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Luminous Ground: Artists With Histories - ISM Springfield

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Luminous Ground: Artists With Histories

The exhibit Luminous Ground: Artists With Histories, cited in the top ten shows of the year by both New City and Time-Out Chicago, explores outstanding work by older Illinois artists. These artists share several important similarities: 1) the creation of life-long bodies of work of the highest caliber; 2) the influencing of students and other artists across generations through teaching and community service; 3) commitments of fifty to sixty years or more to the exploration of personal creativity. The exhibit counters the emphasis on the youth culture that pervades society and suggests that the pursuit of creativity can be a life-enhancing activity for all.

The artists and media include:


  • Ralph Arnold (1924-2006), constructions; 
  • Morris Barazani (1925), abstract painting; 
  • Gerda Meyer Bernstein (1931), socially conscious installation; 
  • Fred Berger (1923-2006), figurative paintings, sculpture, and works on paper; 
  • William Frederick (1922), silversmith; 
  • Theodore Halkin (1924), painting and sculpture; 
  • Thomas Kapsalis (1925), abstract painting and sculpture; 
  • Vera Klement (1929), painting;
  •  Ellen Lanyon (1926), printmaking and painting; 
  • Elizabeth Ruprecht (1932), painting; and
  • Leopold Segedin (1927), figurative painting.


This exhibition is curated by Judith Lloyd Klauba and Doug Stapleton, co-curators at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery. The exhibition runs from May 20, 2012 through January 6, 2013.

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