Sculpting a Chicago Artist: Richard Hunt and his Teachers Nelli Bar and Egon Weiner
July 12 – September 14, 2018
Richard Hunt developed his talent in the 1950s at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with the guidance of two dynamic teachers—Nelli Bar and Egon Weiner. Bar and Weiner were both of a generation of artists who fled Europe after the rise of the Nazi regime and made Chicago their new home for their artistic ambitions. Both received their education in European academies under prominent teachers during the 1920s. Bar taught Hunt during his adolescence, and Egon Weiner was his college professor. Bar continued to make an impact on Hunt beyond his schooling as he recalls: “She has influenced me as a person over our 30-year relationship.” Hunt also remembered Weiner for “his exuberance and nurturing manner, and for being a bundle of energy.” This energy influenced and inspired his student. Hunt’s mastery developed so rapidly that the Museum of Modern Art purchased one of his sculptures in 1957 just after his graduation and eventually, he evolved into one of the most prominent Chicago sculptors and an international master. This exhibition is part of Art Design Chicago led and funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Public Reception: Thursday, July 12, 5 - 8 p.m.
Nevertheless She Persisted: Women of Courage, Tenacity, and Strength
A Juried Exhibition of Art by Women
September 27 - October 19, 2018
A tradition at the Koehnline is its annual collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies program to bear witness to the many creative women sharing their unique visions in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Nevertheless She Persisted focuses on the reserves of strength and resilience women display. We see it in the courage of women in emerging grassroots movements such as #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, the National Women’s Marches, the LGBTQIA+ and international human rights movements, and the remarkable young leaders of the Parkland survivors. It rises in the determination of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Dolores Huerta, Elizabeth Warren, and countless others trying to break the glass ceiling in U.S. government and politics.
Public Reception: Thursday, September 27, 5 - 8 p.m.
November 1 – 21, 2018
Oakton’s Art Department faculty members demonstrate their unique artistic identities in a show that features paintings, photography, ceramics, and digital art.
Public Reception: Thursday, November 1, 5 - 8 p.m.