Victoria Fuller’s updates of shows, articles, and events.
- My Artwork Chosen For HPAC Gala Invitation Cover (10/20/2016)
I am honored to have had my sculpture, Knob Job and the Power Box, chosen for the Hyde Park Art Center fundraiser gala invitation cover (honoring Theaster gates and Linda Johnson Rice). Amanda Williams work was also chosen for the inside of the invitation. The event is Nov. 12 from 6-midnight. http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2016-11-12-2016-gala
- Sculpture in exhibition at University of Buffalo, Department of Art Gallery (10/12/2016)
The Measure of All Things Exhibition: Rethinking Humanism through Art
University of Buffalo, Department of Art Gallery
10/13 – 12/10
Opening reception: October 13th from 5-7.
The exhibition features sixteen artists whose work calls on us to rethink our reliance on the philosophy of humanism
- In exhibition at the Brauer Art Museum (8/23/2016)
True to Form: Works from Chicago Sculpture International
Brauer Museum of Art
Curated by Gregg Hertzlieb and Gloria Ruff
August 23 – December 11, 2016
- My sculpture in exhibition in Turin , Italy (7/8/2016)
I was honored to be in an exhibition in Italy.
- Making Nature (6/10/2016)
- Artwork in Exhibition at Prarie State College (6/6/2016)
Aspects of Realism
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
June 6 to July 14, 2016
Reception: Thursday, July 14, 4:30-7 p.m.
Featured works by Winifred Godfrey, Roland Kulla, Armin Mersmann, Jacqueline Moses, and Victoria Fuller
- Women Sculptors of Chicago – Not For Men Only (Lecture Series at Chicago Cultural Center) (3/1/2016)
- “Going Nuts” Installation at Waubaunsee College (12/21/2015)
I was glad to have the opportunity to do an installation in the Dickson Window Art Project Space at Wabaunsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL, and to give a lecture on my work, and a workshop on paper casting, and the making of the flax fiber peanut shells.
- In My Back Yard Featured on Inside Cover of Sculpture Magazine (12/21/2015)
I am very proud to have my artwork, In My Back Yard, Chosen for the exhibition, Disruption, At Grounds For Sculpture, In Hamilton, NJ. It was also featured on inside cover of the October issue of Sculpture Magazine, and they have an image of it on the banner outside the main building on the grounds. They also featured my sculpture on the inside cover of Sculpture Magazine, and it was also featured on the banner outside of their main building. The show runs through March 27, 2016.
- Canoe Fan (6/20/2015)
I am excited that my new public sculpture, Canoe Fan, has been installed in Ann Arbor, by the Huron River, in Gallup Park. Learn more about it at Ann Arbor Public Art Commission
- Scientificious show at Manifest Gallery (3/17/2015)
- Invasive Species: The Art of Upcycling at Lubeznik Center for the Arts (10/13/2014)
Invasive Species… The Art of Upcycling
Aug. 2–Oct. 18, 2014
A resurgence in the “ready-made” art practice made popular by Dada artists Duchamp and Man Ray, upcycling makes use of discarded materials and transforms them into beautiful objects without breaking down the material. Invasive Species: The Art of Upcycling will feature upcycle inspired artwork that crosses boundaries between environmentalism and art. Artwork by Michael Dinges, Victoria Fuller, Alan Emerson Hicks, Valerie Mann, Chris Silva, and Bryan Sperry.
Summer 2014 is stocked with art events!Several my sculptures are currently appearing in a group show at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana. The exhibition focuses on a “resurgence in the ‘ready-made’ art practice” that “makes use of discarded materials and transforms them into beautiful objects”…an apt description of my object-based artwork!
The Lubeznik Center for the Arts is located at 101 W. Second St., Michigan City, IN.
Mé(Knobs) à Trois by Victoria Fuller
Photograph, © Kim Laurel
Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has an excellent, art-filled summer!
