Top 10 moments of 2018

It’s been an incredible year for the gallery and our artists, which made the process of selecting our highlights difficult! These are our top ten moments from 2018. We can’t wait to share with you all we have in store for 2019, but for now, enjoy this year in review, shared in chronological order.

1. 2018 kicked off with Elizabeth Ernst’s third solo exhibition 

In perhaps one of CEG’s most dynamic installations ever, Elizabeth Ernst introduced us to the residents of Shady Grove Nursing Home. Using photography and painting, the Chicago-based artist shared with us the current whereabouts of her cast of GE Circus characters, continuing a narrative Ernst has been creating for over a decade. Throughout the gallery, one could peer into vitrines filled with ephemera belonging to Lenny the Caregiver, Pearl the Lunch Lady, Lois, Jake and others. The show was reviewed by The Chicago Tribune, part of its “See It Now” column.

2.  Barbara Crane celebrated 90 years on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

Screen Shot 2018-12-29 at 1.16.57 PMOur exhibition, Barbara Crane: The Polaroid Years ran concurrent with a solo show at Stephen Daiter Gallery, honoring the artist at 90 years of age. Marc Vitali stopped by the gallery to speak with Catherine and Barbara for Chicago Tonight.

3. Catherine Edelman honored by her alma mater at their 2018 commencement ceremony


In May, the University of the Arts honored Catherine with their Silver Star Award for Outstanding Alumni! The school recognized her dedication as a leader and educator in the world of contemporary fine art photography.

4. We signed the lease for a NEW space at 1637 West Chicago Avenue

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Cheers to making the move official!

After 31 years in our current building, CEG will relocate to West Town in April of 2019, joining other new and established galleries which span Chicago Avenue from Ogden to Western. Our new space will have two floors and almost twice our current square footage, providing much-needed room for storage and dynamic, expanded programming. Chicago Gallery News interviewed Catherine about leaving the River North Gallery District in their fall issue. Read the article, here.

5. How do you see me? programming included an insightful panel discussion with Chicago arts leaders

After watching the separate careers of these three amazing photographers develop over the past few years, we invited Alanna Airitam, Endia Beal, and Medina Dugger to exhibit in our September season-opener. How do you see me? featured work by three important bodies of work that confront perceptions of race, gender and beauty within the arts and the workplace. The gallery hosted and recorded a panel discussion with local arts leaders, as well as an informative artist talk with Airitam, Beal and Dugger, both of which you can watch here. The exhibition gained unbelievable press attention from the BBC, CBS, Chicago Tribune, among others, further propelling the ideals promoted by these incredible photographers.

6. Jess T. Dugan published To Survive on This Shore

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For over five years, Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabre have been traveling, photographing, and interviewing members of diverse trans elder communities. Thus, To Survive On This Shore was published with Kehrer Verlag, containing the stories and portraits of over 60 non-binary and transgender individuals. Within weeks of the September release, multiple news outlets had featured the photo book and the first edition sold out from the publisher. The New York Times Photo Lens Blog has included the series in it’s top 13 photo stories of 2018.

7. CEG welcomed baby Nolan!

Many of you know our amazing gallery Director, Juli. In the middle of a busy week filled with art-fair prep, installation and gallery events, Juli delivered a healthy baby boy! Though she and baby Nolan have visited the gallery a few times already, we’ve missed having Juli here everyday, making us laugh and leading our crew. We look forward to welcoming her back from maternity leave soon.

8. Michael Koerner’s first ever solo show closes out the year

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Left to right: Saira Chambers, Michael Koerner, and Yuki Miyamoto

We were thrilled to install “Michael Koerner: My DNA,” the artist’s first solo exhibition, which opened on November 2 and has been extended through January 5, 2019. Over 50 tintypes were initially installed, both framed and displayed on ledges through the gallery. Special thanks to former Director of the Japanese Culture Center Saira Chambers and nuclear ethicist Yuki Miyamoto for participating in an amazing dialogue with the artist concerning Gaman, a theme prevalent throughout Michael’s images. Read more about this purposeful work in these reviews by The New Yorker and Chicago Reader.

