With the February 2nd deadline for original Pop Art quickly approaching, the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce the juror for this year’s Community Banner Art Exhibit. International artist Bodo Gsedl, who resides in West Chicago’s Sister City of Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany, has agreed to jury submissions of art for the highly anticipated exhibit which will be installed in downtown West Chicago from May through September.
Bodo Gsedl is an accomplished portrait artist who works in pencil, charcoal, and pastels. He is also proficient in oils, watercolor and mixed media, and for ten years has had the honor of maintaining a studio in Wasserschloss (Water Castle), a magnificent historical building in Taufkirchen (Vils) which was first written about in 1263.
Bodo is a member of the Federal Organizations of Professional Artists, and is the brother of West Chicago resident, photographer and Cultural Arts Commission member Uwe Gsedl. His connection to West Chicago was solidified in 1976, when he spent a year in the City as a foreign exchange student.
During the last several years, Bodo has exhibited his works in the area in which he lives, as well as in Munich and other places in Germany. In recent years, he has become well-known for his large sized portraits “in which he looks behind the bare image of a face”. His method for his portraiture is to take his own photograph of his subject, and through his interactions and observations over time, he becomes acquainted over time over him/her. In this way, Bodo is able to capture spontaneous expression from which he then arranges his personal artistic view.
City of West Chicago staff liaison, Rosemary Mackey, spoke on behalf of the Commission, “We are thrilled that Bodo has agreed to jury our Community Banner Art Exhibit this year. Having an artist of his caliber involved with the project will definitely elevate the level of interest among area artists to submit their work and will also bring attention of West Chicago’s creative efforts to Taufkirchen (Vils).”
Artists of all levels are invited to submit their original Pop Art by February 2, 2018 through an online application. For more information, or questions about the 2018 Community Banner Art Exhibit, contact Rosemary Mackey, Cultural Arts Commission staff liaison at (630) 293-2200 x 139.