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.

Previous Visiting Artist: Clarissa Bonet

Clarissa Bonet (b. 1986) Lives and works in Chicago.  Her current work explores aspects of the urban space in both a physical and psychological context.  She received her M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012, and her B.S. in Photography from the University of Central Florida. Her work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and resides in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography's MPP collection, The South East Museum of Photography, and The Haggerty Museum. Her work has been featured on CNN Photos, The Wall Street Journal, The Eye of Photography, and many other notable online and print publications. She has received recognition and support for her work from the Albert P Weisman Foundation and the Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. More recently, she was chosen as one of PDN's 30 2015 new and emerging photographers to watch. 

  • Workshop: Thursday, April 21, 2016
    8 – 10:45 a.m. in Bodie Hall, room 205, Sugar Grove Campus
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu to register.

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Plaza by Clarissa Bonet, 2015, Pigment Print, 32 x 40 in.

Previous Visiting Artist: Renee Robbins

Renee Robbins is a Chicago-based visual artist who focuses on depicting micro to macro relationships. She has exhibited widely, including exhibitions at Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL; Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL; Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL; Adventureland Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY. Her work has also been presented in exhibitions at the Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, MI; South Bend Art Museum, South Bend, IN; Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, LA; and the Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI. The Chicago Gallery News featured her work as a ‘Young Chicago Artist’ to watch. The forms in her paintings have been classified by a diatom taxonomist in an artist feature on the US Diatoms database at the University of Colorado. Robbins received her MFA from Michigan State University and a BFA from the University of Kentucky.

  • Workshop: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    9:30 a.m. – Noon in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu to register.
  • Lecture: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Bodie Hall, room 107, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public.

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Tilt-A-Whirl by Renee Robbins, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, 33 x 33 in.

Previous Visiting Artist: Danielle Dobies

Danielle Dobies is a Fox Valley based artist. Her artwork has been focused on two distinct areas, one is on sculptural installations that use upholstery techniques, and the other is on glass and tile mosaics. The artwork is typically accessible to the audience either via wearable or interactive pieces within exhibition spaces, or through the nature of being a public mural. In 2012, Dobies earned a BFA in Sculpture, Painting and Drawing, in addition to a BA in Philosophy from Elmhurst College. In 2015, she received her MFA in Sculpture from Northern Illinois University. Recently, she's been an Art Instructor at the Fox Valley Jewish School, a Project Director for local public mural projects, and an Artist in Residence at Water Street Studios. Currently, she's an Adjunct Professor of Sculpture at Elmhurst College. Dobies' work has been exhibited at the Latitude 41 Gala Gallery in Beachwood, Ohio, and in the Chicagoland area, at venues such as the Chicago Artists Coalition, Woman Made Gallery, Zhou B Art Center, and the Peanut Gallery.

  • Lecture: Monday, April 18, 2016
    11 a.m. – Noon in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Monday, April 18, 2016
    12:30 – 3 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu to register.

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POOF! by Danielle Dobies, 2015, steel, special occasion fabric, 1950's reproduction love seat, polyester batting (Instant Delight, Cotton Candy Swirl, Tutti Frutti), princess gems, puff balls, helmet, string lights, three chandeliers, rhinestones, bedazzled/slip-covered/dingle-balled air compressor, tubing, air guns, two gazing balls, and lots of glitter, Dimensions Variable

Previous Visiting Artist: Nnenna Okore

Born in Australia and raised in Nigeria, Nnenna Okore has received international acclaim for her installations, in which she reclaims and reconfigures organic or discarded materials into abstract, richly-textured forms of extraordinary range and nuance. Okore is keenly sensitive to the rhythms and contours of everyday life. The repetitive acts of stitching, twisting, rolling, or weaving; the familiar sounds of sweeping, chopping, talking, and washing, all deeply inform her aesthetic, as they signal both the transience of human labor and its inevitable mark on the material world.



