Gallery exhibit celebrates Women's History Month
Addressing the relationship between humans and robots through art, Concordia University Chicago’s Ferguson Art Gallery brings the fiber and mixed media works of artist Kathy Weaver to River Forest.
“Dispatch from the Future” will be exhibited Feb. 27-March 25 at the Ferguson Art Gallery. An artist’s reception will be held March 18 from 2-4 p.m. at the gallery, in Kretzmann Hall on Concordia’s campus, 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. Free, handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off of Bonnie Brae Street.
From early childhood, Weaver has been interested in the beneficial use of science and technology. She was raised with a father who was involved in electronics manufacturing. As a young adult, Weaver worked in the computer programming field.
“Almost 15 years ago, I started exploring robots as subject matter to question the status quo, examine the environment and challenge the industrial-military complex,” said Kathy Weaver. “The common thread in much of my work is my use of soft, nurturing materials, often with intensive hand embroidery and stitching to explore the social implications of science and technology.”
Weaver’s work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Her work is currently on display, including “Crossing lines” in New York and “Wounded in Action” now traveling from Chicago to Colorado. Recently, she received an Illinois Arts Council Grant in 2012. Weaver has repeat residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and at The Hambidge Center.
A resident of Highland Park, Weaver was trained at the University of Cincinnati and received her master of arts in painting and art history from Bowling Green University. She received a fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada and studied batiking at the Narong Studios, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
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.
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