Current Exhibitions

Arrowhead Room

The Arrowhead Room gallery, located at the Sugar Grove Campus on the first floor of Dickson Center, houses art exhibits of student, faculty and visiting artists. The Exhibition Committee, composed of Art Department faculty and staff, selects the shows for the Arrowhead Room.

James Jankowiak: Closer than you’d think
Wednesday, August 10 – Sunday, September 11, 2016


Untitled (Tart) by James Jankowiak, 2016, Acrylic on wood, 24 x 24 in.

James Jankowiak was born and raised in Chicago’s south side Back of the Yards neighborhood. He honed and developed the knowledge and skills he gained from his early years as a graffiti artist, and now he applies them to his full-time endeavors as a professional artist, activist, and educator. Although mostly self-taught, Jankowiak studied for short periods of time at Columbia College Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He currently works as a teaching artist with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Urban Gateways, and After School Matters through their visual arts program’s “Contemporary Painting Studio” at the Eric Solorio Academy High School.

Jankowiak’s Public Art commissions include the 2011 artwork design for the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s permanent entrance; and the 2016 Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Downtown Public Art Project. This summer the CTA will unveil Jankowiak’s one-of-a-kind art on glass panels, which will be featured in the Union Station Transit Center underneath the canopied waiting areas for bus patrons. Jankowiak’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Chicago; venues include the MCA, SAIC’s Roger Brown Gallery, the Hyde Park Art Center, Johalla Projects, and the Chicago Cultural Center. In 2017, he will be engaged in a project facilitated by the Avondale neighborhood venue Corner Gallery.

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday: Closed

Dickson Window Art Project Space

The Dickson Window Art Project Space, located at the Sugar Grove Campus on the first floor of Dickson Center, is a new exhibition space dedicated to Chicago area artists working in the medium of installation art. The Exhibition Committee selects the artists on an annual basis.  


Edra Soto: It’s Been a Very Good Year

Thursday, July 7 – Sunday, October 23, 2016


It’s Been a Very Good Year by Edra Soto, 2016, acrylic paint and adhesive on archival paper, dimensions variable 

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico, 1971) is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and gallery director. Her education includes a Master of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000), the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000), the Beta-Local in Puerto Rico (2011), and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida though a 3Arts Fellowship (2013). Soto’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Currently Soto is a Lecturer at the School of the Art institute of Chicago and co-director of THE FRANKLIN.

THE FRANKLIN is an outdoor project space that Soto and her husband Dan Sullivan designed, fabricated, and direct together. THE FRANKLIN has received support from various institutions, including the Propeller Fund. Recently Soto, and artist Josue Pellot, co-curated the exhibition PRESENT STANDARD at the Chicago Cultural Center. Soto’s GRAFT project will be featured at the Western Avenue stop on the blue line ‘El’ train, that transports passengers to the O'Hare Airport. This project will be produced thanks to the support of a commission from the Chicago Transit Authority.

Monday - Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday: 6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.,
Sunday: 8 a.m. -10 p.m.

Aurora Downtown Campus Café

In the fall of 2011, we teamed up with the Aurora Downtown Campus Café to provide our talented students with a new exhibition space. The Café is located on the first floor of the Aurora Downtown Campus. The exhibitions rotate approximately every four months and are selected by the Art Coordinator.

Abstract Elements: Form and Concept
Tuesday, July 12 – Sunday, October 2, 2016

Featured Artists:
Kelsy Goodwin
Kaylee Kuter
Ty Lenert
Anna Lopatin

The group-show Abstract Elements: Form and Concept features artwork that focuses on the abstract elements of art; some of the works focus on form and others focus on an idea. This group show highlights artwork created during the spring semester of 2016 by Waubonsee Community College students.


Monachopsis by Kelsy Goodwin, 2016, Archival Inkjet Print, 8 ½ x 11 in.

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Todd Library

Our second Sugar Grove campus exhibit outlet is the Todd Library located on the second floor of Collins Hall, which has been dedicated to student shows since the spring of 2010.

The next Student Art Exhibiton will occur in the Fall of 2016.

Spring Show Todd Library 2016

Pinky by Pierre Lucero, 2016, Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in. (image from Spring 2016 Student Exhibition)

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday: Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Von Ohlen Hall

At the end of each fall and spring semester the Art Department hosts the biannual Student Showcase on the second floor in Von Ohlen Hall. Faculty select the best work from their respective classes and install it throughout the hall. During each term faculty display class work on both the first and second floors.


The next Student Art Showcase will occur in the Fall of 2016.


Brandi by Kathryn Dralle, 2016, Chalk Pastel, 25 x 20 in. (image from Spring 2016 Student Showcase)

Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

For more information about the art exhibitions at Waubonsee Community College, contact Cecilia Vargas, Art Coordinator, at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2964. 

If you need a sign language interpreter or an accommodation for this event please contact the Art Coordinator. A minimum of 2 weeks notice is requested.


Art Department:

Art Coordinator:
Cecilia Vargas, Von Ohlen Hall 209
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2964

Art Lab Assistant:
Esther Espino, Von Ohlen Hall 240
(630) 466-7900 ext. 5742