Fall 2014: Peace, I Miss You and Imagine New Orleans
Featuring the art of Jennifer Hereth and IArtists
Peace, I Miss You and Imagine New Orleans is the exhibit for fall 2014 featuring the work of Jennifer Hereth and IArtists. The show runs from September 12 to October 22, 2014. The gallery is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Opening reception on Friday, September 12, 6 - 8 pm. Free and open to the public. On-site parking available.
Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Art Gallery
CTU Academic and Conference Center, 4th Floor
5416 S. Cornell Ave.
About the Artists
Jennifer Hereth is a Chicago-based artist, professor, and entrepreneur. Her art challenges her audience to look beyond prevailing social norms and develop their own social consciousness, addressing issues from the Arab Spring to the Sandy Hook tragedy. Ms. Hereth has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where she also began her teaching career. Having been a professor, advisor, and student at numerous prestigious institutions, she is now a professor at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. In 1991, she was selected by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for the Fellowship of International Studies as one of 20 North Americans to participate in a Kellogg think tank; she was the first artist ever chosen and received a grant to travel throughout Central and South America over the course of three years. In 2013, she received the Adele Wheeler Woman of Distinction Award for her dedication to mentoring young women across cultural communities, as well as a Niagara Foundation grant to teach in Turkey. Through the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Program Teacher Exchange, she recently traveled to China, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka, teaching and providing materials for students of all ages in universities and orphanages alike. Ms. Hereth is represented by the Degenerate Art Gallery in Chicago and has recently shown her work at the Gahlberg Art Gallery at the College of DuPage (2011), Oak Park Art League’s internationally juried exhibition (2012), and the New Wave Art Salon in Elgin, Ill. (2013). She is also the creator, with her students, of the Teenage Archetype Deck, a tool for counselors seeking to connect with adolescents.
The Chicago-area art group and non-profit, IArtists is composed of students from several of Professor Hereth’s painting classes. Over the years, students in her classes have learned to address a variety of social issues through their art. In 2000, one of her classes at College of DuPage won the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’ Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award for their artwork supporting the city’s homeless population; other classes have created artwork for local parishes and causes in the Chicago area and around the world. Inspired by Professor Hereth’s painting class, student Karen Gehse proposed a project that eventually led to the formation of IArtists. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Gehse suggested that her class create works of art that would be donated to families rebuilding their homes and lives in New Orleans. Under Professor Hereth’s leadership, students created pieces of art to be donated to 50 families in the Ninth Ward by non-profit organizations in the area. Now, every student Hereth teaches is invited to participate in IArtists and make a painting for the families of New Orleans. Their paintings seek to capture the spirit of New Orleans — the people, the culture, music, and Mardi Gras.