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Open Studio: Midwest Jewish Artists Lab

Open Studio: Midwest Jewish Artists Lab

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The process of creating art involves technical skill, inspiration, and of course lots of hard work. Guests were able to see the creative process in action during an open studio event with members of the inaugural Chicago cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab.

Guests also had the opportunity to talk to the participating artists and gain an insider's view into the creative process and see informal demonstrations of bookbinding, painting, weaving, woodblock printing, and other art forms.

This program took place in conjunction with Voices of Wisdom, a showcase of new works created in conjunction with the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab, an initiative through which Spertus brought together twelve distinguished artists for conversation, critiques, and community-building.

The artists were provided opportunities to study art from the Spertus collections, as well as learn from historians, art scholars, and experts in a range of related fields. During the course of the year-long program, each participant was charged with creating an artwork or series around the theme of wisdom.

Voices of Wisdom is on view in the Ground Level Arts Lab through March 19, 2017.

Main Image

Detail from Dog and Cat, 2014, by Jonathan Franklin.

Participating Artists 2016

Sylvia Alotta of Berwyn
Gabriella Boros of Skokie
Melanie Dankowicz of Champaign
Susan Dickman of Evanston
Berit Engen of Oak Park 
Jonathan Franklin of Oak Park
Ellen Holtzblatt of Chicago
Judith Joseph of Northbrook
Stephen Levin of Riverwoods
Carol Neiger of Glenview
Dimitri Pavlotsky of Chicago
Amy Reichert of Evanston

See a slideshow of artworks
featured in this exhibit.