- Press from Nature2 at Packer Schopf Gallery (10/12/2014)The reviews are in!I’m happy to report an exciting run for my recent exhibition at Packer Schopf Gallery, Nature2. The solo show was met with warm response from opening reception to closing night. Nature2 also gathered the attention of a number of critics and media outlets. Check out the links below and thanks to all who attended!– Invasive Species – Beacher – August 20140814
– Lise McKean at Bad at Sports
– Philip Hartigan at Hyperallergic
– Carrie McGrath at New City (exhibition listed under “recommended”)
– Scientific American’s Blog
– Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
– Jyoti Srivastave at Public Art in Chicago (an excellent archive of photographs from the show)Packer Schopf’s webpage on Nature2 includes images of the complete collection, in case you missed it!
Artwork (left to right): In My Backyard, Deep Down, Spelling Bee by Victoria Fuller
Photograph, © Jyoti Srivastave
- Art Gathering: Sculptors Connect at Governors State University (10/11/2014)
I’m proud to be part of a unique group exhibition at Governors State University. Art Gathering is a series at the school’s Visual Arts Gallery that “seeks to demonstrate the interconnectedness of the art world and artist’s lives.” My sculpture,Cubist Guitar 1, is featured along with the work of numerous Chicago artists.The show runs until Saturday, August 16th with a closing night reception.
Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway in University Park, IL. Pleases visit the exhibition’s web page for directions or further info.
- Victoria Fuller art opening at Packer Schopf Gallery, June 6 (5/8/2014)
Victoria Fuller: Nature², solo show, to be presented at Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, June 6 through July 12th
942 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60607; (312) 226-8984
Please join us for an opening night reception June 6, 5:00 to 8:00PM
Victoria Fuller’s sculpture explores nature from all angles – underground, above ground, outer space and inner space. In a new exhibition at Packer Schopf Gallery, Fuller offers a multilayer investigation of environmental systems. Aptly titled Nature², Fuller’s collection of sculptures alternately depict organic and manmade structures, illustrating both nature’s abundance and the dire consequences of human interference. Figurative representations of untouched flora and fauna juxtapose ecological carelessness and exploitation. For example, the hibernating chipmunks of Deep Down starkly contrast Factory Farm’s caged chickens. Viewed as a collection, Fuller’s artwork simultaneously examines nature’s inherent harmony and the human tendency to control it.
Nature² marks a departure in Fuller’s artwork. While prior sculpture re-appropriated common, manufactured objects to subtly reveal environmental motifs, the Nature² collection interprets the natural world via more literal construction. Direct depictions of organic elements – whether among earth and grass or human-implemented industrial piping – allow Fuller to investigate systems impacted by man’s activity in a widely-understandable manner. Though distinct, Fuller’s newer sculpture remains interconnected with her found object-based artwork. Each body of work informs the other, fully illuminating the universal experience of life on earth.
- Group Show at Packer Schopf (6/26/2013)
“Measured Steps”, my sculpture built from folding rulers, is currently being featured in the downstairs group exhibition at Packer Schopf Gallery. Gallery hours, address, and phone number can be found
“Measured Steps” by Victoria Fuller, Folding rulers.
- Preview of New Sculpture (1/21/2013)
- Show at Garfield Park Conservatory (10/16/2012)
My work will appear in a show at The Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago that you can see until Dec. 9th. Full information can be found HERE.
I will also be in a Panel Discussion: Chicago’s Twelve Talk Sustainable Art One Block at a Time: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – 6:00pm. And be sure to check out the website for Chicago’s Twelve.
Safety Satellite by Victoria Fuller, Traffic cones and aluminum.
- Sculpture featured in Lill Street Gallery Show (9/21/2012)
- Ragdale Residency (9/1/2012)
I just finished a residency at Ragdale Foundation, where I created new sculpture and collaborated with fellow artist, Vivian Visser. I will be showing the finished pieces at The Ragdale Artwalk Open House on Sunday Oct. 14th, from 2-4. http://www.ragdale.org
Sculptures at Ragdale
Ant World ( Work in Progress), and Conception (Collaboration with Vivian Visser and Victoria Fuller)
On view at Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest till Oct. 25th.
- Alterpolitan Art Show: An Indoor Sculpture Garden. (5/1/2012)
Starting on May 3rd, my art will be on display in the Alterpolitan Art Show: An Indoor Sculpture Garden.
