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Familiar Bedfellows

July 18- August 17, 2014
Inspired by private, intimate interior spaces, Familiar Bedfellows is an exhibition of ceramics by Matthew Groves and quilts by Sarah Nishiura.

 

UPCOMING

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Ready, Set: Contemporary Tableware

August 22 – October 5, 2014
Lillstreet’s 7th annual juried ceramics exhibition is dedicated to the art of setting the table. Submit your place setting by June 16, 2014. Heather Mae Erickson will jury and choose winners for Best in Show ($500) and Runner-Up ($250).

 

2014 Lillstreet Student Member Show
September 29 – October 5, 2014

The annual Lillstreet Student Member Show is a showcase of Lillstreet’s own vibrant artist community. Come enjoy the full spectrum of painting, digital art, glass, fabric, prints, jewelry and ceramics. All items on view are available for sale.

 


Graphic Noise: Gig Posters from the Chicago Printers Guild

October 10 – November 16 , 2014

Nine members of the Chicago Printers Guild including Rudderless Designs, Sonenzimmer, Fugscreens, and Ground Up Press present limited edition, handprinted concert posters.

 

 

Let There Be Light
November 21 – December 31, 2014

Our annual holiday show & sale features new work by more than 35 ceramic artists, in addition to a variety of jewelry, books, creative toys, and more!

 

 

 

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Art & the Urban Garden
April 25 – June 1, 2014
After the success of its first two years, Lillstreet is pleased to announce this third annual exhibition and welcome another series of innovative, ecologically-minded art into the gallery.

 

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Emerged: After the Residency
March 14 – April 20, 2014

Curated by Arrowmont’s Bill Griffith, this exhibition presented in conjunction with NCECA 2014 features 11 artists who’ve recently completed ceramic residencies.

 

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Sense of Scale: Metal Sculpture and Wearable Art

January 24 – March 2, 2014

Sarah C. Chapman, Darlys Ewoldt, Heejin Hwang, and Stacey Lee Webber present new works, both large and small.

 

 

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Let There Be Light
November 30 – December 31, 2013

Our annual holiday show & sale features new work by more than 40 ceramic artists, in addition to a variety of jewelry, books, creative toys, and more!

 

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“Will you Step into My Parlour?”
October 20 – November 17, 2013

The colorful world of Chicago cartoonist and writer Nicole Hollander comes to life at Lillstreet. The gallery will be transformed by her collected and personal artworks and distinctive home furnishings.

 

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2013 Lillstreet Student Member Show
October 7 – 13, 2013

The annual Lillstreet Student Member Show is a showcase of Lillstreet’s own vibrant artist community. Come enjoy the full spectrum of painting, digital art, glass, fabric, prints, jewelry and ceramics. All items on view are available for sale.

 

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Best Served Hot
August 23 – October 6, 2013

For the 6th annual Lillstreet International, jurors Mark Lyman and Joseph Pintz select ceramic works, both traditional and innovative, that celebrate the coffee ritual. Sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee.

 

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A House is Not a Home

July 19 – August 18, 2013

Lillstreet Gallery hosts its annual Artist-in-Residence exhibition, which will showcase the varied work of artists representing each of Lillstreet’s art departments.

 

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Midwest Contemporary

June 7 – July 14, 2013

For Lillstreet’s first exhibition devoted to photography, curators Natasha Egan and Karen Irvine (Museum of Contemporary Photography) selected 25 works by artists working across the region.

 

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May 3 – June 2, 2013

For the second year, artists who work with a range of materials come together to provide inspiration to gardening enthusiasts and art lovers alike.

 

 

100 Acts of Sewing
March 29 – May 19, 2013

An ongoing project of fiber artist Sonya Philip, this special exhibition on view throughout the building will include photographs, textiles and a dressmaking workshop.

 

Plane & Solid: The Geometries of Marc Digeros, Mark Pharis, Alison Reintjes, and Hans Peter Sundquist
March 15 – April 23, 2013

Named for the two types of geometry—2D and 3D—“Plane & Solid” presents work by four artists who experiment with shape, pattern, and color to create work with strong geometric structure.

 

Neat: The Art of the Whiskey Vessel
February 1 – March 10, 2013, 2013, 2013

Curated by Doug Jeppesen, “Neat” celebrates the tradition of ceramic artists who make liquor flasks, cups, bottles
and jugs. Join us on opening night for a whiskey tasting presented by Koval Distillery Chicago.

 

Let There Be Light
November 30 – December 31, 2012

Our annual holiday show & sale features new work by more than 35 ceramic artists, in addition to a variety of jewelry, books, creative toys, and more!

 

 


Graphic Noise: Gig Posters from the Chicago Printers Guild
November 2 – 25, 2012

More than 15 members of the Chicago Printers Guild, including Dan Grezeca, Spudnik Press, Delicious Design League, Kathleen Judge and Justin Santora, present limited edition, handprinted concert posters.

