Not Knowing-- September 2017
I am curating a show titled Not Knowing at Heaven Gallery September 1st to October 13th.
Featuring work by Claire Ashley, Karen Azarnia, Clarissa Bonet, Robin Dluzen, Dan Devening, Andreas Fischer, Celeste Rapone, Melody Saraniti, Ann Toebbe, and Noah Vaughn
Artist in Residence
I'm an artist in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center until May 2017. Thanks HPAC!
Field Notes Mural-- October 2016
I painted a mural for Field Notes/Coudal Partners in October and they made this very fancy video about it. Thanks, coudal.com
Interview with Kyle Staver for Figure/Ground October 2016
Kyle Staver is one of my painting heroes. It was an honor to interview her for Figure/Ground
New Business-- group show August 2016
I have some paintings in a group show titled, New Business, at the Hyde Park Art Center until October 2016.
Interview with Eleanor Ray on Figure/Ground-- April 2016
My interview with painter Eleanor Ray is now on figureground/org. It was such a pleasure to talk to her about her incredible body of work. You can read the whole thing here:
Conversation with Gina Beavers February 2016
Interview with Matthew Metzger-- December 2015
What is Painting? December 2015
I answered the question, "What is Painting?" for neotericart.com
Thanks Norbert Marszalek!
Sol LeWitt at the Art Institute of Chicago-- Nov. 2015
For the month of November, I will be working on Sol LeWitt's wall drawing #63 at the Art Institute of Chicago. It is on the second floor of the Modern Wing, near the stairs. Come visit me (Monday through Saturday) and we'll have lunch.
Here is a piece I wrote about the experience: Sol LeWitt drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago
Spudnik Press Cooperative 2015 Annual Benefit
September 26th, 2015 6-10pm. Tickets are $15- $250.
A fundraiser for Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL
Spudnik Press will auction off commissioned monoprints by myself and:
Get Tickets Here
Hyde Park Art Center group show-- July 2015
I've got two paintings in a group show titled, "Finding Prospect in Myth." The show opens July 22nd and runs until August 4th. Curated by Natalie Jacobson.
Riverside Arts Center-- May 2015
I will have a solo show at the Riverside Arts Center May 8th to June 13th 2015. The reception will be Friday May 8th from 7 to 9pm.
3 Shows Jan-Feb 2015
I've got a painting in Document, curated by Jessica Cochran, from Jan 16-Feb 26th 2015 at Woman Made Gallery (685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL)
A painting at Single, curated by Maria Dimanshtein, this February at Local Project (11-27 44th Rd. Long Island City, Queens, NY)
And burning a few paintings at Visitation Rites III, curated by Christopher Smith, Valentine's Day at the Franklin (3522 W Franklin Blvd. Chicago, IL)
Hyde Park Art Center-- October 2014
I will have my paintings at the Hyde Park Art Center for the month of October alongside those of Emmett Kerrigan, one of my painting heroes! The show was curated by Melody Saraniti (thanks Melody!)
Opening September 28th – October 31st
Reception: October 9th from 6:00- 8:00 pm.
Muller Meeting Room - 1st floor
5020 S. Cornell Ave. Chicago, IL
Interview with Chicago Gallery News-- July 2014
You can read the whole thing here:
Show at Comfort Station-- July 2014
We were listed in Bad At Sports top 5 weekend picks:
Solo show at Morton College-- June 2014
I'll have some paintings at Morton College in Cicero, IL this summer, June 14th to August 2nd.
Lillstreet Lecture Series-- 2014
I've put together a second year of the Lillstreet Lecture Series. I'm very proud of this year's group! Local emerging and mid-career artists, critics, and curators give 45 minute presentations on their work in the new Lillstreet Loft, located down the street from the art center at 4437 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago IL. This series is free and open to the public.
2014 Lillstreet Artists Lecture Series Contributors
Greta Waller-- January 28th, 2014 7pm
Dmitry Samarov-- February 25th, 2014 7pm
Dana Bassett-- March 25th, 2014 7pm
Matthew Woodward-- April 22nd, 2014 7pm
Nicholas Wylie- May 27th, 2014 7pm
Mindy Rose Schwartz-- June 24th, 2014 7pm
Clarissa Bonet-- July 29th, 2014 7pm
Matthew Groves-- August 26th, 2014 7pm
Nick Rummler-- September 30th, 2014 7pm
Robin Dluzen- October 28th, 2014 7pm
Lillstreet Lecture Series
SLAC in action-- February and March 2014
Paintings in Sweden-- February 2014
SUPERMARKET 2014 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair will be held 14–16 February 2014 on the 3rd and 5th floor of Kulturhuset in central Stockholm.
