Showcasing the rich diversity of visual art.

The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago features the works of established and up-and-coming Chicago-area artists throughout the year, including special events celebrating African-American perspective, Hispanic heritage, women’s history and Chicago Artists’ Month.

The Current Season


Peggy Macnamara: Lichens, Tiny Science and other Paintings from the Field Museum

by Peggy Macnamara

March 18 - May 4, 2024

Reception: Sun., Apr. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.; Artist Talk at 3 p.m.

Blending art with science, watercolor wildlife paintings embrace the life of lichens, track patterns of bird and insect migrations and investigate the inhabitants of marine ecosystems.

Macnamara has traveled all over the world with scientists to paint nature and illustrate conservation efforts. Currently serving as the only Artist-in-Residence at the Field Museum since 1990, she has published several books in collaboration with scientists.

Occupying Frames: Simplicity and Spaces

by Angela Green and Jim Gabbard

October 8 - November 11, 2023

Reception: Sun., Oct. 22, 2 – 4 p.m.; Artist Talk at 3 p.m.

Using photography combined with poetry, Green and Gabbard capture moments of pure beauty punctuated by sights, sounds, and spaces. Selected images are from their books Simplicity and Spaces.

Angela Green is Gallery Coordinator/Curator of the Garrett Museum of Art and 3rd Floor Gallery in the Union League Club of Chicago. Jim Gabbard is a Photography Instructor at Purdue University and Director of the Garrett Museum of Art.

Alumni & Student Exhibition

by Art Students and Alumni

August 28 – October 1, 2023

Reception: Sun., Sept. 10, 2-4 p.m.; Alumni Artist Talk at 3 p.m.

View an elective array of art from five inspirational art alumni (Molly Miklosz BA ’19, April Payton Parviz BA ’11, Christian Rasmussen BA ’18, Cheryl Vargas BA ’18 and Meghan Vasseur BA ’16) and current students enrolled in CUC art classes.

Prior Season


Senior Capstone Exhibition

by Allyson Buzzard, Holly Hanrahan, Franchesca Heidenreich, Adrian Hernandez, Crystal Iniguez, Hope Lewis, Grace Miller, Sebastian Roman, Tony Rossi, Angelica Vasko, and Anna Zarow

March 13–May 5, 2023

Studio art, graphic design, pre-art therapy and art education students exhibit exemplary works of art that span their studies at Concordia University Chicago. Stop by to congratulate and potentially collect art created by our soon-to-be alumni.

A special thank you to Blick Art Materials and Chicago Society of Artists for your support.

Pushing Back the Sea

by Mary Porterfield

Jan. 9 – Feb. 25, 2023

Mary Porterfield’s life-size, figurative drawings are inspired by her mother's struggle to care for her father during his battle with Parkinsonism. By sharing her parents' story, she hopes to uplift those that serve as caretakers.

Porterfield is an occupational therapist and adjunct instructor of art at Northeastern Illinois University.

Unseen Data

by Mark Swain

Aug. 22 – Oct. 18, 2022

Reception: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2 – 4 p.m., Artist’s Talk at 3 p.m.

Using oil on concrete, Mark Swain’s tactile, luminescent paintings reveal representational landscapes that portray the play of light on a variety of surfaces. He is a Professor of Art at Lewis University and teaches primarily drawing and painting.

The gallery is directed by CUC Arts Division chair, professor of art, artist and arts advocate, Nikkole Huss, M.F.A. If you are interested in more information about an artist’s work or a particular exhibition, please contact her at

If you are an established artist interested in exhibiting, please send a show proposal: 20 sample images (JPG format via digital image sharing), image inventory (title, media, dimensions, date), resume, exhibition history and artist’s statement to Nikkole Huss.

Please note, exhibitions are scheduled up to two years in advance.


Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


The Ferguson Art Gallery is located at Concordia University Chicago in Kretzmann Hall, just off Bonnie Brae and Thomas Streets. Bonnie Brae is one block west of Harlem Ave. Free parking is located in the parking structure on Bonnie Brae.

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