MEET Our Judges! Thanks, Juror Panel!
So...you want to learn more about the four talented jurors that so kindly served on our ArtRageous panel? Well here's some more info on each of them!
My work can be described as having a unique perspective on everyday life. I try to capture people, architecture, and landscapes in a way that is original yet identifiable. I try not to limit myself to one subject in case I see something ‘different’ that I think would make a strong painting. I do, however, have specific themes in my work, whether they are architectural cityscapes, people interacting in their environment, or natural still life’s. I use color schemes, compositions and social commentary to produce striking paintings.
As an artist, I look for light and how it reflects on architecture and nature. Compositionally there needs to be a strong sense of perspective and a few objects that frame or move the eye around the image. I am drawn to architecture and its interaction with nature, as well as the effects that nature has on man-made objects. I try to represent locations from an original perspective. Over the past five years, I have started to use my painting as a medium for social commentary. I want the viewer to spend time asking questions about why I did certain things with each piece.
My new gallery is located in a great part of Lincoln Park. It’s very close to the park and lake, plus it’s on a great street with a mix of commercial spaces and residential homes. I am very excited to take this big step in my career as I realized the exposure to everyone in Chicago is what my business needs. I have successfully built my career as an artist over the years with steady sales, corporate collections, gallery representation, etc. Now it is time to make sure everyone knows about it. I have something for everyone, please, come take a look.
Laura is Associate Director of the DePaul Art Museum, where she has held this position for over a decade. She has been a museum professional for the past 15 years. Fatemi has curated numerous exhibitions over the past several years; her most commended was Iran Inside Out and she is working on a climate change focused exhibition for next year. She is a practicing artist and holds an MFA from Kansas State University and has attended the Kansas City Art Institute.
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, from 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. From the redesigning of habits for Dominican order of nuns in the Midwest to covers and editorial clothing for Playboy Magazine, her eye to detail and shape defines her as a designer. 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, Reynders 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. She has additionally 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 design and sewing skills.
Currently a Professor Emeritus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Reynders 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, Reynders 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.
M.A. was born in Hinsdale Illinois. She received her MFA 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.