Emerging 1985 is the second in The Renaissance Society’s series of exhibitions which survey the work of Chicago artists without current commercial gallery affiliation. The artists were selected by 25 major figures in the Chicago art community. The primary objective of Emerging 1985 is to gain a public audience for new and emerging Chicago art and artists. In addition, Emerging will generate evaluation and criticism regarding the scope, value and direction of this body of work.
Emerging 1985 is installed with the cooperation of the Illinois Arts Council in the State of Illinois Art Gallery of the new State of Illinois Center in downtown Chicago.
Nominators: Dennis Adrian, art historian and critic; Ralph Arnold, artist and former Chairman, Art Department, Roosevelt University; Neal Benezra, Associate Curator of 20th Centuury Painting and Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago; Michael Bonesteel, Chicago correspondent, Art in America: Richard Born, Curator, The David and Alfred Smart Gallery, University of Chicago; I. Michael Danoff, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art; Amina Dickerson, President, Du Sable Museum; Joyce Fernandes, Director of Exhibitions, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Susane Ghez, Director, The Renaissance Society; Ruth Horwich, Chairperson, Hyde Park Art Center; Mary Jane Jacob, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Judith Russi Kirschner, art critic and Assistant Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Len Klekner, Visiting Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Gregory G. Knight, Chief Curator, Chicago Office of Fine Arts; Tom Mapp, artist and Director, Midway Studios, University of Chicago; Dennis Alan Nawrocki, Associate Curator, Musem of Contemporary Art; Ed Paschke, artist and Professor, Art Department, Northwestern University; Martin Puryear, artist and Associate Professor, Art Department, University of Illinois at Chicago; Sonja Rae, Artists Division Director, Illinois Arts Council; Anne Rorimer, critic and art historian, former Associate Curator, Department of 20th Century Painting and Sculpture, Art institute of Chicago; Buzz Spector, artist and Editor, Whitewalls; Charles Wilson, Associate Professor, Art Department, University of Illinois at Chicago; Ray Yoshida, artist and Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; James Yood, Chicago Editor, The New Art Examiner