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Visitors to the Ground Level Arts Lab at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership are invited to step into From Here to There, an exhibition featuring works by four contemporary Chicago artists—Linda Robinson  Gordon, Ellen Holtzblatt,  Lilach Schrag, and Michelle Stone—who explore the relationship between the physical and the spiritual. The multimedia exhibition is curated by Lilach Schrag.

From Here to There brings together artists who have formed a community of practice, finding inspiration and pushing each other to innovate,” said Dr. Keren E. Fraiman, Spertus Institute's Dean and Chief Academic Officer. “Highlighting the continual community we seek to create with the Ground Level Arts Lab, two of the artists are alums of previous Spertus programs and two are new to us. Together they explore ideas including the timeless aspects of human experience and connection, making this exhibition a perfect start to Spertus Institute’s yearlong engagement with the theme of community."

Evoking the Jewish concept of Lech Lecha, a Hebrew phrase that translates as “go forth,” the artists experiment and take risks, stretching the boundaries of their artistic practices toward a place of personal authenticity.

​Several related events are planned to accompany this exhibition. They include an Artist Talk on Sunday, October 27 at 12:30 p.m. focusing on the processes the artists follow in the creation of their work and another called “Stories That Move Us,” discussing how the artists’ life experience, memories and ideas inform their work. Reservations are recommended for these events. Visit spertus.edu to learn more.

​​From Here to There is free and open to the public. Visit the Spertus Institute website for dates and times of the exhibition.




Still from video, The Hope by, Lilach Schrag (photo courtesy of Spertus Institute).

Four Contemporary Artists Explore the Duality of the Physical and the Spiritual in From Here to There at Spertus Institute