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Curator Talk—Focus on Artist Don Seiden at ISM Lockport Gallery

  Curator Talk—Focus on Artist Don Seiden at ISM Lockport Gallery   

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LOCKPORT— Learn about the mixed-media work and the lengthy career of Chicago artist Don Seiden at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery on Sunday, June 3, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.  This presentation, entitled “Focus On Don Seiden” will be led by ISM Chicago Gallery Curator Jane Stevens.  Stevens will explore how art has been a constant companion in Seiden’s thinking, feeling and sensory life.  This ISMLG “Talk & Tour Program”—part of our continuing “Sunday Series”—is free and open to the public; reservations are not required though seating is limited.

Don Seiden’s work is featured in the current exhibition Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions.  Based in Chicago, Seiden has been a prominent professional artist and professor of art and art therapy for more than fifty years.  Utilizing mixed media—paint, ink, metal, plaster, wood, and found objects—Seiden explores life, art, and the creative process through objects that speak to a range of subjects.  As a professor, Seiden first taught in the Chicago Public School system, but then went to teach at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he pioneered and founded what later became the first program in Art Therapy. 

Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions (thru October 5th) features the work of four Illinois artists: Steven Robnett, Don Seiden, Mario Trejo, and Rebecca Wolfram. Elgin artist Robnett narrates the human experience from multiple perspectives in tightly rendered paintings and compositions of charcoal, pastel, and colored pencil. Seiden—Chicago-based painter, sculptor, and art therapist with more than 50 years experience—explores life, art, and the creative process utilizing mixed media.  Southern Illinois artist Trejo combines rigorous processes and acute attention to detail in compositions that resonate between calm fluidity and struggling chaos. Chicago-based painter Wolfram delves into the effects of culture, custom, and tradition as they reflect and shape social behavior and society. 

Three more separate, one-hour informal presentations on the artists led by the individual curators are scheduled during the course of the exhibition: Focus On Steven Robnett by ISMLG Director Jim Zimmer (July 15); Focus On Rebecca Wolfram by ISMLG Curator Jennifer Jaskowiak (August 19); Focus On Mario Trejo by Robert Sill, ISM Assistant Director of Art (September 9). Later, be prepared for a chilling dramatic performance of Grimm’s fairy tales—some set to music and as they were originally intended for adults—by professional storyteller Judith Heineman and musician Daniel Marcotte (September 30).  Presentations are free and open to the public.

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 until 5:00 pm on Sunday and 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  The Museum is closed Saturdays and State Holidays.  Admission is free.  ISM Lockport Gallery will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.  For information on exhibitions and related programs, becoming a member of the Friends of the Lockport Gallery, directions to the museum, or to schedule a group tour of ten or more, please contact museum staff at (815) 838-7400 or visit the museum online at  The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is part of the Illinois State Museum system, including sites in Springfield, Rend Lake, Chicago, and Lewistown.

Monday, May 14, 2012

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