Nnenna Okore is a Professor of Art at Chicago's North Park University, where she chairs the Art Department and teaches Sculptural Practices.  She earned her B.A degree in Painting from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (First Class Honors) in 1999, and subsequently received her MA and MFA at the University of Iowa, in 2004 and 2005 respectively.  Okore has received numerous national and international awards, notably in 2012 she was a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award. Her participation in over eighty solo and group exhibitions combined, over the past decade has earned her much international recognition and accolade. Nnenna Okore has upcoming exhibitions at Rush Arts Gallery, New York; Mattatuck Art Museum; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit; and Jenkins Johnson Gallery.

  • Lecture: Monday, March 28, 2016
    11 a.m. – Noon in Von Ohlen Hall, room 200, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Monday, March 28, 2016
    12:30 – 3 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 200, Sugar Grove Campus
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu to register.

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Installation shot of exhibition Nnenna Okore: Owu (meaning thread or twine in Igbo – Nigerian language) in the Arrowhead Gallery WCC, 2015

Previous Visiting Artist: Jesse Howard

Born on Chicago's West Side, Howard returned to his old neighborhood to record images of the people there. The objective of his portraits is not simply to create a likeness, but to show the stress and pressure in the physical makeup of his subjects.

Howard received his bachelor's degree from Ball State University, majoring in commercial art and minoring in business administration. He has exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center and numerous galleries and colleges throughout the Chicago area. He recently took first place in the Beloit Vicinity Exhibition and was awarded a solo exhibition for June 2016.

  • Lecture: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Bodie Hall, room 103, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public.

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    False Democracy Handcuffed by Jesse Howard, 2015, Charcoal, Acrylic Paint, 35 x 43 in.

Previous Visiting Artist: Matthew Paul Isaacson

Matthew Paul Isaacson was born in Northern Michigan and grew up working on a large-scale industrial fruit-manufacturing farm, a background that continues to inform and inspire his work. His current sculptural work focuses on complex installations of free-stacked ceramic and glass tiles in combination with wet clay, which often reference architectural cityscapes. Matthew received his BFA in Painting alongside a Minor in Music from Western Michigan University in 2004. He then received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 and was awarded the Graduate Thesis Dissertation Scholarship.

Matthew now lives and works in Saint Louis as an Associate Professor and the Ceramics Coordinator at Saint Louis Community College at Forest Park. He has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Luminary Center for the Arts, a group show at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh, and recently participated in the Xin Jiang International Sculpture Exhibition in China. Past residencies include The Luminary Center of Arts, Ox-Bow, Pilchuck Glass School and Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts.

  • Lecture: Thursday, March 3, 2016
    11 a.m. – Noon in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Thursday, March 3, 2016
    12:15 – 2:45 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu to register.

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    A.G.N.E.: Stacked Deviation #1 by Matthew Paul Isaacson, 2015, Vitrified Porcelain, Bisque Porcelain, and Unfired Porcelain, Dimensions Variable

Previous Visiting Artist: Ross Sawyers

Ross Sawyers received a BFA in photography from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in photography from the University of Washington. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; the Henry Art Museum in Seattle; and the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington. He has completed multiple solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions throughout the country. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Hallmark Photographic Collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Henry Art Gallery. Ross Sawyers currently serves as Associate Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago. 

  • Lecture: Thursday, February 11, 2016
    9 - 10 a.m. in the Arrowhead Room, Dickson Center, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public.

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    Untitled by Ross Sawyers, 2011, Inkjet Print (Epson Ultrachrome), 24 x 36 in.