 

2012 Lillstreet Student Member Show
October 22 – October 28, 2012

The annual Lillstreet Student Member Show is a showcase of Lillstreet’s own vibrant artist community. Come enjoy the full spectrum of painting, digital art, glass, fabric, prints, jewelry and ceramics. All items on view are available for sale.

 

6³: Small-Scale Works by Members of Chicago Sculpture International
September 25 – October 14, 2012

In conjunction with the 23rd International Sculpture Center conference (October 4 – October 6), Lillstreet hosts works by Chicago’s chapter of this highly-regarded organization.

 

ArtReach Retrospective
September 19 – 22, 2012

ArtReach at Lillstreet is the non-profit sister organization of Lillstreet. On the occasion of ArtReach’s Annual Fundraiser: ART to the People! this retrospective is a visual tracing of the timeline, programming, and initiatives of ArtReach’s 25+ years.

 

The Perfect Plate
August 17 – September 14, 2012

Join us for the 5th annual Lillstreet International – a juried show open to artist submissions from across the world. For this year’s themed exhibition, juror Sandy Simon searched far and wide for “the perfect plate.”

 

Configured Spaces
July 13 – August 5, 2012

Lillstreet’s current Artists in Residence, Matthew Dercole, Elise Glickman, Carisa Mitchell, Kate McQuillen, and Kimberly Pancoast present new work.

 

 

The Language of Line
June 8 – July 8
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Stemming from an interest in cultural histories and repetition of forms, Lillstreet’s Visiting Workshop Artists Sam Chung, Josh DeWeese, and Heather Mae Erickson, and Chicago-based artist Neha Vedpathak explore the tactile relationship between their audience and their work.

 

And Then…: The Narratives of Pattie Chalmers, Gerit Grimm, and Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
May 7 – 27, 2012
Through figurative ceramics and textiles, Chalmers, Grimm, and Hiltner reinterpret childhood memory and 20th century American cultural history to create modern fairy tales.

 

Art and the Urban Garden
April 6 – 29, 2012
Green thumb or not, making a small outdoor space come to life with plants and art objects is a rewarding endeavor for any urban dweller. In “Art and the Urban Garden,” 22 artists who work with a range of materials–clay, fabric, wood, glass, and metal–come together to provide inspiration to gardening enthusiasts and art lovers alike.

 

Formal Engagement: Andrew Martin and Sam Harvey
March 9 – April 1, 2012
Through pinching, coiling, and casting clay, artists Andrew Martin and Sam Harvey create work that investigates the formal qualities of the vessel.They play with traditional elements to offer lively interpretations of familiar forms.

 

 

Anointed: Ritual Vessels by Julia Galloway, Seth Green, and Andrew Gilliatt
January 27 – Feburary, 26, 2012
 In “Anointed,” three artists present ceramic vessels that explore different types of symbolic action.

 

 

 

Naughty & Nice: New Work for the Holidays
November 18 – January 2, 2011
Eighteen artists present pairs of new work that explore an age-old holiday question.

 

 

 

Jewelry Showcase
November 1 – 15, 2011
In honor of SOFA, Chicago’s International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, Lillstreet Gallery is featuring three nationally-recognized jewelry artists: St. Louis-based Peg Fetter, Seattle-based Lulu Smith, and Chicago-based Gustav Reyes.

 

 

Minnesota Nice: Work From the Land of 10,000 Lakes
October 21 – November 13, 2011
Many people are familiar with Minnesota’s tradition of functional clay, which developed with acclaimed potter Warren MacKenzie in the 1950’s. But as the master never could have imagined, an enormous community of artists, teachers, students, and collectors have emerged from the foundation he built.

 

 

Lillstreet Student Member Show
October 10 – 16, 2011
The annual Lillstreet Student Member Show is a showcase of the artists community of Lillstreet and their artistic expressions in the medium that they have chosen.  Come enjoy the full spectrum of painting, digital art, glass, fabric, prints, jewelry and ceramics. All items on view are available for sale.

 

 

The Whimsical World of Floyd Gompf & Linda Hoffhines
September 23 – October 7, 2011
Floyd Gompf’s dynamic hand-crafted pieces of furniture, made from salvaged wood and metal, are extensions of his early work as a sculptor and painter. Hoffhines’ wall-mounted mosaics and textured pots add color and whimsy, creating a playful atmosphere sure to inspire creativity.

 

Below the Surface: 4th Annual Lillstreet International
August 26 – September 18, 2011
The Lillstreet International is designed to address contemporary issues in the ever-changing landscape of ceramic art. This year’s exhibition is devoted to the topic of surface design. Distinguished potter Matthew Metz selected the work of 23 artists from around the United States and Canada whose personal voices are manifest in an incredibly diverse presentation of forms.

About Lillstreet

Founded in 1975, Lillstreet Art Center is a large community of artists and students working side-by-side in a friendly environment which encourages and inspires artistic growth in the individual. Lillstreet supports the arts through an artist residency program, gallery, studio space, education, and an outreach program.

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Monday - Thursday: 10am - 7:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm

4401 N Ravenswood (at Montrose)
Chicago, IL 60640 / 773.769.4226
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