Throughout the year, we showcase emerging and established artists in curated, juried, and solo exhibitions.
November 3 - December 8, 2017
Lisa Walcott: Doubled Over
My body of work takes on the task of locating and giving form to shapeless sensations like presence, agitation or what it feels like to be full after eating. These attempts will eventually fail because these feelings can never quite be physically manifested. There is, however, often something more desirable in the always- absent compared to the attainable. The attempt to find shape and materiality for these abstract ideas involves collecting, combining, squinting, and meandering forward.
“Doubled over” mostly commonly refers to being bent at the waist due to pain or laughter. This body of work explores this idiom through bowed and folded forms, humor, discomfort, language, reflection and repetition. Some things are overdone. Some things are top heavy. Most of it is bent.
About Lisa Walcott
Lisa Walcott is a Midwest based artist. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook
Academy of Art in 2010, and has since created and exhibited her work nationally including
Land of Tomorrow in Louisville, KY, ACRE Projects in Chicago, IL , The Urban Institute for
Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI and The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East
Lansing, MI. Her work grapples with and makes light of the perils of daily life using kinetic
sculpture, installation, drawing and photography.
Justin Johnson: Elegies of the Past
As war and conflict have continued in the Middle East, social-media has played an integral role in sensationalizing the grotesque. Google search “Sarin Gas Attack,” “Tower at Nimrud,” or “Palmyra” and what you’ll find is too graphic to describe. Antiquity is being destroyed and erased from our collected history as a people. Religious communities and minorities are experiencing the same fate - which is of even greater importance.
This unrest has had a profound impact on Justin Johnson’s motivation to speak as an artist. This series of mixed-media images by Johnson were created in response to these horrific acts against humanity. Johnson is “describing the indescribable,” to eulogize these victims and tragedies through abstraction and visualize his feelings that can not be depicted through the pictorial. The exhibition, Elegies of the Past, will be on view at Artlink Contemporary Gallery from November 3rd through December 8th, 2017.
About Justin Johnson
Justin Johnson is the gallery director for the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts – Fort Wayne, IN (2002-present). He holds both a BA (Fine/Commercial Art) and MA (Studio Art – Drawing) from the University of Saint Francis. He exhibits his work regionally and has had major exhibitions of his works at Wabash College (IN), Defiance College (OH), Adrian College (MI), Grace College (IN), Goshen College (IN), Manchester University (IN), and University of Saint Francis (IN). He also has had his work presented at Artlink Contemporary Gallery (AVA Award Winner, Midwest Regional Award Winner), Castle Gallery Fine Art, Crestwoods Gallery, First Presbyterian Gallery, and the Garrett Museum of Art.His work is represented by Crestwoods Gallery, Roanoke, IN.
January 5 - February 9, 2018
Pictured: Emily Sullivan Smith
Artlink Regional Exhibition
Artlink is pleased to present the return of the Regional Exhibition. This juried exhibition will feature artists from the Midwest states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky working in a variety of artistic mediums. This exhibition will be juried by artist, Danielle Riede.
About the Juror
Danielle Riede grew up in the United States and Iceland. She received her MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and also studied under Daniel Buren at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. Riede is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, the Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Herron School of Art and Design - IUPUI and has exhibited her work worldwide.
February 16 - March 23, 2018
Audrey Mills is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Kalamazoo, MI. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmedia from Western Michigan University.
Mills work revolves around blackness and the African Diaspora through the lens of language, history and societal power structures. Autoethnographic in nature, her studio practice is heavily dependent on research. The finished work is as much an analysis of information as it is an expression of identity.
Elena Smyrniotis received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from the University Notre Dame in 2017. Her recent works explore utopia with specific interest in the representation of history in an urban landscape, the allegorical representation of utopia, and the metaphor of space.
IN LOVE/THIS BODY: Mel Sealy and C. A. Neal
Sponsored by The Gay and Lesbian Dinner Dance
IN/LOVE THIS BODY documents the LGBT+ communities in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2017, Mel Sealy and C. A. Neal became artists-in-residence at Artlink Contemporary Gallery. Throughout the year, the artists conducted interviews with LGBT+ individuals from the Fort Wayne community. Sealy and Neal have illustrated these stories to showcase the lives and queer population in the city and provide a platform for these individuals to share their stories and struggles. “We are passionate about the project because we are gay. I live the same lives as most of these people everyday,” says Sealy. In creating this documentary project, Sealy and Neal hope to open people of all backgrounds to a world they might not have known exists in Fort Wayne.
Mel Sealy is a comic artist from Columbus, Ohio. Sealy is a queer, black woman interested in telling stories that challenge preconceived notions.
C. A. Neal is an editorial illustrator currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. Neal is interested in providing the not-so-tangible a visual form, specifically creating artwork around themes of mental health and sexuality.
March 30 - May 11, 2018
38th National Print Exhibition
Although printing for most of us is often as immediate as Ctrl+P, the tradition of printmaking continues on today. This traditional and often times tedious artform has not faded with the dawn of the digital age, instead printmaking has continued to inspire a new generation of printmakers who seek to augment traditional practices with new techniques. These techniques, rolling out an ink slab for a lithograph or wiping the surface of a copper plate etching with the palm of the hand, become ingrained in each artist. This exhibition, in its 38th year, will feature contemporary printmakers working in all printmaking mediums, including intaglio, lithographs, relief, screenprints, monoprints, letterpress, artist books, digital prints and print installations. This year, we are honored to have Liz Maugans, printmaker and co-founder of Zygote Press, as the juror of this exhibition.
About the Juror
Liz Maugans received her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As an advocate for artists and the visual arts, Maugans has served as a consultant for many organizations and art business start-ups. She is the co-founder of the Collective Arts Network, a quarterly journal and arts network that works to promote Northeast Ohio artists and organizations to a greater audience through a quarterly journal and collective events. Maugans’ work is included in the Progressive Art Collection, BF Goodrich (Charlotte, N.C.) and The Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, (Columbus, OH) collections. She received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2000 and a 2005 Artist-in-Communities Grant. She was honored, along with her Zygote co-founder, the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service from the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.