Clearing-Elsa Muñoz, Mark Gleason, and Mark Whiting

Exhibition: September 4-26, 2021

Group Exhibition featuring paintings by Elsa Muñoz, Mark Gleason, and Mark Whiting

Elsa Muñoz: Elsa Muñoz is a Mexican-American artist born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She credits her interest in both nature and healing to her experiences growing up in an underserved and often unsafe community with little access to green spaces. Having to spend most of her childhood indoors led to the cultivation of a rich inner world in which she was able to find beauty and sanctuary. Muñoz writes, “Beyond any particular message in my work, I’m always fundamentally seeking to call upon and transmute my earliest encounters with the natural world–imaginary encounters which filled me with wonder and longing.”

Elsa received her BFA in oil painting from the American Academy of Art in 2006. She’s since had 8 solo shows including one at the National Museum of Mexican Art (2011) and at the Union League Club of Chicago (2016) along with several group shows throughout the United States. She was recently awarded the Helen and Tim Meier Foundation For The Arts Achievement Award (2019). Notable collections include the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago), North Park University (Chicago), and the private collection of Martin Castro, Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights under President Barack Obama.

Mark Gleason: Born in 1962 in Greenwich Connecticut. In 1984, he moved to New York to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Syracuse University. Gleason later moved back to Connecticut where he received a Master of Science in Art Education from the University of Bridgeport in 1989. Gleason has shown his work all over the world with galleries such as Gallery LeLe in Tokyo, Japan, Pence Gallery in Davis, CA, Storpunkt Gallery in Munich, Germany, and Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome, Italy. Mark Gleason now lives and works in San Mateo, CA.

Mark Whiting: A native of the Great Lake State, Mark Whiting is a three-time ANNIE AWARD nominated Art Director and the Production Designer of WARNER BROS. the classic film THE IRON GIANT.  Whiting has had an eclectic creative career, from Writing, Directing, and Producing the award-winning film APPLE JACK to being the original inspiration for the lifestyle brand SHINOLA, DETROIT (no shit!).  He’s also been a contributing writer for magazines, illustrator, graphic designer, TV and film development artist, screenwriter, fine art photographer, and gallery painter. His work has appeared around the world including the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in New York, NY.

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