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"Paintings of Daily Observations" exhibit by Robert J. Johnson opens Jan. 14


The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents “Paintings of Daily Observations,” an exhibit of figures, still lifes and landscapes by Chicago artist Robert J. Johnson. The free, public exhibition will be on display from Jan. 14 to Feb. 23.

“I chose to represent the figures in their confined setting; the room, the water, the restaurant or the bar,” says Johnson. “The still life paintings are of subjects brought into our house by my wife or daughters. I see them at different times of the day so the light changes, and then I know—that’s a painting. The landscapes are subjects I see every day from my walk, a drive or a trip downtown. Each subject changes as I work on it.” Johnson will also exhibit paintings in various stages of completion, in order to show his process.

A reception with the artist will be held in the gallery on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 2-4 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Johnson taught art in Chicago Public Schools for 30 years, and then was director of the Bureau of Art, Chicago Public Schools until his retirement 26 years ago. As a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Johnson says, “I would spend hours driving around looking for a perfect setting to paint. As I matured I realized I was passing it all by, not realizing everything we see can be a painting. I started to ask myself questions about the subject. These questions led me into new directions and each painting became a problem-solving joyous adventure.”

The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. The gallery is directed by BettyAnn Mocek, professor of art at CUC and prominent Chicago artist, educator and arts advocate. 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, visit or call 708-209-3013.