Visiting Artists

Each year the Waubonsee Art Department brings in an exciting line up of visiting artists to conduct lectures and workshops. While some workshops are limited to current students, all lectures are free and open to the general public.

Please check this site regularly for upcoming visiting artist events.

CANCELED Visiting Artist: Mary Ellen Croteau

Chicago artist, Mary Ellen Croteau received her BFA from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1990 and her MFA from Rutgers University in 1998.  She has lectured and exhibited internationally. Her art has won numerous awards, and it has been reviewed and reproduced extensively. Croteau’s work has gone viral on the internet and the work has been featured in publications as varied as Avianca Airlines magazine, a French children’s science magazine, Canada’s Discovery Channel, and most recently in a book from Phaidon Press entitled “Wild Art”. Since 2003, Croteau has run a window gallery in Chicago called Art On Armitage. It brings fine art into the Chicago streetscape where folks passing by can see work by international and national contemporary artists who use a wide variety of media. You can find out more at artonarmitage.com.

  • CANCELED Workshop: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    (For more information please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu)

    “Endless Columns” by Mary Ellen Croteau, 2010 – 2014, Assemblage - plastic bottle caps
    “Endless Columns” by Mary Ellen Croteau, 2010 – 2014, Assemblage - plastic bottle caps 

Recent Visiting Artists: Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap

Sarah Belknap (b. 1983) and Joseph Belknap (b. 1979) are Chicago based artists and educators who received their MFAs, in Performance Art, from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have been collaborating with each other since 2008. Their artwork has been featured in venues in Chicago, such as, the Chicago Arts Club, the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Quarterly Site #11: Line-of-Site at Western Exhibitions, the Chicago Artists' Coalition, as well as at the MDW Art Fair and the EDITION Fair. Other exhibitions include: The Ice Box in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois; CAVE in Detroit, Michigan; Los Caminos in St. Louis, Missouri; and Airplane in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Lecture: Thursday, March 27, 2014
    9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Thursday, March 27, 2014
    10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    (Please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu)

    Installation shot of artworks by Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap:
    Installation shot of artworks by Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap: “Scanned cyanotypes”, 2012, Archival inkjet prints and “Moon Skin (5)”, 2013, Platinum silicone and simulated lunar regolith

Previous Visiting Artist:  Marilyn Propp 

Chicago-based artist Marilyn Propp holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 1990 she co-founded Anchor Graphics, now a part of the A+D Department at Columbia College. Propp has taught nationally and internationally through Visiting Artist and adjunct faculty positions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Loyola University. Currently she teaches at Columbia College Chicago in the Art + Design Department and the Interdisciplinary Arts Department.  

Propp has received numerous prestigious grants and awards such as the Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award and an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant. Her work is included in various institutional and private collections nationally and internationally including the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston; Summer Palace, Saudi Arabia; Amnesty International, NYC; Hallmark Collection and the AT&T Collection, Kansas City.  Exhibitions include Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington; Galeria AP, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Mexico; Columbia University School of the Arts, NYC; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; and the Koehnline Museum, Des Plaines, IL.

Propp speaks about her artwork as reflecting the clash/coexistence between our dependent, yet also uncomfortable, relationship with industry (in particular those which impact the environment) and its conflict  with  sustainability  and  the  world’s ecosystems. Propp uses sea life and industrial parts to delve into the subconscious, and stir up our personal connection to these life forms while addressing how they perilously coexist.

  • Lecture: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Bodie Hall, room 200
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    (Please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu)


“Divers VI” by Marilyn Propp
“Divers VI” by Marilyn Propp

Previous Visiting Artist: Holly Holmes

Holly Holmes received her MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in May 2011.  She is a painter, sculptor, educator and curator living in Oak Park, IL. Most recently she has shown her work at Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL; Aqua Art Miami, Miami, Fl; Sidecar, Hammond, In; The Chicago Urban Arts Society, Chicago, IL; the Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park, IL; Portage Gallery, Chicago, IL; and at Columbia Collage Chicago, Chicago, IL. Holmes is faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has curated multiple exhibitions and is the co- founder and director of “What – It – Is”, a project space.

  • Lecture: Monday, February 24, 2014
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Monday, February 24, 2014
    12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Bodie Hall, room 205
    Open to current students, registration required.
    (Please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu)

    “Settlement” by Holly Holmes
    Settlement by Holly Holmes

Previous Visiting Artist: Diana Gabriel

Diana Gabriel is an artist and curator with a soft spot for artisans and an inclination toward all linear things, patterns, and simultaneity. Diana is primarily a painter but supplements this practice with large site-specific installations. She emigrated from Bogota, Colombia at a young age and quickly emerged herself in the Fine Arts. She earned her BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2004 and her MFA from Illinois State University in 2007.

Diana currently teaches Drawing and Design at Harper College in Palatine and College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Gabriel also curates bimonthly exhibitions at Morton College in Cicero and is the co-founder of TheCGProject, a creative platform for artists and audiences with a shared vision of increasing appreciation and accessibility of Art in our culture.

