Art exhibit helps celebrate Latino History Month
In celebration of Latino History Month, Robert Ferreyra will display his collection of paintings, drawings and prints at the Ferguson Art Gallery now through Sept. 23.
An artists’ reception will be held 2–4 p.m. Sept. 9. Ferreyra will also give a special artist’s gallery talk at 3p.m., Sept. 9 at the gallery, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. Free, handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off Bonnie Brae Street.
Born in Morelia, Michoacan State, Mexico, Ferreyra graduated from the National School of Fine Arts (La Escuela National de Pintura y Escultura y Grabado), more familiarly known as ‘La Esmeralda’ (The Emerald).
On display will be images that are inspired by the pre-Colombian culture and images. According to Ferreyra, his most recent etchings, pays homage to artwork, however varied, that demands discovery and rediscovery. The images, whether taken from famous works of art or from wrestling culture, become in Ferreyra’s art a basis for investigation
Actively working to serve the Chicago community, he co-founded, with Montserrat Alsina, "Colibri Studio/Gallery in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Roberto’s works have been shown in Spain, Canada (Montreal, Toronto), United States (New York, Chicago) as well as in his own country. His works have also appeared in many art magazines from Mexico and other countries.
Ferreyra has collaborated with artist Montserrat Alsina to create murals for Norwood School and Highland Park school. He is currently working on a series of big canvas based in old prints from 14th to 16th century for an upcoming show.
About Ferguson Art Gallery
Bringing the region’s rich diversity of visual art to the Oak Park/River Forest and University communities, Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago showcases the works of established and upcoming Chicago-area artists in five to six exhibits each year, including special events celebrating African-American perspective, Hispanic heritage, women’s history and Chicago history.
The gallery is directed by BettyAnn Mocek, Concordia professor of art and a prominent Chicago artist, educator and arts advocate through her work with the Chicago Coalition of Artists, the Chicago Society of Artists and others.
The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. For more information call 708-209-3013.