Saturday, October 17, 2015

Breaking Criminal Traditions at the Bridgeport Art Center - The Opening Reception and Upcoming Related Events

The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions opened last night at the Bridgeport Art Center. The exhibition—along with the open studios event—generated a great number of visitors.

Breaking Criminal Traditions is a fine art exhibition featuring the work of twenty artists from around the country. The exhibition calls attention to Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as the ongoing ancient rituals that kill or maim millions each year—yet are not considered crimes. The exhibition utilizes the beauty of high-quality fine art to raise awareness of human rights issues and—in doing so—begins a dialogue that may encourage change. If you missed the reception, [it was a very busy ART night in Chicago] the show continues through Friday, November 13th. Also, there are a couple of other events occurring in conjunction with the exhibition: 

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30–9pm
Film Screening of “Honor Diaries” This documentary profiles activists working for women’s rights in honor cultures and their efforts to create positive change. Cheryl Jefferson will begin a dialogue with domestic violence experts after the screening.

Saturday, October 24, 11-2pm

An Artists Workshop: Creating Art Around Social Issues. This discussion and workshop will highlight how the creation of Art can instill social change.

The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions will be on display through November 13. The Bridgeport Art Center is located at 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609. The gallery is open Monday–Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 8am-12pm. Most of the pieces included in the exhibition are available for purchase. Additional information can be found at

The exhibition includes works of art by: Corinna Button (Chicago, IL), James Deeb (Evanston, IL), Sheila Ganch (Chicago, IL), Claire Girodie (Baltimore, MD), Charles Gniech (Chicago, IL), Sergio Gomez (Chicago, IL), Andrea Harris (Chicago, IL), Teresa Hofheimer [Chicago IL], Lelde Kalmite, [Chicago, IL], Paula Kloczkowski Luberda (Naperville, IL), Richard Laurent (Chicago, IL), Kathy Liao (Seattle, WA), Chandrika Marla (Highland Park, IL), Nancy Rosen (Chicago, IL), Lorraine Sack (Indianapolis, IN), Dominic Sansone (Chicago, IL), Valerie Schiff (Chicago, IL), Barbara Simcoe (Omaha, NE), and Anne Smith Stephan (Wilmette, IL)   


  1. Bonsoir,

    Un billet très intéressant... Une sublime exposition qui sans aucun doute attire de très nombreux amateurs d'art.

    Gros bisous ♡

    1. Although the topic of Criminal Traditions is disturbing, the works included in the exhibition are thoughtful—interpreted on many levels. Many who view the exhibition see it as honest and hopeful. If you get to Chicago prior to the close of the exhibition, I hope you will have an opportunity to see the show.

      Stay well,

  2. The translation to English:

    Good evening,

    A very interesting post ... A sublime exhibition that undoubtedly attracts many art lovers.