The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery is a meeting ground for students of Moraine Valley, the local community, and the contemporary art world. Our mission is to present significant works, through exhibitions and programming, by local, national and international artists.

Exhibitions are available for viewing Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and during most Fine and Performing Arts Center performances. Summer and holiday hours vary. For information ArtGallery@morainevalley.edu.

2016-2017 Exhibition Season

Heather Macali
Transformed

Aug. 14-Sept. 21
Reception: Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Artist Talk: 11:30 a.m.
Ferndale Michigan contemporary fiber artist Heather Macali’s Transformed creates positive energy within the gallery in contrast to the overwhelming negative content covered by modern media. Inspired by the 1980’s cartoon Transformers, these hand woven artworks with bright colors and patterns create a safe space for inner reflection and an escape from adverse stimulants.

 

 

A Miniature Painting Workshop with Marium Rana

September 24, 12:30-3 p.m.
McCord Art Gallery & Cultural Center

The McCord Gallery and Moraine Valley Community College will host Marium Rana’s Modern Miniature Painting workshop on September 24. Rana is an American born Pakistani artist currently living in Florida whose exhibition A Place to Call Home will exhibit at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College from September 25-October 28, 2017. Rana’s Modern Miniature Painting workshop is a residency, working with local community during the installation of her exhibition. Rana studied with master miniature painter Naheed Fahkar in Pakistan during her undergraduate education, and the workshop will explore ideas of traditional miniature painting, as well as her adaptations when returning to the United States creating a modern version of this medium due to material limitations and her personal artistic practice. Traditionally, miniature paintings are made using a brush made from 1 hair from a squirrel’s tail and use techniques such as full color opaque painting, transparent washes, use of black ink, and marbling. Learn about her artistic process and try your hand at working with gouache while she guides artists through using both traditional and modern miniature painting techniques including using tea bags and learn the traditional layout of the paintings and border techniques.

 

 Marium Rana
A Place to Call Home

Sept. 25-Oct. 28
Reception: Sept. 25, 12:30-2 p.m.
Artist Talk: 1 p.m.
This painting series depicts the complexity of belonging to two different cultures and trying to make a home out of stories of places and moments one has not personally experienced. The paintings depict landscapes that do not exist in our tangible world, lost somewhere between the past and the present. These vibrant landscapes seem as imaginary as the places that have existed before us.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component  of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

 

 

Moraine Valley Art Faculty
New Work

Nov. 1-Dec. 15
Reception: Nov. 2, 2:30-4 p.m.
Artist Talk: 3 p.m.
Moraine Valley Community College’s art faculty present their recent work to their students, colleagues, and community in this annual group exhibition. The gallery exhibition will continue into the atrium.

 

 

Soheila Azadi
Inside Out

Jan. 10-Feb. 7
Reception: Jan. 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
Artist Talk: 10:15 a.m.
Soheila Azadi is an interdisciplinary visual artist and lecturer based in Chicago and Iran. Azadi’s inspirations come from her experiences of being a woman while living under theocracy. Now residing in the U.S. Azadi is dedicated to transnational feminism with a passionate devotion to the ways in which race, religion, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity intersect. This exhibition will continue in the atrium.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component  of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

 

 

Ellen Holtzblatt
Between Earth and Sky

Feb. 12-March 9
Reception: Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Artist Talk: 11:30 a.m.
Ellen Holtzblatt’s exhibition is inspired by her travels including Japan, Iceland, and the prairies of the Midwest. Her paintings explore the idea between physical being and spirituality with her attention to light and ability to convey motion within her landscapes and scenes. The exhibition will continue into the atrium.

 

 

34th Annual High School Art Exhibition

Exhibition: March 13-19
Wed-Fri, Mon: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Reception: March 16, 5-7 p.m.
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, Atrium, and John and Angeline Oremus Theater
A showcase of this year’s talented students from 11 local high schools: Victor J. Andrew, Argo Community, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Alan B. Shepard,  Chicago Christian, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Sandburg, Harold L. Richards, Evergreen Park Community, Oak Lawn Community, and Reavis.

 

Stacia Yeapanis
Where Do We Go From Here?

March 26-April 20
Reception: March 29, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Artist Talk: 11:30 a.m.
Inspired by impromptu public memorials, worship spaces, and the common phrase used across genres of music to convey feelings of pain and uncertainty, this installation is made from thousands of individual byproducts of non-goal-oriented gestures and provides viewers a space to be present and work through these emotions from personal and societal events. In conjunction with Stacia Yeapanis’ exhibition, the atrium will exhibit artwork curated by Yeapanis by Chicago artists who were given the phrase “Where Do We Go From Here?”

 

Moraine Valley Juried Student Art Exhibition

April 25-May 18
Reception: April 26, 2:30-4 p.m., Awards at 3 p.m.
The juried selection of student work from Moraine Valley Community College students shows the college’s emerging artistic talents. This exhibition  features work from across many media, including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and design. The atrium exhibition includes these student artworks, as well as designs for the exhibition poster and postcards competition.

 

 

Gallery 2018 Juried Community Art Exhibition

June 6-Aug. 1
Reception: June 9, 1-3 p.m.
Summer Gallery Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The local community is invited to submit artworks for this annual juried exhibition with cash prizes for the “Best of Show” artwork. A call for entries begins in April 2018 and can be found online and at the Fine and Performing Arts Center.