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Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare 'As They Like It'


Contemporary Chicago artists will interpret the work of The Bard across a range of artistic mediums in "Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespears As They Like It." The new exhibit will take place through January 4, 2013, at the Ferguson Gallery at Concordia University Chicago.

“Ophelia’s Dream – 8 Hours, 2 Models” by Eleanor Spiess-Ferris

“Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare As They Like It” contains works by 22 established Chicago area artists in almost all media and a wide range of styles, demonstrating that the poetry and magic of Shakespeare’s great works continue to remain relevant to artists of today. The exhibition is not only meant for Shakespeare lovers, it is also designed to inspire those unfamiliar with the writer to discover his works.

The exhibition is a smaller version of the original exhibition of 39 artists shown at the Beverly Arts Center, which included paintings, drawings, prints, fabric, ceramic, and sculpture in various media. Betty Ann Mocek, Gallery Director of Ferguson Art Gallery, selected the works for this exhibit from the original as ones that would particularly pique the interest of the university community. Some of the works are highly realistic depictions of Shakespeare’s themes, some illustrative and fanciful, others semi-abstract.

“Light Being Speaking in Tongues,” by Mario Castillo    “Arden Camouflage” by Charlotte Segal

Initially curated by artist Anne Farley Gaines with the help of artists and assistant curators Robert Kameczura and Maureen Warren, this exhibit includes art devoted to portraying Shakespeare’s most noted soliloquies, scenes, poetry, and characters. The exhibiting artists at Concordia-Chicago are:, Mario Castillo, Laura Coyle, Michael Ferris, Jonathan Franklin, Anne Farley Gaines, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Fletcher Hayes, Robert Kameczura, Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Richard Laurent, Diane Levesque, James Mesple, Geoffrey Novelli, Christine O’Connor, Charlotte Segal, Steven Sherrell, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Frank Tumino, MaureenWarren, Marzena Ziejka and Jill Zylke.

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. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 708-209-3013.

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