4TH FLOOR GALLERY
Vibrant Mechanisms: Kinetic and Sound Art
NOVEMBER 19, 2021 – JANUARY 7, 2022
Opening reception: November 19, 2021, 7-10PM
Vibrant Mechanisms features a group of versatile artists who combine an interest in visual work, musical composition, and movement. Some create sculptures that are also musical instruments. Artists include: David Barsotti, Howard Sandroff, Jesse Seay, Lindsay Olson, Zach Balousek, Eric Capper, Sal Moreno, Seamus Carey, Carol Hammerman, and DJ Malinowski
Joe Fournier: Our Larger than Life Political Scene
SEPTEMBER 17 – NOVEMBER 5, 2021
4TH FLOOR GALLERY
Award winning political cartoonist Joe Fournier, whose satirical strip appears three times a week in The Chicago Tribune, will show his work of the last four years, (you remember the last for years) along with six foot caricatures, commentary and constructions.
The show will run from September 17 through November 5, 2021. Please join us for the opening on Friday, September 17th from 7-10pm.
Joe Fournier has been able to share with us his unique take on American life, love, and politics through an extraordinarily strong sense of narration and an array of satirical characters. Joe’s art easily traverses the shifting currents in modern politics and conflicting social norms. He has limited his color palette to just a few hues, which pushes the focus of each piece to his cutting wit and sensitivity.
Partitions Series, first installment: The Calendar
July 16 – September 3
Opening reception: July 16, 2021, 7-10PM
“Symbols are often used to create opposing tribal identities, producing entrenched conflict. One symbolic identity that can transcend these kinds of fractures is the birth sign, which can reorganize people around a different, possibly more neutral, numeric, and universal principle. The Calendar is the first installment of The Partitions Series, which is a visual exploration / interpretation of the zodiac signs”.
– Ilie Vaduva
9th Annual Bridgeport Art Competition
May 21-July 2, 2021 | Jurors Dr. Yaounde Olu and Jeffrey Hirst
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Friday, May 21st, 2021 from 7-10PM
Bridgeport Art Center (BAC) will announce the winners of our 9th Annual Art Competition, awarding $3,000 in prizes to artists in the Chicagoland area, during an awards ceremony on Friday, May 21st, 2021 from 7-10PM. The show will continue until July 2nd, 2021 in the 4th Floor Gallery. To see a list of participating artists, click here.
Artwork credit: “Tectonic Shift” by Jane Michalski
9th ANNUAL BRIDGEPORT ART COMPETITION
March 19th – May 7th, 2021
Opening reception: March 19th, 2021
Dr. Yaounde Olu
Yaounde Olu has maintained a studio at Bridgeport Art Center for over a decade. She is also a founder of Drum Divas, a female drumming group that performs widely in the Chicago area. She recently participated in a notable exhibition of African-American Chicago artists at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum.
Jeffrey Hirst has exhibited his work throughout the United States since the early 1990’s. His work has been showcased at numerous national and international venues. Hirst also is the owner of Hirst Printmaking in the Bridgeport Art Center, a Printmaking shop specializing in Intaglio, Screenprinting, and Experimental Approaches towards combining printmaking and encaustic.
VIRGINIO FERRARI: “COSMOS”
January 15-March 15, 2021
“In an urban environment with its social problems, the individual can decide either to become involved or to remain indifferent, but he must make that choice again each day since the problem remains. They are part of society and have made the city; art, architecture and city planning are extremely important, and they take shape from this urban reality. I have been completely absorbed by this social reality, its negative/positive dynamics, its empty and full spaces. Today, in this period of mass production of images, of mass production in general, it is perhaps time to consider how fast things disappear and to become more aware of making art to live with”. – Virginio Ferrari, Sculptor
To schedule an appointment for an exhibition visit with Virginio Ferrari, please email: email@example.com
Image: “La Grande Vela”, 42.5” x 25” x 12”, Stainless steel
Curated by Marci Rubin
Exhibition Dates: November 20, 2020 – January 1st, 2021
Precious; an exhibition of original works expressing awareness with respect to the human non-human animal relationship curated by Marci Rubin. Accepting art that explores how our personal and communal decisions impact the relationships we have with non human animals. How do these decisions affect ecology, environment, & mental and physical health? Precious is an artistic celebration dedicated to the critters & creatures we cohabitate with.
Image: “Trick or Treat” by Dan Nelson
Participating Artists include:
WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION
September 18- November 6, 2020
Opening Reception: September 18, 2020
Where’s the Revolution, is an exhibition featuring political art commentaries curated by Marci Rubin. The role of a political artist is to express different points of view regarding global politics and social justice standards. Throughout history, artists’ works have documented and reflected the signs of the times. Examples of original political artworks in the exhibition include: commentaries on the political global climate in our past, present or future; peaceful protest banners & demonstration art; portraits of activists & key figures involved in government & social change; propaganda & satire cartoons; dedications & depictions of social movements. Paintings, drawings, graphic art, photography, video, and sculpture will be showcased in Where’s The Revolution.
Garrett Leo Augustyn
Meredith Mays Espino
Kathy Blankley Roman
BRIDGEPORT ART CENTER SUMMER SHOW
July 17 – September 4, 2020
Invitational exhibition of work by Chicago-area artists
Anne F. Hanley
Kelvin Larue Taylor
BRIDGEPORT ART CENTER’S
8TH ANNUAL ART COMPETITION
Exhibition Dates: May 15 – July 3, 2020
Jurors: Ilze Arajs and Alan Leder
You are cordially invited to the 8th Annual Art Competition at the Bridgeport Art Center. This competition was created to showcase the exceptional talents and abilities of Chicago area artists. Over 3,000 in prizes will be awarded by two distinguished jurors including a $1,000 best of show award.
Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE)
March 8 – April 3, 2020
College fair and awards ceremony: March 8, 11am-5pm
3rd Friday Open Studios – March 20, 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 around a core principle of being a show developed by teachers, for students.
Already one of Illinois’ largest and most influential student scholarship exhibitions, this year, students from 105 high schools from across the state will have artwork on display in both the General Exhibition and the Senior Scholarship Exhibition. Hundreds of seniors submitted curated portfolios of artwork for scholarship consideration by colleges and prestigious fine arts programs across the country. With all this talent being reviewed, many of these seniors are the recipients of multiple scholarship offers– in 2020, 32 high schools received over $1 MILLION in scholarship offers for their senior artists.
WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ART
2020 Juried National Exhibition: Collectively Shifting
January 17 – February 21, 2020
Reception: Friday, February 14, 2020 from 5-7 PM
The exhibition is part of the WCA’s national conference Intersectionality at Columbia College in Chicago.
Individuals do not have a singular identity, especially when we consider who we are and how we are. Rather we have numerous ways that we identify ourselves including race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and (dis)ability.
Artwork: Lucy Julia Hale
Ongoing Wall Street Scene Unequal Shares Gross Domestic Product
4” x 5 “ paper and altered photographic images, dollar bill, pencil and ink, 2015, NFS