FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — I Am American opens at the Freeport Art Museum on Friday, March 8th. Curated by Chicago-based visual artist Sergio Gomez, the exhibition features the work of 26 artists with multi-cultural backgrounds. Many participating artists are first, second, or third generation immigrants, while others can trace their heritage back to the Native American Indians.
Organized by FAM in partnership with the Freeport Public Library for this year’s Big Read project, the exhibition helps underscore themes of immigration addressed in the memoir The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang. By using a variety of styles, visual forms, symbols and metaphors, each piece presents a unique perspective on immigration or ethnicity. As a non-literal exhibition on the American experience, I Am American provides ample room for conversations and personal interpretation. Ultimately, this exhibition explores what it truly means to be “American”.
A special program titled American Stories in the Making, will be held at the Freeport Art Museum on March 16th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Multi-media artist Pia Cruzalegui will document the American Story of Freeport residents by taking free professional family photos. During the photo shoot the artist will ask each family to share a story of their heritage in an informal setting. The artist will later produce a short film capturing the highlights of the stories. Each participating family will receive a digital file with their images and may purchase an 8 x10 print for $5.00 per image.
I Am American will remain on display in the museum’s main galleries until Saturday, April 13th.
About the curator:
Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist and creative entrepreneur. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, and his work has been the subject of over 40 solo exhibitions in the United States, Italy, and Vienna. He has participated in over 150 group exhibitions including in Spain, Sweden, Korea, London, Mexico, and the US. His work can be found in private and public collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Art Museum, and the MIIT Museo Internazionale Italia Arte, among other public and private collections. Currently, Sergio Gomez is the owner and director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, Curator/Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, Art/Design faculty at South Suburban College, Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing and Advertising, co-founder of 3c Wear, and co-founder of the Art NXT Level Program. Sergio has curated special projects for the Chicago Park District, ArtSpot Miami International Art Fair during Art Basel, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali of Turin, and ExpoChicago.
Artists with work in the exhibition:
Monterrat Alsina; Saul Aguirre, Joanne Aono; Cesar Conde; Pia Cruzalegui; Agustina Diez Sierra; Roberto Ferreyra; Paulina Gal; Mario Gonzalez Jr.; Salvador Jimenez; Sally Ko; Michael Klaus Schmidt; Chandrika Marla;
Janice Meister; Dulce Menendez; Joe Milesovich; Injung Oh; Joyce Owens; Pedro Palacios; Alfonso Piloto Nieves; Steve Prince; Marcos Raya; Luis Sahagun; Ryan Shultz; Eden Unluata; Ana Zanic
This exhibition has been made possible by the Freeport Public Library, the NEA Big Read, Furst McNess Company and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
About the Freeport Art Museum
Established in 1975, the Freeport Art Museum shares the visual and performing arts with the people of northwest Illinois. FAM’s mission is to promote an understanding of art and culture through our collections, exhibitions and education. The museum’s collection contains nearly 4,000 artifacts from all continents and all time periods including ethnographic objects from Egypt, Southeast Asia, and Papua New Guinea; Pre-Columbian and Native American baskets and pottery; excellent 15th to 19th century European painting, prints and sculpture; and a significant collection of contemporary American prints, paintings, and sculpture. The Freeport Art Museum is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
The Freeport Art Museum is located at 121 North Harlem Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5:00 pm., and Saturday from 12:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tours may be scheduled by calling 815-235-9755. Admission to the Museum is FREE however, donations are gratefully appreciated.
For more information, call the museum at 815-235-9755.