illinois at 200

Monday, June 18 to Wednesday, August 8, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, June 21, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    Opening Remarks by Lisa Costello, Director of the Giertz Gallery and Kelly White, Director of 40 North, 6:30 pm
    Musical performance by Acoustic Mayhem
  • Artist Talks
    Tuesday, July 10, Noon
    Rosalyn Swartz, Robb Springfield, and Bonnie Switzer
    Tuesday, July 24, 6:00 pm
    Jenny Chi, Paula McCarty, and Patricia Monigold
  • Closing Reception: Wednesday, August 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    Gallery Talk by exhibition juror Doug Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art, Illinois State Museum, 6:30 pm

Giertz Gallery in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council present Illinois at 200, a juried exhibition of the work of contemporary Illinois artists. Planned to coincide with the commemoration of the 200th birthday of Illinois, the exhibit comprises works by 44 artists and reflects the high quality and unique variety of art currently being created throughout the state of Illinois. 

Doug Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum, is the juror of the exhibition. Stapleton, a former faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, has organized over twenty exhibitions for the museum and written numerous essays for exhibition catalogs related to the work of Illinois artists.

Participating artists include:

Jan Ellyn Adams (Champaign), Aviva Alter (Chicago), Kelly Anderson (Ottawa), Wallace Bowling (Chicago), Saxon Burns (Urbana), Jenny Chi (Champaign), Glen Davies (Urbana), Larry Davis (Knoxville), Michael Dinges (Oak Park), Sabrina Donnelly (Danville), Hale Ekinci (Chicago), Thomas Foley (Galesburg), Jeanette Habash (Skokie), David Hauptschein (Chicago), Siti Mariah Jackson (Champaign), Sara Jahn (Champaign), Jeff Little (Bloomington), Nika Lucks (Champaign), Paula McCarty (Champaign), Cammie Meerdink (Seymour), Ingrid Melief (Urbana), Charlie Mitsdarfer (Tolono), Patricia Monigold (Champaign), Scott Mossman (Chicago), Raul Ortiz (Chicago), Darby Ortolano (Murphysboro), Natalie Pivoney (Dekalb), Megan Rivera (Elgin), Kimberly Rodey (Chicago), Ann Rund (Champaign), Heather Sandy (Olney), Rosalyn Schwartz (Urbana), Kathryn Scott (Chicago), Shaheen Shorish (Champaign), David Smith (Champaign), Lynn Smith (Champaign), Judie Spencer (Urbana), Robb Springfield (Champaign), Bonnie Switzer (Urbana), Gina Szulkowski (Chicago), Paul Torgus (Skokie), Mohan Tracy (Champaign), Juliann Wang (Chicago), and Charity White (Chicago).


Enjoy this preview of a few of the amazing works you'll see at the exhibit:


Aviva Alter, Watchman, wire, glue, found objects, thread, pigment, fabric, 2017

Charity White, John, The Dinner Table, ceramic and paint, full-size bust, 2017

Hale Ekinci, Untitled American Family, solvent photo transfer, embroidery, crochet, acrylic, 20” x 25”, 2018

Kelly Anderson, Branches in Water, archival inkjet print, 2015

Mohan Tracy, Land of Color, fabric, 29” x 21”, 2017

Natalie Pivoney, Dog’s Dead II, oil on paper, 4” x 6”, 2017

Robb Springfield, 48, ink and block print on map, 22” 27”, 2018

Thomas Foley, Duffy’s 2412, digital photograph, 16” x 20”, 2018

Wallace Bowling, Equus, discarded object construct, charred wooden box, 4” x 13” x 5”, 2014