Digraph // Reservoir 

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A digraph is a pair of letters used to create a distinctive sound that no single letter can produce.  For instance, the “sh” or “ch” sound in English.  This exhibition proposes the digraph as a metaphor for the relationship between work and rest.  This can be a tenuous, fraught, challenging, blissful, or harmonious relationship, but one that is inextricably linked, synergistic, and absolutely crucial to good health and particularly for creative practice.

This exhibition will have two components. Digraph, will consist of text-based or written work.  Please submit poems, quotes, journals, thoughts, manifestos, books, readings, or text-based wall work that responds to the theme of rest//work. This work could be original, or simply existing text that is relevant or could be shared or performed in some way.  Digraph will be a year long text based exploration of relationships, with various programming, performances and installations, with the first installment exploring work//rest.

In tandem with Digraph, Intersect Art Gallery will mount Reservoir, an exhibition of visual and performance-based artworks, also responding to the theme of work//rest. The title for the exhibition is drawn from a quote by Bernard of Clairvaux, “The man who is wise, therefore, will see his life as more like a reservoir than a canal. The canal simultaneously pours out what it receives; the reservoir retains the water till it is filled, then discharges the overflow without loss to itself.”  This exhibition seeks to curate a compendium of collective wisdom, struggle, reflection, suggestion, healing, and hope as we all live out this precarious counterpoise of work and rest.

Please submit any 2-D or 3-D, choreographic, dramatic, or musical interpretations that resonate with this theme.  

Submission Deadline : November 10th  |  Exhibition runs January 25 - APRIL 3 | Opening reception: january 25 - 6-9pm



Please join us as a vendor for our fall festival this year on November 16th from 11am - 3pm. Application deadline is October 28th.

• $40 for application fee • $20 if you would like to rent a gallery wall as booth backdrop • $10 if you would like to rent a white linen tablecloth

• All fees refunded if application not accepted

*All artwork must be family friendly

*All artists must be able to handle their own purchases during the event


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Past Exhibitions


This exhibition ran from SEPTEMBER 7 - OCTOBER 4 2019

At the intersection of violence and healing there exists an opportunity to experience freedom through the possibility of new beginnings. In conjunction with the CommUNITY Arts Festival, Anew is situated at this intersection creating a space for dialogue, fresh perspectives, and call to action. Through juried call thirteen artists were assembled from the region to present the duality we experience every day, existing, between the reality of ever-present violence in our community and the ways we collectively address and support one another whilst making space for vision to see things anew.

The themes in Anew can be difficult to take in at times, as we all have felt the impact of gun violence, trauma, sexual assault, amongst other instances of violence. The ultimate goal within this exhibition is to address difficult topics while simultaneously providing a counter-image opportunity to even for a moment experience peace and optimism for our future.

Alexis Rivierre, MFA | Interdisciplinary Artist & Educator | Guest Curator


The commUNITY Arts Festival took place at Intersect on September 7th. It was a really wonderful time.


Troy Aiken • Chelsea Klamm • CJ Larson • Brittni Mosby • Margaret Nicholson • Joseph Ovalle • Kelley Quinn • Tony Rio • Hasna Sal • Hannah Stewart

Quinton WardJeff WilliamsLydia Wood

Layered Place

curated BY Charis Schneider Norell | February 9 - April 19 | GALLERY HOURS ARE WEEKDAYS FROM 9AM - 6PM

The traditional landscape painting often contains a horizon line, recognizable landforms, and an idealized representation of Nature. Looking deeper, the historic use of the landscape mirrors the inner-state of that society's relationship to the political, religious, economic, and natural world around it. "Layered Place" invites viewers to reevaluate their definition of landscape, and consider the multiple "layers" of the multi-faceted modern landscape. This group exhibit delves into humanity's tumultuous relationship with Nature, visual metaphors for Place, social and cultural identity, family heritage, and way-finding. 

The exhibition includes work by STL-based artists Jenna Bauer, Meghan Grubb, Song Park, Mandy Pedigo, Allana Ross, John Sarra, and Jon Young, and is curated by Charis Norell.

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Detail of  Gathering IV  by Mandy Pedigo

Detail of Gathering IV by Mandy Pedigo


First Fruits

a Traveling Exhibition by CIVA | January 14 - February 1 2019

The entire Judeo-Christian narrative is filled with images of feasting, fruitfulness, and faithful labor. This exhibition explores the concept of “first fruits”, an ancient tradition of sacrificial yielding back to God the best portion of life’s blessings in gratitude. 24 Contemporary artists from around the country have undertaken the task of reflecting this idea in literal, metaphorical, personal, historical, and cultural contexts. Join us for an opening reception January 19th from 6-8pm.

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CIVA thanks Joel Sheesley for serving as the juror for this exhibit, a daunting task given the unusually large number of submissions. Sheesley is a painter and Emeritus Professor of art at Wheaton College. He currently works with The Conservation Foundation in northeastern Illinois, painting the Fox River Valley landscape, where he contributes a valuable aesthetic dimension to the foundation’s overall concern for environmental education. Joel’s paintings have been exhibited widely and upcoming shows for 2016-2017 include the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan; the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana; and the Walford Galleries at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.

CIVA stands for Christians in the Visual Arts. It is an American visual arts organization working to enhance and explore the relationship between Christian faith and the visual arts. It was founded in 1979.