Why Chicago Artists Love Renaissance Society Gallery

Renaissance Society Gallery in Chicago is a contemporary art gallery that is the working artist’s dream space. Colloquially known as “The Ren,” this nonprofit gallery and society was founded over 100 years ago in 1915 and has been a strong component of the city’s creative fabric ever since. Come with the expectation that your predefined ideas about what art is and isn’t will be challenged, with a mix of installations, sculpture, performance and more. With a wealth of connections and resources to support artists, the space benefits local creatives with exposure and an environment where experimentation is encouraged. Plus, the 3,000 square feet of gallery space to show their work doesn’t hurt.

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Photo credit: Richard Rezac, Dreigesicht (Hurson), 2016

The gallery’s current exhibition features work by Chicago-based artist Richard Rezac, showcasing a variety of sculptures. Rezac has been well established in the sculpture field for decades, utilizing bronze, metals, painted wood, aluminum, and even lighter materials like dyed silk to complete the pieces. The exhibition, called “Address,” showcases the last two decades of Rezac’s work and will be on display through June 17.

Renaissance Society Gallery
at the University of Chicago
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Cobb Hall, 4th Floor
Chicago, Illinois, 60637

All images courtesy of Renaissance Society Gallery.

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