Vision Statement

Interpreting life through sculpture for everyone

Mission Statement

Chicago Sculpture International is a 501(c) (3) membership organization established in 2004 devoted to championing sculptors and the creation of sculpture. Its members seek to expand the understanding and appreciation of sculpture through exhibits, workshops, and collaborations. Chicago Sculpture International brings sculpture to the community and promotes a community for sculpture and sculptors.

History of the Organization

In the early 1980s, a cooperative of sculptors created an exhibition on Chicago’s Navy Pier, featuring numerous outdoor sculptures. Inspired by this exhibition’s public appreciation, the cooperative continued to display sculptures around the city. In 2004, the group formed Chicago Sculpture International; founding members are Nicole Beck, Bob Emser, Terry Karpowicz, Christine Rojek, Tom Scarff and Barry Tinsley. Chicago Sculpture International was the first recognized chapter of the International Sculpture Center, which publishes Sculpture Magazine and supports sculptors through exhibitions, conferences, and funding opportunities.

Currently, Chicago Sculpture International includes over 150 local, national and international members. Chicago Sculpture International organizes multiple indoor and outdoor exhibitions annually to showcase contemporary sculpture throughout the Midwest. These have included exhibits at Chicago’s International Art Expo, Oakton Community College, and the Elks National Memorial. Outdoor exhibitions are often in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, exhibiting sculpture in parks and conservatories throughout the city, including venues such as the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in conjunction with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Sculpture International exhibited work on the city’s boulevards over the last few years. While hosting the 23rd International Sculpture Conference in 2012, Chicago Sculpture International installed sixy-four sculptures spanning the lakefront from Promontory Point on the south to Belmont Harbor on the north. The Chicago Tree Project was created in partnership with the Chicago Park District in the summer of 2014. This citywide plan invites sculptors to transform dying trees into vibrant public art. The Chicago Tree Project, along with countless other exhibitions, serves as a vital part of Chicago Sculpture International’s mission: to bring sculpture to the community.

Photo Credits: 1,2: Jyoti Srivastava // 3: Gina Lee Robbins, studio work

Mailing Address:

Chicago Sculpture International

3141 North Hoyne Ave.

Unit 4

Chicago, IL 60618

Indoor & Outdoor Exhibition History

 

2016

Food as Art, Expo Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Sculpture in the Parks, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

True to Form: Works from Chicago Sculpture International, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Making Nature, Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center Gallery, Chicago, IL

Chicago Tree Project, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

Women Sculptors of Chicago – Not for Men Only, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Residency Grant, City of Chicago, IL

Outdoor Exhibitions, Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL

 

2015

Sculpture Among Us – Inspiring Communities through Art, Chicago Artist Month, City of Chicago Public Libraries and Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, Chicago, IL

        Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL 

Themes in Contemporary Sculpture, Foster Gallery: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Landfill, Bloomingdale Park Museum, Bloomingdale, IL

Sculpture Invasion, Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL

R4: recycled/reclaimed/reused/recrafted 2, Nicholas Garden, Rockford Conservatory & Gardens, Rockford, IL

Sculpture in the Parks, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

Boulevard Exhibition, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

Chicago Tree Project, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

Outdoor Exhibitions, Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL

 

2014

R4: recycled/reclaimed/reused/recrafted, Nicholas Garden, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Rockford, IL

CSI Juried Exhibition, curated by Mark Swain, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

Invoking The Absence, 2014 Biennial, curated by Lucas Cowan, Elks National Memorial, Chicago, IL

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, curated by William Butler, Peoria, IL

Sculpture in the Parks, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

Boulevard Exhibition, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

Chicago Tree Project, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

Outdoor Exhibitions, Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL

 

2013

Six to the Third, Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago, IL

Bridgeport Art Center, curated by Lelde Kalmite, Chicago, IL

Lakefront Exhibition, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

Outdoor Exhibitions, Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL

 

2012

Alterpolitan: An Indoor Sculpture Garden, Inland Steel Building, Chicago, IL

Process of Scale: Sizing Up Sculpture, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA), Chicago, IL

Six to the Third, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

Six to the Third, ART EXPO, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Outdoor Exhibition, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL

Lakefront Exhibition, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

Outdoor Exhibitions, Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL

 

2011

Form in Flora 3, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL

Outdoor Exhibition, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL

Six to the Third, Framing Mode Gallery, Chicago, IL

Avenue of Sculpture, Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Art on the Boulevards, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

 

2010

Countercurrents, Art Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Form in Flora 2, Lincoln Park Conservatory, curated by Vivian Visser, Chicago, IL

Sculpture Invasion 2, Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, curated by Lela Hirsh, Des Plaines, IL

Outdoor Exhibition, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL

Art on the Boulevards, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

 

2009

Form in Flora, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL

Mid South Sculpture Alliance/CSI Juried Exhibition, The Gallery: Red Bank/Chattanooga Riverfront, juried by Carol Mickett & Robert Stackhouse, Chattanooga, TN

 

2008

CSI Juried Exhibition, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

CSI Juried Outdoor Exhibition, Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park & Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

CSI Biennial, FLATFILE galleries, juried by John Henry, Neil Bremer, Corey Postiglione, Chicago, IL

 

2007

Sculpture Invasion, Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, juried by Nathan Harpaz & Victor Cassidy, Des Plaines, IL

 

2006

CSI Biennial, FLATFILE Galleries, juried by Paul Klein & James Yood, Chicago, IL

Artist/Model/Sculptor, curated by Emily Nixon, Krasl Biennial Sculpture Invitational, St. Joseph, MI

 

2005

Maquettes/Large Scale Sculptures, Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago, IL

 

Selected Upcoming Exhibitions in 2017

Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL

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