Knob Job and The Power Box by Victoria Fuller
This show was put together by the Chicago Loop Alliance, Noisivelvet and Art Advisory, Ltd. This large indoor sculpture garden will be open to the public at 77 S. Dearborn until May 26th. The opening reception will take place on May 3rd from 5-8pm and many of the featured artists (including myself) will be there. I hope to see you there, as well! The other featured artists include: John Himmelfarb, Barbara Cooper, Corinne D. Peterson, Andrew Arvanetes, Barry Tinsley, Mike Baur, Darrin Hallowell, Derick Malkemus, Elena Rakocky, Allen Vandever, Bob Emser, Eric Stephenson, Jason Verbeek, John Hatlestad, Mike Helbing, Ron Gard, and Terrance Karpowicz. Visit: Alterpolitan Event for more details.
- It’s official (4/25/2012)
- Chicago Twelve April 20th – June 9th (4/14/2012)
Chicago Twelve presents 12 artists from the Chicago-land area that features art centered around World Earth Day, and curated by Sergio Gomez. For the next month the gallery will be displaying two of my older pieces as well as two new pieces includingCubist Guitar 1, pictured above. More familiar pieces that I have on display are Safety Star and Continuously Hooked. Stop by to experience art that keeps the Earth in mind and questions the impact that we make as humans. Also check out this You Tube video created by Sergio Gomez on “Continuously Hooked.”
The Zhou B Art Center is located at 1029 W. 35th St. 1st floor, Chicago. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 10-pm and Friday 10-7pm. For more details, check out this article written in the Chicago Art Magazine: Chicago Art Magazine: Chicago Twelve
- The Highlands Elementary “Whale Sculpture” is complete!!! (11/4/2011)
I am known for creating sculpture incorporating everyday found or reproduced objects in unexpected contexts. I am equally fascinated with nature imagery, and that is what I sought to explore in the whale sculpture which is recently completed and on public view.
After a Guild of Natural Science Illustrators talk, I was approached by a colleague, Julie Kulak, with the idea of creating a whale sculpture for Naperville’s Highlands Elementary. The whale is the school symbol. Some time ago, a young male student was afflicted with a terminal disease. The whale, his favorite animal, was produced in his honor. The school encouraged student involvement, so I came up with the idea to embed the whale’s surface with student-created ceramic tile sea creatures based on my drawings. You can see pictures of the process in a Facebook photo set.
The whale is permanently installed at Highlands Elementary School, 525 South Brainard Street, Naperville, IL 60540. Map.
- “Element Flux” – Opening Reception (10/1/2011)
“Element Flux” Special Exhibit – Jackson Junge Gallery, October 1 – 30 Opening Reception Friday, October 7, 6 – PM (“Element Flux” is part of Chicago Artists Month 2011)
“Element Flux”, an exhibit featuring works by over 50 Chicago artists, will be on display October 1 thru October 30, 2011, at the Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Chicago.
An investigation by Chicago area artists of the classic elements: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. Artists are invited to create visual works of one or more of these elements and/or invented new elements, reference the real elements in the periodic table or expand on the concept of the classic fifth element: Ether.
- “Fresh 2030” Artist Studio Open House 2011 (9/24/2011)
including member Victoria Fuller and her band the Brush Men, and the band Environmental Encroachment, to offer visual art and music, Friday, October 21, 2011, 7:00PM-12:00AM
Nine eclectic artists open their space to the public to show their art, share their music, and offer refreshments. Participating artists include: Victoria Fuller, Michael Guzman, Dusty Folwarczny, Eric Lyndahl, Anna Todaro, Angie Renfro, Adam Clark, and Stephanie Dunn. Bands performing are: Environmental Encroachment and Victoria Fuller and the Brush Men.
“Fresh 2030” Artist Studio Open House 2030 Artist Cooperative 2030 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60612, 7:00PM-12:00AM. (Readily accessible by CTA Green/Pink Line Ashland-Lake stop, and 65 Grand and 50 Damen buses).
