Pilsen Stories: Family and Fiesta Del Sol

URI-EICHEN Founders Kathy Steichen and Christopher Urias

OPENING: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 6:00pm -10pm

Pilsen Open Studios Hours: Saturday, October 24 and Sunday October 25 12:00pm-6pm

100% of sales from Pilsen Stories will fund gallery programming and are tax deductible (Uri-Eichen is now a 501c3!)

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 South Halsted CHICAGO Illinois 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com | www.uri-eichen.com

Chicago is a studio for lifelong Pilsen resident and printmaker Christopher Urias and his printmaker wife Kathy Steichen. They found their inspiration in lost and recently found family photos of his childhood in Pilsen. Apartments and homes in urban Pilsen in the 1970s and the 2015 Fiesta del Sol neighborhood festival serve as a backdrop for painterly monoprints they created together. Share family, fun, the streets of Pilsen and the lights and scenes of the more than 4 decade old Fiesta del Sol, a neighborhood tradition.

By appointment through November 6 For an appointment call 312 852 7717

November: Joe Hill 100 Years Part 5: Opening November 13th, 6-10pm- collections of the Industrial Workers of the World General HQ's, the collections of the Illinois Labor History Society, and Posters from Molly Crabapple, Special Guests Pocket Guide to Hell’s Paul Durica and Live Joe Hill Music with Bucky Halker.

December: Revisiting Reparations: Afro Colombian Communities: 4th Annual Human Rights Day Show: Opening December 4, 6-10pm and December 11, 6-10pm- featuring Ruth Goring, Michael Bracey, Steve Cagan and Mary Kelsey. Opening discussion moderated by Kari Lydersen

Joyce Owens: Survivor Spirits and Out of the Box

Final Series Month: 40 Acres and a Mule: A Series of Visual Art Shows and Discussions About Reparations for Slavery OPENING September 11, 6-10PM

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 South Halsted CHICAGO Illinois 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com | www.uri-eichen.com

Artist Discussion September 11, 7pm

Owens has a passion about addressing issues she was not taught in schools. She communicates best through visual means. "Survivor Spirits", based on the Slave Narratives, a more than 10-year series of paintings inspired by reading and research in the Library of Congress archives. Another of her series is inspired by W.E.B. DuBois' photography project that he presented at the Paris Exposition of 1900 hoping to end, or shed light on, racial stereotyping (now called profiling).

She is interested in the permutations around race. Generations have lived with undeniable realities that have enormous continuing repercussions based on ludicrous rationales. This is not new, but it is unrelenting so she can't ignore it if she wanted to. She communicates through images, thinking of a time when most people could not read and images told stories that people needed to understand. These themes make a difference to the victims because she shows them in her work, elevating them to art. In her practice she continues to work at enlightening others through paintings, constructions and sculptures, and words. People are changed through art.

Joyce Owens earned degrees from Yale and Howard universities. Owens' work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions on four continents including NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm and the Phila. Art Museum. She won a 3Arts Award, was honored by Diasporal Rhythms, the African American Arts Alliance, The Helen Winternitz Award in Painting, 1st Prize at Black Creativity, a Ragdale fellowship, and awards from Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Jon Pounds and Artnews and former Chicago SunTimes art critic, Margaret Hawkins, along with commissions and inclusion in major art collections. Owens' work has received positive critical reviews and been the subject of feature articles in numerous national, local and international publications. She has been a juror, panelist, consultant or lecturer at many institutions including universities and colleges. She is a published writer recently contributing to Art Against the Law, edited by Rebecca Zorach and published by the University of Chicago Press this year. www.joyceowens.com

By appointment through October 2. For an appointment call 312 852 7717.

May - September: 40 Acres and a Mule:

A Series of Visual Art Shows and Discussions about Reparations for Slavery
Final Series Month: September: Joyce Owens

October: Chicago Artist Month and Pilsen Open Studios: Pilsen Stories
November: Joe Hill 100 Years Part 5: On display some of the Industrial Workers of the World General HQ's Collection and Posters from Molly Crabapple, Special Guests Pocket Guide to Hell’s Paul Durica and Live Music with Bucky Halker.
December: Revisiting Reparations: Afro Colombian Communities: 4th Annual Human Rights Day Show, featuring Ruth Goring, Michael Bracey, Steve Cagan and Mary Kelsey. Opening discussion moderated by Kari Lydersen.

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 South Halsted
CHICAGO Illinois 60608



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URI-EICHEN Gallery Board

Richard Berg is the Past President of Teamsters Local 743 where he was an activist in the Teamster reform movement for more than 20 years before being elected president. He was a member and union steward for the Teamsters while working in the Department of Environmental Services at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has also worked as an Organizer for AFSCME, as a Business Agent for the Teamsters and as a Union Representative for SEIU Local 73. He was also previously the Treasurer of the Chicago Area Labor Support Committee, Executive Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the Labor Committee for Latin American Advancement, International Steering Committee Member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, 30th Ward Coordinator for Harold Washington for Mayor in 1987, Staff for James Exum for 48th Ward Democratic Committeeman, Steering Committee Member of the Illinois Chapter of the Labor Party, Wisconsin Chair of the Midwest Coalition Against Registration and the Draft, Co-Chair of the Marquette University Coalition for Divestiture and President of the Marquette University Progressive Student Organization . Richard is currently a Staff Representative for Illinois AFSCME Council 31 and serves on the Steering Committee for the Chicago Labor Speakers Club. He also enjoys fine art whenever possible.

