Opening December 14, 2018 6pm-10pm
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted Chicago IL 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com

December 14 Opening: Human Rights Day Show: Pre-Existing with Artists for Action Chicago photographers Nelson W Armour and Michael Kreuser. Discussion with Claudia Fegan, Chief Medical Executive Cook County Health and Hospital System and Physicians for a National Health Program. The ACA and the Fight for Single Payer today!

This Pre-Existing series shares the faces and stories of those with pre-existing conditions. Pre-existing conditions are not just a black and white list of what healthcare plans would rather not cover. They are the conditions of your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. There continues to be harmful rhetoric that "people who lead good lives" don't have pre-existing conditions. In reality, pre-existing conditions come in all shapes and sizes. Many are born with them through hereditary conditions. Many are diagnosed as children. We put this series together as we believe that those with PEC have a right to affordable health care.

Our goal is to personalize the healthcare debate by showing the impact on individual people of covering pre-existing conditions. We are reaching out to individuals and groups to partner with us on this project. We aim to have portraits represent the wide diversity of our society. We post these portraits on our website and intend to both exhibit the work and publish a book of these portraits with proceeds going to organizations fighting for healthcare for all.

We met individuals at a location of their choice and took their portrait. Then, we or the individual, wrote up a short statement about their pre-existing condition.

Discussion- 7pm -Dr. Claudia Fegan is the National Coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program and Chief Medical Executive Cook County Health and Hospital System. In her current and past leadership roles in PNHP she has appeared on national television and radio programs on behalf of the organization, and has testified before congressional committees on a wide range of health care issues. She has lectured extensively to both medical and community audiences on health care reform in the U.S. and Canada, and is a co-author of the book “Universal Healthcare: What the United States Can Learn from the Canadian Experience” and a contributor to “10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care.

Open by appointment outside of receptions through 1-4-19. For an appointment, call 312 852 7717

PRESENT ABSENCE Salome Chasnoff + Meredith Zielke

Opening January 11, 2019 6pm-10pm
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted Chicago IL 60608 info@URI-EICHEN.com

PRESENT ABSENCE is a five-channel video installation that personalizes the lives of people killed by Chicago Police. These stories, generated from intimate one-on-one interviews with their families and close friends, invite viewers to expeience those murdered not as cases or statistics, as sensational media stories or police cover-up tales, but asunique human beings who made life-changing contributions to others; who are loved and mourned. Present Absence uses multichannel storytelling in a warm living room setting to hold those most affected by police killings. For every story, five family members or close friends are in virtual conversation, each featured in their own screen to offer their piece of the completed picture.

Join us for this rare interaction with these families and a discussion about how we can address these issues together. Public events addressing resistance to Chicago police violence and art and activism will be announced soon! Please contact the gallery with student field trip requests.

Premiered at the January 2018, Hairpin Arts Centergroup exhibition, Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence, this will be the second viewing of this piece.

Salome Chasnoff is a filmmaker and installation artist who is inspired by the enlightening, humanizing and healing capacities of storytelling. For 3 decades, she has maintained a collaborative social practice and exhibition career embracing and interrogating the indivisibility of the making of art and the making of relationship. Her installations aspire to create sacred spaces for community healing.

Meredith Zielke is a filmmaker and cinematographer. She works mainly in experimental documentary features and large-scale video installation. Her films have showed in numerous national and international festivals, conferences, galleries, educational institutions and community centers.

Closing Reception PRESENT ABSENCE 1-25-19

Open by appointment outside of receptions through 2-1-19. For an appointment, call 312 852 7717

February- Prison + Neighborhood Art Project -Opening February 8th 6-10pm

March- Framed for Choice? Jeff Kinzel, Kathy Steichen, Christopher Urias

April- Tamara Torres- La Feminista – photos and video

May through September- The Supreme Court of the United States

October- Chip Thomas

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 South Halsted
CHICAGO Illinois 60608



Second Fridays of the Month


6PM - 10PM

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, as a Union Representative for SEIU Local 73 and a Staff Representative for AFSCME Council 31. 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 working for the Chicago Teachers Union 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’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). He is currently the Director of Programs for Illinois Humanities.

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 hundreds of visual art and community events at the gallery in the last seven years. She built an organization that brings thousands of people into the space to enjoy art, 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 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 twenty 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 theme

Christopher Urias co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery. He is a Pilsen, Chicago native who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.