2013 Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition

June 1 - 29, 2013

Teacher Fellowship Program ExhibitionIntuit proudly presents the work of students participating in our Teacher Fellowship Program for the 2012-2013 school year. Inspired by self-taught and outsider art, students transform found and non-traditional materials to reflect their own visions. Teachers and students represented in the exhibition are from ten participating Chicago Public Schools.

Schools represented in this exhibition are Orr Academy High School, Clemente Community Academy High School, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Nettlehorst Elementary School, Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts, Mary Lyon Elementary School, Orozco Fine Arts and Sciences Elementary School, Franklin Fine Arts Center, Wildwood IB World Magnet School and Carl Schurz High School.

Beyond Influence: The Art of Little City

May 10 – August 31, 2013

Co-curated by Matthew Arient and Frank Tumino

Little City by Harold Jeffries

Little City by Harold Jeffries, Courtesy of Little City Center for the Arts

Beyond Influence features 11 artists, who over the past 20 years, have been creating work at the Little City Center for the Arts (Little City) in Palatine, Illinois. Included are pieces from artists who have exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Harold Jeffries, Tarik Echols, and Wayne Mazurek. The broad scope of work being created by these artists ranges from paintings to multimedia collages.

For more than 20 years, Little City has operated under the belief that people with developmental disabilities can have full opportunities in the arts. The artists working there comprise a diverse group in gender, age, and race. Each brings a unique perspective and breadth of talents to the studio. Little City is a place where there are no constraints in ideas, mediums or possibilities. Each artists is encouraged to push the artistic envelope and strive for innovation. The eleven artists featured in this exhibition display that they are in fact “beyond influence” – that of the mainstream art world, other’s expectations, and their own limitations.

Kevin Blythe Sampson: An Ill Wind Blowing

January 11 - April 20, 2013

Curated by Cleo F. Wilson

Kevin Blythe Sampson poses with the completed ship. Photo © Cheri Eisenberg.

Intuit was pleased to host artist in residence, Kevin Blythe Sampson, over a two week period as he created a site-specific vehicle in Intuit’s Main Gallery using recycled materials. The sculpture evolved over Sampson’s two week residency as Intuit encouraged the general public to interact with Sampson while he was creating.

The sculpture is a boat-like vehicle built in three distinctively different sections. The front represents major corporations, the middle of the boat contains objects that represent the liberal elite and the rear section of the boat represents the working poor and homeless. “After thinking about the current state of politics in the United States and the current national conversation on civility, I have decided to build an environment that contains a symbolic vessel that will be powered by the wind that is blowing across the world,” says Sampson. The title of the exhibition, An Ill Wind Blowing, is in reference to the history of protest, the state of America today and the popular song ”Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan.


The Circus Collages of C.T. McClusky

January 11 - May 25, 2013

C.T. McClusky's suitcaseWe know very little of C.T. McClusky’s biography except that he worked as a circus clown and spent some of his off seasons rooming at a boarding house in Oakland, California. It was there that he created a suitcase full of collages, populated with images cut from Life magazines and newspapers, that depicted daily life in a circus setting. Many of McClusky’s collages center around themes of travel, isolation and the circus as an extended family. He worked on shirt cardboard and in addition to photographic illustrations, used foil, crayon, string and cuttings from animal crackers boxes to bring his evocative images to life.

C.T. McClusky died in the mid 70′s and his work was discovered by John Turner at the Alameda Penny Market in California, where it was presented for sale by the daughter of McClusky’s landlady. The Circus Collages of C.T. McClusky is the first solo exhibition of McClusky’s work in Chicago.

Hawkins / Hawkins: One Saw Everything, One Saw Nothing

September 14, 2012 - January 5, 2013

Curated by Jan Petry

Left: Acrobats by William Hawkins, Collection of Intuit, Gift of Frank Maresca, 2004.35. Right: Untitled by Hawkins Bolden, Photo © Sherry Pardee

This exhibition brings together two masters of self-taught art who share a name and a talent for using simple materials to create compelling images: William Hawkins and Hawkins Bolden.

Photo of William Hawkins

William Hawkins at home in 1986. Photo courtesy of Ricco/Maresca Gallery.

William Hawkins (1895-1990) was born in Kentucky but spent much of his adult life in Columbus, Ohio, where he moved as a young man to avoid a shotgun wedding. Hawkins began painting intermittently in the 1930s and worked at jobs as varied as horse breaking and truck driving for much of his life. It wasn’t until being introduced to artist Lee Garrett in 1979 that he began dedicating himself exclusively to art making and produced over 450 pieces.

Typically painting with a single brush, wiped clean between colors, he used semi-gloss house paint on large pieces of plywood and Masonite that he foraged from the streets. Unlike most self-taught artists, he often worked from his own photos of buildings and animals rather than from memory. Boldly expressing his interpretations of architectural forms, religious subjects and nature studies in bright colors and broad, patterned brushstrokes, Hawkins was able to create a sense of motion in his work.

Photo of Hawkins Bolden

Hawkins Bolden, Photo © Sherry Pardee

Hawkins Bolden (1914-2005) lived his entire life in Memphis, Tennessee. As a child, he dreamt of becoming a professional baseball player, but after his twin brother accidentally hit him in the head with a bat during a game, he began to suffer seizures. At age 8, he collapsed to the ground and was struck blind.

When he wasn’t busy building radios from simple materials, Bolden gathered up discarded objects to fashion “scarecrows” for the small garden outside his family’s house. Bolden’s sculptures were made from old pots, buckets and oil drum lids that he punctured with holes (to make eyes) and decorated with carpet remnants, tubing and rags (for tongues) and were suspended from poles around the yard to keep away the birds.

The creations of these two artists, one possessing a keen sense of touch and the other a unique vision of the world around him, have a powerful impact when viewed side by side in this exhibition.