9. These works were acquired by public collections in 2018

Our artists had an incredible combined total of 14 museum and other public collections acquire their work this year! Total works acquired was almost triple.

10. New represented artists joined our roster

A successful year meant we were able to add four new photographers to our roster of represented artists. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the work of Marina Black, Garrett O. Hansen, Michael Koerner, and Pete Jacobs, head over to our website or stop by the gallery to see their work!



Portraiture on view in Miami


Alanna Airitam
When Alanna Airitam (b. 1971, Queens, NY) was studying the history of art, she noticed the absence of black people in the history of Western art. This exclusion is familiar to many dark-skinned people who are used to seeing themselves represented in paintings and films as domestic workers, slaves or barbarians. By inviting African Americans to pose in the style of classic Dutch portraiture, Airitam reclaims art history, shining a light on the racial disparity in her series, The Golden Age. Titling her images after places in Harlem — Saint Sugar Hill, Saint Minton and Saint Lenox — the artist pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance, which opened doors for many young African Americans working today. It is a powerful series that celebrates black identity while highlighting the racial divide that exists throughout art history.

Endia Beal
Endia Beal (b. 1985, Winston-Salem, NC) focuses her camera on how African American women are perceived in the corporate world based on their physical appearance. As a young black woman in a mostly white dominated corporate job, Beal knew people talked behind her back about her hair, which did not conform to their definition of beauty. Now, as a professor at Winston Salem State University, Beal tackles the stereotypes that her students and other black women face when they do not fit the corporate mold. Am I What You’re Looking For? poses black women in front of a photographic backdrop of a typical office setting, wearing an outfit they find suitable for work. Through this work, Beal challenges the viewer to look at their own biases or stereotypes as they view the photographs.

Medina Dugger
Medina Dugger (b. 1983, Corpus Christi, TX) pays homage to Nigerian photographer J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, whose 40 year black and white photographic study of African women’s hairstyles set the standard for the celebration of black hair culture. African hair braiding methods date back thousands of years and Nigerian hair culture is a rich and often extensive process, which begins in childhood. The methods and variations have been influenced by social/cultural patterns, historical events and globalization. Hairdos range from being purely decorative to conveying deeper, more symbolic understandings, revealing social status, age and tribal/family traditions. In her Lagos studio, Dugger pays homage to historical and imagined hairstyles, honoring Ojeikere’s work through a contemporary lens in her series Chroma: An Ode to J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere.


You can see work from all the artists featured at booth #211 here.
For more information on the fair, visit

Catherine Edelman Gallery at Art Miami 2018

Booth #211

The Art Miami Pavilion
One Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways

Show Hours:

VIP Preview
Tuesday, December 4
5:30pm – 10pm

Thursday, December 6 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 7 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 8 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 9 11am – 6pm

Debuting new work at Art Miami

We would like to extend a big thank-you to everyone who joined us yesterday for the VIP Preview of Art Miami! Opening night is always a great time spent talking about our featured artists. The first day of public hours begins today at 11:00 am. You will discover new work by three of our featured artists, as well as new bodies of work by our represented artists. Read on to learn more about Michael Koerner, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, and Gregory Scott!

Michael Koerner

DNA #7797L – #7801R, 2018 © Michael Koerner

Michael Koerner (Okinawa, Japan, 1963) is the oldest of five brothers. Due to genetic abnormalities and cancer, he is the only remaining living son. His brothers’ fates (and potentially his own one day) can be linked to their mother, who was eleven years old on August 9, 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. She lived in Sasebo, Japan, 45 miles away from the blast. The long-term effects of severe, acute exposure to gamma radiation led to his mother’s death at an early age, and all of his brothers. Koerner’s work explores his family history and genetics through small tintypes, using photographic chemistry to assimilate the bursts and biochemical fallout from the atom bomb.