Paul Durica is a teacher, writer, and public historian. Since 2008 he has been producing a series of free and interactive public history programs under the name Pocket Guide to Hell. These talks, walks, and reenactments use costumes, props, music, and audience participation to make the past feel present. Paul has collaborated on programs with a range of cultural institutions from across Chicago including the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery 400, Smart Museum, and Sullivan Galleries among others. Paul recently received grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District to do a series of public history programs in Chicago parks and is one of seven Chicago artists selected to be part of the citywide People Plaza project. Pocket Guide to Hell has been written about in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic Cities, and Huffington Post, and Paul has appeared multiple times on WBEZ and WTTW. Paul’s writing on Chicago history and culture has appeared in Poetry, The Chicagoan, Mash Tun, Lumpen, and elsewhere and, with Bill Savage, he is the editor of Chicago By Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (Northwestern UP, 2013). In May 2014 at the Logan Center for the Arts, he organized with Leigh Fagin Let’s Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel, a three-day festival of conversations, readings, film screenings, and musical performances celebrating the life and work of the radio personality and oral historian Studs Terkel and those who continue his work in the present. He is currently the Programs Coordinator for The Arts Club of Chicago.

Ruth Needleman, professor emerita in Labor Studies at Indiana University, has taught labor and Latin American studies since the late sixties. After 4 years in Latin American Literature & Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, she worked for the United Farm Workers under Cesar Chavez.

Ruth has been awarded honors for excellence in teaching, research and service, for her work, including a book, Black Freedom Fighters in Steel: the struggle for union democracy, and many articles on black history, race, class and gender, leadership development and on movements in Latin America. She contributed to a book on the right-wing in Chile, published by Quimantu, Allende’s publishing house, prior to the fascist coup. She has traveled extensively, presented in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Nigeria, Yugoslavia, Japan, Colombia and more.

She pioneered courses in Labor & the Arts at IU, and established a 15-year college-degree program called Swingshift College, enabling steelworkers to complete college degrees in a customized worker program based on transformational pedagogy. Currently she is writing about this program and the role and character of “pedagogy for liberation” for the 21st century. She is also teaching a course on global social movements at the School of the Arts Institute.

John Pitman Weber is active in community based public art, having co-founded the Chicago Public Art Group almost 45 years ago. His public works in mosaic, paint, cement, and brick are currently found in Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis, Vitoria-Gasteiz, (Spain), Spencer, IA and libraries of Broward Cty, FL. He is also active in the studio with painting and woodcuts. One of his large woodcuts is currently included in the Gulf Labor Coalition’s presence at the Venice Biennale. He is emeritus, retired from Elmhurst College. His home-studio is in Pilsen.

Larry Redmond: I've always had an interest in art. As a child, I used to draw comic book characters. When I entered college, I had hoped to major in art. However, at the time UIC didn't have an art department.

Now, I express myself visually through photography. I love photographing life in the street, especially marches and demonstrations. But my interest is expanding to fine art photography. I hope to do portraits and still lifes within the next year or so.

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I majored in Philosophy and minored in English. I later attended the John Marshall Law School, earning a Juris Doctor degree. I studied art and photography at Chicago State University where I developed my passion for Documentary Photography and Photojournalism.

I have recently become a member of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers because I appreciated the organization's dedication of professionalism and excellence in the practice of the art of photography. I am also a member of the Washington Park Camera Club.

I currently live in Chicago with my wife and family.

Kathy Steichen co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery with her husband, Christopher Urias, in 2011. She has led the programming development and coordination of over 100 visual art and community events at the gallery in the last 4 years. She built an organization that brings thousands of people into the space to enjoy music and participate in discussions on social justice themes. She has been involved in racial justice, anti-war and human rights issues for over 25 years. She is an alumna of several social justice and arts programs at Las Palomas de Taos, housed in the Mable Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico. She founded and presided over Amnesty International chapters at the University of Iowa, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked as the Student Program Coordinator of Amnesty International in the Mid-west Region. She worked for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s first primary run as the field coordinator of the 48th Ward in Chicago in the first Campaign School. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a M.S. in Union Leadership and Administration from UMASS Amherst. She has worked in the labor movement for more than 17 years as an organizer and union staff representative where she represents private and public sector local unions. She has been a practicing print-maker for over 25 years focused on work related to social justice themes.

Christopher Urias co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery with his wife, Kathy Steichen, in 2011. He is a Pilsen, Chicago native who loves to live so close to good food. He is a graduate or the School of the Art Institute of Chicago focused on printmaking. He develops all the social media for the gallery and completes all the needed design work. He works at the American Bar Association.