Come see me and my work:
SUPERMARKET 2014 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair
UIC Alumni Magazine article-- December 2013
Chicago Magazine-- November 2013
A nice mention by Jason Foumberg:
Art on Armitage
12/1–1/1 Gwendolyn Zabicki. With a fondness for stillness that would make the painter Edward Hopper proud, Zabicki captures the unexpected quiet corners of modern life with her oil works. 4125 W Armitage. artonarmitage.com
Chicago Magazine's The 19 Top Exhibits in Chicago Art Galleries This December
Vermont Studio Center-- November 2013
I'm at a month long residency at the Vermont Studio Center. It is worth doing if you are considering it. Getting things done, meeting lovely people.
Vermont Studio Center
Contemporary Romance-- November 2013
En Route-- North Park University, November 2013
I have some paintings in a group show at The Carlson Tower Gallery at North Park University.
The exhibition opens on Wednesday, November 6
and closes Wednesday, November 27.
The reception will be on the closing date, November 27th.
Isolated Incidents- October 12th 2013
I will be in a group show, Isolated Incidents, at Chapel Projects in Logan Square. The opening is Saturday, October 12th from 5 to 8pm. Artists include Karen Azarnia, Garrett Baumer, Alice Costas, Paige Fetchen, Heejin Hwang, Joanna Pike, Maria Vergara and Eric Zohn.
Bad At Sports September 2013
"Woman makes strong case for ladies:
In case you couldn’t tell, WTT? loves the ladies, and we couldn’t be more excited to see the rest of the art world catching on. One lady show opened up this weekend with two to follow next week at Heaven and at the Frogman Gallery. “Lady Painters” curator, Gwendolyn Zabicki, sent us a hot tip on some required reading by participating artist, Sarah Weber. “Had I written a critical essay for Lady Painters, I would have liked to have written the very excellent one by Sarah Weber for Being a Woman in an All Woman Show.” WTT? couldn’t agree more. You can prep for both of these openings next weekend by reading Weber’s statement now."
Lady Painters- September 2013
Opening reception: September 12th, 5pm-8pm
23 E. Madison
Chicago, IL 60602
Chicago Artists Resource article-- July 2013
Frogman Gallery-- "Never A Lovely So Real" July 2013
I have a new pop-up gallery downtown, which I've named Frogman. This space is mine to curate for the next six months to a year! My second show, Never A Lovely So Real, is opening this Thursday, July 11th (6 to 9pm) with work by Clarissa Bonet (photography), Dmitry Samarov (painting) and Noah Vaughn (photography).
You can see install photos here: Flickr set
And a very nice visit from the photographer and writer, Paul Germanos:
Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival-- Bad at Sports, July 2013
Bad At Sports-- June 2013
A nice write-up of SLAC and our pop-up spaces at the Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival:
Colloquium Magazine- June 2013
Ben Shurtleff wrote a beautiful article about me, painting, and SLAC for The University of Chicago humanities magazine, Colloquium.
Lillstreet Lecture Series
Monuments and Ruins- June 2013
I'll be in a group show with Jeff Prokash, Morgan Sims, and Nathan Vernau.
Opening reception Thursday, June 6th, 5-9pm at Frogman- my very own pop up gallery located inside Block 37, 108 N State St, Ground Floor, Chicago, IL
Check out some photos of the opening here: Frogman Blog
Alderman Rey Colon has partnered with me and SLAC. Mentioned in the 35th ward newsletter: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/l9gz2yki0a6?
An interview on Chicagoist-- February 2013
A very nice article about my paintings and SLAC
DNA info article on SLAC-- January 2013
My not-for-profit, The South Logan Arts Coalition (SLAC) is getting some press:
Another SLAC mention-- February 2013
SLAC is part of a trend now:
SAIC mention-- February 2013
Logansquarist Article about SLAC-- February 2013
Columbia Chronicle article about SLAC -- February 2013
What A Long Night It Has Been- Group show
Gallery 214, Visual Arts Building at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.
Show dates October 15-19. Reception October 18th, 6-9pm.
Diorama-Rama, Friday September 7th, 2012
Come check out my diorama.
Miniature sculptural worlds from 50 Chicago artists for the Octagon Gallery's first Friday event.
120 North Green St.
7 to 10pm
Rogers Park Mural- August 2012
I was selected to paint a mural in one of Rogers Park's CTA and Metra Station underpasses.
check it out here:
The Dragon is the Frame: June 29 - August 11, 2012
Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St. Chicago, IL
Opening Reception: Friday, June 29, 5 - 8pm
Artwork from 27 artists inspired by the life and work of the indomitable Mark Aguhar (1987-2012) is presented alongside pieces by this fearless and beautiful artist/activist/goddess. Uncompromising, incisive, and charismatic in her investigations of gender, queer advocacy, and the politics of marginalized identity, Mark deeply transformed the communities of which she was a part. The Dragon is the Frame presents the challenging, compelling artwork she created in dialogue with pieces made by those she was closest to in Chicago. The exhibition format, which intersperses Mark’s works throughout the installation, is an attempt at capturing the way Mark’s communities functioned—individuals in constant communication, always sharing and influencing one another.
