Chicago Imagists exhibit to open at Lubeznik

Roger Brown, American, 1941-1997 (Indianapolis Jones, 1995, Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches). © The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brown family. On loan from the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University.

MICHIGAN CITY — A free exhibition featuring some of the best artists from Chicago will be coming to the Lubeznik Center this Monday.

The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) a grant of $10,000 to support The Chicago Imagists: Before and After exhibition and related programming. The exhibition, which features some of Chicago’s most famous artists, those who inspired them and those they influenced, will span LCA’s three major galleries and be open to the public free of charge from June 17 through Oct. 19.

A variety of community engagement events are planned during the exhibition’s run, including an opening reception on July 5, a curator-led tour on July 13 and a Family Day on Sept. 21. LCA also engages area schoolchildren with the art in its galleries through its Student Learning Tour program.

“All Americans should have access to the arts,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Grants such as this one to Lubeznik Center for the Arts are an important part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ work to ensure people in communities both large and small across the nation have the opportunity to experience the arts.”

This exhibition opens on the heels of a major show at the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibits in London and Milan.

“You no longer need to get on a train to view art by Andy Warhol or the Chicago Imagists,” said Janet Bloch, executive director for Lubeznik Center for the Arts. “We are offering children and adults from around the region the opportunity to view world class art by internationally known artists, right here in Michigan City. I am very grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for its support of this summer’s blockbuster exhibition.”

LCA is located at 101 W. 2nd St. in Michigan City. Admission is free year-round. Gallery weekday hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.lubeznikcenter.org or call 219-874-4900.

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