Previous Visiting Artist: Lise Haller Baggesen

Lise Haller Baggesen (1969) left her native Denmark for the Netherlands in 1992 to study painting at the AKI and the Rijksakademie. In 2008 she relocated to Chicago with her family, where she completed her MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the SAIC 2013. In the meantime, her work evolved from a traditional painting practice toward a hybrid practice including curating, writing and installation work. She exhibits internationally and her writing has appeared in Bad at Sports, Chicago Artist Writers, and Third Rail Quarterly. Curating includes a Curatorial Fellowship for the SAIC 2012 MFA thesis exhibition. In 2011 she and Kirsten Leenaars co-curated “Mutualisms”, which received a Propeller Grant. In 2016 she and Yvette Brackman will co-curate “The Great Poor Farm Experiment IXX”. Her first book “Mothernism” was co-published by Green Lantern Press and Poor Farm Press in 2014. Since then, the book and installation has travelled the US and Europe, including Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA) Glass Curtain Gallery (Chicago, IL) South Bank University(London, UK) and Upominki(Rotterdam, NL). In 2015/16 it will be on show in The Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial (IL), The Elisabeth Foundation (NY) and The Contemporary Austin (TX). Lise Haller Baggesen is currently working on her upcoming SOLO exhibition at Threewalls and the Suburban in 2016.

  • Lecture: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    11 a.m. – Noon in the Student Center, room 106, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public.

    Lise Haller Baggesen
    Mothernism by Lise Haller Baggesen, 2014, installation; part of the nomadic tent camp audio installation and publication, dimensions variable

Previous Visiting Artist: Johannah Silva

Johannah Silva (American, b. Manila, Philippines) is a Chicago-based artist and art educator. She received her MFA in Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA in Art & Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her work has been shown at various venues in Chicago such as the University of Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, WomanMade Gallery, ArtExhibitionLink, and others. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. 

  • Lecture: Monday, October 19, 2015
    11 a.m. – Noon in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Monday, October 19, 2015
    12:30 – 3 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu to register.

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    Untitled by Johannah Silva, 2012, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

Previous Visiting Artist: Victoria Fuller

Chicago based artist, Victoria Fuller was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. After college, she moved to Colorado, pursued an art career, and received a fellowship award from Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities. Early in her career, Fuller lived and exhibited in New York City, and later returned to Colorado to finish work she had started there. Fuller moved to Chicago and earned an MFA degree in 1994 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2000 she was awarded a fellowship grant from the Illinois Art Council. Fuller has created several high profile large-scale public works (her sculpture, Shoe of Shoes is owned by the Brown Shoe Company, in St. Louis). She was commissioned by Sound Transit in Seattle to create Global Garden Shovel, a large bronze shovel made from cast and fabricated plants representing different parts of the world - in the shape of a shovel - reflecting the geographic location of ethnic groups living in the Rainier Valley. Fuller continues to make her common object work that reflects natural forms. Her most recent large-scale work, made from recycled canoes, titled “Canoe Fan,” is now installed in Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Lecture: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    11 a.m. – Noon in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    12:15 – 2:45 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 to register.

    Victoria Fuller
    Going Nuts by Victoria Fuller, 2015, flax fiber and epoxy clay, dimensions variable

Previous Visiting Artist: George Blaha

Chicago based artist George Blaha earned his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1980. He also studied Art History and Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Digital Arts at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL. Blaha’s drawings, paintings, and sculptures use metaphor to engage the audience in actively questioning the nature of phenomena. By using the computer as a tool in realizing his ideas, Blaha can highlight the issues at hand without the limitations of physics. Notably his artistic practice is influenced and intertwined with his contemplative practices of geometry and over thirty years of Buddhist meditation.

George Blaha has frequently exhibited in Chicago. His most recent solo show was at Firecat Projects. Blaha’s work has been featured at Illinois venues such as the Illinois State Museum (Springfield), the University Galleries at the Illinois State University (Normal), and the Evanston Art Center as a part of the 15th and the 16th Evanston + Vicinity Biennials. His work has been presented at national venues including The Marsh Art Gallery at the University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA; Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ; Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth, MN; Gibson Gallery, Art Museum of SUNY, Potsdam, NY; Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO; and the Arts and Science Center for Southeastern Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR. Blaha has also exhibited in New York, including his participation with the Postcards from the Edge Visual AIDS Benefit hosted by New York galleries from 2002-2006. Starting on July 30, his work will be on view at the Central Booking Gallery in New York.

