Valerie Beller

Valerie Beller’s abstract paintings encourage visual exploration. Organic forms are both revealed and concealed amidst layers of paint. The streaked and stained surfaces of the canvas are accented by textural applications of oil paint. Her paintings reveal reflections upon nature and memory. Beller’s intriguing titles, a “poetic tie” to the paintings, invite the viewer to bring in his/her own associations.

BORN
San Antonio, TX
RESIDES
Chicago, IL
EDUCATION
1991 MFA, Painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1987 BA, Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
1986 Summer program, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010 Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2009 Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas CIty, MO
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
2007 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Addison Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2003 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 University Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1999 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995 Kay Garvey Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994 Rena Sternberg Fine Arts, Glencoe, IL
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Objets Extraordinaire, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2011 The Art of Collecting, the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
2009 From Soup to Nuts, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Group Show, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
2008 Group Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
2007 Relationships, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Coming of Age, Viveza Gallery, Seattle, WA
Twentieth Anniversary Show, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
2005 Scapes, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago IL
2005 Group Show of Ten Gallery Artists, Addison Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Preview 2005, Addison Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004-05 Painting the Town Red, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004 Out of the Blues, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
National Museum of Women in the Arts Atrium Exhibition, Olympia Center, Chicago, IL
Momus Gallery 3rd Anniversary Show, Atlanta, GA
Holiday Show, Addison Parks Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
Los Angeles Art Show, Sante Monica, CA
Group Show, Addison Parks Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
2003 Remembrance, curated by Mila Wray, Oak Park Arts League, Oak Park, IL
Group Show, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Art Chicago 2003, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 Contemporary Visions of Nature, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art Chicago 2002, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2001 Reflections: 15th Anniversary Show, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art Chicago 2001, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Painting Without a Mouse, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2000 Art Chicago 2000, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Chicago Collectors Select: Absolut Vision V, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 Spring Art Auction, Evanston Arts Center, Evanston, IL
Mail-Art Invitational, Old Shop Studio & Gallery, Kendall, England
Primary Colors, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 A Slice of Chicago: Eight Chicago Artists, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Those Who Do, Teach, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
1997 Pink, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
1996 Cellular Levels: Johanna Yerby, Valerie Beller, M.J. Loftus, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
1995 Painting: Processes and Strategies, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL Wanderlust…Abstraction in Chicago, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL
Venus Blue Benefit, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
Much Ado About Art, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
14th Annual St. Valentine’s Exhibition and Benefit Auction, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, Chicago Abstract Painters, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
1994 Group Exhibition, Kay Garvey Gallery, Chicago, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
Group Exhibition, Sazama Gallery, Chicago, IL
10,000 Plus, Alumni Board Room, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1993 Summer Salon, Sazama Gallery, Chicago, IL
Emerging Chicago Abstraction, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
1992 Bi-State Regional Art Showcase, Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA
Migration, The Dome Room, Chicago, IL
Through the Looking Glass, Contemporary Art Center of Arlington, Arlington Heights, IL
1991 Self Storage, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago, IL
Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
New Talent II, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
Clean/Messy, Gallery MWMWM, Chicago, IL
COLLECTIONS
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
Westin Aruba Resort, Palm Beach, Aruba
Mesirow Financial, Chicago, IL
Boone County National Bank, Columbia, MO
Calamos Asset Management, Inc., Naperville, IL
Centre Properties, Indianapolis, IN
Deloitte, Chicago, IL
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
Neiman Marcus, Phoenix, AZ
McDonald’s Corporation, Chicago, IL
Mesirow Financial, Chicago, IL
University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Winston & Strawn, Chicago, IL
Winston & Strawn, New York, NY
Winston & Strawn, San Francisco, CA
River North Condo Association, Chicago, IL
City Club, Houston, TX
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1999-present Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1999-2001 Adjunct Assistant Professor (actively teaching), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1998 Visiting Artist, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
1995-99 Visiting Faculty, Drawing, First Year Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1994-99 Instructor, Figure Drawing, Studio Drawing, Early College Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1993-98 Instructor, Painting, Drawing, Art History, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
1993-99 Instructor, Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Lill Street Studios, Chicago, IL
1994 Visiting Instructor, Drawing, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Instructor, Mural Painting, Gallery 37, Chicago, IL
1993 Instructor, Painting, Non-Degree ProgramILinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
1991-92 Educational Program Assistant, ArtiFact Center, Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL
1990-91 Teaching Assistant, Multi-Level Painting, Landscape Painting,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1991 Parents’ Association, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Visiting Artist, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
1988 Coordinator of Art Workshops, Burt Center, San Francisco, CA
1986-7 Teaching Assistant, Multi Level Studio Drawing, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
1985 Intern, Artists’ Space, New York, NY
PUBLICATIONS
2009 Briar Cliff Review, 2009 Spring Issue, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA
2008 Valerie Beller: Sioux City Arts Center, Exhibition Catalog, 2008
“Natural Dynamic: Memory and Form Meet on Canvas,” Luxe Magazine, Fall 2008, pp. 144-145
2007 Reproduction of Temptation, “Chicago Life,” New York Times, Spring 2007
Reproduction of Temptation, Chicago Reader, March 8, 2007
Featured Artist, ArtWorldChicago.com
Paintings presented in Lisa Wainwright’s lecture: “Femme Fatales, Then and Now,” Conference on Decadent Art from the Fin de Siecle to Today,” Prague Academy of Art.
Paintings presented in Lisa Wainwright’s lecture: “Femme Fatales, Then and Now,” Conference on Decadent Art from the Fin de Siecle to Today,” Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.
2005 Jon Carver, review, THE Magazine Santa Fe, NM
Reproduction of Karma, “Pasatiempo,” The New Mexican, July 22-28, 2005
Reproduction of Time, featured “Why Art?” by Paul Klein, “Chicago Life,” New York Times
Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, ed. The Artists Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists (March 2005) 479 pages
2003 Reproduction of lo, “Chicago Life,” New York Times, Spring 2003
2002 Kevin Williams, “Approachable Art in Chicago is no Illusion”, Chicago Tribune, (August 2, 2002), pg. 14
Reproduction of Slate, Art Chicago 2002 Catalogue, p.55
1999 John Brunetti, review, New Art Examiner
1998 Barbara B. Buchholz. “Valerie Beller’s Paintings Build on an Abstract Expressionist Base,” Chicago Tribune (March 27, 1998) section 7, p. 60.
Ann Weins. “Layered Looks,” Chicago Magazine (April 1998).
Ann Weins. New City vol. 13, no. 513 (April 9, 1998).
Kevin Williams. “Vacation on Canvas: Visiting a Beller State of Mind,” Chicago Sun-Times (February 13, 1998) p. 26.
1995 Mark Swartz. “Beauty of the Double Helix,” Chicago Reader (September 22,1995) p. 28.
1993 Steven Luecking. “Emerging Chicago Abstraction,” Dialogue: Arts in the Midwest (May-June 1993) p. 22.

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