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  • Lester Holt Named Anchor of 'NBC Nightly News
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    Andrew Lack, Chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, on Thursday announced that Lester Holt will be named the permanent anchor of "NBC Nightly News."

    Holt, 56, has been a television news reporter for thirty-four years. He joined NBC in 2000 and became the full-time anchor of "Weekend Nightly News" in 2007. He also anchors "Dateline" and co-anchors "Weekend TODAY.

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    Written on Friday, 19 June 2015 22:18 in blog 7219 comments Read 34608 times
  • June 10th Network Meeting at William Hill Gallery
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    On June 10th, new and returning CSLN members met at the William Hill Gallery in Woodlawn to mingle & discuss future direction of the network. Thank you to William Hill for hosting the group at the beautiful garden and gallery space! Fortunately, the group was able to tour the outdoor space before the rain started.
    This meeting's focus was selected to prepare for the upcoming proposal to Boeing to renew funding for the CSLN. The group discussed the implications of recent survey results and engaged in a World Café activity to discuss the network's uniqueness, leadership structure, and next year of activity. The clearest themes were about collaboration, the strength of sharing resources, and CSLN members acting as "living libraries" for their communities; meeting attendees noted that it was important to continue to expand the network's diverse membership and support collaborations through face-to-face events.

    Written on Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:56 in blog 33401 comments Read 149706 times
  • Expressionism: Questions on Canvas
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    Expressionism: Questions on Canvas

    As we experience the turbulence of war in Afghanistan and economic instability at home, It is not a coincidence that expressionist art is resurfacing in our contemporary culture. The Expressionist movement began in similarly in turbulent times, in Germany, between 1905 and 1918.  World War I and economic turmoil caused artists to question established values. They used explosive colors and exaggerated art forms to express these questions on canvas.

    The philosophy of Expressionism was best described by Vincent Van Gogh. In correspondence with his brother, Van Gogh, remarked, “Instead of trying to render exactly what I have before my eyes I use color more arbitrarily in order to express myself more powerfully.”

    German Expressionist built on Van Gogh’s style by combining expressive color with geometric shapes. Influenced by Van Gogh, the renowned artist Franz Marc utilized Expressionism to create organic forms in motion through a lucid palette of yellow, reds and blues.

    Today, neo-expressionism continues to inspire emerging artists in film, painting, photography and performance art.This innovative art form provides new dialogue and spiritual fulfillment in times of social and political change.

    Written on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:12 in blog 49689 comments Read 186209 times
  • Kawase Hasui’s “Bell Tower in Okayama” (1947)
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    Kawase Hasui’s “Bell Tower in Okayama” (1947)

    This Japanese color wood cut print is currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago.  At age of 26, an age many art professional would have considered to old, Hasui launched a career in printmaking,  During the 1920’s the artist was introduced to publisher Wurantanabe Shouzaburg who was the originator of the art movement called “Shin Hanga”or called “New Prints.” This collaboration encouraged Hausi to design prints supported by a team of artists, carvers, and printmakers. This factory approach to art making allowed Shouzaburg to create a new style that differed from 19th century Japanese printmaking. The Shin Hanga style (1923- 1952) provided new features, including the effects of light and shadow and the use of western perspective. Inspired by French Impressionism, Shin Hanga artists gave the collector a romantic view of a place that disappeared from modern Japan. In her article, “The World of Japanese Prints,” Sarah Thompson comments. 

    "My observation of Hasui print “Bell Tower in Okayama "(1947) begins with the composition of the work. Immediately, I experience a dream-like environment that includes the arrangement of buildings. Towards the center of the composition is a bell tower. The tower is constructed by a series of wooden tiers that rise to enormous heights. The architectural arrangement of this massive structure is composed of variation of light and dark lines creating a sense of weight and volume. Dense and dark lines define the dynamics of the building.  From the article, “Contemporary Art in Japan. Erica Beckh states, “ In the Hanga or modern wood cut print the Japanese are leaders not imitators ignoring the popular 18th century Ukinyo-e prints of the colorful…The bold and much older black and white Japanese print a thousand years ago. The strength of the modern wood cut print lies in the black pattern and wood texture combined with limited and simple and effective color.2”

    The simple and effective color can be seen on various windows and doors placed throughout the print.  The facades on the outside of the buildings appear slanted and curvilinear.  The subtle shades of whites and blues illuminate the dominant overcast of mist.

    The technique of perspective (1 point) suggests the illusion of space. Hasui manipulates a flat picture plane by drawing angles that lead to points of convergence. The exaggeration of size reveals multi-dimensional dwellings.

    The “Bell Tower in Okayama” (1947) conveys a scene that is one of melancholy and solitude. Thin diagonal lines depict rain and mist, which emphasize a subjective view. A lone figure in the distance is holding a yellow umbrella. The figure appears to be a woman standing where angles converge toward a vanishing point. Her presence draws the viewer into the scene.