In 2011, Blaha received the Illinois Arts Council’s Individual Artist Support Professional Development Grant. His work has been discussed in catalogs that accompanied the exhibitions Contemporary Art and the Mathematical Instinct, and The UFO Show. Press coverage of his work includes the Arts Magazine, New City, and the Chicago Tribune. Blaha has also been featured in George Quasha’s Art Is: Speaking Portraits, an on going web-based video research project investigating practitioners’ definition of what art is.

  • Lecture: Thursday, September 17, 2015
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Thursday, September 17, 2015
    12:15 – 2:45 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.

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    HD by George Blaha, 2015, Digital image, dimensions variable

Previous Visiting Artist: Samantha Bittman 

Samantha Bittman lives and works in Chicago, IL. Bittman received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Bittman also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include, Razzle Dazzle at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; Number Cruncher at Longhouse Projects, New York, NY; and Soft Counting, at Greenpoint Terminal, Brooklyn, NY. She has been included in recent group exhibitions at Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago, IL.  Her work has been exhibited at art fairs in Miami, Mexico City, and Chicago. She is included in numerous private and public collections.

  • Lecture: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    12:30 – 3:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 200
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu.

    Industry of the Ordinary
    Untitled by Samantha Bittman 2014, acrylic on handwoven textile, 10 x 8 in. 

Previous Visiting Artist: Cheryl Holz 

Cheryl Holz grew up in the country, collecting moss, bugs, leaves, and to her mother’s chagrin, snakes and salamanders. Her rural upbringing has had a big influence on her artwork and aesthetic sensibility.

Holz taught after earning her undergraduate degree in Art Education and again after receiving her M.F.A. Although she enjoyed it, she slowly developed into a full-time artist as interest in her work grew. Holz’s artwork can now be viewed in art galleries, the occasional fair or festival, her studio, through art consultants, and on her website.

Her goal is to constantly grow in and through her art. She'd like to inspire, in others, the same love of nature that she experiences. In doing so she is promoting the recognition that we are inseparable from this earth we live in.

Holz’s artwork has received national recognition, been shown in museums, and purchased by art collectors, corporations, and hospitals. Her greatest reward by far, however, is loading her dogs into the truck and heading to her studio!

 

  • Lecture: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.


  • Cheryl Holz

    Conservationist Cause by Cheryl Holz, 2013, acrylic, leaves, and tagua nut on panel, 14 x 11 x 2.25 in. (Excerpts from conservationists/authors Thoreau and Leopold run throughout the background of this piece. A tagua nut is nestled into the niche. Tagua is an ivory like nut harvested from palm trees indigenous to the South American countryside. It provides an alternative to ivory, and provides jobs for farmers and artisans.)

Previous Visiting Artist: Michael x. Ryan

Michael x. Ryan
b. Syracuse, New York 1956
BFA Tyler School of Art 1979, Philadelphia, PA
Moved to Chicago in 1979 where he currently lives with his partner of 21 years and his son and daughter.

Michael x. Ryan is a Chicago based visual artist who creates drawings, mappings and wood reliefs that focus on patterns made or discovered while traveling places lived and visited. Ryan attempts to record the fleeting residue of the human presence by realizing the interconnectedness of bodies and places while magnifying the minutiae of a life lived.

Ryan’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States. His work has been acquired by a number of collections, such as The Art Institute of Chicago, the MacArthur Foundation, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago’s Artists book collection, the American Medical Association, JP Morgan Chase and the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY.

  • Workshop: Monday, April 13, 2015
    9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 200
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu.
  • Lecture: Monday, April 13, 2015
    12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.


