|The Galesburg Civic Art Center announces the opening of the national juried GALEX 44 Exhibition and Competition. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 13h and runs through Saturday, April 10th. The competition awards over $2,000 in prizes including a $1,000 Purchase Award sponsored by Blick Art Materials. The GALEX 44 Exhibition is sponsored by our exhibition partner Cottage Hospital.
There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 13th, from 6-8 p.m. which is free and open to the public. Many of the artists will be in attendance.
GALEX is one of the longest running juried exhibitions in the country. It began in 1966 and has been an annual event at the Art Center ever since. Fifty-five artists from Illinois and other states have been selected to participate in this show. A variety of media will be represented including oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, photography, fiber and sculpture.
The juror for this year's exhibition and competition is Jim Richerson, of Peoria, IL. Jim Richerson's career in art and museums spans thirty years and includes projects in Chicago, Central Illinois, Madison, WI, Central New York, Jordan, Malta, Puerto Rico, New Zealand and Tunisia. Museum work is his chosen form of artistic expression. Since May of 2000 he has been the president and CEO of Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences. He has worked and has been in residence overseas as an Academic Specialist for the United States Information Service, has been a multi-year Fulbright scholar, worked as a consultant for the J. Paul Getty Trust and a museum consultant to the Maltese and Jordanian governments. In 2007 he was a pro bono consultant to the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Active participation in the greater museum community includes being the founding co-chair of the American Association of Museums Professional Interest Committee on Green Museum initiatives, Vice Chair of the Board of the Association of Midwest Museums, a reviewer of grants for the Institute of Museums and Library Services and a museum site reviewer for the AAM. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in design and sculpture from the University of Chicago, a Bachelor of Arts from Coe College and certificates in Museum Management from the University of Colorado-Boulder and Nonprofit Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In 1984, after designing the interior of an archaeological site museum in the ancient city of Carthage in present day Tunisia, he discovered his chosen art form to be in the creation and programming of museums.
Additional award sponsors of this year's GALEX show are Breslin's Floor Covering for the Award of Excellence, McFall Monument Company for the Medallion Award, and Blick Art Materials for the Kent Leasure Memorial Fine Print Award. Dowers Roofing is our Juror Sponsor.
GALEX and all other programs of the Art Center are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The Galesburg Civic Art Center has received arts jobs preservation support from the Illinois Arts Council made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts through funds allocated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Galesburg Civic Art Center is located at 114 E. Main St. in Galesburg, Illinois. Art Center hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information please contact the Art Center at (309) 342-7415, or visit our web site at www.galesburgarts.org.
(Galesburg Civic Art Center)