Koerner’s 6 x 8” tintypes seduce the viewer with glistening deep blacks, metallic silvers, and odd green, yellow and blue hues, to talk about disease. By blowing through a straw, or dripping chemicals from an eyedropper onto tin plates, Koerner manipulates collodion to create sunbursts, explosions, amorphous shapes, and double helixes, all of which reference his family history. In Waterfalls we see vibrant blue chemical drippings, reminiscent of pieces by the 18th c. Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai; in Phases small balls float across the sky, resembling shooting stars; in Finger Prints, the repetitive imprint of the artists fingertips suggests a medical scan or disease.

Michael Koerner started showing his tintypes less than two years ago, and is part of numerous collections including the Sir Elton John Collection (Atlanta, GA), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, (Kansas City, MO) and the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, FL). We are honored to present his first solo exhibition and believe it is a fitting way to close out our 31 years in River North.

Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

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Chasing Birds, 2018 © Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

Act Without Words

We have focused on a key inspirational source of our work over many years: Performance Stills and Stills from Cinema.

Our work has always relied heavily on research. Key within that research has been perusing film and performance stills of works ranging from Brecht, Beckett, Cunningham, Rauschenberg, Postmodern Dance, Experimental theater and Cinema. We find viewing stills to be central to igniting our creative engines. These images allow us to Ponder the totality of the past performance, without knowing the fullness of the event. It is like a spark of magic. This incompleteness allows us to begin the dreaming process. Within this dreaming we find our own story, our own meaning. And from that point new images form.

These images are constructed with that in mind. Rather than creating a complete narrative, we created these images attempting to embody that electric charge we respond to in performance stills. Our intent is for the viewer to experience these images as awakenings to ponder the scenes much like we imagine while viewing performance stills.

Each image in the series is one-of-kind.

Gregory Scott

Basqiuat Dreams, 2018
Basquiat Dreams, 2018 © Gregory Scott

This year at Art Miami we are debuting a new piece from Gregory Scott titled, Basquiat Dreams. Gregory tackles Jean-Michel Basquiat, who first gained recognition as part of a duo graffiti team named SAMO, popular from 1977-1980. He went from being homeless at the age of 17 to major success within a few years. His fame is often credited to his blending of text and image, which tackled racism, classism, colonialism and celebrity, while staying true to his street art roots. The result was more than 600 paintings and 1500 drawings, all done before his untimely death at the age of 27.

Many references to Basquiat’s life and works can be seen in Basquiat Dreams. The video starts with numbers, which reference the date of his birth and death, and the highest price paid for one of his paintings. From there, Scott eludes to SAMO, skulls, figures and markings, among other known Basquiat symbols. The result is a poetic and spirited homage to an artist whose genius was cut short, but lives on as an inspiration.

Basquiat Dreams, 2018 is a framed 30½” x 40″ pigment print, oil on panel, and 4k UHD video (7 min 45 sec), made in an Ed. of 10.

You can see work from all the artists featured at booth #211 here.
For more information on the fair, visit

Catherine Edelman Gallery at Art Miami 2018

Booth #211

The Art Miami Pavilion
One Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways

Show Hours:

Wednesday, December 5 11am – 8pm
Thursday, December 6 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 7 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 8 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 9 11am – 6pm

Happy Mother’s Day from CEG!

CEG wishes a wonderful Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! We hope you have a restful and enjoyable weekend with loved ones.

Self portrait with mom, 2013 (mirror)
Self portrait with mom, 2013 (mirror) © Jess T. Dugan
Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014 © Sandro Miller
School Bus, 2008 © Julie Blackmon

See more work by these artists on our website here.

2017 in review

Catherine on December 1, the gallery’s 30-year anniversary.

CEG would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! We hope you have a fun-filled celebration ringing in 2018! We wanted to take a moment and highlight some of our gallery artists’ accomplishments from the past year.


Keliy installing one of her walls of portraits.
  • Ysabel LeMay had her first museum show at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey:
  • Daniel Beltrá gave a keynote presentation at WildSpeak 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Photo by the International League of Conservation Photographers.
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Installation view of Clarissa’s work at the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin.
Bettina with Harriet and Hercules, from her series of dog portraits.
  • Lastly, these spectacular pieces were acquired for public collections all across the country!

Thanks for following along with us on the blog! We look forward to sharing more with you in the new year!