Fall 2022

Mauricio Ramirez

September 22 - October 20, 2022

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present “Poly-wave: Seeds of Color and Shape,” a solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist and UIS alum Mauricio Ramirez, who has developed a career as an accomplished muralist since graduating from UIS in 2012. “Poly-wave: Seeds of Color and Shape” will open on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, and will run through Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. A reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery.

Ramirez is known for large-scale public artworks that can be found throughout the Midwest and greater United States. He works with a vibrant, colorful palette and depicts subjects through a geometry-based style to explore Mexican American cultural roots, community dynamics, and personal identity. “Poly-wave: Seeds of Color and Shape” presents this signature style and focus but through a series of smaller, standalone paintings. Though these works function at a scale that departs drastically from large-scale public murals, the monumental presence of the work is not lost in translation.

“I create artwork that crosses borders and boundaries," says Ramirez. "Whether negotiating the identities of clients or corporations, or the intimacies of cultural characteristics within neighborhoods, attention is facilitated with an acute awareness that art in the public space permeates the subconscious.”

“My more personal artwork is a contribution to the community; frequently a cultural icon that transcends rich intersecting historical and popular culture references that speak to the complex diaspora of the United States. I wholeheartedly believe in the importance of how the visibility of cultures can lead to not only the growth of confidence but also care within our communities.”

Specializing in contemporary murals, Ramirez works primarily on projects that are funded by local communities across the country, as well as commercially commissioned murals. His community-based practice takes him to various sites where he becomes immersed in the cultural scene of each place, affording him an opportunity to focus on engagement and connection with members of that community.

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, room 201 (HSB 201). Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday August 10, 2022.

Reception: Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hale Ekinci

October 24 - November 17, 2022

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Motif: Silent Language,” an exhibition of mixed-media fiber works by Turkish artist Hale Ekinci. “Motif: Silent Language” will open on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 and will run through Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.

In conjunction with this exhibit, the artist will present an ECCE Speaker Series lecture from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library. Ekenci’s lecture, entitled “Written in Oya: Symbolic Patterns and Women's Work,” will feature images of her works that explore phases of acculturation, immigrant identity and ideas about gendered labor. 

Immediately following this lecture, the UIS Visual Arts Gallery will host an exhibition reception for “Motif: Silent Language” from 6:30-8 p.m. at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

“Motif: Silent Language” will feature works that combine collaged fiber techniques, found textiles and photographs from family archives. Decorative fringes are influenced by Turkish oya, lace edging on a headdress, and its use of symbolic patterns that serve as a secret language between women to express private, personal sentiments. By utilizing found materials and fiber crafts, Ekinci questions the value and worth assigned to materials and women’s work.

Hale Ekinci is a multidisciplinary Turkish artist based in Chicago. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art & Design at North Central College. Focusing on personal history, hybrid identity, gender politics and craft traditions, her works vary from videos to embroidery paintings embellished with vibrant colors, patterns and cultural relics.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, room 201 (HSB 201). Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

ECCE Lecture: Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception: Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


November 28 - December 1, 2022

more details coming soon!