“Fresh 2030” Artist Studio Open House is part of Chicago Artists Month 2011 the sixteenth annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant visual art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org
- GLOBAL GARDEN SHOVEL featured in Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Western Art & Architecture (8/26/2011)
The Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Western Art & Architecture arrived on my doorstep and I was pleased to find a photo of my commissioned public sculpture, GLOBAL GARDEN SHOVEL, featured on page 107. The article, “Wanderings: Seattle, Washington”, is written by Stella Fong who mentions the sculpture on page 110 as she elaborates her travels on the Link Light Rail in the Rainier Valley observing the diverse community. I appreciate Western Art & Architecture including my work in this feature. Pick up a copy where available!
- Willis Tower lobby exhibit “Recycled, Reclaimed, Repurposed” (8/12/2011)
featuring contemporary Midwestern artists Victoria Fuller, Don Baum, and Gail Simpson, reinterprets everyday objects into fine art, now through October 31, 2011
Two of my pieces, RACKET REPRODUCTION and MEASURED STEPS (pictured above) are featured in the lobby of the Willis Tower (formerly named, and commonly referred to as the Sears Tower) as part of an exhibit titled “Recycled, Reclaimed, Repurposed”, curated by Emily Nixon of Nixon Art Associates.
The work in the show ranges in media and subject matter, but one element connects them all: they each include objects that, as the title indicates, are discarded, common, and familiar.
RACKET REPRODUCTION, for example, is made from old wooden tennis rackets with sorbet-hued netting, handles cut off, and linked in a chain-like formation. They mimic how bacteria, such as cyanobacteria, reproduce in a similar formation. MEASURED STEPS is made from 36 folding rulers creating a stair step, to be placed on the ground, as a stair would normally function. Notably, due to the public nature of the setting, a decision was made to display the piece on a pedestal.
These pieces are currently on view through October 31, 2011.
“Recycled, Reclaimed, Repurposed” exhibiting artists:
Nathan Slate Joseph
- Sculpture chosen as one of the 200 Artists for the first ART LOOP OPEN (10/4/2010)
I am so excited to announce that I am one of the artists that has been chosen to show my art in ART LOOP OPEN competition in chicago!!!! The public votes for an artist to win top prizes, $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000. I’ll be showing my piece EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED at Block 37. Please get out and see the art and vote, starting Oct. 15th.
2010 – Fall Exhibitions:
Art Loop Open
200 local artists, selected by an esteemed jury from a pool of 750 entries, will be vying for more than $60,000 in prizes, as judged by the public.
Art Crawl – Voting Begins
Friday, October 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is encouraged to visit each venue and begin voting for their favorite artwork, while enjoying specialty “Artini” cocktails and other offerings. Many of the artists will be on hand that evening to discuss their works.
Round 1 (October 15-21): The public is urged to participate in the first round of voting, where they can vote once in support of as many pieces as they’d like utilizing smart phone applications and texting.
Round 2 (October 22-28): Following the announcement of the top ten vote recipients on Friday, October 22, the public will be invited to vote for their top selection. The three winners with the most votes will be announced at an awards ceremony, Friday, October 29, and will receive $25,000 (1st), $15,000 (2nd) and $10,000 (3rd). The winners of additional prizes, presented by organizations including the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, theWit Hotel, Palmer House, 3Arts, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, and the Chicago Art Dealers Association, will also be announced.
- Comed Fine Art Refrigerators on Michigan Ave., Chicago (8/7/2010)
Comed Commissioned me to create a sculpture on a recycled Fridge as part of their refrigerator recycling prgram. My Fridge is On Michigan Ave. and Huron.
2010 Spring – Summer Exhibitions:
Michigan Ave Magnificent Mile,” Fine Art Fridges”, commissioned by Comed, Chicago, IL
Koehline Museum of Art, “Sculpture Invasion 2010”, Des Plaines, IL
Chicago Merchandise Mart, Art Chicago “Countercurrents”, outdoor sculpture show, Chicago, IL
- Art Prize Grand Rapids was a lot of fun (10/17/2009)
Grand Rapids is a lovely city and I saw a lot of good (and some bad) art. Here is an image of it installed at Devos Place.
