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All our exibitions are organized and developed by our curatorial staff and participation in an exhibition is by invitation of the curators. We are happy to consider your work or your exhibition proposal if you are an artist that resides in the state of Illinois, or your proposal has a connection with Illinois history. Proposals should be sent to:

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  Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art   

Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art

Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art explores the combinative practices of artists who use language or text in their visual art. This exhibition showcases art that incorporates words, letters, or text, for narrative or graphic impact. The scope of the exhibition ranges from folk/ visionary art, to contemporary works in traditional media such as drawing, painting and sculpture, to experimental installation, mixed media and new media work. Works by emerging and mid-career artists are featured alongside select works drawn from the ISM Fine Art Collection. Exhibition is curated by Robert Sill, Assistant Director of Art, Illinois State Museum. Exhibition runs from September 8, 2014 through February 6, 2015.

Artists: Joanne Aono, George Blaha, Stan Bly, Mark Booth, Shayne Brantley, Jaun Angel Chavez, Michael Dinges, Don Colley, Betsy Dollar, Howard Finster, Indira Freitas Johnson, Ellen Greene, Phil Hanson, Kathy Halper, Jesse Howard, Kate Ingold, Allison Lacher, Gina Litherland , Jim Lutes, Ruth Ann Mazarim, Mike Miller, Michael Nakoneczny, Terry Rathje, Hollis Sigler, Brian Sullivan, Kevin Veara, Thom Whalen, Andrew Young.

Pro-Text is part of Chicago Artists Month 2014, the 19th annual celebration of Chicago's vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit

The Curator will be giving a gallery talk and tour on October 15.


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