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Hidden Crater Video Animation (still) by Michael x. Ryan, 2012-2015

Previous Visiting Artists: Industry of the Ordinary 

Industry of the Ordinary were formed in 2003. The two artists who make up this collaborative team, Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson, have long histories as visual and performative artists. They bring complementary sensibilities to their activities. Their projects exist in temporal terms but have also been conceived to function on the web site associated with the collaboration, http://www.industryoftheordinary.com. They have had solo shows at multiple venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and, most recently, a major mid-career survey at the Chicago Cultural Center that was received with much acclaim. Chicago Cultural Center exhibition reviews and articles (complete). Industry of the Ordinary performed at the opening of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. They also make work for a wide variety of private, semi-private and public settings, nationally and internationally, both temporary and permanent.

  • Lecture: Monday, April 6, 2015
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in Bodie Hall, room 150
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Monday, April 6, 2015
    11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Bodie Hall, room 150
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu.

    Industry of the Ordinary
    Match of the Day II by Industry of the Ordinary, 2005, color photograph, 22 x 35 in. (Match of the Day II featured Industry of the Ordinary as Old God and Young God, play table football, first to 100 goals, on the promontory by North Avenue Beach. Photography by Greg Stimac; additional assistance by Blake Noah.)

Previous Visiting Artist: John Fraser

John Fraser works within the disciplines of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Photography. Fraser’s earliest exhibited work was his photography, the primary focus of his practice from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. He received a BA from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a MFA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. His work is currently represented by galleries in Chicago, IL; Nashville, TN; San Diego, CA; Fort Worth, TX and Munich, Germany.

Since 1980, Fraser’s work has been featured in one-person exhibitions throughout the United States, Germany, and Canada. He has participated in group exhibitions throughout the United States, Germany, Spain, England, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Hungary, and Iceland. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the United States; in public collections in Spain, Iceland, and Canada; and in private collections in Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and Scotland.

His work has been awarded fellowships and grants from Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts, and The Illinois Arts Council. He has been an Artist in Residence at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY; at Illinois State University; twice at The Robert M. MacNamara Foundation in Westport Island, Maine; at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska; and in May 2015 at Hafnarborg, The Hafnarfjordur Center of Culture and Fine Art, near Reykjavik, Iceland.

As an educator, Fraser has held adjunct studio positions at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. In addition, he has been a visiting artist and lecturer at Colleges and Universities in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, California, Utah, West Virginia, Michigan, Arkansas, Nebraska, and the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.

  • Lecture: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Arrowhead Gallery
    Free and open to the general public.

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Another Positive by John Fraser, 2008, Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel Construction, 22.5” x 22.5” x 1.25”, Works courtesy of the artist and Zolla / Lieberman Gallery, Chicago

Previous Visiting Artist: Nate Mathews

Nate Mathews (b. 1982) is a Chicago based artist whose work explores how inhabitants respond to architecture. In 2008 he received his M.F.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Northeastern Illinois University. His work has recently been shown in the Rockford Midwestern Biennial at the Rockford Art Museum, Four by Five at the New Orleans Photo Alliance, and a two-person exhibition at the Noyes Cultural Art Center in Evanston. Mathews also recently curated The Space Between, at the Fine Art Center Gallery at Northeastern Illinois University. The Space Between is a photographic exhibition that examines the suburban space created between the rural and urban.

  • Lecture: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
    Free and open to the general public.

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Three Flower Pots by Nate Mathews, 2010, Pigment Print, 24 x 30 in.

Previous Visiting Artist: Allison Grant

Allison Grant is a Chicago based artist, educator, and curator. She received an MFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 and a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2004. Works by Grant have been widely exhibited at venues including the DePaul Art Museum, Azimuth Projects, and Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, among others. Her works are held in public collections at DePaul Art Museum in Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and 4-Culture in Seattle. 

