*The Schingoethe Museum and Art Gallery are currently closed until 2015.*
Aurora University is pleased to announce that the Schingoethe Museum and Art Gallery will be relocated to the new Welcome Center, a 21,000-sqaure-foot building that will serve vital purposes, in 2015. One wing of the Welcome Center will house the Schingoethe Museum with collections and exhibits oriented around a large central art gallery.
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Questions? Please call 630-844-7843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Schingoethe Gallery provides a venue for several shows per year, including one-person shows by local and regional artists, group shows, and student shows, both from Aurora University and area high schools.
All are invited to the opening receptions, which often include an opportunity to meet the artists.
The gallery invites inquiries from artists who have a connection with the Fox Valley area, Aurora University or reside in northern Illinois. Contact the gallery via e-mail or call 630-844-7844.
|Schingoethe Gallery Hours and Location|
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. during the academic year (September - May)
The Schingoethe Gallery is located on the lower level of Dunham Hall on the Aurora University campus at the corner of Randall Road and Marseillaise Place, Aurora, Illinois. The gallery is adjacent to the Schingoethe Center.
Current Events and Exhibits 2013/2014
Archive of Past Schingoethe Gallery Art Exhibitions
|February 5 - March 26, 2013||
Curated by Kristina Paabus and Aimee Beaubien
Transition in physical place, concepts, artistic practice or life paths is the subject of the show. With a philosophy that challenges the notion that any field is ever beyond rediscovery, photography and printmedia graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago respond to this theme in a multidisciplinary fashion.
Graduate Students: Richard Blackwell - Kevin Buzzell - Kate Conlon - Ilan Gutin - Rea Lynn de Guzman - Janna van Hasselt - Annelies Kamen - Lais Pontes - Andrea Przygonski - Aaron Smith - Sanaz Sohrabi - Spencer Stucky - Erin Woodbrey - Hyounsang Yoo -
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Image at left: Indeterminate System by Kate Conlon, Lithograph print, 24" x 34"
Image at right: Energy Assessment by Erin Woodbrey, Gum transfer on handmage paper, each print is 25" x 45"
|September 20 - December 16, 2012||
Unyielding Light: Paintings and Prints by Emilio Sanchez
Emilio Sanchez was born in Camaguey, Cuba in 1921. He began his artistic training at the Art Students League in 1944 when he moved to New York City where he lived until he died in 1999. However, it was in Cuba that he became fascinated with the play of light and shadow on colored forms that became a dominant characteristic of his works. Sanchez' art is well represented in more than thirty museums including the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This show features the Aurora University collection of Emilio Sanchez, made possible by the generous donation of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation.
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20, 2012 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Image at left: Grey Ropa Vieja, watercolor
Image at right: Sol de Mediodia, lithograph
|January 19 - February 29, 2012||
Rock, Paper, Scissors: Process and Perception
Curated by Meg Bero, Gallery Director
"Rock, Paper, Scissors" explores the relationship between an artist's vision, medium and process. Results are sometimes literal, sometimes abstract and often enigmatic. The artists reference a variety of landscapes: social, political and other.
Featuring works by Marissa Bero, Robert Blunk, G.E. Colpitts, Brian Dettmer, Katie Kahn, Kari Kraus, Nancy Legner, Matthew Picton, Mark Rospenda and Sarah Steinwachs.
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:30-7:30 p.m.Images from left to right: Portland (detail) by Matthew Picton, Ode to Blue Sharpie by Sarah Steinwachs, Totem (detail) by Brian Dettmer
|September 20 - December 16, 2011||
Featuring the Art of Larry McNeil (Tlingit, Nisga)
Larry McNeil makes art that is a visual manifestation of the provocative times in which we live. Employing irony and satire, McNeil's art is about the intersection of cultures, American mythology, and embodies a distinctive sense of American identity.
McNeil is a Full Professor in the Art Department at Boise State University. He has also taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He has won numerous fellowships and awards for his art, which reinforces his idea that art may strive to embody relevance, meaning and, hopefully, a sense of grace.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 4:30-7:00 p.m. with a lecture by the artist at 6:00 p.m.Image: In the True Spirit of White Man, digital print, 2002, 24" x 48"
|January 10 - February 27, 2011||
Recent Works by Steve Lowery, Professor of Art at Aurora University
Steve Lowery has been teaching at Aurora University for nearly 25 years. He is a painter whose work can be categorized as abstract expressionism or surrealism. Many of his more recent pieces will be on display at the Schingoethe Art Gallery. This exhibit is sure to inspire current art students and captivate the general public.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Image at right: "Sunny Afternoon," Steve Lowery, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 45" x 45"
|September 14 - December 17, 2010||
Just as Curious When It's Sung
Featuring work by Katie Kahn
In this show, Kahn explores a place of engagement between the personal, political and natural worlds in order to examine that interaction, and to discover wherein lies individual and communal responsibility.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m. followed immediately with a lecture by the artist
Image at left: "Empty Stage," Katie Kahn, 2004-2009, oil on canvas, 58" x 68"
|January 12 - February 25, 2010
Aurora University Faculty/Staff Fine Art Show
Many Aurora University faculty and staff lead a double life: artist/teacher, administrator, graphic artist, etc. The visual creativity of the AU community will be on display in this third (not annual) AU Faculty/Staff show.
