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Exhibition Catalogues

Ready, Set: Contemporary Tableware: August 22 – October 5, 2014
Juried by Heather Mae Erickson, Lillstreet’s 7th annual juried ceramics exhibition is dedicated to the art of setting the table. Nineteen ceramic artists representing thirteen states and three countries display unique place settings including dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, cups, mugs, and more.

Familiar BedfellowsJuly 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.

Emerged: After the Residency: March 14 – April 201, 2014
Curated by Bill Griffith, Program Director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, this exhibition features new work by eleven exciting artists who’ve recently completed ceramic residency programs.

Sense of Scale: Metal Sculpture and Wearable Art: January 24 – March 1, 2014
“Sense of Scale: Metal Sculpture and Wearable Art” presents new work by four accomplished metalsmiths who were challenged to create both small, wearable jewelry and impressive sculpture for the wall or pedestal.

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 is transformed by her collected and personal artworks and distinctive home furnishings, creating a replica of Hollander’s living space.

Best Served Hot: Ceramics for the Coffee Ritual: August 23 – September 29, 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.

A House is Not a Home: July 19 – August 18, 2013
Lillstreet Gallery hosts its annual Artist-in-Residence exhibition, which showcases the varied work of artists representing each of Lillstreet’s departments. Artists include: Garrett Baumer, Alice Costas, Paige Fetchen, Heejin Hwang, Joanna Pike, Gwendolyn Zabicki, and Erik Zohn.

Midwest Contemporary: June 7 – July 14, 2013
Twenty-five artists working across the region present new work in Lillstreet’s first exhibition devoted to photography. Juried by Natasha Egan and Karen Irvine of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Plane & Solid: March 15 – April 23, 2013
In the wall sculptures of Alison Reintjes, the paintings of Hans Peter Sundquist, and the functional ceramics of Marc Digeros and Mark Pharis, viewers are invited to investigate the boundary between art and math.

Neat: The Art of the Whiskey Vessel: February 1 – March 10, 2013
Curated by Doug Jeppesen, “Neat” celebrates the tradition of ceramic artists who make liquor flasks, cups, bottles and jugs.

Floyd Gompf: Tableaux of Decay and Renewal: Winter 2012
Lillstreet Gallery is pleased to represent Michigan artist Floyd Gompf. This catalogue, with essay by Paul Smirl and photographs by Joe Tighe and David Velasco, provides a glimpse into the artists’ life and work.

Graphic Noise: November 3 – 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.

The Perfect Plate: August 17 – September 14, 2012
The 5th annual Lillstreet International was 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.”

The Language of Line: June 8 – July 8, 2012
“The Language of Line” featured a variety of ceramics as well as two-dimensional work from Lillstreet visiting artists Sam Chung, Josh DeWeese, and Heather Mae Erickson, and Chicago-based artist Neha Vedpathak.



Spotlight on “Ready, Set” in by Patty Wetli

Preview of “Best Served Hot” in Fresh Cup Magazine by Reagan Crisp

Spotlight on “Neat” in Time Out Chicago by Lauren Weinberg

Review of “Graphic Noise” in the Chicago Sun-Times by Dave Hoekstra.

Review of “The Perfect Plate” in Ceramics Monthly by Heidi McKenzie

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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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