Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Art Center-Highland Park presents: PASTELS CHICAGO 2015

Nancie Mertz, “Catching Rays on Chicago Avenue”, pastel, 15” x 36”

Save the Date - Friday October 2

The Art Center-Highland Park will be hosting the Chicago Pastel Painters’ Fifth Biennial National Juried Open Exhibition, “Pastels Chicago 2015”. The exhibition will consist of approximately 100 works of art created in the medium of pastel with imagery presented in a diversity of visual styles and subject matter, created by the most elite pastel painters from across the country. The aspiration of the Chicago Pastel Painters is to educate the public about the beauty and permanence of pastels as a viable medium in the world of fine art.

Judith Carducci, Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, is the Curator of the exhibition. Richard McKinley—Pastel Society of America's Hall of Fame Inductee—is the awards judge and will reveal his selections at the opening reception on Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:30–9pm.

A public reception for “Pastels Chicago 2015” will be held at The Art Center-Highland Park on Friday, October 2 from 6:30–9pm. The Art Center-Highland Park is located at 1957 Sheridan Road in Highland Park, Illinois. Gallery Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9am–4:30pm and Sunday, by appointment. All work in the exhibition is available for purchase. The exhibition opens on September 11 and continues through October 31.

The Art Center-Highland Park is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of contemporary fine art through exhibitions by both established and emerging artists. We foster creativity through the experience and discussion of fine art and offer extensive educational opportunities through a broad range of classes, panel discussions, workshops and lectures. A nonprofit organization, The Art Center-Highland Park connects artists with the community at large—supporting creativity at every level.

Chicago Pastel Painters - Founded in 2004, the Chicago Pastel Painters, a society member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), is a non-profit fine arts organization completely run by volunteers dedicated to the education, exhibition, promotion and development of professional, original works of art in the medium of soft pastel in the Chicagoland area.

Juror of Selections - Judith Carducci, PSA
Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Judith Carducci has received international recognition as one of today’s best portrait painters. Her work has been shown in such venues as The National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Butler Institute of American Art.

Judge of Awards - Richard McKinley, PSA

Richard McKinley has been a professional working artist for 38 years and has over 35 years of teaching experience. In 2010 he was inducted into The Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame at the National Arts Club in NYC. An avid plein air painter, he is a frequent contributing editor for the Pastel Journal Magazine.


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