More Successes of Painting MFAs

Author: Heather Rhoda

Among the season-opener shows in Chicago this year are one-person exhibitions by alumni of Notre Dame:

Justin Miller at Zg Gallery going from Sept. 10 - Oct. 23
Megan Greene at Carrie Secrist going from Sept. 10 - Oct. 16
Heather Marshall at Linda Warren going from Sept. 10 - Oct. 23

Also new painting MFA Amanda Joseph has been one of the featured artists in Blue Canvas Magazine, a relatively new magazine that showcases the work of some members of the online art community. Her work and a corresponding interview is featured in Issue Five, and the spread begins on page 72 and continues on to page 79.

Please try to make the openings at Zg Gallery and Carrie Secrist, view the online magazine, and congratulate our alumni and current student!!

Zg Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60654
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30pm

Join Us for Our Season Opening
Friday, Sept. 10th, 5:30-7:30pm

*Artist will be present.

"Remnants of a Radiant Tomorrow"
New Paintings and Altered Vintage Photographs

September 10 - October 23, 2010

Preview New Works:

Justin Henry Miller’s paintings are meticulously rendered, finely wrought realist sci-fi fantasies of a bio-medical graveyard that take place in the (maybe not so distant) future: after the experiments have concluded and the labs have been abandoned. Failed experiments are mixed with semi-successful results in the now defunct paraphernalia and discarded equipment of bio-medical waste. Fetal tissue and synthetic organs are encased forever in a state of suspended animation. Artificial respiration, insemination, and even perspiration are machine generated in self sustaining perpetuity. Miller witnessed - first hand - the hyper manipulation of nature and the natural process for human use on his father’s horse farm. Livestock are routinely subject to selective breeding, artificial insemination, ultrasound scanning and inoculations solely for commercial purposes. What initially begins as harmless bio-mimicry; creating a better future through chemistry and technology, devolves into a dystopia, rife with the cast-offs of unintended consequences and a garbage dump heap of bionic refuse stacked and left to rust and rot in the landscape. In addition to the paintings are a series of found antique and vintage photographs of individuals and families, altered with the same fastidiously painted surfaces that Justin uses in his original compositions. He delights in the absurd results of combining Victorian poses, restraint and correctness with mutant children and sea creatures as hats. Miller received his B.A. from Eastern Illinois University and his M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame. This will be Miller’s first solo exhibition with Zg Gallery.

Zg Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60654 | T. 312.654.9900 |



Heather Marshall: Here and There
Chuck Walker: New Work
September 10th – October 23rd, 2010
Opening Reception for the Artists: Friday, September 10th, 2010, 6-9 pm

Linda Warren Gallery is proud to open the fall season presenting two solo shows of two noteworthy realist painters, Heather Marshall and Chuck Walker.  While their painting styles differ, as does the scale of their work, both share an enchanted sensitivity and seduction for the physical world, as well as a remarkable ability to transcend it through their very personalized forms of expression.

In her second solo exhibition at the gallery – “Here and There” - Heather Marshall continues her predilection for creating meticulous small-scale works that transform ordinary, every day images into extraordinary and alluring, jewel-like works of art. Marshall’s oil paintings on panel are painstaking efforts, which invariably involve hundreds of hours of work.  To sustain her inspiration throughout, she focuses on imagery that is both visually complex and technically challenging, but more so, embrace her desire to hone in on that which is easily overlooked, ignored or simply taken for granted.  It is here, in the minute details of life, where Marshall’s ability to plasticize her medium and advance her compulsion for astute and uncanny perception become manifest, successfully raising our consciousness and abilities to discern and experience that which is around us.  Found in the textured life of her surroundings – in dilapidated buildings and on rusty mailboxes, inside local dime stores or sewing shops, along country roads, and on top of city rooftops or in her sister’s delivery room after giving birth to her newborn niece, “Here and There” reflects Marshall’s personality and personal history.  It is her eye and nuanced probing and handling of the matters of light, form, surface, perspective and composition that define her originality and incredible talent as an artist.

Heather Marshall received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute in 2002 and her MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2004.  Her work can be found in many significant private collections throughout the country.  Chuck Walker attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1969-73.  His work has been exhibited at numerous venues including Artspace (San Francisco) (1987), Contemporary Center for Art (St. Louis) (1988), Evanston Art Center (1988), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) (1989), Chicago Cultural Center (1992), the Rockford Art Museum (1997), and a retrospective of his work was held at the Hyde Park Art Center in 2008.  Walker’s work has been discussed and reviewed in Art News, New Art Examiner, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Art in America.

beyond the knot

Heather Marshall
Beyond the Knot, 2010,
Oil on Panel, 8” x 6"