Meet Our Artrageous Judges!
So...you want to learn more about the talented jurors who so kindly served on our Artrageous panel? We don't blame you; they're fascinating folks. To wit:
Susan Blackman is an expert in the business of art. With an advanced degree in business management and a lifelong passion for art, Susan guides internationally known corporate and institutional clients through the process of art acquisition, installation and management. Since 1986, she has managed five art galleries and owned her own gallery before becoming an art consultant.
As founder and owner of Art Advisory, Ltd., Susan helps corporations enhance their office setting and professional image through carefully selected, well-placed art that fits their unique goals, personality and budget. Services range from in-depth conceptual analysis and space planning to focused art selection process, site-specific commissions, framing, delivery, installation, and inventory and collections management. Susan maintains an extensive worldwide network of artistic connections and field-tested vendors – a network strengthened by the firm’s proven ability to leverage the power of the internet and social media tools. A true art consultant, she does not limit client art selections to her own firm’s inventory. Instead, she represents her client to the art world, and has the worldwide resources in place to procure whatever art the client wants.
Baila Miller began painting in 2000, when she retired from her academic professorship in social work and gerontology. Unlike other artists, she has not been scribbling and drawing since childhood with a repressed yearning to be an artist. Rather, she discovered that her love of color and of nature could be satisfied by explorations in paint and abstract forms and that she loved the activity of painting. She began identifying artists whose work she admired, such as Helen Frankenthaler and Jackson Pollock, and practiced techniques related to their works. In addition, she has taken art classes and private studies to explore a wider variety of approaches. She enjoys the learning process and the challenge of continued explorations in style and themes.
Oh, but we DO go on. Why don't we let her explain her inspiration in her own words?
Most of us live under an assumption that we can control our lives and environment, but random events, accidents, politics, or weather frequently create experiences beyond our control. My art embodies the struggle to resolve the irrepressible consequences of chance events. Using a variety of techniques, such as layering, scraping and brushing paint, I explore color and subtle shape variations. As I work, I am drawn in by the play of paint, texture, rhythm, color, and form. I draw upon my internal images of nature and landscape as inspiration, rather than reference to specific places or events. I try to encompass the looseness and happenstance of nature through the random processes I impose on the painting. My intent is to gain control of the arbitrary in order to create a purposeful mood of contemplation and sense of beauty.
M. A. Papanek-Miller was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, and received her M.F.A. degree in art from the University of Houston, Texas with a dual emphasis in drawing and metals. She is a mixed media artist working primarily with woven and layered images that provoke environmental concerns specifically with animals and regarding water access, use and ownership. These works often incorporate toy-related objects as “actors” in her visual stories.
She has exhibited widely across the country which recently includes solo exhibitions at the Mitchell Museum; Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt Vernon Illinois in 2010 titled “under the influence of ducks”; the Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana in 2009 titled “A Snowman Cares for our Memory of Water”; and at NIU’s Jack Olson Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois in 2008 titled “Looking for Alice; you won’t know who to trust.”
She was one of the recipients of the 2004 State of Minnesota Artist Initiative Grants co-supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and she completed a large commission through the Seattle Arts Commission for the new Federal Justice Center building in Seattle Washington which opened to the public in November 2002. Currently her work is being shown at Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago, and she is a Professor and Chair of the department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University.
Fashion designer Andrea Reynders has maintained a broad engagement with a range of fashion related endeavors in her varied roles as artist, educator, lecturer, curator, fashion consultant, stylist and production designer. Reynders has designed for numerous clothing collections, including her most current line of contemporary women’s coats, skirts and re-purposed garments and men’s shirts under the Andrea Reynders for Studio ALABASTER BLUE label. Her extensive work has ranged from the redesigning of habits for Dominican order of nuns in the Midwest to covers and editorial clothing for Playboy Magazine, and she has lectured at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago on Jackie Kennedy, at the Defsa Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on Fashion and Architecture, and at Archeworks in Chicago on Skin.
Both a curator of and featured artist in exhibitions of fashion art, Andrea has also served as an advisor for a number of publications on fashion for the St. James Press in London and the French publication of the Jean Charles de Castelbajac Album. Additionally, she served as a visiting artist at the Royal College of Art in London, the Department of Design at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Invited to Thembalethu, an HIV-AIDS home-based care center in Mpumalanga, South Africa, she trained poverty-stricken young adults in design and sewing skills.
Currently a Professor Emeritus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Andrea is a board member of the Chicago Fashion Incubator and a board member of the Arts of Fashion Foundation. Previously the Sage Endowed Chair of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a member of the faculty in the Fashion Design Dept. for almost 40 years, she has developed and taught numerous courses in fashion design and construction as well as interdisciplinary courses that cross the boundaries of art and design. Through her leadership of chairing the department for many years she’s been a visionary leading the faculty and students toward growth and change. She led the development of the Graduate program: Fashion Body and Garment.
Twice awarded a residency at the Quimby Colony in Portland, Maine, she focused on a new collection of coats and jackets" Inchoate Coverings (meaning an initial stage of development) and Woolgathering (indulgence in daydreaming). Her modern designs are linear and sculptural. There is depth and poetry in the wrapped and enfolded layers that cherish the body with unrestricted fluidity.
Andrea is currently consulting at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, assisting in the development of a new Fashion Studies program.
Tony Sparrow is a mixed media artist who not only paints on traditional canvas but also uses a wide variety of found objects (such as dumped doors, discarded windows, abandoned furniture, scrapped street signs, etc.) as the base for his works.
He is an entirely self-taught artist, having never attended an art school or received any formal training. His work is often executed in series or set formats as he explores themes through repetition. The majority of his artwork is centered on a unique mash-up of Mexican, Creole and Tribal tones blended with a bit of a linear organic cubist and expressionist styles. His work often has a textured quality as a result of building up of layers from the various mediums he uses (ink, oil, acrylic, custom dyes, etc.) and the various devices he uses to apply the mediums. With each new artistic undertaking, Sparrow makes a point of exploring different and new painting techniques to aesthetically complete and compliment the theme of each project he engages.
From a mural perspective, Sparrow was one of the lead artists on the recent Addison and Avondale Mural and Police Memorial Mural. He has conceived and painted his own murals at locations in Chicago such as the Pulaski Blue Line, Irving Park CTA L Station, Gunnison and Cicero and Kilbourn Park.