Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Some of Chicago’s top female sculptors will lift the veil on the passion and creative drive that compels them to create public art showcasing the many environs of Chicago in a new lecture series presented by Chicago Sculpture International.
"Women Sculptors of Chicago - Not for Men Only," debuting Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Chicago Cultural Center, features images, live process demonstrations and discussions presented by 11 extremely creative and talented female sculptors. All of the artists, themselves members of Chicago Sculpture International, will share their process and passion for sculpture and discuss their public sculptures, which encompass a wide range of media including: large scale works in stainless steel, bronze, welded steel, aluminum, carved wood, found and recycled objects, water-works, 3-D mosaics, indoor installations and gallery-sized artworks.
“Public art has a long and rich history in the City of Chicago. Women Sculptors of Chicago - Not for Men Only allows these creative artists to discuss their work in a casual atmosphere while allowing the audience to get to know the women behind many high-profile public pieces appearing in such venues as Navy Pier, Promontory Point, Garfield Park, Lincoln Park, as well as along Chicago’s lakefront and many Chicago Park District buildings since 2004,” said Dusty Folwarczny, president, Chicago Sculpture International.
The monthly lecture series will launch Saturday, Jan 23 with the final presentation slated for Saturday, May 21. Each of the five 90-minute program will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street in Chicago beginning at 1 p.m. The lecture series is free of charge and will feature a Q&A with the presenters during each session.
Presenters include: Toby Zallman and Kara James, January 23; Victoria Fuller and Donna Hapac, February 27; Janet Austin and Nicole Beck, March 19; Suzanne Cohen-Lange with Niki Nolin and Christine Rojek, April 9; Jill King and Karen Gubitz, May 21.
The new lecture series is sponsored by Chicago Scultpure International with funding from The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
For more information on Women Sculptors of Chicago - Not for Men Only including background on the presenting artists, as well as news, events and upcoming exhibitions, visit www.chicagosculpture.org.
Sculptor Victoria Fuller working on Global Garden Shovel. Fuller will be a featured guest of Women Sculptors of Chicago-Not for Men Only at the Chicago Cultural Center this winter.