    Red flowers in pots and the old street light fixtures lead the eye throughout the print.  The line hatching applied to the wooden slants gives a tactile quality to the surface of neighboring buildings.

    The smallness of the print allows the viewer to scan a variety of design elements inside the picture plane.  The organic shape of the female figure holding the umbrella adds interest and variety juxtaposed to geometric blocks of color. I am struck by the distorted reflection of buildings outlining the water passages throughout these closely knit housing structures. Hasaui artistic design succeeds in creating an eerie feeling about a static environment where people are rarely shown. Many Japanese artists studied French impressionist painting to illustrate the fleeting moments of Japan’s past. To provide this sense of combining realism with subjective moods, Hasui sketches live scenes under different lighting conditions.

    Hasui’s  “Bell Tower of Okamyama” is a wonderful example  of the subjective and objective nature of drawing. The artist’s mechanical rendering of architectural forms with aerial perspective heighten his visual perceptions in a personal way. Hasui invites the viewer to experience a unique and mysterious place from the past. Finally, curator Gabriel Weisberg concludes during the Shin Hanga period and beyond “ Japanese prints were avidly collected by artists and critics who supported the collection of Japanese art work. These reviews were instrumental in reaching a wide audience in calling the attention to the opportunities that could be found in the examination and appreciation of their new art source.3”

    1. Thompson, Sarah,  “The World of Japanese Prints”    Philadelphia Museum of Art Bulletin, Vol. 82 No 349/350,  Winter/Spring 1986
    2. Beckh, Erica, “ Contemporary Art in Japan”  College Art Journal, Vol. 19, No. 1 Autumn 1959, p.20
    3. Weisberg, Gabriel P.   The Bulletin of Cleveland Museum of Art, Vol. 62,  April 1975, p.2

    Written on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:07 in blog 46197 comments Read 198231 times
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    It is our pleasure to announce that William Hill Gallery has been awarded the South East Chicago Commission – University of Chicago 2015 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant for the design and installation of a botanical garden in the Woodlawn- Hyde Park community.

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JUNE 20-JULY 24, 2015


JULY 24, 2015 6:00-9:00 PM


Robin Bresemann

An obsession with line, color, light, and the quiet simplicity of their subtleties is what drives Bresemann's work. Bresemann is searching for the perfect surface and mark to accomplish it. Layering colors and marks to emerge as a living thing.

Tiffany Gholar

The Doll Project is a series of conceptual digital photographs that uses fashion dolls to embody the negative messages the media gives to young girls. Though it would not be fair to blame it all on Barbie, there have been many instances in which she has come dangerously close. I chose to use Barbie dolls because they are miniature mannequins, emblems of the fashion world writ small, a representation of our culture's impossible standards of beauty scaled to one sixth actual size. The little pink scale and How To Lose Weight book are both real Barbie accessories from the 1960s. They are recurring motifs in the pictures in the series, symbolizing the ongoing dissatisfaction many girls and women feel about their weight and body image. The dolls' names, Ana and Mia, are taken from internet neologisms coined by anorexic and bulimic girls who have formed online communities with the unfortunate purpose of encouraging each other in their disordered eating. With each passing era, Ana and Mia are younge unrealistic expectations of a society that digitally manipulates images of women in fashion and beauadvertisements and value their own bodies only as objects for others to look at and desire.

William Hill

William Hill reinterprets ordinary and simple objects as strangely unfamiliar images through alternative photographic processes. The basic elements of visual representation become theatrical players when color, form, and light converge upon respective subjects in alternating modes of importance.

The tension between abstraction and manipulation, implicit in Hill’s photographic endeavors, allows him to approach photography as a medium that facilitates transformation of an object, on the one hand, by representing reality while assigning the same subject multiple values. Hill is a photographic linguist who believes that people have the innate ability to ‘read’ images semantically.

Julius Lyles

Julius Lyles, Cleveland, OH, is an art consultant/ curator, figurative expressionist, multi-media artist and is Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Lylesart.org. Julius Lyles' artwork has been described as provocative, inventive, aggressive, colorful, diverse, and complex. Julius Lyles artwork has been exhibited at several galleries in Ohio and in solo and group shows in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. Julius Lyles holds a BA in Studio Arts and Photography from Cleveland State University.


The William Hill Fine Art Sculpture Garden is a 5,000 square ft. garden space dedicated to the education of Inter- generational groups in the cultural arts, fine gardening and healthy eating. William Hill Fine Art Sculpture Garden supports the following objectives:


Teaching the Woodlawn community the art of botanical gardening through plant identification and the beneficial properties of flowering herbs.


Encouraging youth to make healthy food choices through the selection and preparation of fresh, nutritious food from our garden.


Using permaculture and organic farming procedures to promote the the growth of healthy food production.


Adults will participate with children in the hands-on training of plant cultivation throughout the blooming and harvest season.