Curated by Eric Fleischauer and Jesse McLean
Saturday, November 6 · 7:30pm – 9:00pm – This event is free!

Green Lantern Gallery
2542 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL

Spewing out from the depths of subversive fantasy (and borrowing from Tony Balko’s title), the Eruption program disgorges imaginary visions brought to light with aid of technology. More than just constructed fictions, the artists in this program push the elasticity of the medium, in the process revealing not just inner fantasies but also deeper truths embedded in the material.

Featuring work by Tom Dale, Tony Balko, Ivan Lozano, Brad Tinmouth, Thad Kellstadt, Sascha Pohle, Todd Mattei and Jerzy Rose

In conjunction with the Green Lantern’s ongoing social investigation
into ecology throughout this year, Eric Fleischauer and Jesse McLean
have curated a series of three film and video screenings that follow a
similar line of inquiry as it relates to contemporary trends and
developments within the field of the moving image. The programs
presented aim to identify and organize boundaries within the field
that are being constantly renegotiated by artists working with moving


Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
John Almanza, Ben Foch, Dennis Hodges
curated by Brandon Alvendia
October 7 – November 4, 2010
Reception: 7 pm, Thursday, November 4, 2010
(Artists’ talk at 6pm at the ARCC lobby)
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 am-4 pm

Seerveld Art Gallery
Art and Communication Center at Trinity College
6601 W. College Drive
Palos Heights, Illinois 60463

Artificial Hell


Artificial Hell
October 29 – November 19 / 2010
Opening Reception / Friday / October 29 / 7-10 pm
Brief Zombie Walk / 10 pm

606 (Rear) West Main Street / Peoria / IL
(in the back of 600 West Main Street)

Gallery hours / by appointment only
Contact /

This Halloween, Backspace Collective proudly presents our inaugural event: Artificial Hell. Taken from a term coined by André Breton, our artificial hell is populated by monsters, mutations, and zombies. The uncanny horror they incite is corporeal, by attacking, transforming or devouring the body, as well as reminding us of our own physical vulnerabilities.  Including painting, drawing, film, performance, and video, Artificial Hell presents artists’ interventions into the ideas and conventions of horror in the works of Chase Melendez, Michael Stillion and Gabe Johnson.

Chase Melendez grew up in the in the Pacific Northwest and received his BS from San Diego State University and his MFA from The University of Cincinnati where he currently lives and works as a performance artist and painter.  His piece, THEY WON’T STAY DEAD! is a direct painterly engagement with George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Michael Stillion received his BFA degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design and holds an MFA degree from Indiana University. He currently lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio.  His painted works engage with the idea of monsters, stating “My nephew dreams about monkey blood. What does this look like? It’s when the purple and blue mix to make red. This is a monster.”

Gabriel Johnson is Museum Registrar at University Galleries of Illinois State University; he received his B.S. in Studio Art from Bradley University (2005), where he held a dual concentration in Drawing and Printmaking.

Backspace is:
• deleting, rethinking, changing your mind, looking at things a different way, editing.
• the freedom to fail, to try again, to fail again until you succeed
• a way to make thoughts ephemeral, transitional, adaptable
• the ability to revise ideas, change minds, and re-evaluate why we are here
• looking backward while moving forward
• a space to re-work, re-invent, and re-invigorate
• like the eraser on a pencil
• emptiness
• impermanence
• a thinkers’ and artists’ collective
• a space for contemporary art and ideas
• located behind 600 West Main Street (606 Rear), in Peoria, Illinois

Backspace is a center for new ideas in a radically changing world. We provide an outlet for creative expressions that are integral to a healthy society, and which promote civic engagement locally and globally. We are dedicated to fostering innovative, risk-taking contemporary art and cultural scholarship through exhibitions, “Marginalia” lectures, and other events and programming. Our space is a forum for exhibiting, discussing, and interpreting works ranging from traditional plastic arts to performance and new media. We feature works and ideas that are committed to expanding the cultural vocabulary within the region.

Backspace is:
Shannon Benine
Elizabeth Kauffman
John Mosher
Acacia Warwick
Todd Williams




October 21 – November 28, 2010
Reception with artists: October 21, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Heuser Art Gallery
Bradley University
1400 West Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61625

GROUP SHOW is an exhibition about groups, specifically artist collectives. Four collectives have been invited to display the work they do as a team, which includes everything from producing a book, to creating models of entropy, to video installation. The groups included are: Temporary Services (Chicago, IL); Okay Mountain (Austin, TX); Carnal Torpor (Kansas City, MO); and The League of Imaginary Scientists (Los Angeles, CA).

Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Student members can apply for scholarships to offset the cost of attending the 2011 national conference in Atlanta, March 10-13, 2011.

Ten SPE Student Awards & The SPE Award for Innovations in Imaging in Honor of Jeannie Pearce feature:
* $500 travel stipend to attend the 2011 SPE national conference
* One-year membership to SPE
* Complimentary 2011 national conference pass

The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Black and White Photography features:
* $5,000 cash prize
* One-year membership to SPE
* Complimentary 2011 national conference pass

Submit online!
Deadline: November 1, 2010 @ 11:59 PM EST

Download the 2011 Scholarship Opportunities Call for Entries pdf for complete rules and regulations.

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Process | Progress | Procrastination
October 7 – 28, 2010
Reception: October 7th at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Artists’s Talks: October 7th at 6:30pm

Hartmann Center Gallery
Bradley University
1423 St. James Ave
Peoria, IL 61625

The nine current MFA candidates, Joshua Bindewald, Mary Beth Koszut, Don Mason, Anastasia Samoylova, Darren Jackson, Kris Meyers, Cassandra Lawlor, Sarah Zaleski and Sara Shinn will be showing work from their time at Bradley University.