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
|November 3, 2009 - January 2, 2010
Aurora, Apollo and Others: Narrative Paintings by J. M. Mesplé
Drawings, Paintings and Prints
Mythological imagery within a contemporary context is explored in the paintings, drawings and prints of J. M. Mesplé.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 4:30-6:30 p.m. followed immediately with a lecture by the artist.
Image at right: "Elixir of Love," J. M. Mesplé, 2009, egg tempera and oil on canvas, 48" x 36"
|September 8 - October 31, 2009
...of a Feather
Drawings and prints by Peter Olson
Birds metaphorically represent the vast and complex natural world on many levels. Although we as humans understand them in many ways, something about birds remains elusive, distant and unknowable. They are always flying away from us.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 8, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Image at left: "Palm Warbler," Peter Olson, 2007, mixed media, 29 1/2" x 21 1/2"
|January 8 - February 25, 2009||
Featuring work by Mike Knierim and Carolyn Bernstein
Opening Reception Thursday, January 15, 2009, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Bernstein and Knierim face the world head-on in this show about issues of war, loss and humanity. Life is messy. In "Confrontation/Contemplation," the goal is not to prescribe answers but, in their belief that art can evoke empathy and thus change, to simply present in the power of the visual the opportunity to reflect. Curator, Meg Bero
Mike Knierim states, "Where you place your attention determines all." Knierim tends to place his attention at the boundaries where things converge. Such boundaries include encounters between natural and man-made, past and present, present and future, light and dark, right and wrong, have and have-not, levity and seriousness. The list goes on...
For Knierim these things are all metaphors for the border between the conscious and subconscious aspects of ourselves. Knierim seeks to create images and experiences which mediate between these levels of consciousness and reflect the dual nature of our being. "My ultimate goal is to express myself in a manner that has the capacity to improve our lives by creating greater awareness and understanding of ourselves, our neighbors and the world at large."
The guiding features of Bernstein's work are questions about what sparks and sustains curiosity and empathy. Her work explores ideas of transcience, loss, and transformation. "I find meaning and poignancy through an artistic practice that demands the careful and sustained examination of things that our culture discards, overlooks, or chooses not to talk about."
|November 11, 2008 - January 2, 2009||
Root & Shadow
Featuring work by Christian Arrecis, Myongbeom Kim and Kim Strom
Images from left to right: "Chance," Christian Arrecis; "Tree #1," Kim Strom; and "Deer," Myongbeom Kim
The Root & Shadow art exhibition features the work of three artists who use photography to document their manipulation of the natural world, all in an effort to preserve, enhance, provoke and reveal.
Opening Reception Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
|September 9 - November 11, 2008||
"not for the season"
Featuring work by Tyler Hennings
The exhibition, "not for the season," indulges visitors in the pure joy of painting. Viewers are immersed, aided by the chosen sizes of the canvases, in color and the movement of brush strokes. Hennings invokes a strong sense of memory, both personal and shared.
Opening Reception Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Image at right: "hydrastatic afternoon," Tyler Hennings
|January 10 - February 28, 2008||
Movement and Metaphor
Featuring work by Karen Lange and Dominic Moore
Opening Reception Thursday, January 10, 2008, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Image at left: "Untitled," Dominic Moore
Image at right: "Untitled," Karen Lange
|November 14, 2007 - January 4, 2008||
Field Sketches Inspired by the Schingoethe Center
AU presents an exhibit of paintings and drawings by The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Great Lakes Chapter, featuring Native American plants and artifacts from the Schingoethe collections.
Opening Reception November 14, 2007, 4:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a slide and specimen lecture on Native American plant usage with ecologist and botanist Pat Armstrong, M.A., University of Chicago.
Image at left: "Pitcher Plant," Julie Kulak
Image at right: "Turtle Amulet," Suzanne Wegener
|September 13 - November 8, 2007||
Evidence of Human Habitation
Featuring work by Tom Berenz and Mike Knierim
Opening Reception Thursday, September 13, 2007, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Image at left: "Cul-de-sac," Mike Knierim
Image at right: "Untitled," Tom Berenz
|September 14 - October 27, 2006||
First Light II: New Artists, New Work
Featuring work by Deann Allerman, Marissa Bero, R. Hope Le Van, Maureen McKee, Gerardo Rios, Juan Sepulveda, Jon Stanicek. Opening reception, Downstairs Dunham Gallery, adjacent to the Schingoethe Center.
Image at right: "Untitled," Marissa Bero, 2005, mixed media
|February 15, 2006 - May 1, 2006||
Curated by Meg Bero, Executive Director of the Schingoethe Center
Erica Lord (Athabaskan/Inupiaq), Chris Pappan (Osage, Lakota), Debra Yeppa-Pappan (Jemez Pueblo, Korean)
Image at right: "Fox Delegate to Washington D.C.," Chris Pappan, 2005, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 77.5" x 108", collection the Schingoethe Museum
Annual Aurora University Graduating Art Major Exhibit, April through September
April 25-May 23, 2013
April 4-23, 2013
April 12 - September 15, 2012
April 1 - September 1, 2011
April 7 - September 7, 2010
April 7 - September 7, 2009
Current and Past Annual High School Art Shows
March 13 - April 5, 2012: West Aurora High School
March 3 - March 31, 2011: Batavia High School
March 3 - March 31, 2010: St. Charles North High School
March 3 - March 31, 2009: St. Charles East High School