Liz Mares

Chicago, IL

About

I want the viewers, of my work, to be able to see past the aesthetic and find the freedom to explore their own thoughts and imperfections. To follow the lines I’ve laid and internalize their own emotions and sense of humanity; whether that be individually or communally. I want viewers to experience growth, independence and mental clarity through simplicity.

 – Liz Mares

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Liz Mares (b. 1978) is a contemporary artist living in the Chicago-Land area.  Her works are heavily influenced by the use of the line, architectural structuring, connection and negative spaces.  Liz Mares’ works have been in exhibitions at the Customs House Museum (Clarksville, TN), Wolff Gallery (Portland, OR), 33 Contemporary Gallery (Chicago, IL) and Roman Susan Annex (Chicago, IL.)


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 – Suburban Seas, Promise You Art House – Highland, IN
2017 – Dark Matter, Chess Art Gallery (Purdue University) – Hammond, IN
2017 – Pop-Up (Curated by Highland Redevelopment Commission) – Highland, IN
2016 – Rhetorical Geometry, Wolff Gallery – Portland, OR
2014 – Expression for Isadora Duncan, Site Specific Installations, White Ripple Gallery & Co. – Hammond, IN
2013 – Rudimentary, Walnut Ink Projects – Michigan City, IN
2011 – INside Out, Tool Shed Gallery – Milwaukee, WI
2010 – Masque, Substation No. 9 – Hammond, IN
2005 – Selected Works, Bernard Gallery – Whiting, IN

GROUP & DUO EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2018 – Indy Windy : A Love Story (Curated by Ish Muhammad), South Shore Arts – Munster, IN
2018 – Degrees of Abstraction (Curated by Mary Bookwalter, Janice Meister, Carol Weber), Argonne 201 Gallery – Argonne, IL
2017 – Geometric Complexions (Curated by Sergio Gomez), Zhou B Art Center. – Chicago, IL
2016 – Line of Site (Curated by Janice Bond), Mott St. – Chicago, IL
2016 – Gateway (Curated by Janice Bond), Art NXT Level Projects /33 Contemporary – Chicago, IL
2015 – P.O.P : Perceptions of Population (Curated by Liz Mares), 33 Contemporary Gallery – Chicago, IL
2015 – Mares & Jimenez (Duo Exhibition), Walnut Ink Projects – Michigan City, IN
2015 – Slideshow, Roman Susan Annex – Chicago, IL
2014 – Emergence, Mist Gallery – Richmond, VA
2014 – Curator’s Choice: The 10th National Self-Portrait Exhibition, 33 Contemporary Gallery – Chicago, IL
2014 – Family: Interpretations by Contemporary Women Artists, Customs House Museum – Clarksville, TN
2013 – No Away To Throw To, 3 Women Exhibition, Sacred Keepers Youth Garden / Shacks & Shanties – Bronzeville –  Chicago, IL
2012 – MergeArts 2012 Summer Exhibition, MergeArts – Hammond, IN
2011 – Feminist Depictions of Darkness in Place, Space and Season, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
2010 – Go Figure, Thaddeus C. Gallery – Laporte, IN

AWARDS/GRANTS

2018 – ‘Highland Has Art’ Grant : Highland Community Foundation
2016 – Highland Redevelopment Commission : Mural Project : Legacy Foundation Grant

RESIDENCY

2018 – Artist in Residence – Green Street Projects – Chicago, IL.
2015 – Artist in Residence – Keweenaw Coffee Works – Calumet, MI.
2013 – Lake House Studio Residency – CRN Fine Art – Valporaiso, IN.

LECTURES/TALKS

2017 – On the Radar, Lakeshore Public Access Interview WLPR-FM 98.1
2017 – Art on the Air – WVLP 103.1 Radio – Valparaiso, IN
2015 – Insight Design Conference – Cedar Lake Arts Center – Cedar Lake, IN.
2013 – What’s That – Panel Discussion on Public Art, Environmental Movement and Community – Chicago, IL

PUBLICATIONS

2016 – Portland Gallery Only Features Female Artists – KGW8 News – Portland, OR
2015 – iARTistas Magazine Issue #13 – Publisher : Goss183 Publishing Group
2014 – iARTistas Magazine Issue #11 – Publisher : Goss183 Publishing Group
2014 – Poets /Artists Magazine, Issue #55 – Curated Sergio Gomez – Publisher : Didi Menendez
2013 – 3C Wear, LLC – T-Shirt Design

CORPORATE/PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (selected)

Green Street Projects (Chicago)
Prairie View A&M University (Texas)
Dechert LLP (Los Angeles)
Dechert LLP (Chicago)
Dechert LLP (Washington DC)
CRN Fine Art (Chicago/Los Angeles)
Het Kleurbureau (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Kinsey Institute of Indiana University (Bloomington)