Concordia Experience

2017-2018 Ferguson Art Gallery Exhibition Season

2017-2018 Season

Let the Books Tell the Story

July 24 – November 5
Reception & Talk: Sunday, October 8, 2-3 p.m.

In Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the Ferguson Art Gallery hosts “Let the Books Tell the Story.” Facsimiles of J.S. Bach’s Bible pages and rare Reformation book pages. Areas of interest will include biblical studies, fine arts, education and theology. A special reception will be held in the Ferguson Art Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 2-3 p.m. University Pastor, Rev. Dr. Jeff Leininger, will speak about this special exhibition in the gallery and direct visitors to the original artifacts on view this same date through 6 p.m. A special Reformation themed performance of music by Bach will be performed by faculty, staff and friends of CUC’s Music Department in the Chapel of Our Lord from 3-6 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend all or parts of the event from 2-6 p.m.


Guatemalan Sojourn

November 12 – December 15, 2017
Reception: November 12, 2-4 p.m.; Artist's Talk in the Gallery at 3 p.m.
Gouache and ink on paper works by Nick Bridge

The pictures represent the artist’s encounter with Guatemala. People from all over the world have discovered, the ancient colonial town of Antigua is a fascinating mix of ancient cobblestone streets, Catholic churches partially in ruins because of earthquakes and a strong Mayan presence. Early encounters with Antigua were in the weeks just prior to Easter, when the town is given over to a boisterous celebration of “Semana Santa.” For an artist, the primary challenge is to be avoid the tritely picturesque in this often depicted environment.


Unfolding Secrets

January 8 – February 17, 2018
A Collection of Abstract Oil Paintings by Claudia Craemer

These works are about unfolding secrets through paint, searching for clues before the canvas; the act of discovering how the forms might arrange themselves to symbolize the process of the artist knowing something she may not have known before. It's also about intuition and an organic response to light, space and movement.

Artist Statement by Claudia Craemer (pdf)


February 26 – March 18, 2018
Concordia University Chicago Student Art & Graduating Art Minors' Show

View a special faculty-selected array of two- and three-dimensional art works created in spring and fall 2017 and spring 2018 art classes. A highlight of this exhibition is a designated area in the gallery celebrating the works of students graduating with a minor in art or graphic arts in the spring of 2018.

Reception: Tuesday, February 27, 4 – 5:30 p.m.


March 26 – May 5, 2018
Concordia University Chicago Graduating Senior Art Show

Graduating art majors in the areas of studio art, graphic arts, pre-art therapy and art education exhibit a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional works of art. Over 60+ works will be highlighted. Come meet these budding stars and get inspired by their creativity and passion.

Reception: Saturday, April 21, 2 – 4 p.m.


Summer 2018
Concordia University Chicago Art Faculty and Student Works

An informal summer art show featuring an eclectic sampling of works created in a variety of media produced by past and present art students. All student works were created in art classes at the University. Art faculty join in the fun by showing some of their recent works alongside their talented students. Come, check out what makes Concordia University Chicago’s Art Department so special.