News and Happenings

Summer 2018 – Art Encounter had an amazing summer leading innovative programming and immersing ourselves in the Evanston Community!

Art Encounter Summer Programs 
– Our partnership with Art Design Chicago was full of incredible opportunities to connect people with important art across the city. In May, we delved into the Mexican Influence on art and design through stimulating exhibits at the Mexican Museum of Fine Arts, discussions with fascinating artists Marcus Raya and Hector Duarte in their studios and an exploration of Pilsen’s renowned murals. In June, we concentrated on the impact of African American artists beginning with a tour of Charles White’s magnificent show at the Art Institute followed by an engaging visit with David Anthony Geary in his studio and ending with Madeline and Tom Burrell’s extraordinary home and collection of African American art. July brought us to investigate sculpture beginning with how it’s made in a tour of Omri Amrany and Julie Rotblott Amrany ‘s vast studios in Fort Sheridan followed by its presentation in an exhibit of work by renowned sculptor Richard Hunt and his teachers at Oakton Community College’s Koehnline Museum and concluding with a tour of the college’s outdoor sculpture collection.
– In June we enjoyed a discovery of art and architecture  in our neighbor state of Indiana. We were amazed by the stunning Indianapolis Art Museum, the impressive art at Ball State University, exciting artists’ studios a surprising vast collection of fine art and large scale sculpture at North Central Purdue University, and the extraordinary architecture of Columbus, Indiana. Our group agreed with the New York Times’ assessment of Columbus Indiana as “one of America’s most design-sophisticated cities”.
Art Encounter in the Community 
  – This summer we are have been busy in the field providing art enrichment to students in area Y.O.U. programs at Lincoln School in Evanston and Old Orchard Jr. High School in Skokie. We love working with this creative and energetic group of kids creating multi-media 2-D and 3-D art activities. A few of the new projects we have taken on this summer are Build-Your-Own-Puzzles, Mask Making, and Wire Sculpture!
– This spring and summer we have the pleasuring partnering with local artist Jason Brown a.k.a The Zip Code Kid, to lead family mural projects with the community of Evanston at three city-wide events. Exploring color and line through Jason’s designs that personify local zip codes 60201, 60202, and 60203, budding artists of all ages have contributed to these artworks at YEA! in May, Evanston Artisan SummerFest in June, and Streets Alive! coming this September. All three murals will be installed in Bookman’s Alley this fall-look for them!
Starting this August you will begin to see many areas of Evanston transform with new murals working with our Evanston Mural Arts Program. Starting mid-August, you can
see Chicago artists Jeff Zimmermann and Anthony Lewellen re-inspiring the Metra walls on Church Street, and a few weeks later in early September, you will see North Carolina-based artist DALEK painting the two underpasses at Green Bay, Ridge, and Emerson. Finally, after school starts you can visit artist Cheri Charton at the Lake St Metra underpass, who will be working with all the Girl Scout troops of Evanston to paint a commemorative mural honoring 2018 as the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in Evanston! Our partners and sponsors for these projects this year are the Evanston Arts Council, Downtown Evanston, Church St Plaza, Evanston Rocks, FD Stonewater, Taco Diablo, Girl Scouts, and the Evanston Community Foundation. We are grateful for their support to bring these talented artists to our streets this year.

Spring 2018 

Art Impacts Gala 2018
– All of us at Art Encounter had the pleasure of honoring Joanna Pinsky for her 40 years of inspired leadership and William Lieberman’s incredible contribution to the  Chicago art world on May 6, 2018 at the Woman’s Club of Evanston. Together we raised over $60,000! Gala proceeds will be put toward Art Encounter’s ever growing community engagement and outreach programs.
School Residency Programs
-Students in our ARTiculations residency have been making beautiful projects all spring and writing about them in their art journals. We have gotten to know 440 amazing kids in 15 classrooms at five different public schools across the Chicago area: Darwin, Stone, Haugan, Goethe and North River.  We are grateful for the dedication of our teaching artists: Yadi Royster, Leslie Luning, Sarah Packer, Betsy Zacsek, Diana Sbarbaro, Miriam Gomez, Jason Brown, Marianna Buchwald, Sue Cahill, and Colleen Ostrander!
Special Community Events
– Art Encounter had the pleasuring of joining the Evanston community at this year’s Young Evanston Artists YEA! celebration this May.  As part of their new “Creative Classrooms” area this year, we met a lot of students and families who were able to contribute to our community mural designed by local artist Jason Brown with his Zip Code Art. This mural is one of three that will be installed in downtown Evanston this fall.
Winter 2018 – we have had a very busy new year so far and are excited to share our news with all of you!
Grants and Awards
– We are proud to announce we have received several exciting awards and honors over the past few months!
In our Outreach programming, we have received a Creative Schools Fund program grant from Ingenuity to bring our “ARTiculations” art and writing residency to 3rd and 4th graders at Stone School in Chicago, and a Rolling Grant from the Evanston Community Foundation to bring our “Language of Art” residency to Washington School in Evanston. We also received a Responsive Grant from Foundation 65 to bring our “Learning by Doing” residency to special needs students at Park School  in Evanston this spring.
-To support organizational growth, we received the Evanston Community Foundation’s highly  competitive root2fruit grant, which will help us achieve the goals we’ve just finalized in our Strategic Plan over the next three years. It is all hands on deck this winter!
We are thrilled beyond belief to have our founder and Artistic Director Joanna Pinsky honored as the Non-Profit Person of the Year at last months’ Evanston Chamber of Commerce‘s98th Annual Celebration and Awards.
Art Encounter in the Press
We encourage you to flip through  the December of issue of Evanston Woman which features Art Encounter’s Joanna and Lea Pinsky on the cover!
Also learn about Art Encounter’s artistic director and founding member, Joanna Pinsky, in her interview with VoyageChicago!


Past Art Encounter News:

AUGUST 19, 2013

Art Encounter announces it’s 35th Anniversary Benefit, Mi Casa Es Su Casa.
35 Outstanding artists will create miniature homes in homage to legendary Chicago Artist, Don Baum. Enjoy an afternoon celebrating Latin Culture in Music, Dance, and Edible Delights. SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2-5 pm.

For more information, contact us at 847-328-9222

JULY 9, 2013

Artistic Director,  Joanna Pinsky was recently named “Artist of the Month” by the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts for her work with Space 900. Watch her interview as she discusses her art and that of her group.

JUNE 20, 2013

Long term Art Encounter participant Bonnie McGrath joined us recently for our trip to Bronzeville. She so enjoyed the trip and was reminded of an article she wrote about us 23 years ago in the Chicago Reader. You can read it here:

APRIL 25, 2013

A review of our Expanding Visions program and of tour leader, Joanna Pinsky’s unique interactive discussion method.