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Art center opens big juried show

The Evanston Art Center launches its 20th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, one of the Midwest’s largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions on Sunday, May 23.

The Evanston Art Center launches its 20th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, one of the Midwest’s largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions on Sunday, May 23.

From a pool of over 500 local artists, the biennial’s jurors, artist John Himmelfarb and Julie Rodrigues Widholm, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, selected forty-seven artists.

An free opening artists’ reception and awards ceremony will be held from 1 to 4 p.m on Sunday, May 23, at the center, 2603 Sheridan Road.

The featured award at Biennial is the Morgan-Blake Fellowship, which provides a two-week residency at Ragdale, an artists’ retreat in Lake Forest. Ragdale offers gifts of community, tranquility, and creativity to over 200 emerging and established artists from around the world and of all disciplines each year. A representative from Ragdale will select the artist.

The following artists were selected by the jurors to exhibit their work in Biennial: Caroline Anderson, Evanston; Mike Baur, West Chicago; Michelle Bolinger, Chicago; Christopher Bradley, Chicago; Jenny Buffington, Shorewood; Marion Carow, Chicago; Nancy Charak, Chicago; Liz Chilsen, Forest Park; Younghwan Choi, Chicago; Laura Davis, Chicago; Andreas Fischer, Chicago; Scott Fortino, Chicago; Bill Frederick, Chicago; Judith Roston Freilich, Glencoe; Aron Gent, Chicago; Nancy Charak, Chicago; Burton Isenstein, Oak Park; Beverly Kedzior, Lincolnshire; Duk Ju L. Kim, Chicago; Scott Jarrett, Chicago; Pamela Johnson, Chicago; Art Kleinman, Chicago; Cha Kommanivanh, Chicago; Jordan Martins, Chicago; Liz Meyer, Highland Park; David Moenkhaus, Homewood; Steve Mueller, West Chicago; Kumiko Murakami, Chicago; David Murray, Chicago; Andrea Myers, Chicago; Martina Nehrling, Chicago; Grant Newman, Berwyn; Marcia Palazzolo, Oak Park; Sandra Perlow, Chicago; Mary Phelan, Chicago; Jeff Phillips, Chicago; Paul Preissner, Chicago; Marilyn Propp, Chicago; Andrew Rauhauser, Evanston; Eli Robb, Evanston; Darrell Roberts, Chicago; Virginia O. Roeder, Evanston; James Schneider, Chicago; Megan Sterling, Chicago; Anne Hayden Stevens, Wilmette; Nancy Wickum, Lindenwood; Rebecca Wolfram, Chicago; Travis Wyche, Chicago.

After the opening ceremony, the exhibition continues through June 27 with gallery hours 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on  Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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