1/27/24

Three Murals for College of Lake County Community Center in Waukegan, IL

Jason Messinger completes three mural commission for the College of Lake County Community Center in Waukegan, located at 34 N Sheridan Road, Waukegan, Illinois. The $100,000 commission was awarded by the Illinois Capital Development Board Art-in-Architecture Program. The project consists of 102 12" square hand made ceramic tiles with hand painted ceramic glazes, mounted on white maple frame supports, spread across three floors. 


 
The first mural, titled “Onomatopoeia / Onomatopeya”, depicts thirty-nine exclamatory words or phrases that are associated with sounds, and interjections that are similarly voiced.
 
Half the words are presented in Spanish and half in English, with a few words carrying the same meaning in each language, speaking directly speaking to the diverse student body. It is mounted in the lobby to the floor containing the school’s library, and the tutoring center. 

The mural, while primarily a visual experience, also attempts to activate the viewers' sense of hearing, by evoking the memory of sounds. 
 

“Sun Kissed” consists of thirty concentric circles, a symbol in global crafts, and in ancient, modern, and contemporary art. In many traditions, circles communicate unity, community, knowledge, healing, growth, wholeness, harmony and connection. 
The diagonal shape also obliquely references ‘Ojos de Dios’ or ‘God’s Eye’, a colorful symbol of protection, commonly found in Mexican, Peruvian, and Latin American communities among both Indigenous and Catholic peoples. 
The mural, while primarily a visual experience, also reminds the viewer of the physical sense of heat, by triggering memories of the sun’s warmth. 
 
“Blossoms” consists of a series of 33 stylized and abstracted flowers, located on the floor where
nursing and medical administration courses are taught.
Flowers are part of humanity’s collective medical heritage, as botanicals were the original primary components of medicine. Bouquets of flowers are also a traditional gift for people in need of healing. Meant to present a joyful symbolic representation of the natural world, which is fundamental to our health and shared well-being.
This mural, while primarily a visual experience, also references the sense of smell, by tickling the mind with a memory of floral scents.  
 
 
This is the third major public art project for the artist, who also has five murals at the three station houses for the Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line Illinois Medical District stop, and two murals at the Chicago Public Library Austin Irving Branch. The artist's work is also in numerous hotel, hospital and corporate settings in the United States, Europe and China, as well as in private collections across the globe. 
 
Dedication and Reception:
On Wednesday March 20th, from 5 - 7pm, the College of Lake County Community Center First Year Anniversary event includes
dedication of Jason Messinger's Art-in-Architecture commission tile murals with Q&A with the artist, as well as the announcement of the second phase of Art-in-Architecture Illinois artist acquisition grants. College of Lake County Community Center, Second Floor Library, 34 E Sheridan Road, Waukegan. IL.
 
Open Studios Event: On Friday March 22, from 6 - 10pm, and Saturday March 23, from 11am - 3pm, the artist's studio will be open to the public as part of a building wide Open House event at the Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W Cornelia, Chicago IL. Free and open to the public.

 

11/11/23

Good cheer abounds at the Cornelia Arts Building December 2023 Open Studios

A woman with several other people nearby is seen from behind as she views paintings on a wall in a warmly-lit art gallery setting. Overlaying that image is information about an art show: Open Studios Friday December 1 6pm to 10pm and Saturday December 2 11am to 3pm
Bring cheer and joy into your life with original art and artisan-made gifts from the Cornelia Arts Building December Open Studios. On Friday December 1st, from 6 - 10 pm, and on Saturday December 2nd, from 11 am - 3 pm, the Cornelia Arts Building at 1800 West Cornelia Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, opens its doors for visitors to meet talented artists and artisans in person, explore their art practices up close, and purchase art and crafts directly from their makers.

Urban Sentinels - Dec. 2023 Assortment, 18 8"x8" tiles, Jason Messinger

Onomatopeia, 8 8"x8" tile, Jason Messinger
Circus Slang, 12 8"x8" tiles, Jason Messinger
Visit two full-floors of working art studios at one of the largest artist studio buildings on Chicago’s North side. Currently over 87 local artists and artisans work here, including painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramic artists, print-makers, jewelers, designers, and much more. 

Speaking the Landscape, 22"x30" Jason Messinger

Slumber, 22"x30" Jason Messinger
Language of Grass, 22"x30" Jason Messinger
With one-of-a-kind artwork and special artisan-made gifts by the many building artists, and special guest artists painter Elizabeth Hilton and jeweler Sara Lenart, the event offers something for the whole family to enjoy.

Pewter Gears, 2023, 12"x12" Jason Messinger
Pewter Gears, 2023, 12"x12" Jason Messinger
Honey Bees, 12"x12", Jason Messinger
Building on nearly four decades of fostering creativity, the venue nears completion on a multi-year remodeling effort, with more than double the studios and artists, and more art than ever before.
Jason Messinger Studio @ Cornelia Arts Building

Jason Messinger Studio @ Cornelia Arts Building
Jason Messinger Studio @ Cornelia Arts Building
Established in 1986 in a former ice-house, the Cornelia Arts Building is located at 1800 West Cornelia, at the border of three distinct Chicago Neighborhoods; Roscoe Village, Lakeview, and North Center. Located close to public transportation and only two blocks south of the Addison Brown Line CTA stop, the building has a free parking lot and street parking nearby. Events are free and open to the public.
Cornelia Arts Building - photo Jordan Scott
Deco, 9 12"x12" tiles w/ gold luster, Jason Messinger
Cornelia Arts Building December Open Studios
Friday, December 1 2023, 6 pm - 10 pm
Saturday, December 2, 2023, 11 am - 3 pm

The Cornelia Arts Building – Where Art Works
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago, IL
Entrance on NW corner of Ravenswood and Cornelia.
Two blocks south of Addison Brown Line CTA Station.
Free parking available in lot and in neighborhood.

