Cleve Carney Art Gallery Opens 2018-2019 Season With “On Anxiety” Aug. 31 to Oct. 13

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By Ann Fink

The Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, opens its 2018-2019 season with “On Anxiety,” featuring work by Matthew Bollinger, Alexander Bradley Cohen, Jennifer Dierdorf, Ethan Gill, Justin John Greene, Mika Horibuchi, Hai-Hsin Huang, Ben Murray, Veronika Pausova, Celeste Rapone and Brandi Twilley.

The exhibit runs Friday, Aug. 31, through Saturday, Oct. 13. An opening reception will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

“Some artists make funny paintings, some make sexy paintings, and others make serious paintings. This however, is a group show about anxious paintings. The artists in this exhibition are a selection of emerging artists working in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Canada. By any standards they are young, accomplished and remarkably skilled painters. Despite their success, they face familiar doubts and struggles and confront them through the act of painting,” said exhibition curator Gwendolyn Zabicki. “Their anxiety stems from issues related to health and well-being, financial and career decisions, and family and personal relationships. These artists may never attain a state of perfect calm and enlightenment –that is beside the point. If you, like them, feel intense anxiety it means you’re on track to figuring out who you are. It is a task that may be endless but is still worth doing.”

Zabicki, a painter from Chicago, earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005 and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. She has curated exhibitions at Heaven Gallery and The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Her fall 2018 curatorial projects include “On Anxiety” and an upcoming project at The Riverside Arts Center. Currently, she teaches painting and drawing at the Hyde Park Art Center.

A Curator Talk is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. Additionally Scott Hunter, contemporary art and music advocate and pediatric neuropsychologist in clinical practice and on the faculty at the University of Chicago, will. moderate an Artist Talk at 1 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 6. Admission to the exhibition and these events is free and open to the public.

Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and one hour prior to McAninch Arts Center performances and during intermission. For more information about MAC events, visit http://www.atthemac.org/.

The Cleve Carney Art Gallery offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. The gallery’s goal is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions and educational programming that cultivate a variety of perspectives, and its the vision is to be one of the best centers of contemporary art in the Chicago area. Upcoming exhibitions include Cleve Carney Print Portfolio Exhibition (Oct. 25 - Nov. 17); works by Garry Noland (Feb. 7- April 6) and “From the Collection: Michael Hurson Portraits” (May 16-June 6). More information can be found at clevecarneygallery.org or by calling (630) 942-3206.

The Gallery also hosts a series of free Visiting Artists Talks offering an opportunity for the community to engage with leaders in the field of contemporary art, design, and culture.  Through these lectures, conversations, and workshops a diverse range of art professionals offer students and the public with new perspectives on contemporary artistic practices. The series is hosted by the Fine Arts program in collaboration with the Cleve Carney Art Gallery. The 2018-2019Visiting Artists Talks take place in the MAC’s Playhouse Theater and include: Amanda Krugliak, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.; Katherine Darnstadt, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m.; Tyler Lotz, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.; Emilee Lord, Thursday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.; Dr. Sampada Aranke, Thursday, March 14, 1 p.m. and Edra Soto, Wednesday, April 17, 11 a.m.

The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, a one-story, 1,850-square-foot addition to the McAninch Arts Center. The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition, “Selections from Cleve Carney’s Art Collection.” Funding for the gallery is provided by the Cleve Carney Art Gallery Endowment Fund which supports vital programming including artist engagement opportunities for community members and students, gallery exhibitions, artist commissions, new acquisitions and other teaching and learning tools that foster cultural enrichment in our community. For more information, visit foundation.cod.edu.

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