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Judith Koren-Shanahan

Studio: Atelier 5835, at the corner of N. Galena Rd. and Gardner Lane (in the old Gardner School building). Entrance is from Gardner Lane, second driveway to the left, from corner of Galena and Gardner.

The supports for my collages are canvas or illustration board. Using acrylics, a variety of media, re-cycling old papers, fabrics, photos and other ephemera gives me colors and textures that are new with each piece of art I create. Over time my work has become more complex, abstract, and intuitive. When I feel passionate about my art, it evokes an empathetic response from the viewer who responds with, “Yes!” 


I began to draw at age 4½, and never stopped. Classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Instituto de Allende in San Miguel furthered my skills. After working as a commercial artist for years, I began my fine art career by learning bronze sculpture during 1985-1990. My drawing ability created opportunities for me as a courtroom sketch artist, and life drawing teacher for the Peoria Art Guild, Lakeview Museum, and Contemporary Art Center. I have exhibited at ICC, CAC, The First United Methodist Church, the Galesburg Civic Center, and at Womanspace in Rockford. My work is in private collections throughout Illinois and Washington, Wisconsin and Missouri.

I continue exploring collage and mixed media using boxes, sewing machine drawers, and found objects. Figure drawing and portraits in pastel are still deeply interesting to me. I teach beginning drawing to eager adult students at Lakeview Museum. As I continue to study, experiment, and grow, my art evolves. I am not the same person I was 10 years ago, are you?

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