Friday, October 9, 2015

The Anne Hughes event at The Art Center-Highland Park

Last night, The Art Center-Highland Park presented an evening with Anne Hughes. Hughes—an expert on the topic of pastel—offered amazing insight and advise on both technique as well and marketing.

After giving the attendees and overview of her background as a Pastel Artist and her responsibilities as the ZIA Gallery Director/Manager, Hughes elaborated on the business of being an artist—offering advise on everything from approaching galleries for representation to framing tips for pastel artists. She then lead the group on a tour around the current TAC pastel exhibit, "Pastels Chicago 2015." Hughes defined the beauty and subtle nuances within many of the exhibited works. She spoke in depth on technique-as-content and the importance of concept. The event was both entertaining as well as educational.

Hughes' work can be found in many galleries around the country as well as in Canada... But for greater insight, I would suggest visiting Hughes at ZIA Gallery in Winnetka, where you can see her work and discuss it with her directly. Also ask to see her cement sculptures... they are amazing!

Watch for upcoming free programming at The Art Center-Highland Park. Visit for details.

Anne Hughes exhibits her artworks across Canada and the United States including solo exhibitions at McClure Gallery, Montréal, Québec; Brainard Gallery of Tarble Art Center, IL; Galerie de la Ville, Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec; University Club of Chicago; Prairie Gallery, Alberta; Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnesota; Beacon St. Gallery, Chicago; Verde Gallery, Champaign, IL, among others.

Honored with numerous residency fellowships, Hughes enjoyed productive sessions at such organizations as Villa Montalvo, the Millay Colony, Anderson Center, Ucross Foundation and the Ragdale Foundation. She was awarded the William B. Bruce Fine Art European Travel Scholarship, a Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation grant, the Vera Woodruff Wassenburg and Doug Koch Memorial Awards, and a Purchase Award at Galex 32: National Juried Exhibition. She has an MFA in Painting from Bowling Green State University, an MA in Art from Eastern Illinois University and a BFA in Studio Art from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec.

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