Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Tall Grass Arts Association will host an exhibit entitled “The Sacred, the Spiritual and the Sensual” beginning on Friday, December 4 and running through January 11, 2010. The exhibit was curated by Javier Chavira and features the works of Chavira as well as Harry Sudman and Sergio Gomez. The opening reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The gallery is open to the public, free of charge.
Chavier, who curated the exhibit and participates in it, is an Associate Professor of painting and drawing at Governors State University. He earned a Master in Arts degree from Governors State and a Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. At Northern Illinois University Javier studied “Technique Mixte”, an adaptation of a 16th century Flemish painting technique, under the direction of Professor Patrick Betaudier. He has exhibited widely and has won many awards for his work. He is a member of the public arts organization “Friends of Community Public Art” of Joliet and has created public work for approximately eleven years. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago.
The second artist participating in the exhibit is Harry Sudman. In the late 1970’s, Sudman studied under master painter Patrick Betaudier at the Atelier Neo Medici in Paris. Sudman mastered a traditional realistic technique, which has been a springboard to a variety of styles he currently implements. He presently exhibits his work at 33 Collective Gallery in Chicago and in the past has exhibited internationally at “F.I.A.C “ at the Grande Palais in Paris, Art Expo Chicago, Gallery Ravel in Soho and others. He is also the author of numerous large-scale projects commissioned by Wheaton College, Commerzbank of Germany, Hyatt Hotels and others.
Sergio Gomez, the third artist, was born in Puebla, Mexico in 1971. At the age of sixteen, he and his family moved from Mexico City to the Chicago area where he has lived for over 15 years. Sergio Gomez attended Joliet Junior College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Governors State University and Northern Illinois University where he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree. In 1995, while at Governors State University, Sergio received the Lincoln Laureate Medallion Award given by the Lincoln Academy and former Governor of Illinois, Jim Edgar. The art of Sergio Gomez has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in venues such as, The National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Museum of Art, Museum of Science and Industry, Northern Indiana Arts Association, Fassbender Gallery, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Arte de Mexico Gallery, Ruben Aguirre Gallery, 33 Collective Gallery, Quincy Art Center, Beverly Art Center, Billy Graham Center Museum, Aurora Public Art Commission, Park Forest Art Center, Oak Park Art League, Northern Illinois University, Columbia College, Governors State University, Valparaiso University, Olivet Nazarene University, South Suburban College, Elmhurst College, Benedictine College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Rosary College, Kankakee Community College and Joliet Junior College among others.
Sergio Gomez is a full time art faculty member at South Suburban College. In 2004, Sergio co-founded 33 Collective Gallery in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. 33 Collective Gallery represents emerging and established Chicago artists while presenting exhibition opportunities to artists from the United States and abroad. In January 2009, Sergio founded VisualArtToday.com; a curated online exhibition space for international contemporary art. In addition, Sergio is an accomplished graphic designer, web designer, illustrator and in-house curator for the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago.
Tall Grass Gallery is located at 367 Artists Walk in DownTown Park Forest, adjacent to Village Hall. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Visitors to the gallery can also visit the Holiday Show and Sale in the mini-gallery/gift shop. For additional information, call the gallery at (708) 748-3377 or visit the website at www.tallgrassarts.org.