Throughout the year, we showcase emerging and established artists in curated, juried, and solo exhibitions.
January 5 - February 9, 2018
Pictured: Emily Sullivan Smith
Artlink Regional Exhibition
Sponsored by Snow & Sauerteig
Art Champions: Fred & Mary Anna Feitler and Rebecca Justice-Schaab.
Artlink is pleased to present the return of the Regional Exhibition. This juried exhibition will feature artists from the Midwest states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky working in a variety of artistic mediums. This exhibition will be juried by artist, Danielle Riede.
About the Juror
Danielle Riede grew up in the United States and Iceland. She received her MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and also studied under Daniel Buren at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. Riede is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, the Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Herron School of Art and Design - IUPUI and has exhibited her work worldwide.
February 16 - March 23, 2018
Art Champions: Kathy Bock, Ron and Joni Dick, Kay Safirstein and Vaun Smith.
Text(URE): Audrey Mills
Conceptualizing print as archive and trapping for the spectral image, Text(ure) explores language as a tool to catch and materialize the black body.
Audrey Mills is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Kalamazoo, MI. She recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmedia from Western Michigan University.
Mills work revolves around blackness and the African Diaspora through the lens of language, history and societal power structures. Autoethnographic in nature, her studio practice is heavily dependent on research. The finished work is as much an analysis of information as it is an expression of identity.
Horizons of Utopia: Elena Smyrniotis
Horizons of Utopia focuses on three major schemes: the representation of history in an urban landscape, the allegorical representation of utopia, and the metaphor of space. The work reflects humanity’s desire for a better world and attempts to visualize utopia and its counterpart dystopia through contemplations of the utopian landscape, with a particular focus on topography and cartography.
Elena Smyrniotis received her Master’s of Fine Art in Printmaking and Drawing from the University Notre Dame in 2017. Smyrniotis currently resides in Fort Wayne, IN, and teaches at the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts.
IN LOVE/THIS BODY: Mel Sealy and C. A. Neal
Sponsored by The Gay and Lesbian Dinner Dance
IN/LOVE THIS BODY documents the LGBT+ communities in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2017, Mel Sealy and C. A. Neal became artists-in-residence at Artlink Contemporary Gallery. Throughout the year, the artists conducted interviews with LGBT+ individuals from the Fort Wayne community. Sealy and Neal have illustrated these stories to showcase the lives and queer population in the city and provide a platform for these individuals to share their stories and struggles. “We are passionate about the project because we are gay. I live the same lives as most of these people everyday,” says Sealy. In creating this documentary project, Sealy and Neal hope to open people of all backgrounds to a world they might not have known exists in Fort Wayne.
Mel Sealy is a comic artist from Columbus, Ohio. Sealy is a queer, black woman interested in telling stories that challenge preconceived notions.
C. A. Neal is an editorial illustrator currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. Neal is interested in providing the not-so-tangible a visual form, specifically creating artwork around themes of mental health and sexuality.
March 30 - May 11, 2018
Art Champions: Suzanne Galazka and Dick and Mary Lu.
38th National Print Exhibition
Although printing for most of us is often as immediate as Ctrl+P, the tradition of printmaking continues on today. This traditional and often times tedious artform has not faded with the dawn of the digital age, instead printmaking has continued to inspire a new generation of printmakers who seek to augment traditional practices with new techniques. These techniques, rolling out an ink slab for a lithograph or wiping the surface of a copper plate etching with the palm of the hand, become ingrained in each artist. This exhibition, in its 38th year, will feature contemporary printmakers working in all printmaking mediums, including intaglio, lithographs, relief, screenprints, monoprints, letterpress, artist books, digital prints and print installations. This year, we are honored to have Liz Maugans, printmaker and co-founder of Zygote Press, as the juror of this exhibition.
About the Juror
Liz Maugans received her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As an advocate for artists and the visual arts, Maugans has served as a consultant for many organizations and art business start-ups. She is the co-founder of the Collective Arts Network, a quarterly journal and arts network that works to promote Northeast Ohio artists and organizations to a greater audience through a quarterly journal and collective events. Maugans’ work is included in the Progressive Art Collection, BF Goodrich (Charlotte, N.C.) and The Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, (Columbus, OH) collections. She received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2000 and a 2005 Artist-in-Communities Grant. She was honored, along with her Zygote co-founder, the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service from the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.