Throughout the year, we showcase emerging and established artists in curated, juried, and solo exhibitions.
September 22 - October 27, 2017
Where Shall We Now Roam
Curated by Julie Wall and Daniel Dienelt
We have always used nature as an inspiration for each of our work. After co-curating Dirt in Our Hands at Jennifer Ford Gallery in 2016 we were anxious to gather another group of artists together for a similar show. The question Where Shall We Now Roam is something we began to ask ourselves. Areas become more and more populated and polluted pushing the more natural environment outward while other once densely populated urban cities become taken over by nature again. Watching the way our environment is always having to adapt and change to fit our needs is something that is both fascinating and humbling. We are exploring the science and implications behind the social and biological changes our environment is currently facing in addition to our present global state. This is a broad topic that all comes back to the question Where Shall We Now Roam?
-Daniel Dienelt & Julie Wall
This exhibition will feature Ethan Ross, Erik Howard, Karla Yauchler, Andrew Dubach, Heather Miller, Anna Buckner, Erin Patton, Amanda Joseph, Eric Stine, David Birkey, Marie Gardeski, and Derek Decker.
Jason A. Mowry: The Fox and The Man at the Door
An illustrated collection of Aesop’s Fables
Inspired by the stories he reads, and the people and times that surround him, Jason's work blends myth and personal narrative to speak to the larger collective narrative. Jason grew up between the art museums and comic book shops, combining the rhythms of each to walk the line between formal art and the fantastic. Having attended The Columbus College of Art and Design, Jason calls Ohio home where he keeps a studio, his stacks of books, and a rich circle of friends and family.
Steve Shelby: Soft Forms in Hard Metal
Steve Shelby has been working with metal since the early 1970’s. Shelby received an art degree with a concentration in jewelry and metalsmithing from Ball State University. All of his art is three-dimensional, hammered out from flat sheet. The beautiful forms, inspired mostly from nature, take precedence over everything else, and surface adornment and fine detail is kept to a minimum. Shelby does his work in an unassuming little wooden building out in the country near South Whitley, Indiana, where he can work undisturbed, and there are no neighbors close enough to be disturbed by the noise of his hammering. Although he has done some production work, he prefers making one-of- a-kind pieces, always pushing himself to explore new creative territory.
November 3 - December 8, 2017
Lisa Walcott: Doubled Over
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
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.