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"Monumental Heart" exhibits mixed-media work of Chicago artist Dan Addington


Concordia University Chicago’s Ferguson Art Gallery presents “Monumental Heart,” an exhibition featuring the work of Dan Addington, fine artist and well-known Chicago gallery director. The exhibit runs from Oct. 3 to Nov. 13 and is free and open to the public.

In “Monumental Heart,” Addington’s work evokes a meditational response from the viewer. Through a mixed use of painterly languages, his works explore the nature of mortality, express a sense of loss and address mankind’s desire to locate spiritual meaning. Addington’s paintings incorporate materials such as fabric, oil, wax, tar, gold leaf and various printed matter. The accumulation and layering of these materials echoes his interest in history and the relationships between the stratification of cultures and the layering of memory.

A reception with the artist will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 2-4 p.m., with a talk in the gallery at 3 p.m. Addington has exhibited his work nationally and his paintings are in public and private collections across the U.S. He is the owner of Addington Gallery in Chicago. Addington is known for his work with wax and tar, and often lectures on encaustic painting, an ancient technique that involves molten beeswax.

The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. The gallery is directed by BettyAnn Mocek, professor of art at CUC and prominent Chicago artist, educator and arts advocate. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 708-209-3013.