Ilze Arajs
Statement: Ferns
Statement: Kelp
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Ilze Arajs



Solo Exhibitions

“Emerge and Unfurl, photography by Ilze Arajs,” Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, 2014,

“Unfurling Vitality,” Wellspring Integrative Medicine, Evanston, IL, 2007, photography

"Lifting Water up from the Earth," Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL, 1996, textile collage

"Underground Patterns," Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL, 1995, textile collage

"Dancing Sprouts," Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL, 1993, ink brush painting, textile collage

"Quickening Earth," Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois, 1990, textile collage

"Soil Rhythms/Root Patterns," C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL, 1989, textile collage

"The Creativity of Tradition," DePaul University Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1986, wood and textile collage


Selected Invitational Exhibits

“Sight Unseen,” photography by Ilze Arajs, Larry Chait, and Jean Sousa, curated by Alan Leder, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL, September 10-November 6, 2014

“Multiple Exposures,” photography curated by Jane Fulton Alt and Lelde Kalmite, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, 2013, Installation: “Holding Fast in Ebb and Flow,” photography

“Contemporary Art of the Latvian Diaspora,” Latvia, traveling exhibit 2008-2010, photography

“Botanica,” curated by Chie Curley and Barbara Goldsmith, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL, 2007, photography

“Faculty Exhibits”, Evanston Art Center, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1980, textile collage,   photography

“The Circle of the World,” The Parliament of World Religions, Chicago Cultural Center, 1993, large-scale brush performance assisting Kazuaki Tanahashi

“Concerns for Light,” Gallery of the Fine and Performing Art Center, Catonsville Community College, Baltimore, Maryland, 1992, textile collage

"Concerns for Light," UP Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, 1991, textile collage

"Nine on Nature," Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago, 1987, textile collage

"Open and Closed for the Season," Evanston Art Center, National Fiber Invitational (curator Anne Wilson), 1984, installation of textile collage folding screens

“Take-A-Peek”, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, 1983, wood, textile and light installation “Sacred Fern Grove”

"Linear Abstractions," Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage, 1982, textile collage 

"False Face," N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, 1979, sculpture

“Faculty Exhibit,” Koehnline Gallery, Morton Grove, 1978, fabric collage

"Nine Alumni," Toledo Museum School of Design, Ohio, 1977, sculpture, photography

“Invitational,” Bowling Green State University Gallery, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1975, sculpture, photography


Juried Exhibitions

Latvian Song Festival Art Exhibit, Chicago, 2002, brush painting prints

Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, "Flora 96", 1996, textile collage

Latvian Song Festival Art Exhibit, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1983, textile collage, Award

Art Institute of Chicago, Vicinity Show, "Works on Paper", 1978, collage

Toledo Museum of Art, Vicinity Show, 1977, First Place Award, mixed media

Dayton Institute of Art, "All-Ohio Graphics and Photo Biennial", 1977, drawing

Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute MFA Fellowship Show, 1975, mixed media; award



1975 Master of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1973 Graduate study, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California

1972 Graduate study, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

1971 Bachelor of Education (Art K-12), University of Toledo, Ohio


Teaching Positions

1993-2004 Instructor, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois

1988-1998 Instructor, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

1992-1996 Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1977-1984 Assistant Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Painting and Drawing, Department of Fiber and Material Studies, Initiator and Coordinator of the Early College Program, Department of Continuing Studies

1977-1980 Drawing Instructor, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois

1978-1979 Studio and Art History Instructor, Oakton Community College, Illinois

1975-1977 Art teacher, Gifted Art Program, Washington Local Schools, Toledo, Ohio


Grants and Fellowships

1984 Illinois Arts Council Artist Grant

1975 Fred Foster Travel Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1974 Tiffany Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Selected Lectures and Seminars

1990 Field Museum of Natural History, "Science and Art Cross-Fertilize"

1986 Chicago Botanic Garden, "Color Theory and Plant Materials"

1984 Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, "A View from the Lake"

1983 Art Institute of Chicago, "Border and Field in Latvian Textiles"



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