WSS Gallery

Water Street Studios Gallery ▪ The largest fine art gallery in the tri-cities area ▪ All media invited ▪ Exhibits rotate every four months ▪ Special events throughout the year ▪ Rental available for corporate events.

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Monique Meloche

We are proud to celebrate our 5th Anniversary with special guest juror, Monique Meloche. This show will run from November 14, 2014 until January 4, 2015.[/caption]

About the Guest Juror

Chicago art dealer Monique Meloche, founder of moniquemeloche gallery (remove comma) and Gallery Weekend Chicago, will be our special guest juror for the Fifth Anniversary Show. Monique has a Master's in Art History from SAIC, has worked with the Museum of Contemporary Art and gallerist Rhona Hoffman, and is the owner of one of the premier galleries in Chicago. Founded in October 2000, moniquemeloche works with an international group of emerging artists in all media; the gallery presents conceptually challenging installations in Chicago and at art fairs internationally with an emphasis on curatorial and institutional outreach.

Awards

Best of Show - $250 Honorable Mentions - $100 Awardees will be acknowledged online and invited to speak at an Artist Talk several weeks into the exhibit.

A special thank you to our Gallery Hospitality Partner:

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Current Show:

On-som'bel 2014 is currently on display until November 1. This year's show incorporates art, fashion, and accessories as they relate to the theme of "Avenue and Passage." A fine art exhibit curated by Rita Grendze and unique gowns and jewelry set the tone for our spectacular gallery show. All artwork is for sale, with 50% of proceeds benefiting Water Street Studios. People's Choice Awards, voted on by attendees of the September 27th on-som'bel gala, went to Patty Davoust for Best of Show, Jen Evans for Best in Art, Katherine Kratzer for Best in Fashion, and Lisa Dienst-Thomas for Best in Accessories.

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More images from On-som'bel

Guest Juror:
Tempestt Hazel -Professional Development Manager at Chicago Artists Coalition, Director & Co-Founder Sixty Inches From Center.

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Past GALLERY SHOWS:

Process is a themed exhibition where artists' work will be accompanied by materials that offer the viewer greater insight into the creative process that brought the work to life. Exhibition period: July 11th - Sept 14th.

We are proud to have Tempestt Hazel as guest juror for Process. Tempestt is Director & Co-Founder Sixty Inches From Center.

 

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Rita Grendze's Vivisection was selected as the Best In Show

 

Artists in Show:

Luis Sahagun
Rita Grendze - Best in Show
Rachel Yurkovich
Andrew Christopoulos
Heather Whidden
James Jenkins 
Matthew Cargill
Patricia Davoust
John Kurylo
Fawn Clarke-Peterson
Luis Mejico

 

2013 Spring Show

Guest juror: Jenny Lam
Honorable Mention Artists and Best of Show.
Show Runs:
April 11th  - June 28th
Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf


 

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I AMerican

A multi-media exhibition exploring what it means to be an "American" from the perspective of bi-cultural artists living in the US. Exhibition Period: Jan 24th 2014 - March 30th 2014.  Read More!




Sergio Gomez, owner/Director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center.

 


Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

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The 4th Year Anniversary Show

Guest Juror: Glenn Wexler
Honorable Mentions and Best of Show.
Show Runs: Oct 4th 2013 - Jan 5th 2014
Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

 

Read more.

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ŏn-sŏm' bəl

All fine art, fashion, furniture and accessories that were featured in our spectacular event "on-som'bel" are on view in the main gallery through September 21. This exhibition was prepared by Agnes Ma. All artwork is for sale with 50% of proceeds benefiting Water Street Studios

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2013 Summer Show

Guest juror: Staci Boris, Chief Curator at the Elmhurst Art Museum
Honorable Mention Artists and Best of Show.
Show Runs: July 12 - Aug 24th
Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

 

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2013

6 Carbon - Life, Decay and Beyond

Through Carbon -  Life, Decay, and Beyond, artists bring Carbon's use, its impact and its future upfront. Carbon is the element that is the basis of all known life forms. The duality of carbon to the existence of everything living, and its eventual death and decay, offers the artist multiple venues for interpretation.

Jess Mott Wickstrom, Gallery Director at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.
Best of Show | Gallery Directors Choice | Honorable Mention Artists
Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf



 

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2012 Summer Show

Guest Juror: Lelde Kalmite, Painter and Gallery Director of Bridgeport Art Center.
Honorable Mention Artists
and Best of Show.

Photo Credit:
Brian Dewolf



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The 3rd Year Anniversary Show runs September 28th - January 6th 2013

Guest Juror: Sergio Gomez, owner/Director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the
Zhou B. Art Center

Honorable Mention Artists
and Best of Show.
Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf



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Indulge....
Curated by Anni Holm - Curator
June 1st - September 8th 2012

About the show:
Indulge, Water Street Studios' new gallery show curated by Anni Holm.
This enticing new exhibitl features the work of 21 artists with interpretive pieces ranging from direct photographic documentation to sculptural and interactive installations.
Imagine: hotdogs, funnel cakes, gummy bears, chocolate cake, bananas, ice cream, strawberries, crab legs, oysters, pasta, salads, water, beer, wine and champagne. Then imagine: 5-star restaurants, diners, food trucks, concession stands, farm stands and of cause an all you can eat buffet. Are you hungry now? This exhibition will take a closer look at one of our basic needs through the eyes of contemporary (perhaps starving) artists. Welcome to the smorgasbord.

Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

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2012 illumunate Show
illuminate explores light in all of its forms and is open to conceptual interpretation. This show is beyond anything Water Street Studios has ever done. illuminate is more of an "event" than a show. This is a dimly lit show, with the gallery's house lights off and sporadic track lights on. This show also exhibits work in the additional 3,800 sq ft space adjacent to our already large gallery. This space will have all it's lights off and feature work that is self-illuminating.

Guest Juror: Frank Maugeri Co-Artistic Director of RedMoon
Honorable Mention Artists and Best of Show.
Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

Here's a small sample of the opening night:

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2011 A nniversary Show
Guest Juror: Corey Postiglione Associate Professor, Art History + Fine Art Columbia College Chicago Honorable Mention Artists and Best of Show. Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf


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2011 Summer Show
Guest Juror: Lisa Gloria- Realist Painter
Honorable Mention Artists and Best of Show.
Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

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2010 Winter Show
Guest Juror: Anke Loh,
Assistant Professor, Fashion Designer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Honorable Mention Artists and Best of Show
Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

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2010 Anniversary Show
Guest Juror: Hennie Reynders
Professor in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Honorable Mention Artists and Best of Show
Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

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2010 Summer Show
Guest Juror: Lee Sido
Fine Art Studio Division Head, Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University. Honorable Mention Artists and Best of Show Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

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2009 Winter Show
Guest Juror: Steve Sherrell
Professor of Art - Joliet Jr. CollegeHonorable Mention Artists and Best of Show Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

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2009 Grand Opening Show
Juror: Steven Lockwood
Photo Credit: Brian Dewolf

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Past GALLERY SHOWS: