Elemental Impact at Epiphany Center for the Arts November 17, 2023-January 24, 2024
Group Show, CSI
(Kara Cobb Johnson will be showing “Purse”)
The Chase Gallery
November 17, 2023 to January 13, 2024
Elemental Impact takes interest in the parts that make up the whole, and how a single element can impact the world at large. Much like a single choice in material or form can change an entire piece, each of the sculptural works in this collective by 34 artists, change and impact the whole through their proximity.
Bold material choices and a unique presence are what unite the works in this exhibition. They balance the ability to stand on their own while also engaging with the work and environment around them in a way that fundamentally changes the experience of the space. Stories are woven through their proximal relationship, changing slightly each way you approach and move through the space; delighting in the ambiguity of what is fundamental, and what is interpreted.
This exhibition is curated by K.R. Fowler and is in partnership with Chicago Sculpture International.
Masquerade Friday the 13th, Rostrum_312 @ salonlb Chicago
Bellwether was installed around a petina-rich historic column at salonlb Masquerade organized by Rostrum312. The accompanying transformed title “From the Sky Down, Institutional Recalibration” became realized with a dance troupe, fashion atelier collection and exhibition occurring underneath its 40’ x 17’ x 15’ expanse. This exhibition was curated by Beth Swanson for Salonlb.
Comfort Station: Pecha Kucha Artists to Watch August 26th 2023
Comfort Station Logan Square hosted a Pecha Kucha afternoon for 15 artists to present their work and practice to create community and networks on August 26th from 3-5pm. I showed 5 works at this event in a slideshow format and discussed my materials, practice, and motivations. I am grateful for their including my work in this forum. This exhibition was curated by Katie Rauth, Artistic Director at Comfort Station.
Terrain Exhibitions: Biennial 2023 Mycelium Connection
I am happy to share that I will be showing a piece in the 2023 Terrain Biennial in the Ravenswood neighborhood! This exhibition was curated by Stephanie Graham for Terrain Exhibitions.
Sundays on State: August 13th, 2023 between Randolph and Washington on State Street 11am-5pm
SundaysOnState are back, and I am excited to be part of this year’s fun-filled lineup alongside
@ChicagoLoopAlliance! Catch me on August 13, 2023 between Randolph and Washington at this FREE & family-friendly event to
experience State Street come to life with amazing food, music, art, vendors and much more!
Color/Form, curated by Ann Rintz at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art
"Warrior" will be shown as a part of the CSI juried member exhibition
curated by Ann Rintz
Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art
College of Lake County
19351 W Washington St, Grayslake, IL 60030
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 5-7:30 pm
Exhibition dates: Thursday, June 22-August 9, 2023
PARTITION IN THE MODERN WORLD: TRANSDIASPORIC PERSPECTIVES Evanston Art Center July 8-August 13, 2023
PARTITION IN THE MODERN WORLD: TRANSDIASPORIC PERSPECTIVES
curated by Pritika Chowdhry
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 9 at 1-4 PM CDT
Exhibition Dates: July 8 - August 13, 2023
Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201
I will be showing “bellwether cairn” on my lawn for international sculpture day. April 29,2023
EXPO Chicago 2023: After Hours
2 projects will be on view for the April 14, 6-9pm open house.
First, a series of bronze sculptures by local Chicago artist, Micki LeMieux, will be shown for Falcon Gallery entitled “I find me in the strangest places”.
Second, in response to the lived experience of climate change and plastic pollution, I will show a self made series of installation modules inspired by “cloud-gazing”. Using gifted photographic backdrops (from Clark Elithorp of Space 900 in Evanston) hazard tape, fencing, transparent colored vinyl, boxes, industrial and warehouse lights I attempt to coalesce visual peace. Guests will also be able to take a sneak peek at a garment I am working on created from a family of 5’s two months collected plastic trash from food waste. Yes, this is mostly my families chip and bread bags, created as my submission to Triveni Institute’s “Trashion Revolution: Be the Light” fashion show in May 2023 at the Fair Trade Museum in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.
Limited viewing available, please contact me if you are planning to attend.
Chicago Sculpture International: Intersection
New installation entitled "Articulation of Form: PrismaGrid Sketch" installed in the CSI Project Space stairway to nowhere. January 14-February 24, 2023.
Opening night Saturday, January 14th 5-8 pm
1912 North Damen
on view Friday-Sunday 1-6pm or by appointment
Responding to Rhythms CHICAGO SCULPTURE INTERNATIONAL
Responding to Rhythms
Chicago Sculpture International
curated by Nathan Peck
Opening November 11th 6-8pm
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655
@Rostrum_312 and @Studio41_hubbard exhibit “bellwether”
“bellwether” appears in the window at Studio41 225 West Hubbard from June 10-August 2022 as part of Zen an exhibition curated by Rostrum312 Chicago.
bellwether A project by Kara Cobb Johnson at Space 900 Gallery Evanston
March 26th 5:30-8PM
Space 900 Gallery
816 Dempster St
Group Exhibition at Urban Brew Labs curated by Marcy Kennedy Anderson
On View until March 17th, 2022 at Urban Brew Labs, 5121 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL. All work is for sale and all sales go to the artist.
Artist Intervention at HPAC 80th Anniversary Gala
Mama's Hand at Polsky University of Chicago article
Solo Exhibition: Mama's Hand
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to present a solo exhibition of installation works by Kara Cobb Johnson. The exhibition Mama’s Hand activates the expansive industrial co-working spaces with playful visual fields of airy watercolor pyramids, expanded disc landscapes, and pastel daylight window arrows. Kara uses collaboratively folded paper airplanes, hand-cut transparent vinyl, and inkjet watercolor decals alongside source inspiration works that highlight five years of experimental play. Experience new perspectives, enhanced perception, and the possibilities inherent only when creating with ones’ own hands.
RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mamas-hand-by-kara-cobb-johnson-a-community-collaboration-with-the-polsky-center-and-hyde-park-art-tickets-58386820552
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. This program is also possible from the support of Kickstarter donations!
Artists, residents gather at Hyde Park Art Center to make posters for immigration march
Poster Making Event
startup Fair CHI September 23-25, 2016
9 art gallery exhibitions to see in September, TimeOut Chicago August 26, 2016
Site As Studio: Trailside Museum of Natural History June 12, 2016 noon-3pm
Chicago Contemporary Artists create original ephemeral works of art along the trail. June 12th-July 11th 2016
Blueprints project at Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center
The opening reception for Blueprints will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 4-6 PM at 6433 North Ravenswood Avenue. The exhibition will be up through July 2, 2016.
A Surprise in the Process-Opening Night: March 11, 2016
Recommended by the Chicago Reader.
Artist to drop 3000 Water Jewels down Art Center Stairs
New City Review of Front & Center Exhibit 9/16/2015
Follow the link for this review and recommended show...
EXPOCHGO NewCity Official Guide
Page 28, Hyde Park Art Center, Front & Center Exhibit
September 5, 2015, Image, Page 11, "Mural Completion"
Weekend of Sept. 4- Sept. 6, 2015 Image Page A3, "Mural Brightens Neighborhood"
Front & Center: 2015 Center Program Final Exhibition Sunday, September 13, 2015 3-5 PM
Gallery 1, 2 & Cleve E. Carney
Kara Cobb Johnson
A cap-stone program for artists who are ready to push their practice to the next level, The Center Program is the Art Center’s answer to traditional professional development offerings for artists. The Center Program offers the unique opportunity to develop new work, receive feedback from professionals in the field, and work towards an exhibition to be held in the Art Center's main gallery. Over the course of six months, a supportive peer network, guest artists, gallerists, critics, and professionals push Center Program artists to answer tough questions, evolve their art, and ultimately produce strong, new work to show.
The 2015 Front & Center exhibition is guest curated by Tricia Van Eck.
Prior to starting 6018North, Van Eck was Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art,Chicago (MCA) where for 13 years she organized more than 70 exhibitions and programs, much of which were experimental, audience engaged, performative, or extended the MCA's reach into the community.
- See more at: http://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibitions/front-center-2015-center-program-final-exhibition#sthash.tSseGBWE.dpuf
The Center Program- Artist Resident, Hyde Park Art Center: February-June 2015
“This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts."
Edgebrook Metra Underpass Final Celebration News
Art In Nature 2015 Crabtree Nature Center
"Vista", Sunday June 14, 2015 1PM
Watercolor with abstraction in computer print. Let artist Kara Cobb Johnson teach you a new technique in watercolor painting. 3 Stover Road, Barrington
call 847-381-6592 to register: space is limited
NU Galleria Solo Exhibit January 5- 20, 2015
88 inkjet paper discs, 7 ½” diameters
Created January 2015 for NU Galleria
Derived from source landscape “The Grove” painted with watercolor on paper 10/28/2014.
[Sister Piece to “Self-Actualization” on view at Hyde Park Art Center through January 30, 2015]
Dec 09 The Bridge Program Reception + Artist Talk
- See more at: http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2014-12-09-the-bridge-program-reception-artist-talk
Commemorative Mural Tour presented by Artist Kara Cobb Johnson
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Potawatomie Indians believed land belonged to all living things and could not be owned. This mural plants their images firmly back into the land they were led to leave forever.
Edgebrook Metra Underpass: Western Wall
LeHigh & Hiawatha Western Wall
Show & Tell For Adults-Second Nature Exhibit
September 30 – October 21-27, 2014
Exhibit Locations: The artwork will be exhibited at 2 locations:
o Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston
o Curt’s Café, 2922 Central St, Evanston
As a child, your creativity led you to paint, draw, sing, dance, write, play, and a host of other activities. Then life got busy… Let the Show and Tell for Adults revive your imagination and talents from long ago with a multi-cultural arts festival.
"ART IN NATURE EXHIBIT" held at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington
September 26, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Crabtree Nature Center and The Forest Preserve District of Cook County present local nature painted 'en plein air' by six talented Illinois artists.
Crabtree Nature Center
3 Stover Road
Barrington Hills, IL 60010
Images of Phase 1 Edgebrook Mural
Edgebrook Mural beginnings
Edgebrook Mural beginnings