Art in Public Places - September & October 2021
September & October 2021 Exhibit
As part of "Art in Public Places," Lake County Government celebrates Hispanic Heritage month with its newest exhibit titled GENERACIONES en este país: GENERATIONS in this land. The exhibit is located in the County's main administration building, located at 18 N. County Street, in downtown Waukegan.
A simple, public reception will take place on Friday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m.
Exploring place and identity, this exhibit honors immigrant and first, second, and third generation artists from various cultures. This show was curated by artist and College of Lake County (CLC) Community Art Coordinator Katrina Davis-Salazar with the creative assistance of Josh Beadle of Three Brothers Theater.
The current exhibit includes work from Lia Shulze, Alma Salgado, Daniela Castro, Jesus Ortega, and Everett Reynolds, all former or current CLC students, from different immigrant generations and age groups. The curators also included area artists and community members Geovanni Gonzalez, Lucinda Pearl, and Davis-Salazar herself.
There is a good reason curator Davis-Salazar and co-curator Beadel selected artists from a variety of art skill levels, stages of life, generational stories, and ethnic identities. Although this exhibit is intended to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, it is ever important to the curators that their exhibits be inclusive and represent diverse faces, cultures, and ages.
One example of representation and inclusivity is the work of Giovanni Gonzalez. Seven pieces from Gonzalez, a Mexican immigrant, are included in this exhibit for their honest emotions, humanity, and representations of faces from various cultures and races.
Everett Reynolds, an immigrant from Belize, was asked to share one piece for this exhibit, due to the beauty of his work and his immigrant perspective. While Belize is not considered a Hispanic country, it is a culturally diverse area that unites many heritages, including a 25% Mestizo population. Having grown up immersed in many different cultures, Reynolds works hard to represent a variety of ethnicities in his work.
Highlighting the similarities and differences in the cultural values and challenges between Latinx generations, this work explores the confluence of American and Hispanic cultures, old and new traditions, identity, and current challenges in the United States.
The exhibit is in the County's main administration building, located at 18 N. County Street, in downtown Waukegan. It is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Parking is available in the attached parking garage and is free for the first two hours.
For more information on Lake County's Art in Public Places, please visit lakecountyil.gov/art.
July & August 2021 Exhibit
Lake County Government is pleased to announce the newest Art in Public Places exhibit entitled "Mixed Media Invitational: Healing and Material Processes".
On display now through Sept. 10, this exhibit includes artwork created by established encaustic and collage artists Rebecca Stahr and Crystal Marie, and talented artists and students Lee Judilla, Stasie Cruz, and Hunter Birch. Artist, instructor, and College of Lake County (CLC) Community Arts Outreach and Engagement Coordinator Katrina Davis-Salazar curated the show. Stasie Cruz, an animation major at CLC, serves as the assistant to the curator.
"The positive feedback and excitement from all who walk through the now art-filled building has been wonderful," said Davis-Salazar. "The mixed media work explores memory, reclamation, introspection, spiritual connection, and healing. The exhibit includes encaustic, collage, charcoal, chalk-marker, oil, and pencil techniques."
The current exhibit will be open to the public Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., until Sept. 10. Parking is available in the attached parking garage and is free for the first two hours. A public reception will take place on Wednesday, July 28 at 1 p.m. This is a chance to meet the artists. All are welcome to attend.
An exhibit celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month will be held Sept. 15 to Nov. 2, and and will be curated by Davis-Salazar. The final exhibit for this year will honor "Legends of Lake County" and is tentatively scheduled to run from November 5 to January 3.
Lake County's Art in Public Places program was created in 2021 in partnership with local artists, arts organizations and galleries. Throughout the year, free exhibits will be on display at the county's main administration building in downtown Waukegan.
To learn more about Lake County's Art in Public Places program, visit www.lakecountyil.gov/art.
May & June 2021 Exhibit
Lake County Government, in partnership with Art Impact Project, is pleased to announce an Art in Public Places exhibit entitled "Making Impact: How Art Enhances Emotional Wellness".
On display through the end of June, this exhibit features artwork created by adolescents and adults, who have benefited from Art Impact Project’s supportive group programming. Art Impact Project's Beth McKenna and Vickie Marasco curated the show, with help from David Motley.
"Through Art Impact Project's partnerships with local schools, mental and behavioral health facilities, recovery sites, shelters, and an inmate program with Lake County Jail, we're able to serve our residents who are in need of healthier coping skills, emotional awareness, and expression," said Art Impact Project founder and Executive Director Vickie Marasco. "Combining art making with safe, nonjudgmental emotional support facilitates creative expression and gives people powerful coping skills.”
"Creating art can help heal us, and we're so happy to be able to share these pieces to inspire others who may be struggling with emotional wellness issues," said Beth McKenna, Art Impact Project’s Manager of Programming. "Art Impact Project is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month this May, and we thank our partners who are dedicated to improving the lives of so many in our community, every day."
The Art Impact Project exhibit will be on display in the main lobby of the Lake County administration building located at 18 N. County Street, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public with free 2-hour parking available in the county's main parking garage. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks and social distancing guidelines are currently required for all who enter Lake County government buildings.
Lake County's Art in Public Places program was created in 2021 in partnership with local artists, arts organizations and galleries. Throughout the year, free exhibits will be on display at the county's main administration building in downtown Waukegan. To learn more about Art Impact Project, please visit www.artimpactproject.org.
March 2021 Exhibit
Lake County Government is pleased to announce a new Art in Public Places Program in partnership with local artists and galleries. Throughout the year, artwork created by local artists will be exhibited in the county's main administration building, located at 18 N. County Street, in downtown Waukegan.
The first exhibit opened March 15, 2021 and is a celebration of Women's History Month. Six local, female artists are presenting I Connect: Women Artists of Lake County.
"This collection of work explores connections to ourselves, our environments, and each other through the artists' various social, generational, and cultural lenses. As women, our awareness of "connection" is heightened during this time of collective isolation" said local artist and exhibit curator Katrina Davis-Salazar. "Through their chosen mediums and styles, these female artists consider defined and nebulous relationships and how we go about seeking and maintaining these connections. Aware of the healing nature of art, this positive theme was chosen to uplift those who walk through this space, during this challenging time."
Lake County artists include Kate Knutson, Aruna Sarode, Michelle Patch, Maricarmen Pizano, Lauren Marsh, and Katrina Davis-Salazar. Michelle Patch and Katrina Davis-Salazar curated the exhibit.
The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Parking is available in the attached parking garage and is free for the first two hours. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks and social distancing guidelines are currently required for all who enter Lake County government buildings.