Document: Life Pop-Up Exhibition
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Document: Life Pop-Up Exhibition

You're invited to the Document: Life Pop-Up Exhibition on Saturday, December 13th from 6-8pm. 

Document: Life is a mini documentary series featuring 10 Ivy Tech Community College students from Rachel Von's PHOT214 photojournalism class. The students' documentary topics range from what it takes to put on a major concert, the life of a drag queen, the struggles and triumph of being a make-up artist, the everyday life of an Indiana woman, and many more. The students were required to come up with their own ideas, photograph their subjects several times, while receiving guidance from their instructor. This group of photojournalism students have taken their projects to the next level by showing the life, struggles, and successes of their subjects through creative composition, lighting, and framing. 

This exhibition will also be on view during The Art Market: Winter Edition on Saturday, December 15th.

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The Art Market: Winter Edition
Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

The Art Market: Winter Edition

Join us for The Art Market: Winter Edition on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 11am - 6pm at Artlink Contemporary Gallery! Thank you to our sponsor, The FIND.

The Art Market is a curated marketplace featuring the best in contemporary craft and handmade goods. Our market strives to bring the highest quality handmade goods to the people of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pick up all of your last minute holiday gifts, stocking stuffs, and of course treats for yourself! The Art Market: Winter Edition will feature 18 regional artisans. 

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Art21 Screening: San Francisco Bay Area
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Art21 Screening: San Francisco Bay Area

You're invited to a free screening of Art21 at Artlink on Wednesday, December 19th at 7pm. This is a collaboration between Artlink and Wunderkammer Company. Attend the first screening at Wunderkammer Company on Wednesday, December 12th at 7pm

We will show the third and final episode from Season 9, San Francisco Bay Area featuring artists Stephanie Syjuco, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Katy Grannan, and the Creative Growth Art Center.

A longtime home for political progressives and technological pioneers, the San Francisco Bay Area is a magnet for artists who are drawn to its experimental atmosphere, countercultural spirit, and history of innovation. In addition to presenting three artists working across photography, installation, and new media, this episode features a nonprofit art center, spotlighting multiple artists with physical and cognitive disabilities who work in a range of mediums. The artists in this hour are united by their steadfastness and persistence in creating; their art serves as an essential expression of their experience of the world.

This event is produced in collaboration with Art21, a nonprofit global leader in art education, producing preeminent films on today’s leading visual artists and education programs that inspire creativity worldwide.

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Opening Reception: Regional Exhibition
Jan
4
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Regional Exhibition

You’re invited to the opening reception of Artlink's Regional Exhibition. The Regional features artists from around the Midwest states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky, showcasing the rich artistic talent found in the region. Artists of all mediums, backgrounds, and concepts are joined together for a rich exhibition of compelling works of art. 

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Opening Reception Mother Sea, Haha naru umi: Sayaka Ganz and Trace Evidence: Claudia Berlinski
Feb
22
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception Mother Sea, Haha naru umi: Sayaka Ganz and Trace Evidence: Claudia Berlinski

Join us for the opening reception of Mother Sea, Haha naru umi: Sayaka Ganz and Trace Evidence: Claudia Berlinski on Friday, Februrary 22 5-8pm. On view until March 22, 2019

Using reclaimed metal and plastic objects, Sayaka’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. She describes her style as “3D impressionism”, creating an illusion of solid form using plastic objects as brush strokes that become visible upon observation from close proximity. Her recent exhibitions include: “Danze Della Natura” – solo exhibition at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, and “Metamorphosis” – temporary installation at the Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. Her recent commissions include a series of marine life sculptures for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and a permanent installation of an underwater scene featuring whales and turtles in the lobby of Cimer Spa at the Paradise Resort in Incheon, Korea.

Utilizing photography, Berlinski’s work examines the fugitive nature of personal history and memory. She describes her photographic process through a personal, and global, obsession to record things visually. The imagery used in her works emphasize the importance of the mundane in everyday life, as she documents spending her time traveling, visiting, hiking, working, and being at home. Her recent works involve disrupting the surface of each piece to push the boundary of how much of an image must be recognizable to unleash a forgotten event or encounter. Berlinski also utilizes the disruption of appearance to reinforce the notion that time and emotion alter the accuracy of memories.



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Opening Reception: 39th National Print Exhibition
Mar
29
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: 39th National Print Exhibition

For 39 years, Artlink has showcased the best in contemporary printmedia from around the nation. Although printing for most of us is often as immediate as Ctrl+P, the tradition of hand-pulled prints continues on today. This exhibition seeks to highlight this traditional, laborious, and oftentimes tedious, art form. Please join us at the opening reception Friday, March 29th from 5-8pm. As printmedia moves into a new era, we look forward to highlighting future generations of printmakers using the medium to share their voice.

This juried exhibition features contemporary printmakers across the nation working in all printmaking mediums, including intaglio, lithographs, relief, screenprints, monoprints, letterpress, artist books, digital prints and print installations. This exhibition will be on view until May 3, 2019.


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The Art Market: Spring Edition
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

The Art Market: Spring Edition

Join us for The Art Market: Spring Edition on Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 11am - 5pm at Artlink Contemporary Gallery! 

The Art Market is a curated marketplace featuring the best in contemporary craft and handmade goods. Our market strives to bring the highest quality handmade goods to the people of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

On this Mother's Day, celebrate your mom with a day of shopping small and local. Spruce up your home for spring with one of a kind items from 18 regional artisans!

