Concordia Experience

Art Exhibit Schedule

2016-2017 Season


August 15 – September 25
Flor de Piña Collective - Guerrero, Mexico
Reception: September 11, 2-4 p.m.; Talk in the Gallery at 3 p.m.

Chuee Taxua Diaz      Chuee Taxua Praxedis

The title of the exhibit comes from the Amuzgo language, one of the 62 indigenous languages of Mexico. “Chuee” is the word for the traditional woven blouses worn by women across Mexico, while “Taxua” is the word for chocolate or cacao, which remains important in the traditions and everyday life of the Amuzgo people. The show features textiles woven in part on a back strap loom by artisans of the Flor de Piña Collective from the state of Guerrero, Mexico. Participating visual artists then used the rest of the textiles to create collaborative pieces, reacting to the colors and patterns of the weavers’ designs. The visual artists each paid a fee to cover the weavings and transportation expenses for exhibition purposes.

The Art of Dan Addington

October 3 - November 13, 2016
Paintings, Mixed Media and Surfaces

Reception: October 9, 2-4 p.m.; Talk in the Gallery at 3 p.m.

Dan Addington

Fine artist and well known Chicago gallery director, Dan Addington exhibits his own works of art. His work evokes a meditational response from the viewer. Through a mixed use of painterly languages, these works explore the nature of mortality, express a sense of loss, and address mankind's desire to locate spiritual meaning. Also included in the show are his recent bird and monument book paintings.

The Best of Both Worlds

November 21 - December 27, 2016
Graphic Design Meets Fine Art
Laura Coyle, Fletcher Hayes, Kim Laurel and Jill Zylke

Reception: December 4, 2-4 p.m.; Talk in the Gallery at 3 p.m.

Laurel    Hayes

Fine artists as well as celebrated Chicago graphic designers display their original prints, paintings and mixed media works alongside their state of the art graphic design projects. Get inspired by how these artists mix their love of both media and stay current in this ever changing art market and world.

Shadows, Fires and Thresholds: Imaginary Landscapes

January 9 - February 19
Lelde Kalmite
Exhibiting her work throughout the U.S. and Latvia.

Reception: Sunday January 22, 2-4 p.m.; Talk in the Gallery at 3 p.m.

Lelde Kalmite

Kalmite’s landscapes express the tension between their physicality, as emphasized by use of sand and metallic pigments and by the theme of the threshold – a window, or door or opening – leading into an illusionary world within the landscape. Lelde Kalmite also serves as Curator at the Bridgeport Art Center Gallery in Chicago.

Concordia University Chicago Student Art & Graduating Art Minor’s Show

February 27 – April 2, 2017

Reception: Wednesday March 1, 4-5 p.m.

View a special faculty selected eclectic array of two and three dimensional art works created in spring and fall 2016 and spring 2017 art classes. A highlight of this exhibition is a designated area in the gallery celebrating the works of students graduating with a minor in art or graphic arts in the spring of 2017.

Concordia University Chicago Graduating Senior Art Show

April 10 – May 6, 2017

Reception: Saturday, April 22, 2-4 p.m.

Seniors Grad Art 17

Graduating art majors in the areas of studio art, graphic arts, pre-art therapy and or art education exhibit a wide variety of two and three dimensional works of art. Over 60 + works will be highlighted. Come meet these budding stars and get inspired by their creativity and passion. 

About the Gallery

The Ferguson Art Gallery is located at Concordia University Chicago in Kretzmann Hall, just off Bonnie Brae and Thomas Streets in River Forest, IL. Bonnie Brae is one block west of Harlem Ave. Free parking is located in the parking structure on Bonnie Brae.

The gallery is directed by Concordia University Professor of Art, Chicago artist and arts advocate, BettyAnn Mocek, M.F.A. If you are interested in more information about an artist’s work or a particular exhibition, please contact Mocek at

If you are an established artist interested in exhibiting, please send a show proposal: 10-20 images (JPEGs or mailed DVD), resume, exhibition history and artist’s statement to:
Concordia University Chicago, Ferguson Art Gallery, c/o Professor BettyAnn Mocek, 7400 Augusta Street River Forest, IL 60305-1499.

Please note, exhibitions are scheduled up to two years in advance.