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Fine art meets graphic design in upcoming exhibit at Concordia-Chicago


The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents a new exhibition, “The Best of Both Worlds: Graphic Design Meets Fine Art,” running Nov. 21 to Dec. 27. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Fine artists and celebrated Chicago graphic designers Kim Laurel, Jill Zylke, Fletcher Hayes and Laura Coyle display their original prints, paintings and mixed-media works alongside their state-of-the-art graphic design projects. Learn how these artists mix their love of both types of media and stay current in the ever-changing art market.

 “I came to graphic design late in my career, but I feel it has made me a better fine artist,” said Coyle. “I like the combination of the two disciplines because graphics has taught me order and certain hard rules, since its main purpose is to communicate, whereas painting feeds my need to push the medium and I can bend the rules a bit. Both of them give me joy.”

“For me, art and design is about persistence, a life study and a discipline,” said Laurel. “It is part of my life. Whether you pursue it a lot or a little at any one time makes no difference. Just return to it again and again.”

A reception with the artists will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 2-4 p.m., with a talk in the gallery at 3 p.m.

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.