Albright Inspired Artist-in-Residence: Chris Hodge

The Historical Society has launched a new Albright inspired Artist-in-Residency Program. The Albright artists used the current home of the Museum, the 1858 Methodist Church, as an art studio and gallery from 1924-1957. Each year artists who are inspired by one of the three Albright artists, Adam Emory, Ivan or Malvin Albright, will be invited to create original artwork inspired by the Albrights and their work in Warrenville.

Our 2015 artist is Chris Hodge, an accomplished artist and art teacher whose work has been shown throughout Chicagoland and beyond. Chris was part of the Historical Society’s 2012 “Warrenville Inspired” art show and created his own version of Ivan Albright’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” which can be seen at the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery alongside a digital reproduction of Ivan’s original painting. Some of Chris’ other work is also on display through the summer.

Chris Hodge's 2012 piece in progress

Chris Hodge’s 2012 piece in progress

Visitors to the Museum can also watch Chris draw on these selected days in June, July, and August from 1:00-4:00p.m.: Wednesday, June 17th; Wednesday, June 24th; Wednesday, July 8th; Wednesday, July 15th; Sunday, July 26th; Sunday, August 2nd; Wednesday, August 5th; and Wednesday, August 12th.

Chris and Museum Director Sara Phalen will also be present at the Wednesday, June 24th Warrenville Concert, from 6:30-8:30p.m., in the Albright Park Gazebo area between City Hall and the Warrenville Public Library. Come out and hear more about the program, Chris’ work and the Albrights in Warrenville.

Chris will also give an artist statement at the Historical Society’s Monday, September 14th Annual Meeting at 7:00p.m., prior to our Director, Sara, giving a presentation about the Albrights and their time in our community.

For more information on Chris’ work, visit his website www.chodgeart.com, and for more information about the Historical Society and the Albrights visit our website at http://www.warrenvillehistorical.org. This program is made possible by a City of Warrenville Hotel Motel Tax Fund Grant.

 

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