Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. Each month we hear from a different artist or about a new topic. We encourage artists to talk about their own work, a style they love, or another artist they admire. Enjoy a casual discussion (with PowerPoint slides) accompanied by coffee and light treats. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to submit discussion suggestions of art that is related to the topic.
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Upcoming VITRUAL Events
Tue, Dec 8 | 1 pm
Fiber artist Dana Baldwin was born in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana. Her artistic process began as a child when she observed and studied textile masterpieces while living and traveling in Europe. The daughter of a military doctor father and an artist mother, Baldwin received a B.A. from Bradley University and a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, then interned at the prestigious Mayo Clinic (Rochester Methodist Hospital) as a clinical dietitian.
As an award-winning fiber artist, Baldwin has been heavily influenced by the colors, textures and patterns of Spain, Portugal and northern Africa. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with shows at the Art Gallery of Vogue Knitting LIVE (New York City), the Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), the East Gippsland Art Gallery (Victoria, Australia), among other exhibits and venues.
Baldwin's one-of-a-kind fabric and fiber creations have garnered numerous awards. She received the "Viewer's Choice Award" at the Mancuso Mid-Atlantic XX Quilt and Wearable Art Festival in Hampton, Virginia. Judge Cindy Brick called her work, "A real show stopper! Unique. We were impressed by (the) gown's overall impact and use of humble materials for a more sophisticated effect." The Bay School Rustic Art Show awarded one of Baldwin's pieces "Best in Show," with judge Ken Winebrenner saying, "For most outrageous 'rustication' by definition, with grace of form over dubious function, irony over practicality. Rusticity toward art."
Her work has also received honors from the Virginia Fall Fiber Festival and the National ArtPop Billboard Contest, and is currently featured at Methodist College. Ms. Baldwin recently completed an artist's residency at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria. She was also recognized with a special Mayoral Proclamation, both for her impressive artistic achievements and for her contributions to promoting small businesses along Peoria's Main Street corridor, where she ran a studio and popular shop called The Sheared Edge.
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Tue, Jan 12 | 1 pm
Jessica Bingham (b. 1989) is an artist, curator, mother, educator, and advocate working in Central Illinois. She is Curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University where she has organized solo exhibitions for Katie Bell and Eric Anthony Berdis, and has a forthcoming solo exhibition planned for Ashley Jude Jonas. Bingham is also the Director and Co-founder of Project 1612, an independent artist-run space and short-term residency program focused on ephemeral exhibitions and participatory performances. Project 1612 was founded in 2015 in collaboration with her husband Zach Ott and fellow artist Alexander Martin. Since the inaugural exhibition, nearly forty solo and two-person exhibitions have taken place, including artists Sophie Ansell, Claire Ashley, ZW Buckley, Reenie Charrière, Ben Cook, Linda Ding, Adam Farcus, Mona Gazala, Rachel Hausmann, Chintia Kirana, Joey Knox, Richard Medina, Eric Peterson, and Angie Saiz. Additionally, Bingham was the previous Curator at Illinois Central College where she organized solo exhibitions for Jan Brandt, Felicia Cannon, Jacob Guzan, Yun Jeong Hong, Ginger Lukas, Dan Ossandón, Ian Shelley, and Trish Williams.
Bingham is dedicated to collaborating with and supporting local and regional artist-run, LGBTQ-owned, Black-led, and NFP organizations. She views such collaboration as an essential part of community development and pride. She co-organized satellite group exhibitions and programming for the 3rd (2017) and 4th (2019) Terrain Biennials. Participating 2017 artists: Gina Hunt, Bryony Hussey, Ryan Paluczak, and Dawn Robin. Participating 2019 artists: Sage Dawson, Venise Keys, Jam Rohr, John Steck Jr. In 2019, Bingham curated a two-part group exhibition at Super Dutchess featuring works by the members of Monaco, an artist collective based in St. Louis. Participating artists: Bruce Burton, Heather Bennett, Jennifer Colten, Sage Dawson, Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, José Garza, Meghan Grubb, Howard Krohn, Yowshien Kuo, Allison Lacher, Tim Portlock, and Edo Rosenblith. Furthermore, Bingham has written regional exhibition reviews for Sixty Inches From Center; co-presented about artist-run spaces at the Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, The Business of Art, and Beyond Alternatives Symposium; juried and presented for Sky Art Peoria Celebration; co-organized an international film festival with the RPCA in the Peoria Community Garden; facilitated a donation-based art sale to raise funds for Peoria Guild of Black Artists and Girls Light Our Way; and is currently serving on the board of pt.fwd., an independent non-profit organization in Bloomington-Normal presenting performances of contemporary music and sonic arts.
Bingham has also taught in higher-ed at Monmouth College and Bradley University. Through a variety of classes, including Drawing, Painting, Art History, Digital Photography, and BFA and Portfolio Seminars, Bingham invested in future artists by fostering classrooms that sought to develop individualized visual language, engage students in challenging conversations, and support research opportunities that furthered their interest in the art and art history.
In addition to curating exhibitions and engaging community, Bingham is also a practicing artist. Bingham’s work has been exhibited at: Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; Neon Heater, Findlay, Ohio; Public Space One, Iowa City; Mantel Art Space, San Antonia; Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa; and Heartbreaker, Peoria, Illinois, among others. She earned her M.A. in 2014 and M.F.A. in 2016 in Painting from Bradley University and her B.A. from Monmouth College in 2012.
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Margaret Le Jeune
Tue, Apr 13 | 1 pm
Margaret LeJeune is an image-maker, curator, and educator from Rochester, New York (USA). Working predominantly with photographic-based mediums, LeJeune explores our precarious relationship to the natural world. Her work has been widely exhibited at institutions around the world including The Griffin Museum of Photography (USA), The Center for Fine Art Photography (USA), ARC Gallery (USA), Circe Gallery Cape Town (South Africa), Science Cabin (South Korea), and Umbrella Arts (USA). LeJeune has been invited to create work at several residency programs which foster collaboration between the arts and sciences including the Global Nomadic Art Project - The Ephemeral River (Dartington, UK), University of Notre Dame Research Center (USA), and University of Wisconsin - Madison Trout Lake Research Station (USA). Her work was recently published in Culture, Community, and Climate: Conversations and Emergent Praxis from art.earth press. LeJeune currently serves as Associate Professor of Photography at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
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If you would like to present at Art Club on your own work, discuss an artist, a style, or an art movement, please email: email@example.com
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