Carrie Secrist Gallery: Celebrating 20 Years in Chicago

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Banshee, 2012 Mixed Media Collage On Paper 8 1/2 X 10 In © Image courtesy of the Artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago
Dimensions, 2012 Acrylic And Spray Paint On Panel 96 H. X 48 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery
Carrie Secrist Gallery: Celebrating 20 Years in Chicago

835 W. Washington Blvd.
60607 Chicago
December 15th, 2012 - February 2nd, 2013
Opening: December 15th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

River North/Near North Side
Tue-Fri 10:30-6; Sat 11-5; or by appt


Carrie Secrist Gallery is thrilled to announce the opening of a survey exhibition celebrating our 20 Year Anniversary in Chicago. Please join us for a reception on Saturday, December 15 from 5 to 8 PM. The exhibition runs through January 26, 2013.

Established in the River North gallery district in 1992, Gallery A (now Carrie Secrist Gallery) sought to reimagine an enlightened salon by creating an environment rich with conversation. Focusing on emerging artists and local makers, this first iteration of the gallery emphasized an engaging visual in art, both in its inviting atmosphere and the captivating technique of the works on view.  Early exhibitions examined the idea that contemporary art could be beautiful and taken seriously within a critical arena.

In 2004, Carrie Secrist Gallery relocated to its current location in the West Loop, a 5,000-square-foot raw space on Washington Blvd. The space itself allowed Secrist as curator to exhibit larger scale artworks as well as larger investigations into her aesthetic interests. Thematic surveys, in particular Tiny Huge and The Last Seduction: A Welcome Surrender to Beauty partnered internationally known artists alongside those mid-career and emerging. The dialogue between the vast range of media and artists demonstrated Secrist’s commitment to pushing the envelope within Chicago’s art community as well as national and international markets.

Beginning in 2010, Carrie Secrist Gallery began a self-imposed process of reinvention, a hunt for innovation in a now-saturated contemporary art world. Continuing its interest in visual inclination, the gallery now folds in more conceptual and academic ideas, and recommits itself to emerging artists. By alternating exhibitions between our gallery roster and new artists – and providing support to both groups at art fairs – the program nurtures young talent and further develops the careers of our established stable.

Celebrating 20 years of commitment to contemporary artistic dialogue in 2012, Carrie Secrist Gallery exhibits work in all mediums, with the primary goals of inspiring dialogue and delight; supporting individual makers and collaborations; and participating in the Chicago arts community as well as the larger national and international arts communities.  With an eye toward the future, the gallery looks forward to revealing a reinvented program in 2013.

The 20 Year Anniversary exhibition will feature highlights by twenty artists from Carrie Secrist Gallery’s past (such as Antonia Contro, Robert Lostutter, Saint Clair Cemin) and present (Anne Lindberg, Andrew Holmquist, Liliana Porter, and others). Additionally, we will display selections from the personal collection of Carrie Secrist, which note her current points of inspiration.

For more information, please contact Director Stevie Greco at

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