Reconfigured featuring Kim Curtis

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, May 4, 2018 - 5:00pm


April 2018

Evanston Art Center 2018 Exhibition:

Reconfigured featuring Kim Curtis

DATES: April 7 – May 4, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 1-4pm

GALLERY HOURS: 9am – 9 pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday


The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to welcome the public to Reconfigured featuring Kim Curtis. From April 7th through May 4th, the Art Center will be exhibiting Kim Curtis’s paintings in a solo exhibition. Kim’s contemporary landscape paintings consider the cumulative histories of the spaces we inhabit. The landscape we observe today is one inherited from the past: a history of additions, subtractions, restorations and reconfigurations. Whether those surroundings are urban or rural, our uses and intentions for them are constantly changing. Materials are introduced and removed, excavated and replaced.

Kim’s paintings explore this relationship of action and reaction, found and imposed. Construction materials are introduced, forcing the developing imagery to adapt. Preserved areas are exposed, revealing history underneath. Resolved areas are altered or scraped away.  Panels are moved into new positions or into different paintings entirely. Spaces are abandoned, dissimilar areas adjoined, foreign elements absorbed or rejected.

The resulting compositions range from graceful adaptation to abrupt disturbance. Elements of ugliness and beauty, history and novelty, disruption and resolution reflect the information each of us absorbs as we move through our own surroundings.

Originally from San Francisco, Kim Curtis designed and constructed costumes throughout the Bay area and the US for fifteen years including a six-year stint co-running the Costume Crafts department for the San Francisco Opera.  At SFO Curtis created the armor, masks, jewelry, head-dresses and animals for some of the world's most renowned designers and performers.

In 2003, she moved to Illinois and began a parallel career in Painting.  Her work can be seen in collections both stateside and abroad. Curtis is represented by Kasia Kay Art Projects in Chicago.

Curtis holds degrees in History of Art from U.C. Berkeley and in Painting from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.  Her internal visual archive draws from extensive travel throughout the US and abroad, mainly Italy and Germany where she has lived for various periods of time.

Curtis currently teaches in the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and continues to work in theater, fine art and illustration from her studio in Urbana, IL.

Kim Curtis will exhibit in the second floor gallery of the Art Center. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, April 29 from 1-4PM, which will be free and open to the public.

Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.

Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: 9am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday. First and second floor gallery spaces are handicapped accessible. Limited free parking is available.

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Location and contact
Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
Evanston  Illinois  60201
United States
Contact Phone Number: 
(847) 475-5300