May-August 2015 News: Anniversaries, Moves and Welcomes

A new issue means lots of news and changes. We are always pleased to welcome new galleries and art businesses to CGN.  We also enjoy sharing news about various artist exhibitions and happenings around the country.  Read on to find out the latest! 



• R.S. Johnson Fine Art celebrates 60 years in business in 2015. The gallery was founded in Chicago in 1955 by S. E. Johnson, the father of the current owner, R. Stanley Johnson. The gallery is currently located at 645 N. Michigan Ave. and specializes in master prints. 

• The Leigh Gallery, founded by Jean Leigh in Lakeview, is celebrating 10 years. The gallery boasts that 90 local artists are showcased daily, from painting to glass to pottery.



• Pagoda Red moved from its long time Bucktown location to the West Loop to 400 N. Morgan. With an 18 year history in Chicago, Pagoda Red now occupies an exquisite bow truss building nestled in an Asian garden. Pagoda Red is the premier source for exemplary 18th & 19th c. Chinese furniture + art with an expansive collection of Shanxi furniture, lanterns in the Ming manner, and ancient limestone. Also located in Winnetka.

• The Evanston Art Center is moving to a new location on June 8. Their new home at 1717 Central St. will be state of the art and handicapped accessible. Their annual spring auction and benefit will take place in the new space on Saturday, May 16.

• As of May 1 Valerie Carberry, Valerie Carberry Gallery, has joined Richard Gray Gallery as a partner. More info here


• We welcome Berlanga Fine Art • Photographs to River North. The gallery, founded by Paul Berlanga, known to many from his work at Stephen Daiter Gallery, opened in March at 230 W. Superior. 

• Judith Rivera Contemporary Fine Art opened in a new space at 501 N. Wells. The Mexican abstract artist has also exhibited in a showroom at the River East Art Center.

MLG Gallery, owned by Michael LaConte, has opened in the West Loop at 1046 W. Fulton Market. The gallery shows contemporary emerging art. 

• Kruger Gallery Chicago opened in Lakeview in the Southport Corridor at 3709 N. Southport this past January. The gallery, also located in Marfa, TX, is dedicated to an avant garde ideal that art can be an agent for political and social change. The gallery represents mainly emerging artists working in a variety of media.

• Art Post Gallery in suburban Northbrook is in its 35th year. The gallery exhibits work by 125+ national and international artists and features traditional, transitional, and contemporary work. They also offer fine framing and painting restoration services.

• Fermilab Art Gallery in Batavia, IL is located at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research. Fermilab’s artist in residence program also seeks to stimulate interactions among scientists, artists and the public and is accepting applications for 2015/16. Tours, events and visitor programs at

• We welcome back Cleve Carney Art Gallery at McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn at College of DuPage. The gallery will open a show featuring New Acquisitions from the Collection of Andree Stone in June. 

• Bruce Duncan’s Northbrook-based Chicago Appraisers Association is new to our art services. Duncan has 49 years of experience.



Hyde Park Art Center’s new Guida Family Creative Wing will house the Jackman Goldwasser Residency Program, the Thurow Digital Lab, artist studios, a teen learning center, and a flexible space for collaboration. 

• Several artists from Rhona Hoffman are part of the Whitney Museum of Art in New York's first exhibition in their brand new space: Inaugural Exhibition: America is Hard to See from May 1 - September 27, 2015.  Artists included: Vito Acconci, Huma Bhabha, Luis Gispert, Sol Lewitt, Gordon Matta-Clark.

Gallery artist Spencer Finch is exhibiting a public artwork: Sunset Soft Serve as part of "Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park" this summer, May 15 - June 20, 2015 in Central Park's North End in New York.

Zolla/Lieberman Gallery's artist Deborah Butterfield is exhibiting her life-size contemporary horse sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens May 23–Oct 18. 

Jean Albano Gallery artist Jules Feiffer was featured in a solo show at the Parrish Art Museum, NY with 150 original drawings from Kill My Mother, his recent graphic novel.

• Photographer Art Shay will have a book signing at the Art Institute on May 2 from 4-5pm in Gallery 10 to mark a new installation in Gallery 10 celebrating the 93 year-old Shay's accomplishments and his recent generous gift to the Art Institute of Chicago of photographs from across his career.  

Art Shay is one of Chicago's great photojournalists. With more than 25,000 published photographs—including more than 1,000 magazine covers—he has shaped the way we see the world on the printed page. For seven decades, Shay's camera has documented the famous and the downtrodden, the international and the local, the newsworthy and the intimate.