The City of Evanston recognizes the important role of visual arts in the livability and vibrancy of the community. Recently, the Morton Civic Center is home to several interior spaces for exhibiting artists’ work. Notably, collections are presently displayed in the James C. Lytle Council Chambers, the second floor corridor, and the Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Gallery.
The Morton Civic Center is located at 2100 Ridge Avenue in Evanston. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information about the exhibits, please contact Cultural Arts Coordinator Jennifer Lasik at 847-859-7835.
Additionally, the Noyes Cultural Arts Center has galleries on the first and second floors which have hosted hundreds of renowned and impactful exhibitions by both local and regional artists. The first floor gallery currently displays work created by the artists in residence at Noyes as well as students who take classes from the instructors there. The second floor gallery is devoted to exhibitions by visiting artists, which rotate several times per calendar year. Find out more information about exhibiting your work at Noyes Cultural Art Center here.
Community members are invited to view the "Forgotten Cuba" art exhibition in the north stairwell of the Morton Civic Center between the second and fourth floor, from Sunday, October 11, 2015 through 2017.
This exhibition by local photographer, Jerry Alt, highlights approximately 50 fine art photographs from his April 2015 trip to Cuba. The people, culture and environment all have a place in these compelling images.
“When I ran across a unique opportunity to visit Cuba earlier this year with a small group of professional photographers, and to have access to the level of equipment provided by Phase One, I knew immediately that I had to take this trip before the influx of American tourists and money changed the culture forever. In the short time I spent with the Cuban people I was impressed with their positive attitudes, their optimism for the future, and the welcome I received from everyone.”
Alt is the owner of Bordeaux Studio, located at the corner of Church and Darrow in Evanston. In addition to his commercial business, his fine art focuses on nature and travel. He is on the Board of Directors of Chicago Photographic Society, a member of the Professional Photographers Association of America and the National Photographic Society. He is an active contributing member of various nature and photography-related organizations.
"Toward a More Perfect Union" by Robert Magrisso
Community members are invited to view the "Toward a More Perfect Union" art exhibition in the Parasol Room of the Morton Civic Center, from Friday, April 28 through July 30, 2017.
“A more perfect union” is a familiar phrase from the United States Constitution and the Constitution makes an appearance in one of these works explicitly. However, there are so many other aspects of life to which this also applies: the union of life and death, the known and the unknown, science and spirituality, our planet earth and the cosmos, not to mention greater union amongst humans. Union is a theme sometimes explicit, but more often implicit, in these works.
This exhibition by Robert Magrisso includes mixed media, wood carvings, and drawings. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Robert Magrisso works with images and symbols trying to unite the personal and the universal, the psychological and the spiritual. He uses common materials and most of these works are constructions, collages, and wood carvings. All are influenced by his work as a physician, by a near-death experience he had in 1995, and by his participation in Cafh, a path of spiritual unfolding. Magrisso has been an Evanston resident since 1982.