A solo exhibition by Chicago artist Stacia Yeapanis entitled, “Where Do We Go From Here?” will be featured from March 26 to April 20 in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery inside the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.

The exhibition is inspired by impromptu public memorials, worship spaces and the common phrase, “Where do we go from here?” used across genres of music to convey feelings of pain and uncertainty. It focuses on glossy magazines, advertisements, catalogs, political flyers, leftover exhibition postcards, and other materials she cuts, folds, winds, twists and curls. “I subvert their intentions to entice consumers, voters and viewers. After distilling these mass media messages into repetitive sculptural objects, I embrace not knowing where I am going by improvising their installation in the gallery,” Yeapanis said.

An interdisciplinary artist and educator, Yeapanis received a Master of Fine Arts at The School of Art Institute Chicago, where she is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in German from Oberlin College in Ohio.
Yeapanis conducts weekly interviews with artists for the “OtherPeoplesPixels” blog and has been a participant in the Artist-In-Residency and the Mentor-In-Residency programs, which are part of the Chicago Artists’ Coalition.

Her solo and two-person exhibitions have been featured at the Riverside Art Center, the Indianapolis Art Center, Lillstreet Gallery Annex in Chicago, Heaven Gallery in Chicago, Klemm Gallery in Adrian, Michigan, the Strawdog Theatre in Chicago, and the Baang and Burne Contemporary Gallery in New York, among others.

Accompanying Yeapanis’ exhibition will be work by artists Kathy Trumbull Fimreite, Brent Fogt, Jaclyn Jacunski, Jenny Kendler, Meg Leary, Geoffry Smalley, Erin Washington, and Melinda Thorpe Gordon. Their work, which will be on display in the atrium adjacent to the gallery, will incorporate Yeapanis’ question, “Where Do We Go From Here?” The artists answer this question through photography, fragments of a Sears catalogue from 1960, and other mediums.

The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery provides an opportunity to view locally and nationally recognized arts. Exhibits in the gallery are free to the public and available for viewing Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as during most performances in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

For more information, visit our Fine and Performing Arts website or call Rachel McDermott, Art Gallery coordinator, at (708) 608-4231.