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“Arts exist at the heart of faith: faith is not a concrete experience,
so we need arts to express our faith.

“Chicago Artists Interpret
   Shakespeare’s Characters, Plays, and Sonnets”

   Saturday, October 1–Wednesday, November 30
   Opening reception: Friday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Paying tribute to the 400th year of Shakespeare’s death in 1616, this exhibit contains works by more than 40 established artists who reside in or near Chicago.   A considerable variety of media and styles will be represented. Among the media represented are watercolor, acrylic, oil, printmaking, ceramics, and mixed-media.

The show, established and currated by artist Anne Farley Gaines with assistance from associate curators and artists Robert Kameczura and Maureen Warren, illustrates how the poetry and magic of Shakespeare’s great works continue to remain relevant to artists of today. In this exhibition, Chicago artists take their inspiration from Shakespeare's most noted plays and poetry and add their own personal creativity to give the Bard’s work new life. Critics have praised this show, which has been exhibited in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois in art centers, colleges, and universities.

  • The Chicago Weekly commented, “This Exhibit Shines!”
    The Chicago Tribune chose it as their “Pick of the Week.”
  • The exhibit was notably featured on the WTTW documentary “Our City, Our Shakespeare,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award.

The artists were selected for the high quality of their work and for their unique responses to Shakespeare’s tragic and comedic genius. The goal of this exhibit is to portray aspects of the Bard’s characters, plays, and sonnets, some well known and others less familiar, with a fresh twenty-first-century perspective. These Chicago artists’ works include the real, the surreal, the abstract, the romantic, the beautiful, the ugly, the everyday and the sublime. A unique added feature to this show is a “Wall of Sonnets” on which several artists will have visual interpretations of selected Shakespeare sonnets on display.

The exhibiting artists are
Dan Addington, Jose Agustin Andreu, Rene Arceo, Sharon Bladholm, Carol Brookes, Keith E. Brownlee, Corinna Button, Mario Castillo, Laura Coyle, Rita Dianni-Kaleel, Jonathan Franklin, Anne Farley Gaines, Sheila Ganch, Diana Leviton Gondek, Fletcher Hayes, Anne Hughes, Trish Happel, Alan Johnson, Robert Kameczura, Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Richard Laurent, Sandra Leonard, Diane Levesque, Renee McGinnis, James Mesple, BettyAnn Mocek, Didier Nolet, Geoffrey Novelli, Christine O’Connor, Judith Oehmke, Joyce Owens, Mary Porterfield, Phil Schuster, Charlotte Segal, Steve Sherrell, Lothar Speer, Charlie Thorne, Grant Thye, Audrey Ushenko, Maureen Warren, Kathy Weaver, Christa Wellman, Carla Winterbottom, Jill Zylke

This version of the show was curated by Rob Koon, Coordinator of Fine Arts, with assistance from Christa Wellman.


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For more information about exhibitions and the fine arts at Fourth Church, contact Rob Koon, Coordinator of Fine Arts (312.981.3593).