A woman with several other people nearby is seen from behind as she views paintings on a wall in a warmly-lit art gallery setting. Overlaying that image is information about an art show: Open Studios Friday December 1 6pm to 10pm and Saturday December 2 11am to 3pm


10/11/23

A Cornucopia of Art at the Cornelia Arts Building October Open Studios 2023


A Cornucopia of Art at the 
Cornelia Arts Building October Open Studios
The Cornelia Art Building October Open Studios offers a veritable cornucopia of original artwork on Friday October 20th, from 6 - 10 pm, and Saturday October 21st, from 11 am - 3 pm. Find art and gifts sold directly from the creators who made them. Shop and mingle with fellow art lovers and artists in this newly renovated working studio building, located at 1800 West Cornelia Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Work by Jason Messinger
Visit two-full floors of working art studios at one of the largest artist studio buildings on Chicago’s North side. With one-of-a-kind artwork and special artisan-made gifts by the building artists, the event offers something for the whole family to enjoy. 
Work by Jason Messinger
 
Work by Jason Messinger
Join Jason Messinger in Studio #109 where he offers his signature tile murals, ceramic sculptures, works on paper, and artist made gifts. 
Detail of "Sun Kissed" commission for College of Lake County, Waukegan
Currently over 85 local artists and artisans work here, including painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramic artists, print-makers, jewelers, and much more. The guest front lobby artist is Russell Muits, showcasing his unique relief prints cast from street maintenance hole covers from around the country and the world.
Russell Muits, Print from Paris street hole cover
Building on nearly four decades of fostering creativity, the venue nears completion on a multi-year remodeling effort, with double the studios and artists, and more art than ever before. Visitors can meet talented artists and artisans in person, explore their art practices up close, and purchase artwork and hand-made crafts from their creators.
"Last Call" by Jason Messinger
 
"Amber gears" by Jason Messinger
Established in 1986 in a former ice-house, the Cornelia Arts Building is located at 1800 West Cornelia, at the border of three distinct Chicago Neighborhoods; Lakeview, Roscoe Village, and North Center. Located close to public transportation and only two blocks south of the Addison Brown Line CTA stop, the building has a free parking lot and street parking nearby. Events are free and open to the public. 

Cornelia Arts Building October Open Studios
Friday, October 20, 2023, 6 pm - 10 pm
Saturday, October 21, 2023, 11 am - 3 pm
The Cornelia Arts Building – Where Art Works
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago, IL
Entrance on NW corner of Ravenswood and Cornelia.
Two blocks south of Addison Brown Line CTA Station.
Free parking available in lot and in neighborhood.

4/21/23

A Bouquet of Art at Cornelia Arts Building May Open Studios May 12 and 13

A Bouquet of Art at Cornelia Arts Building May Open Studios
The Cornelia Art Building May Open Studios offers a bouquet of original artwork on Friday May 12th, from 6 - 10pm, and Saturday May 13th, from 11 am - 3pm. Find the perfect original Mother’s Day gift, or gift yourself, from artwork and gifts sold directly from the creators who made them. Shop and mingle with fellow art lovers and artists in this newly renovated working studio building, located at 1800 West Cornelia Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Beautiful World

Pilgrimage
Urban Sentinels
Visitors can browse two-full floors of working art studios at one of the largest all-artist buildings on Chicago’s North side. With one-of-a-kind artwork and special artisan-made gifts by the building artists, the event offers something for the whole family to enjoy. Currently over 85 local artists and artisans work here, including painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramic artists, print-makers, jewelers, and much more. 
photo credit Lauralynn White
Deco
Join artist Jason Messinger in studio 109 where he'll be showing his signature tile murals, flowing ceramic sculpture, original works on paper, and artisan made gifts. A small selection of work by the late Joey Wozniak will also be offered.
The guest front lobby artist is Tracy Frein, exhibiting his amazing narrative portrait drawings in colored pencil, and additional guest artists Sarah Lenart, and Eva Nye. The Jazzeros will once again be performing live for guests.
Fame

April

May
Building on nearly four decades of fostering creativity, the venue nears completion on a multi-year remodeling effort, with double the studios and artists, and more art than ever before. Visitors can meet talented artists and artisans in person, explore their art practices up close, and purchase artwork and hand-made crafts from their creators.
Gears

Circles of Influence

Sun

Established in 1986 in a former ice-house, the Cornelia Arts Building is located at 1800 West Cornelia, at the border of three distinct Chicago Neighborhoods; Lakeview, Roscoe Village, and North Center. Located close to public transportation and only two blocks south of the Addison Brown Line CTA stop, the building has a free parking lot and street parking nearby. Events are free and open to the public.
Versailles
Novas
La Dolce Vita

Flowers

Cornelia Arts Building March Open Studios
Friday, May 12, 2023, 6 pm - 10 pm
Saturday, May 13, 2023, 11 am - 3 pm

The Cornelia Arts Building – Where Art Works
1800 West Cornelia, Chicago, IL
Entrance on NW corner of Ravenswood and Cornelia.
Two blocks south of Addison Brown Line CTA Station.
Free parking available in lot and in neighborhood.
 


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