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Exhibits News

Phipps Center for the Arts (Two Person)
109 Locust Street
Hudson, Wisconsin
2018

Olivia Petrides and Sarah Krepp: Line/Force/Burn/Rubber
Brauer Museum of Art
1709 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, Indiana
2017

Explosive energy dominates the work of Sarah Krepp and Olivia Petrides. Krepp locates a powerful gesture in found materials, in blown-out shredded tires which are gathered from highway debris. Blow-outs force the wires, embedded in the rubber, into writing gesticulations of accumulated stress. Petrides utilizes simple tools and the basic element of drawing - the line - to enact roiling abstractions of overwhelming natural forces into baroque masses. Both artists see the aggressive mark as emblematic carrier of immense forces within urban and natural environments. Petrides and Krepp achieve a linear complexity, referencing turbulent atmospheres and tangled social workings, thus posing questions about the relationship between human actions and nature's limitations.



Polar Nights, a solo exhibition of large-scale drawings
Curated by Suellen Rocca
Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace at Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois
March 8 - April 16, 2016

Petrides' drawings are immersive, large-scale abstractions based on her direct observation of the aurora borealis, or northern lights. She uses simple tools—ink, gouache and paper—and the basic element of drawing—the line—to reenact the forcefulness and sublime effect of the ever-shifting aurora. With a background in scientific illustration, Petrides is interested in the dynamic relationship between the micro and the macro, and how the generation of a linear field can create an epic and lyrical space. This project is partially funded by a Community Arts Assistance grant from the City Of Chicago Department Of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, and by an artist residency at the Ragdale Foundation.
Exhibit Essay: In Search of the Sublime, by Lanny Silverman


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Olivia Petrides, Polar Nights, installed at Accelerator ArtSpace, Elmhurst College, Illinois



On Big Drawings
Curated by Friedhard Kiekebe
Columbia College A + D Gallery, 619 South Wabash, Chicago
October 2 - November 1, 2014

On Big Drawings seeks to expand classic notions of drawing into a nuanced discussion of how contemporary drawing can operate on a large scale in planar, constructed, and projected space. Each featured artist has made an outstanding contribution to an expanded notion of drawing, creating work that engenders a dialogue about drawing across media boundaries, while engaging with large-scale works created for specific spaces. Catalog available.

This work was funded by an Illinois Arts Council Special Projects Grant and supported by an artist residency at the Ragdale Foundation.

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Olivia Petrides, Polar Nights, ink and gouache on paper, six panels, 75 x 312", 2014, Columbia College



Artemisia after 40: Current Work By Past Members
Bridgeport Art Center Gallery, 1200 West 35th St. 4th floor, Chicago
May 2 - June 13, 2014

Artemisia after 40: Current Work By Past Members is a showcase of work by artists who were members of the women's cooperative Artemisia Gallery. From 1973 until closing in 2003, Artemisia played an essential role in supporting and nurturing the careers of over 150 women artist members, their mentees and exhibiting guest artists, who made their mark on the Chicago art scene and beyond. Join us to celebrate the legacy of this influential and groundbreaking women's cooperative 40 years after its founding.
 

Olivia Petrides: Astral Projections
Gallery Pink, 149 Harrison, Oak Park, Illinois
October 1 - 30, 2013
 

Documentation of Nature: Olivia Petrides & Peggy Macnamara
Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 West 2nd St, Michigan City, Indiana
August 2 - October 27, 2013
 

Everything in Place: Sketches, Journals, Preparations
Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery
100 West Randolph, Suite 2-100, Chicago, Illinois
July 15 - November 1, 2013
 

DIALOGUE CHICAGO: Taking Chances
Noyes Cultural Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, Illinois
March 10 - May 4, 2013
Opening: Sunday, March 10, 3 - 5pm

Drawing to Conclusion
Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 West 2nd St, Michigan City, Indiana
March 2 - May 12, 2013
Opening: Friday, March 1, 5 - 8pm
Drawing is no longer relegated to pencil on paper. This exhibit showcases the diverse content, technique and scale of eight contemporary Midwestern artists: Olivia Petrides, Rick Lange, Christina Mrozik, Jennifer Nelson, Monica Rezman, Lynn Retson, Matt Woodward, and Monika Wulfers.
 


Public Art Commission for Openlands Lakeshore Preserve
Fort Sheridan, Illinois
2011

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COURSES OFFERED

LANDSCAPE NARRATIVES
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

A multi-level studio course that provides an opportunity to explore individual perceptions of the natural world in light of current landscape painting issues. All media on paper.

NATURAL HISTORY ILLUSTRATION
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

A multi-level studio course which travels to the Field Museum of Natural History, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Garfield Park Conservetory to observe, understand and paint structure in the light of growth, behavior and physical action. Pencil and watercolor.


THE ARTIST'S JOURNAL IN FRANCE
Dates to be announced.
Co-Instructors: Olivia Petrides, Tom Greensfelder, Patricia Pelletier, and E.W. Ross
More information: www.travelwithartists.com

The focus of the trip is spectacular day-excursions to some of the extraordinary artistic sites of the area like Conques, a 12th-century hillside village with a beautiful Romanesque church plus wonderful shops and restaurants. On another day we go on a tour of the 25,000-year-old cave paintings at Pech Merle. There are visits to two different open-air markets for wonderful fresh food from local farmers. Other day trips are planned as well.

We also include “free” days where you can go kayaking, hiking, or just hang out in St. Cirq la Popie, the 14th century cliff village where you reside in a private home or B&B. St. Cirq has fabulous restaurants, bakeries, shops and galleries for you to enjoy.

The tour fee including all instruction is $1500. The fee without art instruction is $1000. (Fees may vary. Please check website.) Both fees include all ground transportation (we rent a couple of vans), tours with English speaking guides, and a wonderful dinner on your first night in France. All other meals and your airfare are not included.


EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM: LANDSCAPE DRAWING
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Oxbow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan

Co-Instructors: Olivia Petrides and E.W. Ross

Drawing upon the natural terrain of Ox-Bow, high school juniors and seniors explore drawing, design, composition and creativity. A wide variety of drawing materials are used. Contact the Oxbow Office at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 312-899-5100.