The Midwest Collage Society (MCS), founded in 2003, promotes collage as a fine art by providing exhibit opportunities and professional development activities to our 52 members.
Meetings are held at 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien IL, usually the first Sunday of the month from 12:30-2:30pm. No meetings in January and July unless otherwise posted.
Midwest Collage Society celebrates over 100 years of Collage As a Fine Art since 1912.
2012 marks the Centenary Celebration of Collage Art, and
the Midwest Collage Society is planning a personal tribute.Twenty
artists will present “The Art of
Collage:Celebrating the Masters,” a
show of original collage and mixed-media pieces directly inspired by collage
Far from obscure, 20th Century collage masters
include household names like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Robert
Collage is the only new fine art medium of the 20th
Century.It dates back to 1912, when studio-mates
Spaniard Pablo Picasso and Frenchman Georges Braque began gluing items such as
patterned oil cloth and wallpaper to their canvasses. These Cubists, working in
France, along with Spanish artist Juan Gris, continued to experiment with
adding other materials such as textured papers, metal and wood to their work.
Later, the Futurists and Expressionists expanded those
techniques, and the Dadaists, known for their “nonsense art,” found collage an
excellent way to express their negative feelings for traditional art forms. In 1919, German artist Kurt Schwitters began
adding more three-dimensional found objects to his work.
The invention of
polymer emulsion glues and advancements in acrylic paints and mediums now
provide collage artists with tools to create vibrant and long-lasting works of
art. Since the 1990’s, collage has exploded as a fine art medium, and is now
found in galleries and art shows around the globe.
Today, you can experience a fresh 21st Century
approach to collage with a nod to a wide variety of established collage
artists.Each new piece in the MCS show
will display visual reference of their chosen artist’s inspirational work,
“The Art of
Collage:Celebrating the Masters”
can be enjoyed at the Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road in
Addison.Gallery hours are Wednesday
through Saturdays, Noon to 4PM.The show
runs March 7 through April 6.
An Artist Reception will be held Friday, March 9th
from 7 to 9 PM.Admission is free and
refreshments will be served.