Elmer Sanders: Rediscovery of a Chicago Outsider Artist
May 11 – June 22, 2017
Over 40 works on paper, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan J. Berk to the Koehnline Museum, present exhilarating images by Chicago outsider artist Elmer Sanders. The majority of the works in this collection produced by the artist during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and contains the inscription “Inmate Cook County Jail, Arts and Craft Show, Block E, Tier 3”. Sander’s crayons, markers, and pencils works resemble the artistic qualities of the Chicago Imagists group that started around the same time. They consist of a mixture of surrealism and expressionism, bright neon colors, semi-abstracted elements, and spikey motifs.
Public Reception: Thursday, May 11, 5 - 8 p.m.
The Sedgwick Studio: Sculpting Below the Train Station
July 6 – September 15, 2017
In 1976, a group of Chicago artists purchased the vacant electrical substation below the CTA brown line’s Sedgwick station. The industrial building was turned into a buzzing workshop for sculptors including a fabrication studio, neon lab, and a public exhibition space. Presented are the works of past and current Sedgwick Studio artists including Steven Urry, Jerry Peart, Paul Slepak, Dan Blue, John Adduci, Tom Scarff, Ted Sitting Crow Garner and others.
Public Reception: Thursday, July 6, 5 - 8 p.m.