Chicago Artists Month at IIT: "Hidden Works" by Theodore Czebotar
October is Chicago Artists Month, a month-long celebration of the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago's art community. Throughout the month, one can meet and discover the works of hundreds of Chicago visual artists at exhibitions, workshops, open studios, tours, and neighborhood art walks at venues throughout the city.
Last October, Illinois Institute of Technology was proud to host an exhibit for Chicago Artists Month, "Hidden Works" by Theodore Czebotar, in the Kemper Gallery in Galvin Library.
In the 1930s Theodore Czebotar (1915-1996) was a sensation in New York, promoted as the next great Midwest regionalist. In the 40s, he left the art world on principle to become a recluse, working from a hidden studio-home in the woods, neither selling nor exhibiting. Keeping in touch with the NY scene, he developed his advanced style exhibited here. Produced in his hidden studio and never shown in his lifetime, these works are based on sketches he made on trips to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.
The exhibit was organized by IIT Associate Professor of Humanities Jack Snapper, with works on loan from the Mathis Gallery in Racine Wisconsin.
Chicago Artists Month 2011, the sixteenth annual celebration of Chicagos vibrant visual art community, was presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.