Satellite Gallery 2017-2018 Exhibits

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First Response

July 19 through August 16

Opening Reception: July 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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First Response will feature recent work from student-artists and local professional artists. The show is curated by McHenry County College Art History Faculty, Amy Ortiz and Sarah Ruthven. The show offers compelling art work and written material adding context and insight for viewers. Art is a conversation between artists and viewer, this show offers an opportunity to join that conversation.


May 10 through July 12

Opening Reception: May 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

FACULTY FACULTY will feature recent paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics and jewelry created by MCC Art Department faculty. The Art Faculty at MCC balance their teaching duties with their personal practices. These practices keep their skills sharp and keep them active in the art world. It is the philosophy of the department that a vibrant art practice informs studio teaching and in turn, teaching informs art making.

Faculty Show
Faculty Show


March 8 through April 26

Opening Reception: March 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Few will deny the divisiveness of our current situation. In this environment, artists make work that reacts and responds. Seen through the lens of our contemporary zeitgeist, all creative endeavors can take on a political or social bent. Even the avoidance of explicit content can be a political statement. These are HEAVY TIMES. This exhibition seeks to bring together artist and public through the act of making and seeing. It aims to communicate beyond words in order to bring the divided together through visual experience. The artists participating in this exhibition are Julia Fisher, Rachel Garrison, Emily Kostelny, Mary Mariutto, Ron Orist, Dominque Sanders and Gloria Stewart, all of Crystal Lake, and Stephanie Wisniewski of Lake in The Hills.

Matt Irie, Instructor of Art at McHenry County College, is the organizer of the exhibition. This is the tenth show at Satellite Gallery in the Old Woodstock Courthouse that is part of a partnership with the Northwest Area Arts Council.

Tranquil Night's Dream
Stephanie Wisniewski, Tranquil Night's Dream, Oil on Canvas, 2017
Rachel Garrison
Rachael Garrison, Quantum Perosteus, Oil on Canvas, 2017

It’s Dreadful Imposition

January 25 through March 1

Opening Reception: January 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

This exhibition showcases a wide range of MCC photography students presenting new photographic work from the recent academic semester. These photographers are all exploring their own personal subject matter through making pictures of a world outside of the classroom. Katie Recupido explores the patina of use by photographing buildings, structures and equipment along industrial corridors dispersed through Henry County. Corey Gul mines the psychological angst of a family breaking up by staging photographs centered on the dinning room table. Rachael Patterson uses dramatic light to photograph children at play in a way that avoids the clichés of flattering, precious images of children. Jaclyn Walter investigates her art history training to create forms that seem both classical and contemporary. Alyssa Dowell tackles technical assignments to create otherworldly scenarios through an insistence on photographic form. Amanda Glaser uses light to create mysterious, stoic images centered on the idea of the American Cowboy. Bailey Shannon, Conrad Lobinsky and Alyssa Dowell collaborate to stage a fantastical reimagining of a beloved children’s story turned sinister. The imposition of these students’ thoughts and obsessions come to bear in this exhibition.

Katie Recupido
children in shadows
Rachael Patterson

Accretion Interrupted

November 2 - January 11, 2018
Opening Reception: November 2 (5-7 p.m.)

Accretion Interrupted is a show of Mark Arctander’s students' new work. The title came about due to the loss of an adult student, Richard Grusdis, whom had taken painting classes with Mr. Arctander for roughly seven years.  Mr. Grusdis died suddenly and unexpectedly leaving an interruption in the gathering of people, artwork, energy, and friendships forged in Mark’s painting classroom/studio.  Mr. Grusdis will be truly missed.

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Michelle Mathis (doll)
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Jacquelyn Serak (chandelier)

For further information contact Mark Arctander at

Not Yet

August 31 - October 26
Opening reception: August 31 (5-7 p.m.)

Not Yet will feature recent work from students with varying approaches. Not Yet highlights a beginning to an end within the medium of ceramics. In a professional academic studio class, MCC ceramic students are challenged through innovative assignments while learning new skills in hand-building, wheeling-throwing, slip casting, and decorative glaze application. The work in this exhibit features art that is abstract, sculptural, functional, and experimental designed to intrigue and inspire.


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