Artists’ international collection celebrating Latino History Month on display at Concordia’s Ferguson Gallery
Aug. 17, 2011–– Arceo Press, a Chicago based project in which printmakers collaborate around specific themes and create prints, will exhibit a sampling of prints from six limited edition print portfolios created collaboratively by 20-35 local and international artists.
Arceo Press’ Print Portfolios is on exhibit now through Sept. 25 at the Ferguson Art Gallery on Concordia–Chicago’s campus in River Forest. An artist’s reception will be held 2–4 p.m. Sept. 11. René Arceo, who founded this project, will give a special artist’s gallery talk at 7 p.m., Sept. 13 at the Werner Auditorium, next door to the gallery.
The exhibit features selections from six portfolios, Bestiario £ Nahuales I and II, Day of the Dead, Centennial of Mexican Revolution, Mnemonic: To Aid the Memory and Santitos.
“Concordia University offered me the opportunity to do the first exhibition of all the print portfolios I have completed over the last six years,” said René Arceo. “The exhibit is a representative selection of prints that highlight each collaboration. The exhibition includes a cross section of artists and techniques used by artists who mostly live and work in the Chicago area.”
These pieces are a collection of artists from different cultures such as Spain, Mexico, Canada and the United Sates, who bringing individual experiences together in a collection of print art. The portfolios represent collaborations with print-makers from several countries.
“In my travels I have met many print-makers and others who have been referred by other artists,” said Arceo. “As I shared my ideas of collaborating with those artists, they welcomed the idea. Every artist selects his or her preferred media of expression and pulls their own edition. That is, they create one image on wood, linoleum, silkscreen, lithographic stone, etc., and then make or hand-pull 50 prints to share with all other participating artists.”
The Arceo Press Print Portfolios have been exhibited locally in Oak Park and nearby Chicago cities, across the United States, as well as internationally including Spain, Paris and Mexico. This exhibit will be displayed in Mexico, Nicaragua and Lisle, Ill.
To learn about more about Arceo Press, visit www.arceoart.us.
About Ferguson Art Gallery
Bringing the region’s rich diversity of visual art to the Oak Park/River Forest and University communities, Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago showcases the works of established and upcoming Chicago-area artists in five to six exhibits each year, including special events celebrating African-American perspective, Hispanic heritage, women’s history and Chicago history.
The gallery is directed by BettyAnn Mocek, Concordia professor of art and a prominent Chicago artist, educator and arts advocate through her work with the Chicago Coalition of Artists, the Chicago Society of Artists and others.
The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. For more information, visit www.cuchicago.edu/the_arts/visual_art/ferguson_gallery or call 708-209-3013.
About Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based university in the Lutheran tradition. Concordia equips men and women to serve and lead with integrity, creativity, competence and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized church and world. For more information, visit www.cuchicago.edu.