Guest Juror: Frank Maugeri

There are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
~James Thurber


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 addictional 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-illminating.


Out of the many artists who submitted for the show, the jury panel selected 6 Honorable Mention Artists and one of them will be Best of Show.

  • Best of Show artists will be awarded: Free two week Solo Show in Water Street Studios 2nd floor gallery, valued at $200.
  • Honorable Mention artists will be awarded: Announcement on Water Street Studios website, and Honorable Mention Acknowledgment Name Tag in the gallery.

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Audio interviews with artists in our illuminate Show are available for free download. In addition, they are available to anyone to listen to on an audio player in the gallery for visitors who want to incorporate that into their visit.


Guest Juror: Frank Maugeri

Water Street Studios is honored to have Frank Maugeri, Co-Artistic Director of RedMoon as our Guest Juror for our "illuminate" Show.

You can see Frank's recent presentation at
One State Together by visiting .
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About Frank Maugeri:

Frank Maugeri
Co-Artistic Director
Frank Maugeri has served as a conceiver, director, designer, and performer for over 15 years with Redmoon. In 2009 he was named Artistic Director and in 2011 began a partnership with Jim Lasko to co-direct the artistic vision. Frank is at the core to conceiving all spectacle and artistic events, in addition to shaping the aesthetic and strategy of Redmoon's marketing materials and branding opportunities while managing much of Redmoon's large community of freelance artists and interns.

He's currently working on: the new Children's Memorial Hospital Project that will transform a floor of the new facility into an environment for patients and families to connect and reflect Redmoon-style (June 2012); an adaptation of the Tempest at Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier set for January 2012 with the possibility for future touring engagements; and an original creation called The Commitment Project set for the winter and Spring of 2012.

Most recently, Frank was a core artist in creating The Celebration Vehicle, a mobile, prize-awarding, fire concert contraption that travels to Chicago's neighborhoods and landmarks to galvanize community and create spontaneous celebration. This mechanical wonder was invited to celebrate the recent launch of the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines as well as creating guerrilla performance throughout the city from Noble Square and Fulton Market to the downtown Loop and Pilsen neighborhood.

In 2010, Frank led teams of hundreds of collaborators to create the large-scale animation graphic novel "The Astronaut's Birthday" that was projected through the 80-foot façade windows of the Museum of Contemporary Art before audiences that totaled over 10,000. He also created a massive celebration for Columbia College May 2011, where he led over 60 students, 9 departments, carefully creating the genesis of an original spectacle for the institution. Additionally, he served as the central artistic director to Redmoon's first Youth Spectacle where he created the civic platform for close to 1000 Chicago youth to author, engineer and present a unique event at The Peggy Noetebaert Museum. In June 2011, he created and conceived the celebration for St. Patricks 150 year anniversary at the historic landmark of Finkl Steel on the banks of the Chicago river near Bucktown.

Highlights in 2010 saw the remount and Brazilian tour of the critically acclaimed "The Cabinet," which Frank originally conceived and directed in 2005; the co-direction of Festival J.O.E.: A Joyous Outdoor Event that was a celebratory experience in South Belmont Harbor for the residents of the city of Chicago over Labor Day weekend; The Chicago Humanities Festival's Stages, Sights, and Sounds Festival that featured "Cape and Squiggle" & "Laika's Coffin."

Other directing highlights include: the Jeff- and After Dark-awarded toy theater production of "Once Upon A Time," at the 2010 World Puppet Festival in Charleville-Mézières, and a June 2008 tour to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles ; "Shadow Swan Lake" at Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Redmoon production of "Boneyard Prayer"; he co-directed the Jeff-awarded "Golden Truffle" and "Sink. Sank. Sunk…"; created and co-directed the Jeff-awarded "Salao: the worst kind of unlucky"; and directed the shadow show in "Galway's Shadow," at the MCA.

He has been integral to the creation of all Redmoon's major spectacles, including the "All Hallow's" Ritual Celebrations and ten "Winter Pageants" (two of which he created and directed), and all the theater's celebrations and groundbreakings.

He has also performed in many popular Redmoon productions, as the Bossman in "Sink. Sank. Sunk…," Sorin in " Seagull," and a puppeteer in "Rachel's Love," "Frankenstein," and the 2000 production of "Hunchback."

Past recent small works, the original "Laika's Coffin" (eventually touring to NY) and "Potatoes" won Best Director and Best Production at Collaboraction's Sketchbook 2006 and 2004, respectively; and "Jane and the End of Time" won Best Production and Best Actress at Sketchbook 2005.

He is the recipient of the prestigious NEA/TCG Career Development Award for Directors, where he worked extensively with Dogtroepe and Groupe ZUR in Europe.

Frank has served as an instructor and guest artist to Gallery 37, Project LEAP, UIC, Northwestern University, The Jung Institute, Chicago Park District, and Department of Cultural Affairs; he makes his teaching home in the Film and Animation department of Columbia College. Frank was also a founding member of Theater DANK, a collaborative of puppet directors and designers who led the successful Chicago Puppet Festivals in 1998 and 1999, as well as many events and gatherings featuring DANK's own work and the work of many national puppet theater makers.

You can see Frank's recent presentation at One State Together In the Arts in Bloomington, IL by visiting: .