Liz Mares

Chicago, IL

About

My focus of work explores clean edged landscapes & cityscapes; creating subjects from the details of my travels, day trips and moments in passing. I’m always studying buildings, forms, structures and nature, so I wanted to translate my personal view of these encounters. That could be in the form of building facades, color palettes, farm land or even tourist attractions.

Liz Mares (b. 1978) is a self taught multidisciplinary artist in the Chicago-Land area working in painting, drawing, installation, photography and mixed media. Her art is often inspired by minimal precisionist subjects, with emphasis on forms, structures and color schematics. Ms. Mares has been featured in numerous exhibitions in the Mid-West and beyond and has her work in several Fortune 500 collections and academic institutions. 


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

2018 – HERE Magazine – The Story of Highland’s Three- Walled Mural
2016 – Portland Gallery Only Features Female Artists – KGW8 News – Portland, OR
2015 – iARTistas Magazine Issue #13 
2014 – iARTistas Magazine Issue #11
2014 – Poets /Artists Magazine, Issue #55 

CORPORATE/PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (selected)

Green Street Lofts – Prairie View A&M University – Dechert LLP 
CRN Fine Art – Het Kleurbureau – Kinsey Institute of Indiana University