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Ann Rosen's "Unconventional Figures" Opens April 9th!

Updated: Apr 2, 2022

PRESS RELEASE: North Shore Arts Doyen Ann Rosen to Exhibit at AIR Gallery in Glencoe

Ann Rosen, painter, sculptor and retired executive director of the Art Center in Highland Park, will be exhibiting her unconventional, thought-provoking artwork April 9-30 at AIR Gallery, 348 Tudor Court in Glencoe. The event is free and open to the public. Educated at the University of Illinois and the graduate school of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rosen was deeply influenced by her three-year independent study with renowned painter Ed Pashke. Ann taught art and curated cutting-edge exhibits before becoming the Executive Director of the Suburban Fine Arts Center (now the Art Center Highland Park), where she was the force behind its expansion and transformation into the vibrant arts institution it is today.

Rosen focused primarily on her skills as a painter, but the changes in her life after retirement led her to a new sculptural practice. Using objects she found clearing out her parents’

house, Rosen has created large human forms from rolls of film negatives, wood, wire, beads, household objects, purses, art books and more. These passionately crafted human forms take on a powerful, shamanic beauty. She feels “the human form is the clearest vehicle for an artistic personal expression and provides a source for an anonymous version of the self.”

Rosen has shown her work in numerous Chicago area exhibitions including the Chicago Sculpture International at the Bridgeport Art Center, Gild Gallery at the Elmhurst Museum, Koehnline Museum at Oakton College, the 75th Rockford Museum Biennial, The Art Center Highland Park, the Thomas Master’s Gallery in Chicago, Christopher Gallery at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, AIR Gallery in Glencoe, and numerous other venues.

There will be an opening reception April 9 from 4-8 pm. Masks will be required. AIR Gallery is open 12-5 pm Thursday through Saturday, but they are happy to arrange private showings. Call or text: 708-466-3519. The show runs though April 30. For more information about AIR Gallery, a non-profit gallery and studio space for artists, visit:

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