Midwestern Contributors to BLAB! Exhibit at Leviton A+D Gallery
June 18 – July 22, 2009
Image: Don Colley, My Burdened Heart, scratchboard drawing on laminated plastic,
Originally published in BLAB! 15
Monte Beauchamp's annual darling of the graphic design and illustration world is a spectacular collection of cutting-edge comics, illustration, and graphic design. BLAB!'s list of contributors past and present reads like a Who's Who of the contemporary visual art world including Mark Ryden, Chris Ware, Gary Panter, Joe Coleman and many more.
Midwestern BLAB!, curated by Monte Beauchamp, the Chicago-based creator of BLAB!, has included the art works of several Midwestern artists who have contributed significantly to BLAB! and are exemplars of the periodical’s core values. Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago is the co-curator of this exhibition.
“Though BLAB!’s scope is international,” writes Bill North, Senior Curator of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, in the exhibition’s catalog essay. “The underpinning of its cornucopian visual feast is resolutely Midwestern. BLAB!, a product of the Midwest, boldly affirms the positive view of Midwestern culture. And, in the face of BLAB!, claims of the region’s cultural inferiority ring hollow.”
EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Don Colley, Tom Huck, Teresa James, CJ Pyle, and Fred Stonehouse
WHEN: June 18 – July 22, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18, from 50
WHERE: Columbia College Chicago’s Leviton A+D Gallery
619 S. Wabash Avenue
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm, Thursday 11 am – 8 pm
COST: Free and Open to the Public
INFO: Gallery Coordinator, 312.369.8668
Press Inquiries, 312.369.8695
Image: Fred Stonehouse, Four Eyes, 12" x 12", acrylic and collage on wood panel
To be published in BLAB! 19
This exhibition is sponsored by the Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago. This exhibition is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and the Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF fund.