Throughout the year, we showcase emerging and established artists in curated, juried, and solo exhibitions.
February 16 - March 23, 2018
Art Champions: Kathy Bock, Ron and Joni Dick, Kay Safirstein and Vaun Smith.
Text(URE): Audrey Mills
Conceptualizing print as archive and trapping for the spectral image, Text(ure) explores language as a tool to catch and materialize the black body.
Audrey Mills is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Kalamazoo, MI. She recently received 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.
Horizons of Utopia: Elena Smyrniotis
Horizons of Utopia focuses on three major schemes: the representation of history in an urban landscape, the allegorical representation of utopia, and the metaphor of space. The work reflects humanity’s desire for a better world and attempts to visualize utopia and its counterpart dystopia through contemplations of the utopian landscape, with a particular focus on topography and cartography.
Elena Smyrniotis received her Master’s of Fine Art in Printmaking and Drawing from the University Notre Dame in 2017. Smyrniotis currently resides in Fort Wayne, IN, and teaches at the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts.
IN LOVE/THIS BODY: Mel Sealy and C. A. Neal
Sponsored by The Dinner Dance with additional support from the Puffin Foundation
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
Art Champions: Suzanne Galazka and Dick and Mary Lu.
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.
May 18 - June 22, 2018
Heather Parrish received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Notre Dame, and BA in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work is concerned with the complex experience of embodiment and the interconnectedness of inhabitant and environment. Through video projection, installation, printmaking, experimental photography and animations, she explores the porous boundaries between interior and exterior, rational and emotional, and past and present. The materials she uses reference veils, skin, layers, and screens, all of which evoke access and containment.
Parrish has exhibited work, given lectures, and taught workshops in the United States and abroad. She worked as a professional printmaker at Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas, and was a mentor at The Contemporary Austin museum. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Printmaking at University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She will be taking a position as Assistant Professor of Printmaking at University of Iowa, Iowa City, in the Fall of 2018.
Amanda Lilleston is a visual artist living in Maine. Her work depicts a long and evolving relationship with human anatomy, physiology and ecology. Using drawing, carving, and printing, Lilleston transforms imagery of the body into adapting forms and structures. She received her MFA from University of Michigan and a BA in biology from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. She shows her prints nationally and internationally. She has exhibited her work at the International Triennial Colour in Graphic Arts in Torún, Poland; Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial; The Atlanta Print Biennial; Annual National Print Exhibitions at Artlink Contemporary Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana; The Detroit Artist Market; The Alden B. Dow Museum in Midland, Michigan; The Printmaking Center of New Jersey; Portal Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Ice Box Gallery in Philadelphia. She currently resides in Maine, and teaches printmaking at Colby College.
Cinema Center's Remake
Remake is an annual fundraiser for Cinema Center that pulls from the tradition of movie poster making. Movie posters are unique to the industry in size and format, and Remake honors that tradition with a different theme each year. For its fourth year, local and regional artists will remake a movie poster of their favorite directorial work of David Lynch. The show will open on May 18 to coincide with the Preview Party for Cinema Center's Hobnobben Film Festival. Framed posters will be up for silent auction with loose posters available as well.
Fort Wayne Cinema Center, a not-for-profit cultural organization, is dedicated to bringing the best of independent, foreign, documentary, classic, and specialty films that otherwise might not be shown in northeast Indiana, through a variety of films, special events, educational programs, and community outreach.