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Digraph // Reservoir 

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 absolutely crucial to good health and particularly important for creative practice.

This exhibition will have two sections. Digraph, will be text-based or written work.  Please submit poems, quotes, journals, thoughts, manifests, books, or text-based wall work that responds to the theme of rest//work. 

The second section, Reservoir will be visual and performance-based artworks, also responding to the theme of work//rest. It takes its name 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.”   

Please submit any 2-D or 3-D, choreography, dramatic, or musical interpretations.

Submission Deadline: August 14  |  Decisions Notifications by early September  |  Exhibition runs September 28 - November 29

Opening reception: September 28 : 6-9pm

 
 

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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

 

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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.