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  Meet Sculptor Barbara Cooper at Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery   

LOCKPORT, IL— On Sunday, October 20, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm the audience at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery will have the chance to meet with sculptor Barbara Cooper whose work is on display in the current exhibition. This is the last event for our Sunday series during the exhibition Fragile Relations: Art, Nature, and Environment.  This is a terrific opportunity to hear directly from the artist about her processes and ask questions about her work. Reservations are not required, though seating is limited. Admission is free.  Museum opens at noon on Sunday. Exhibition runs through October 25.

Chicago-based artist Barbara Cooper begins with nature and explores how forms respond to the stresses they withstand and the obstacles they confront.  Cooper is constantly re-cycling, re-inventing, and reusing items as part of her process. Currently she is rescuing discarded wood veneer and transforming the material into objects that reflect the original materials. Cooper’s work is widely-exhibited and collected.  She has also taught art for over twenty years at, among others, Syracuse University, Harold Washington College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 Fragile Relations: Art, Nature and Environment  highlights the work of fourteen Illinois artists who are inspired by nature and the environment and show diverse ways of perceiving and experiencing the world.  Further, through their work these artists delve into both the internal—or personal—and the external—or shared—environments.  Through a process of reclaiming, Mary Ellen Croteau (Chicago), Carole Komarek (Arlington Heights), Michele Stutts (Chicago), and Toby Zallman (Chicago) transform discarded materials into beautiful works of art.  Denise Bellezzo (Naperville), Barbara Cooper (Chicago), and Donna Hapac (Chicago) incorporate natural materials into work that reflect the balances, transformations, and humor in nature. Photographers Xavier Nuez (Chicago), Jeff Crisman (Joliet), Jean Sousa (Chicago), Nora Lloyd (Chicago), Marjorie David (Chicago), and Mayra Pimentel (Chicago) explore the world around us—large and small, real and imaginary—revealing the junctures between humans and nature.  Alex Lopez’s (Murphysboro) mixed media video installations invite the audience to experience an environment that is both beautiful and slightly disturbing.  This exhibition is organized by Jane Stevens, Associate Curator/Gallery Administrator, Illinois State Museum Chicago.  Please call ISM Lockport or visit our website for information on related events.

The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Norton Building at 201 West 10th Street in Lockport, Illinois, and is fully accessible to all physically challenged individuals.  Museum hours are noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Museum is closed Saturdays and State Holidays.  Admission is free.  For information on exhibitions and related programs, becoming a member of the Friends of the Lockport Gallery, directions, or to schedule a group tour of ten or more, please visit the museum online at or call (815) 838-7400.  The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is part of the Illinois State Museum system, including sites in Springfield, Rend Lake, Chicago, and Lewistown.


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