  • Lecture: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
    12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Open to current students, registration required.
    (Please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu)

    “342” by Diana Gabriel
    “342” by Diana Gabriel

Previous Visiting Artist: Sam Jaffe

Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Sam Jaffe is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living and working in Chicago, IL. Sam completed her BFA at The Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 where she majored in painting, but also studied printmaking and textiles. She spent her last year there working independently in Rome, Italy as a part of RISD's European Honors Program. Sam received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Painting and Drawing program in 2009. She has recently exhibited her work at such spaces as The Highland Park Art Center, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Zrobili Gallery, The Union League Club, The Hyde Park Art Center, Peregrine Program, and had her first major solo show at 65 Grand Gallery in Chicago. Sam also teaches painting and drawing courses at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

  • Lecture: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 114
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 1141
    Open to current students, registration required.
    (Please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu)

    “HPV” by Sam Jaffe
    “HPV” by Sam Jaffe

Previous Visiting Artist: Claire Ashley

Artist, Claire Ashley, will be featured in the Dickson Window Art Project Space from August 29 to November 8, 2013. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), and her BFA from Gray’s School of Art (Aberdeen, Scotland). Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, this artist is now Chicago based. Currently, she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Practices, and the Department of Painting and Drawing. Ashley’s work is often playfully curious. Her recent works have been investigating inflatables as painting, sculpture, installation and performance costume.

Ashley’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and site-specific installations, performances and collaborations. Nationally, the artwork has been featured at venues such as Bahamas Biennial (Milwaukee, WI), Art Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL), Arizona State University Museum (Phoenix, AZ), DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Additionally, her work has been exhibited in Scotland at The House for an Art Lover (Glasgow), gallerA1 (Edinburgh), and The Highland Institute for Contemporary Art (Inverness).

  • Lecture: Thursday, October 24, 2013
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Thursday, October 24, 2013
    12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Open to current students, registration required.
    (Please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu)

    “Slick Figure Ground Suggestion” by Todd Reed
    Claire Ashley, installation shot from "distant landscapes: peepdyedcrevicehotpinkridge", 2013, ICEBOX Gallery, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA, spray paint and acrylic on PVC coated canvas.

Previous Visiting Artist: Todd Reed

Todd Reed holds an MFA from Illinois State University, an MA from Governors State University and a BA from Eastern Illinois University. Reed’s work functions dominantly in the realm of painting, but flirts with sculptural elements. He paints flat colored shapes and lines on shaped aluminum surfaces, that at times, lift off the wall projecting out into the viewer’s space. Reed uses humor and visual associations as he plays with perception.

Various Illinois venues have presented solo exhibitions of Reed’s work including: The Layman Gallery at Lincoln College (Lincoln), The Tree House Gallery (Arlington Heights), McHenry County College (Crystal Lake), The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria (Peoria) and Morton College (Cicero). His work has been featured at the South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN) and at the Wright Museum of Art (Beloit, WI). Reed’s work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout Illinois.

  • Lecture: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Bodie Hall, room 150
    Free and open to the public.
  • Workshop: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Open to current students, registration required.
    (Please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu)

    “Slick Figure Ground Suggestion” by Todd Reed
    “Slick Figure Ground Suggestion” by Todd Reed

Previous Visiting Artist: Laura Hart Newlon

Laura Hart Newlon is currently an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Western Washington University. Newlon’s recent body of work approaches photography quizzically, comically, and even painterly.

Newlon has exhibited in Seattle, Washington at Joe Bar Project Space, Ouch My Eye Gallery, Pravda Studios, the Northwest Film Forum, the Photographic Center Northwest, and at the University of Washington. Her work has also been shown in Chicago at The School of the Art Institute’s Sullivan Galleries, MDW Art Fair, Roxaboxen Exhibitions, and ACRE Projects. Additionally, her work has been featured at Holland Project Gallery (Reno, NV), and at Sandbox Studios (Portland, OR).

  • Lecture: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Free and open to the public in Bodie Hall, room 150

    “Untitled (Plumb Line)” by Laura Hart Newlon
    “Untitled (Plumb Line)” by Laura Hart Newlon
Previous Visiting Artist: Sarah Rehmer

Sarah Rehmer received her BA from Dominican University. This Chicago-based artist uses encaustic paint and old book pages (with text and blank pages) dimensionally and flat in creating her most recent body of work.

Rehmer has exhibited extensively in Illinois including: Noyes Cultural Arts Center (Evanston), Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, College of Lake County (Grayslake), Norris Cultural Center (St Charles) and the Prairie State College Christopher Art Gallery (Chicago Heights). Venues in Chicago have featured her work including: Coalition Gallery, River East Arts Center and the Crown Center Gallery at Loyola University. She has also shown at Hubbard Museum of the American West (Ruidoso Downs, NM), and in Gallery 10- Truro Center for the Arts (Truro, MA).

  • Lecture: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    Free and open to the public in Von Ohlen, room 200
  • Workshop: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 1:35 – 3:30 p.m.
    Open to current students, registration required
    (Please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964)

    “Manifesting Stories #1” by Sarah Rehmer
    “Manifesting Stories #1” by Sarah Rehmer

Contact

For more information about visiting artists, lectures and workshops:

Cecilia Vargas
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2964
cvargas@waubonsee.edu