Friday, August 31, 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 4:00pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Evanston Art Center 2018 Exhibition:
24th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial
EXHIBITION: 24th Evanston and Vicinity Biennial
DATES: August 31st – September 30th, 2018
OPENING: Friday, August 31, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
GALLERY HOURS: Mon. – Thurs. 9 am – 10 pm; Fri. 9 am – 9 pm;
Sat. & Sun. 9 am – 4 pm
EVANSTON ART CENTER ANNOUNCES ARTISTS TO EXHIBIT IN THE 24TH EVANSTON +
VICINITY BIENNIAL OPENING AUGUST 31st WITH ARTISTS RECEPTION FROM 6PM to 8PM
Juried by Sergio Gomez, Aron Packer and Therese Quinn the 24th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial on view
from August 31st through September 30th will feature the work of fifty-three Illinois artists.
The Evanston Art Center is proud to present the 24th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, one of the Midwest’s
largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions. From a talented pool of over 350 Illinois artists, Biennial
jurors, Sergio Gomez, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Zhou B Art Center, Aron Packer, Owner and
Director, Aron Packer Projects, and Therese Quinn, Associate Professor of Art History & Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, have selected a talented group of fifty-three artists. On Friday, August 31st, from 6:00- 8:00 pm there will be a reception at the EAC, which is free and open to the public.
Juror Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist, curator and creative entrepreneur. He received a Master
of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. Sergio’s work has been subject of over 40 solo
exhibitions and has participated in over 150 group exhibitions in the US and abroad. His work has been
exhibited in Italy, Spain, Sweden, Egypt, England, Austria, Korea, Belgium, Mexico and the US. His work
can be found in private and public collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Art Museum,
and the MIIT Museo Internazionale Italia Arte among other public and private collections. Besides his ample
studio practice, Sergio Gomez is the founder/director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, curator/director of
exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, Art/Design faculty at South
Suburban College, co-funder of the Art NXT Level Program which helps artists launch and succeed in their
art career. His weekly Art NXT Level podcast inspires and educates contemporary artists around the world.
Sergio has curated special projects for the Chicago Park District, Garfield Park Conservatory, ArtSpot
Miami International Art Fair during Art Basel Miami, Sirona Fine Arts, Evanston Art Center,
Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali of Turin, National Museum of Mexican Art, and ExpoChicago among
Starting in the late 80’s as an American folk art dealer, Juror Aron Packer built his early career focusing on
outsider and self taught artists. Also exhibiting unusual objects such as sideshow banners, tattoo drawings,
and wild looking magic tricks, his early venue was an apartment gallery, and he became known for a broad
yet unusual vision. He added contemporary art and established his first public gallery in 1992 in Wicker
Park, joining an alternative gallery scene that included Beret International, Ten in One, and Oscar Friedl
Gallery. As business forces changed over the past 25+ years, Packer migrated to locations in River North
and the West Loop, continuing to expand his notable group of artists. In 2015 he closed Packer Schopf
Gallery on West Lake Street after nearly a decade of ambitious shows. Currently Aron Packer Projects has a
permanent pop-up space in the offices of the Chicago Gallery News through 2018 which is open 5 days a
week. The Gallery lives on!
Juror Therese Quinn is an Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Museum and Exhibition
Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her doctoral degree in Curriculum Studies
at UIC’s College of Education in 2001 with an arts-based qualitative study using museums and exhibit
development strategies to explore the experiences of non-dominant group users of mainstream museums.
Drawing on her work as an exhibit researcher, developer, and evaluator for the Field Museum of Natural
History, the Chicago Children’s Museum, Museums in the Parks, and more, she teaches courses exploring the
histories and pedagogical practices of museums and exhibitions. She writes about the arts and cultural
institutions as sites for democratic engagement and justice work; contributes a regular column to Yliopisto, the
magazine of the University of Helsinki; and is a founding member of Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates
for Transformative Education (CReATE). Her most recent books are Art and Social Justice Education: Culture
as Commons (2012, Routledge), Sexualities in Education: A Reader (2012, Peter Lang), and Teaching Toward
Democracy (2010, Paradigm).
The following Illinois-based artists were selected by the jurors to exhibit their work in EAC’s Biennial:
Nikki Anderson, Daniel F Andre, Kenneth Avick, Loretta Bourque, Marlo Boyle, Harry Brown, Jeanine
Coupe Ryding, Margie Criner, Shawn Decker, Mimi Dolnick, Justin Fell, Deirdre Fox, Victoria Fuller, Alice
George, Lisa Goesling, Ellen Greene, Fletcher Hayes, Yun Hee Min, Jeanine Hill-Soldner, Steven Hudson,
Carolyn Hughes, Christopher Hyndman, Sarah Kaiser-Amaral, Jeffrey Krantz, Deanna Krueger, Sungjae
Lee, Sandra Leonard, Tim Lowly, Roberta Malkin, Zach Mory, Andrew Nafziger, Carol Neiger, Jack Nixon,
Bryan Northup, James Obermeier, Tracy Ostmann-Haschke, Mary Porterfield, Janis Pozzi-Johnson, Emily
Rapport, Megan Rivera, Renee Robbins, Juan Ruiz, Robert Schwieger, James Stephens, Teresa Sturnfield,
Bruno Surdo, Vivian Wang, Kathy Weaver, Rebecca Wolfram, Jennifer Yorke, Ana Zanic Pavlovic, Chunbo
Zhang and Annie Zirin.
Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and
expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction
in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community
Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: 9am
– 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday. First and second
floor gallery spaces are handicapped accessible. Limited free parking is available.
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