Artists: Mark Aguhar, Claire Arctander, Nina Barnett, Jeremy Bolen, Elijah Burgher, Edie Fake, Pamela Fraser, Tiffany Funk, R. E. H. Gordon, Steve Hnilicka, Kasia Houlihan, Mark Kent, Young Joon Kwak, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Marianna Milhorat, Tim Nickodemus, Aay Preston-Myint, Juana Peralta, Macon Reed, Colin Self, Michael Sirianni, Nathan Thomas, Neal Vandenbergh, Xina Xurner and Isaac Fosl-van Wyke, Allison Yasukawa, Gwendolyn Zabicki, and Latham Zearfoss
Lillstreet Artist in Residence
I will be the new painting and drawing artist in residence at the Lill Street Art Center from August 2012 to August 2013. I get a studio, free classes, and a stipend.
Rainbo Club- July 2012
Some of my paintings will be at Rainbo Club until the end of July. Go check 'em out if you're in Chicago around Damen and Division.
Vermont Studio Center- 2012
I was awarded a month long residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
Solo Show at Offwhite
Coming in June.
Group show at Offwhite
Come by and have a beer on May 18th, anytime from 8pm-Midnight.
Ground Teeth @ Offwhite
An exhibition about anxiety.
Opening party on 5/18 from 8pm-Midnight.
By appointment from 5/19-5/20
Featuring the following artists:
Gabriel Garcia gabrielgarciaart.com/home.html
Jane Georges www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Georges-Art?
Jennifer Hines jenniferhines.net/
Kristen Kaniewski k2-girlface.blogspot.com/
Kate Rosendale katerosendale.com/index.html
Jonathan Sommer jonathansommer.weebly.com/
Danny Volk dannyvolk.com/
Gwendolyn Zabicki gwendolynzabicki.com/home.html
Out and About
My painting, Double Billboards, was used (with permission) on:
Look At Me: 2012 UIC MFA Thesis Exhibition
Look At Me: 2012 UIC MFA Thesis Exhibition at Gallery400, will be on show from Tuesday March 13th through Saturday March 17th. Reception will be Friday, March 16th from 5 to 8pm.
Exhibiting Artists: Mary Helena Clark, Tiffany Funk, Anthony Koerner, Nicholas Rummler, and Gwendolyn Zabicki
An artist talk will take place Saturday March 17th at 2pm in the Gallery400 Screening room.
UIC MFA Fall 2011 Final Critiques Open to the Public
The UIC MFA Fall 2011 Final Critiques take place from December 5th-9th 2011 and are free and open to the public. All students and faculty will be present to showcase and discuss work from the current semester. Come watch things get REAL!
All locations in Art & Design Hall, 400 S. Peoria St., are abbreviated as follows:
GS Great Space, room 530
SG South Gallery, room 560 (within Great Space)
NG North Gallery, room 570 (within Great Space)
GBU Student Gallery, room 510
SR Screening Room, room 3226
Monday Dec. 5
Guest Critic: Nicolas Collins
9:00 Courtney Prokopas (SG)
9:45 Lauren Anderson (GS)
10:45 Tina Tahir (GBU and 3104 ADH)
11:30 Mark Kent (GS)
Lunch 12:15 - 1:15
1:15 Paul Cowan (SG)
2:00 Kera MacKenzie (GBU)
3:00 Ben Keddy (CVRA A&A 845 W. Harrison Rm. 3304)
Tuesday Dec. 6th
Guest Critic: Kelly Kaczynski
9:00 Daniel Bennett (SG)
9:45 Ben Murray (GS)
10:45 Anthony Koerner (NG)
11:30 Cameron Gibson (SR)
Lunch 12:15 - 1:15
1:15 Nina Barnett (SG)
2:00 Brendan Meara (GBU)
3:00 Tiffany Funk (NG)
3:45 Mark Aguhar (SG)
Wednesday Dec. 7th
Guest Critic: Natasha Egan
9:00 Daniel Shea (SG)
9:45 Jeremy Bolen (NG)
10:45 Josh Albers (GBU)
11:30 Mary-Helena Clark (SR)
Lunch 12:15 - 1:15
1:15 Lauren Edwards (SG)
2:00 Alex Rauch (4th floor crit space)
3:00 Ian Curry (SR)
Thursday Dec. 8th
Guest Critic: Jonathan Rosenbaum
9:00 Jesus Duran (SG)
9:45 Macon Reed (SR)
10:45 Daniel Tucker (SR)
11:30 Drew Mausert-Mooney (SR)
Lunch 12:15 - 1:15
1:15 Marianna Milhorat (SR)
2:00 Nick Rummler (NG)
3:00 Sebastian Aguirre (GBU)
Friday Dec. 9th
Guest Critic: Naomi Beckwith
9:00 Chaz Evans (SG)
9:45 Jon Chambers (GBU)
10:45 Neal Vandenbergh (NG-GS)
11:30 Andrew Reinke (GBU)
Lunch 12:15 - 1:15
1:15 Gwen Zabicki (GS)
2:00 Lilianna Angulo (GS)
3:00 Kasia Houlihan (NG-SG)
Art Log write up- July 2011
My two person show at Robert Bills Contemporary got a very nice write up on Artlog.com
www.artlog.com/posts/147-the-exceptiona? Art Log
Robert Bills Contemporary - July 2011
My paintings will be in a two person show at Robert Bills Contemporary on July 8th, 2011 to August 2nd.
