Past Exhibitions

Presence-Absence Installation Shot


Named for its generous donors, Bob and Marty Christopher. The Christopher Art Gallery is located on the main campus of Prairie State College. The gallery hosts six to eight shows per year, featuring local, regional and national artists, as well as student works.  Gallery Director, Beth Shadur, recommends programming and often acts as curator for shows.

Beth Shadur
Christopher Art Gallery Director
Prairie State College

Academic Year 2012-13


Photographer of the Year
Beth Schimanski and Annual Student Exhibition

POY Postcard

This exhibition features Beth Schimanski's series, "at the essence" works that explored the visual nature of an intimate concert venue. Her works emphasized the luminosity of light against soft dark grounds.


Narrative Postcard

This exhibition features works by renowned Chicago artists Eleanor Speiss-Ferris, Gladys Nilsson, and John Pitman Weber. These three painters use oblique narrative in their work to engage our exploration of their visual images, using humor, fantasy, wonder, toughness, and tenderness. They each use shifting meanings, metaphor and time compression to present their covert narratives.

Shallow Waters by Speiss-Ferris



Daniel by Weber

Bye Blue Trees by Nilsson

Natural Connections


Artists Donna June Katz, Connie Wolfe, Vivian Visser, and Jane Fulton Alt create works responding to nature with its qualities of beauty, the sublime, its destructiveness and its fragility. Nature is their muse, whether in the loving details of natural forms, (Katz) abstract patterns found (Wolfe), mystery of nature's destruction (Alt), or the beauty of natural materials (Visser) to make forms based on nature.


Natural Connection
Installation by Visser

Natural Connection
Burn by Alt

Natural Connection
End Moraines by Katz

Natural Connection
Fiber Installation by Wolfe


Evocative Postcard

A juried show of works that evoke memory, emotions or is expressive or suggestive. Juried by Paul Klein of Paul Klein Artist Works. The show consisted of 21 works by 15 artists, including works in photography, painting, ceramic sculpture, and mixed media.

Works by Gina Lee Robbins, (ceramic);
Jordan Scott (mixed media Flag work)
and Elizabeth Gadelha (photograph)

Sculpture by Roberta Malkin

Collaborative Vision

CollaborativeVision Postcard

The Poetic Dialogue Project, works created collaboratively by teams of contemporary visual artists and poets from throughout the United States. Curated by Beth Shadur.

Installation by LaShawnda Crowe Storm
and Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde;
Painting by Mirjana Ugrinov

Hands by Lynn Takata and LR. Berger

Graduate Exhibition

Graduate Exhibition Postcard

A graduate student exhibition featuring student artists Kara Adair, Taylor Augustson, Reginald Gale, Alice Jacobs, Dylan Moulesong, Amber Peoples, Natalie Pesick, Lindsay Walker, and Drew Young.

Sapphire and Crystals

Sapphire and Crystals Postcard

This exhibition featured works by a collective of African American women artists from Chicago. Curated by Joyce Owens. Works ranged from photographs, paintings and drawings to prints and mixed media.

Sapphire and Crystals
Felicia Preston's paintings on rear wall

Sapphire and Crystals
Perceptuary by Juarez Hawkins