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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

One of the Country's First Women-Run Art Collectives Celebrates 45 Years

One of the Country's First Women-Run Art Collectives Celebrates 45 Years

WDCB's Gary Zidek visits ARC Gallery and sits down with the non-profit's president, Cheri Reif Naselli.

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"ARC was formed by a group of women artists, who wanted to get together and create a formal space to show both their own work and other women's work. They wanted to have the visual voice of a woman's perspective." - Cheri Reif Naselli, president of ARC Gallery.

 Cheri Reif Naselli, president of ARC Gallery

Cheri Reif Naselli, president of ARC Gallery

One of the country’s first women-run art collectives is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. 

It's challenging for women artists to get recognition from art museums and galleries today.  In 1973, the environment was even harsher, which is one of the reasons ARC was established.

 A plaque recognizing the founding members of ARC

A plaque recognizing the founding members of ARC

ARC Gallery is moving to a new space in the West Town/Noble Square area of Chicago.

Naselli says the new gallery at 1463 Chicago Avenue will offer some additional space to bring back programming elements like the "RAW space".

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The first show in the new ARC Gallery space will be, THE STEINER'S: THREE GENERATIONS, it opens August 1st.  On September 2, ARC will present its 45th annual member’s show, this year it will be titled: WOMEN STRONG: NEW WORK, NEW SPACE.

Go to arcgallery.org for more information.

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