2009 – Fall Exhibitions:
Art Prize Grand Rapids: Victoria’s sculpture, Safety Star, installation at the entrance of
Devos Place, September 23rd – Oct. 10.
She will be competing for a Grand Prize of $250,000.
303 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
2009 Spring – Summer Exhibitions:
Species Affected by Global Warming”
Part of “Paradise lost? : Climate Change in the North Woods”, June 4 – Aug. 16th
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
(Opening reception, Fri. June 4th 5:30-7:30)
Size Matters (group show)
Packer Schopf Gallery, July 10th – Aug. 15th
942 W. Lake St. Chicago, IL 60607, p 312.226.8984
(opening reception, Fri. July 10th)
Lost and Found, juried show ( recipient of 1st place award )
April 25th- July 25th
Springfield Art Association
700 N. 4th Street, Springfield, IL 62702
- “Global Garden Shovel” was installed on Tuesday May 19, 2009 (5/29/2009)
Here is Global Garden Shovel planted in the dirt in Seattle at the S.E. corner of Alaska St. and Martin Luther King Way, which will be the Columia City stop along the new transit line running from University of Washington to SEATAC Airport. Still working out the plants in the planter and there is still a fence around it, which will eventually be gone. So I haven’t gotten any distance shots of the whole thing yet.
- Scultpure in Show at Peggy Notebeart Nature Museum (5/29/2009)
GNSI Great Lakes Chapter Exhibition
The Peggy Notebaert Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park (just north of the Lincoln Park Zoo.)
“Species Affected by Global Warming”
Part of “Paradise lost? : Climate Change in the North Woods” show
Opening reception : June 4th, 2009, 5:30-7:30
May 28th to Aug. 20th
I am one of several artists to be featured in a show at Peggy Notebeart Nature Museum about the effects of Global Warming on the Floral and Fauna native to the midwest. It is a show of natural science illustrators from the Guild of Natural Scinece Illustrators, of which I am a member.
- “Global Garden Shovel” is scheduled to be installed on Tuesday May 19 (5/9/2009)
- Featured artist in the School of the Art Institute 2009 Alumni Calendar: (4/5/2009)
- Global Garden Shovel News: Installation Finally Happening (4/5/2009)
- Lost and Found Show at Springfield Art Association: (3/31/2009)
I have two pieces in the Show “Lost and Found” in Springfiled IL.
2009 Illinios Artist Invitational
April 25 through July 25, 2009
Springfield Art Association
700 N. 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
The Show at Sears Tower comes Down April 25th, so go by to see it if you can.
And…. Global Garden Shovel gets installed at the end of April. Woopee!
- Show of my Sculpture at Sears Tower: (2/13/2009)
I got a call from Nixon Art Associates asking me to to show 2 of my sculptures at the Sears Tower. I said, “Of Course.” What a great opportunity and good exposure! I didn’t know who would be showing with me. Coincedentally, It turns out that I had a previous connection with both artists. Robert Hudson was my teacher when I studied at the San Fransisco Art Institute, and I was a teaching assistent to Gordon Powel in the first Year 3D program while I was getting my MFA degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have two sculptures in the show. One is “Safety Star” (shown in the photo above), and the other is “Cluster Housing”, which is on the 3rd page in the drop down menu (1988-1992) in the sculpture section on this website.
Here is the info:
Sears Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr. Lobby, 3 person show
Victoria Fuller, Robert Hudson, Gordon Powel,
Curated by Nixon Art Associates
Sponsored by U.S. Equities Asset management, Chicago IL
Jan. 26 – Apr.25
- Global Garden Shovel: The saga of the delayed sculpture (11/17/2008)
There has been a long delay, almost a year, because of mistakes made in the support system design by an engineering firm, so a new firm was hired, which took 7 months to find someone willing to do the redesign, and now it is being cut in half, and steel tubes are being installed inside. It appears that it might be finished by February 2009 and hopefully installed either in February or March. It’s been a long time coming and I will be glad to see it finally installed.
I am working on several new pieces: One involves moss and the mushroom amanita muscaria. In other pieces I am using materials such as wisks, garden hoses, clocks, tennis balls, and guitars.