

Mario E. Castillo (Mexican) is a songwriter and art educator who works with murals, painting, printmaking, new art, photography, and drawing. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Dolores Mercado (Mexican) was trained as a sculptor in Mexico City but has adapted to doing paintings, installations, mixed media and prints. She is currently an Associate Curator at the National Museum of Mexican Art.


February 5 – March 4, 2016

Omnipresent electrical energies power the constantly morphing architectural and human forms. They move in a timeless space, bridging the present and future, “The Present Future”.   Static Shadows present a paradox between the figures and the surrounding dynamism of the constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed structures. This is a world without borders, in constant flux.

Ruth Esserman has been an important presence in Chicago’s art world for decades. She recently exhibited her work at the invitational “Hanga-ten exhibit, Tokyo National Museum of Art “(2012); Rockford Art Museum Biennial, 2014; “Visionary Drawing”, John David Mooney International Gallery(2015);  Pilzen (Czech Republic) Museum Biennial Exhibit”(2008, “Best in Show” award, 2010,” Best of the Biennale International Travelling Exhibit” (2010-12); Piper Gallery of Crested Butte Art Center(2014) and the Arts Club of Chicago (2016). Esserman currently maintains studios at the Bridgeport Art Center and in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Visit Ruth’s web site online.




November 13 – 27, 2015

A Journey Inside is a social documentation project on Iran, carried out through the sensitive lens of young Iranian photographers who sought to narrate parts of current challenges of Iran’s complex and dynamic society. In their unique investigation of Iran’s social issues, the young photographers have adopted a compassionate look and have attempted to reveal the real dynamics of their society.

A Journey Inside was carried out over fourteen months of training and work, under supervision of Panos Pictures. The photographers: four men and four women, were chosen from different parts of the country.

The project team is comprised of Hossein Fatemi, Maryam Athari, Ali Kaveh and Alireza Ghreishi; And the photographers: Bahar Aslani, Negin Kiani, Zahra Ostadzadeh, Mahya Rastegar, Hamid Akhlaghi, Hossein Heidarpour, Ali Tajik, Saeed Zeidi.