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Opening Reception: The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed Curated by Steve Shelby, and Emily Sullivan Smith
May
17
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed Curated by Steve Shelby, and Emily Sullivan Smith

You are invited to the opening reception of The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed Curated by Steve Shelby, and a solo exhibition by Emily Sullivan Smith on Friday, May 17, from 5-8pm. These exhibitions will be on view until June 21, 2019. The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed will highlight the best of contemporary three-dimensional metal art from around the world. This exhibition features a diverse group of artists, ranging from emerging or self-taught to college professors and silversmithing professionals. Many of the artists teach their craft as freelancer, around the country and parts of the world, in their own facilities, or in colleges or universities. Some primarily design and make jewelry while some come from blacksmithing, welding, or auto body backgrounds. Two of the artists featured, Betty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid, have written the definitive book on contemporary metalsmithing, Creative Metal Forming.

This exhibition explores metalsmithing in the cold forming of metal from flat sheet (or ingot) into three dimensional form, using hammer and various other tools (not to be confused with blacksmithing, which is the hot forming of iron and steel). The functional objects that used to be handmade by metalsmiths are now mass-produced, evolving the craft over time into a vehicle for artistic expression.

Sullivan Smith’s work focuses on the global debate concerning the planet and the role each of our lives, choices, conveniences and privileges play. Each work investigates the tenuous balance between humans and nature through the perceived abundance of natural resources declining at the hand of humankind or the impact of daily conveniences on nature. Sullivan Smith examines the push and pull between the capacity of humans to control or shift the environment with the potential for unintended consequences. The works find their impetus from appropriated cultural sources, be they historical photographs, or news of recourse decline. A quote from noted naturalist, John Muir, is ever-present in the work “When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world”.



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Opening Reception: 41st Annual Members’ Showcase
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: 41st Annual Members’ Showcase

Artlink is pleased to present the 41st Annual Members’ Showcase, celebrating the individual artists that help make Artlink possible through their continual member support of the organization for over forty years. This exhibition features artists working in all mediums at all stages of their artistic careers. The Members’ Showcase provides immediate access to a gallery exhibition for our artist members. Please join us at our opening reception on Friday, June 28 from 5-8pm. This exhibition will be on view through August 2, 2019.


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Opening Reception: On Being: Realism and The BGSU School of Art Painting and Drawing Program Curated by Brandon Briggs and Dennis Wojtkiewicz
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: On Being: Realism and The BGSU School of Art Painting and Drawing Program Curated by Brandon Briggs and Dennis Wojtkiewicz

You are invited to the opening reception of On Being: Realism and The BGSU School of Art Painting and Drawing Program, curated by Brandon Briggs and Dennis Wojtkiewicz on Friday, August 9, 5-8pm. This exhibition is on view until September 13, 2019. Realism, like nature, persists. All visual art is based in the observed. Nature and perception are the minimally required precepts if one is to “make art”. On a grander scale, realism is fugitive, with the maker towing an ever confusing line between control and chaos not dissimilar from the lines walked by the abstract expressionists of the mid 20th century or even that of contemporary painters of all “isms” attempting to organize the natural world into a cohesive statement on a surface.

With realism the natural world is directly coded into the dramatic narrative of the work, and in nuanced ways abstraction is coded into the unfolding of the painted image. Each of the artists are keenly aware of both their surroundings as subject as well as the nuanced efforts that make for interesting marriages of form and content contained naturally in the painted or drawn surfaces as an expression of both intention and improvisation. Formulas, in other words, will never do. Each of these artists is attempting to make realism new, a way to discover the purposes of the image. What is the place in our mechanized, mass-produced, digital world for such hand-crafted, one of a kind, fiercely analog work. Unlike televisual media (film, television, and social media/net-channel) realism has remained relatively quiet. All of the artists represented seek to find balance inside of the quiet place that realism occupies while acknowledging its historical, social, political, and cultural contexts.


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Opening Reception: Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington

Please join us at the opening reception of Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington on Friday, September 20 from 5-8pm. This exhibition will be on view until October 25, 2019.

By embodying forms in the likeness of whales, bison and elephants (animals that we keep our distance from because of their physical power and intimidating size), Cooper Pennington’s large-scale sculptures immediately trigger curiosity and wariness. Her ‘Beasts’ are, however, frequently soft and touchable, placed in precarious positions or engaged in a struggle with an opposing force, consequently probing the viewer’s capacity for empathy. The visceral materials by which Cooper Pennington constructs her work range from ceramic and steel to fur and wood. She uses her knowledge of human anatomy to anthropomorphize the beast - incorporating human signifiers that make the imagined creatures feel knowable.

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Art21 Screening: Berlin
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Art21 Screening: Berlin

You're invited to a free screening of Art21 at Wunderkammer Company on Wednesday, December 12th at 7pm. This is a collaboration between Artlink and Wunderkammer Company. Attend the second screening at Artlink on Wednesday, December 19th at 7pm.

We will show the first episode from Season 9, Berlin, featuring artists Olafur Eliasson, Susan Philipsz, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, and Hiwa K. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

A city still in the midst of a post–Cold War cultural and economic rebirth, since the 1990s Berlin has become a haven for artists from all over the world—a free zone where experimentation, individual expression, and international influences converge. From creating large-scale public projects to intimately personal ones, the artists in this episode demonstrate the diversity of practice and sensibilities in the German capital, expose its complicated history of war and migration, and convey hopes for finding systems that foster a better tomorrow.

This event is produced in collaboration with Art21, a nonprofit global leader in art education, producing preeminent films on today’s leading visual artists and education programs that inspire creativity worldwide.

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