Stephen L. Egert - December 2005

Egert’s sculptures elegantly combine neon light with hand-finished hardwoods and polished stone. 

These components come together to provide another way to convey Egert’s thesis: all of the elements that make up the human experience, even each individual’s acknowledgement of physical self and spiritual being, can and do co-exist, often in spite of natural disaster and human interference. 

In essence, a necessary and often mystifying fragile balance makes this possible.

Rose Camastro-Pritchett - November 2005


Day of the Dead is a month long performance by Rose Camastro-Pritchett that celebrates loved ones who have died.

During the performance Rose  bundles the personal artifacts of the person to be honored. These bundles are then blessed and hung on the altar wall.

Performances will take place every Tuesday and Friday from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM during November.

Reception follows this Friday's performance (November 18).

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Mary Ellen Croteau, Chicago, IL - July 2005


Artists as well as protesters have been condemned for using the flag in protest of US policies, but business use it any way they want without censure. 

What could be more disrespectful to the flag than using it as underwear, socks, or using it as a sales hook?  Such use is also against U.S. rules regarding the flag.

United States Code, title 36, chapter 10, section 176:

(d)   The flag should never be used as wearing apparel

(f)    The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything

(i)    The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.  It should not be embroidered, printed, or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.

(j)    No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.

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Stephanie Rond, Columbus, OH - June 2005

Paintings; acrylic on canvas

I created these paintings to reflect women’s experience in the 1950’s and how that era of American history has impacted the role of women today.

Although I was not alive in the 1950s, I can remember growing up in the 1970s hearing about this time from older generations.  I watched the old sitcoms such as Leave It To Beaver and listened to adults discuss this “perfect world.”  As I grew older I came to understand the hidden truths of that time. Not only did the 1950s stereotype women, but oppression was occurring with race, religion, sexual orientation and political beliefs.  Although American society has made great strides in acceptance, these events and indoctrinated roles influence many aspects of our lives today.

I use authentic images from 1950s textbooks and advertisements.  I tend to use colors that have a false or pastic feel to them to represent the artificial happiness of the time.  The images on first glance are intended to be a sort of happy scene, but taking a closer look, I hope that the viewer contemplates the deeper meaning.

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Mary Ellen Croteau - May 2005


Clearcut: Views From the Train

Clearcut: Views From the Trainis a pictorial commentary on the state of the continent’s forests using photographs she took on a train trip across the U.S. and Canada in August 2001.  A running strip of text accompanies the installation of 50 snapshots, describing the scenes she witnessed as well as other commentary heard and mused upon while on the trip.

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CWLU Women’s Graphic Collective - March 2005

Posters, 1969-1978

Historical posters of the Women's Graphic Collective, A work group of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union in celebration of Women's History Month

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