www.robertbillscontemporary.com/exhibit? The Exceptional Ordinary
Rainbo Club- May 2011
Some of my paintings will be at the Rainbo Club until the end of May. Go check 'em out if you're in Chicago around Damen and Division.
Finalist, April 5, 2011
I'm a finalist for the 2011 Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Visual Arts Competition.
Tasty Spoonful, March 3rd, 2011
Boy am I fancy! I was interviewed for Tasty Spoonful!
Chicago Artists Month Kickoff Exhibition October 1st, 2010
Chicago Artists Month launches this Friday, October 1st, from 6pm to 10pm with an exhibition organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Chicago Arts District and Gapers Block. The exhibition will also be open from noon to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Visit it at the Chicago Arts District space at 2003 S. Halsted Street.
Hagia Sophia News
April 16th, 2010
Thanks to the ladies of Spoke Gallery, my Hagia Sophia piece got lots of attention.
Hagia Sophia at Spoke Gallery
April 11th to April 17th
Closing Reception: Saturday, April 17th, 6 to 9pm (free drinks!)
Hours: By appointment, contact email@example.com
The Hagia Sophia basilica, in Istanbul, Turkey, is famous for its history, beautiful dome, and the mystical quality of light that reflects inside of it. Built in 330AD, it withstood no fewer than 17 sieges between the time it was founded and 1204 when it finally fell to the Christians of the west (the Normans). In its long history, the Hagia Sophia has been home to Pagans, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and is currently a museum.
Saturday, April 17th from 6 to 9pm, Spoke will be home to a miniature version of the Hagia Sophia. Complete with gold dome, marble floors, and 168 windows, this recreation is just big enough to seat one adult inside. Hear about its colorful history, and enjoy the warm golden light of seasonal affective disorder therapeutic lamps housed inside its walls.
This project is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts
Council, a state agency.
119 N Peoria #3D
Chicago, IL 60607
Hagia Sophia in GLOW November 24th- February 14th, 2010.
The Hagia Sophia was just accepted into the GLOW show at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Maryland! Yay! Anybody want to help me drive out there and install it?
Annmarie Garden is a thirty acre sculpture park and arts center located in scenic Solomons, Maryland. Enjoy an exquisite collection of outdoor sculpture, much of it on loan from the Smithsonian Institution.
Girls On the Wall!
Girls On the Wall is having its premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival. It is a documentary about girls in prison who decide to put on a musical. I was the run-and-gun sound mixer for this film when it was shot about five years ago. It was my first job out of art school and now it's finally done and ready to be seen by the world. I will be at both screenings. Here's the info:
Girls on the Wall:
Sunday, October 11 at 1:30pm
Friday, October 16 at 3:30pm
Location: AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois Street.
You can buy tickets at the theater or in advance here:
The film will go on to screen at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (dates forthcoming).
And in January 2010, GOTW will make its broadcast premiere on PBS! Air dates to be announced in December.
There is also a snazzy new trailer! Enjoy it on YouTube here:
Roger Ebert gives Heather's film a shout-out in his preview of the festival! rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a?
GIRLS ON THE WALL follows a group of incarcerated teenage girls who get a shot at redemption in a most unlikely form: a musical. As the girls write and stage their play, they're forced to relive their crimes, reclaim their stories, and take a first step toward breaking free of the prison system.
CAAP grant! April 2009
I won a CAAP grant! I'm going to use the money to buy super toxic oil paints hand ground by a guy in Brooklyn. Yay!
12th International Art Open
My Hagia Sophia is in the 12th International Art Open at the Women Made Gallery in Chicago, IL from March 6 - April 16, 2009.
Woman Made Gallery
685 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60642
Women Made Gallery
New York Times December 29th, 2008
That Art on Track show I was in and its creator were mentioned in the New York Times!
Chicago Art Open October 2008
One of my paintings is going to be at the Chicago Art Open at the Merchandise Mart October 3rd-19th.
Art On Track August 2008
On August 30th, I was in Art On Track, an 8 car CTA train converted into a mobile gallery.