Fiber Art


Our region is defined by rivers – the Missouri, the Illinois, and the Mississippi. Rivers flood and recede. Change course. Give life – and take it away. The Mississippi River is third largest watershed in the world and one of the world’s busiest rivers. Every day we notice the beauty and might of our rivers. Or do we?

“To see Water’s trail is to experience a revelation. Through watershed we see our connection to the Mississippi River in a very real way,” says Libby Reuter, artist and environmentalist. She and photographer Josh Rowan, created the body of work for WATERSHED CAIRNS by trekking to specific locations to build and then photograph fragile glass constructions (cairns) to mark the landscape where water makes its unseen journey at creeks and storm sewers in neighborhoods. »Read more...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: 
Friday, April 22, 2016 - Thursday, May 12, 2016
Free and Open to the Public
Libby Reuter and Sun Smith-Foret

Elements of Abstraction: All Media Exhibition

Artwork from Elements of Abstraction
Artwork from Elements of Abstraction

Elements of Abstraction

Opening Reception: November 20, 2015

Exhibition Dates: November 20, 2015 - January 2, 2016

Gallery Talk: December 9, 7pm

Elements of Abstraction: An all-media juried exhibition seeking work that uses the elements of art; line, shape, form, space, texture, value, and or color as a main component of the final product. The work may be abstracted from actual place, object or person to nonobjective work.


Claire Ashley works as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Contemporary Practices, Drawing and Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work inhabits the liminal space between painting, sculpture, and performance. She mines the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor, and pop art to transform mundane industrial materials into inflatable painted sculptures and performative props. »Read more...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: 
Friday, November 20, 2015 - Saturday, January 2, 2016
Call For Art Entry Fee: Members — $24 for up to three pieces, Non-Members—Up to three pieces for $35. You will pay $24/$35 total regardless of the number of pieces you submit — one, two, or three pieces.
Claire Ashley
Submissions Due: 
October 9, 2015

Contemporary Textiles and the Art of Stitchery

Fiber art piece by Suzy Farren
Fiber art piece by Rena Wood
Fiber art piece by Barbara Simon

This exhibit will highlight the use of stitchery in contemporary textile art. Eight artists have been selected to demonstrate the versatility of textiles and stitchery: Kacey Crowdery, Erin Vigneau Dimick, Suzy Farren, Sun Smith Foret, Carlene Fullerton, Jean Lopez, Dawn Ottensmeier, Pat Owoc, Barbara Simon, and Rena Wood. The Art of Stitchery will illustrate the creative and challenging possibilities in the use of thread and fabric. Curated by Barbara Simon.

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Exhibition Dates: 
Friday, September 12, 2014 - Sunday, October 26, 2014
Free and Open to the Public
Barbara Simon

Upcycled Bag Coil Baskets

Tuesday, September 17
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Students use plastic grocery sacks to begin a coil basket project. This course covers prepping the plastic bags for use and introduces students to the technique of creating a coil basket. Basket weaving like crochet or knitting takes time. Therefore students may not finish the basket in class. However while they work on their basket, other artistic uses for plastic bags and creating baskets from other types of recyclable material will be discussed. Students furnish plastic grocery bags.

Supplies: Many plastic grocery sacks, good scissors, F-size crochet hook.

Non-Members: $30 Members: $20
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