Gallery Spotlight: Chicago State University Galleries

Gallery Spotlights are posts about randomly selected* art venues in Chicago

Klari Templeton

Chicago State University's President's Gallery.

Chicago State University’s Department of Art and Design has two galleries on its campus with regularly scheduled exhibitions.  The President’s Gallery shows artwork of professional artists with national popularity while the University Gallery is claimed by student’s work.  Joyce Owens Anderson became the curator in January of 2006 and manages both galleries at Chicago State University.

The President’s Gallery located on the 3rd floor of the Cook Administration Building has regular hours, Mon. through Fri. from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.  This gallery features professional artists, local, national and international.  The purpose of this gallery at CSU is educational, demonstrating professional quality art production, and cultural reflecting themes and styles that include the diverse student body.

Dr. Joyce Owens, Curator, CSU.

By exposing students, faculty, staff and the Chicago community and beyond to high quality visual art and artists talks allows people to understand art practice and media. It is open to the public. Currently the President’s Gallery is exhibiting student art works that was juried by internationally renowned Chicago-based sculptor Richard H. Hunt.  This is CSU’s first student art competition. Award winning students received cash prizes or 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes; 3 receive Honorable mention citations.

Chicago State University's President's Gallery.

The University Gallery is located on the second floor of the Williams Science Center.  This gallery is maintained for students to exhibit and experience their work and receive additional exposure.  Student exhibition include the Senior Portfolio Show.  The art students and student art club, Young Urban Artists, mount exhibitions and maintain the gallery hours. Outside groups can apply to use the space for events as long as they are open to the public.  The shows are primarily decided by Anderson.  She also has a gallery committee who will review submissions and work when making certain decisions.  Anderson will mount the annual alumni exhibition in this gallery in September 2010.

The gallery is booked about 2 years ahead and there about thirty artists waiting for dates. Usually 4-6 exhibitions are mounted a year that include a gallery talk and reception.

*Gallery spotlights are chosen based on a lottery, which we document by videotape, in order to be transparent and truly random. 10 were chosen out of a pool of 350.