  • Lecture: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 114
    Free and open to the general public.
  • Workshop: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    10:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. in Bodie Hall, room 205 
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    (Please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu)

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Marsh by Allison Grant, 2010, Archival Pigment Print, 32 x 40 in.

Previous Visiting Artist: Paul Nudd

Paul Nudd was born in Harpenden, England in 1976. He graduated in 2001 with an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Bourouina Gallery, Berlin (Germany), Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, Western Exhibitions, Chicago and the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago.  In 2009, he was awarded an Artist Fellowship by the Illinois Arts Council.  He divides his time between Chicago and Cicero, IL.

Lecture: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
11:30 a.m. ­– 12:30 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
Free and open to the general public.

    
Workshop: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
1:00 p.m. ­– 3:30 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 200
(Please contact Cecilia Vargas at 630-466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu)

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Brainiac Cack by Paul Nudd, 2011, Ink, watercolor, colored pencil, gouache, acrylic, pencil on paper, 91 x 42 in.

Previous Visiting Artist: Nikki Renee Anderson

Nikki Renee Anderson lives and works in Chicago. She received an MFA from Stony Brook University and a BFA from Drake University. Anderson has taught ceramics, sculpture, installation and drawing at Stony Brook University, Columbia College Chicago, Harper College, Moraine Valley Community College and College of Lake County. She actively participates in artist residencies and artist lectures nationally and internationally. Further, her artwork has received many accolades via awards, grants and reviews. Nikki Renee Anderson creates ceramic sculptures and installations that explore the feminine experience based on her personal history.

Anderson has exhibited extensively including solo shows at Northeastern Illinois University in 2014, Dubhe Carreno Gallery in 2012 and at the Elmhurst Art Museum in 2010. Her work has also been shown at The Urban Institute for contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI; The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, IL; The 56th Premio Faenza Competition at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy; the 2009 NCECA Biennial at the Arizona State University Museum Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ; The 18th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX; The Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Skokie, IL; Visualizing TRANS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Visual Culture Conference; Chicago Sculpture International Biennale at FLATFILE Galleries; SOFA Chicago 2004 with Dubhe Carreno Gallery; The Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, Brookville, NY; Art Chicago 2003, Special Project Space, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL; Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art (online exhibition), Istanbul, Turkey; and The Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Lecture: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
11:00 a.m. ­– 12:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201
Free and open to the general public.     

                                     
Workshop: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
12:30 p.m. ­– 2:30 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201

Open to current WCC students, registration required.  
To register for the workshop, sign up on the registration sign up sheet on the door of Von Ohlen Hall 218 (within the 209 suite).  
For further information please contact Esther Espino at 630-466- 5742 or eespino@waubonsee.edu

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Dribble Portrait #6 by Nikki Renee Anderson, ceramic, wood and acrylic, 2014

Previous Visiting Artist: Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades

Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades are sculptors and public artists who work individually and as part of Actual Size Artworks, a collaborative team.  They are committed to the idea of artist as citizen and believe in the transformative potential of artwork in the community. Their work is characterized by a strong profile, a sense of humor, and excellent craftsmanship. Simpson and Georgiades’ public art projects can be seen in Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Kansas, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois and other locations nationally.  They have also exhibited temporary projects around the United States and Europe.

Simpson has an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is originally from Chicago. Her recent projects reflect her interest in the intersection between the built and natural environment. Aris Georgiades is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from University of Michigan. His sculptures use salvaged building materials and objects, related to issues of adaptability and the changing nature of work, usefulness and ambition.  His work can be seen at the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago.

Both artists reside in Stoughton, Wisconsin and teach at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  They are currently working on public art projects for Kansas City and Minnesota.

They also collaborate as Actual Size Artworks.

Lecture: Thursday, October 9, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 114
Free and open to the general public
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Collision, by Gail Simpson, 2013, Toys, 42 x 24 x 48 in.

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  Homesick, by Aris Georgiades, 2013, salvaged wood, 44 x 20 x 20 in.

Previous 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