Aurora's Schingoethe Center opens new exhibit focused on the theme of home

The Schingoethe Center of Aurora University presents "No Place Like Home," an exhibition featuring artwork by 38 artists, including Theaster Gates, Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, Wendy Red Star, Edra Soto and Carrie Mae Weems. It continues through April 28.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase the work of more than three dozen artists in all stages of their careers, addressing the concept of home from multiple perspectives," said museum director Dr. Natasha Ritsma.

Spanning eight decades of American history, this exhibition features a range of work from the meditative and contemplative, to the thought provoking and evocative.

Home is often associated with contemplation, cultural connection and relaxation, yet for some home is a place of struggle, alienation, fear, danger and political control. Focusing on the site of home as "not a place but simply an irrevocable condition" (James Baldwin), this exhibition expands the idea of home to include notions of privilege, family and immigration.

This exhibition features photography, sculpture, video, painting, textiles and printmaking that explores the many facets of home as a place of joy and sorrow; rest and labor; refuge and jeopardy.

The Schingoethe Center will host an exhibition reception for "No Place Like Home" on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Many exhibiting artists will be present to discuss their work. A presentation by celebrated Chicago artist Edra Soto will follow the exhibit reception in the Ethel W. Tapper Recital Hall, located in the same building as the Schingoethe Center, 1315 Prairie St. in Aurora. Both free events are open to the public.

The free exhibition is open to the public weekly on Monday and Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The mission of the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University is to foster inquiry, celebrate artistic excellence, preserve and perpetuate Native American cultures, and inspire a lifelong engagement with the visual arts. An agent of and catalyst for teaching and learning on the Aurora University campus, the museum is integral to the academic community. The museum provides cultural and historical enrichment that builds bridges between the classroom and the world beyond.

Building on its tradition of object-based learning, the museum brings people and objects together using interdisciplinary approaches. State-of-the-art exhibition spaces combine with a lecture hall, classroom space, study center, and library and rare book collection. The museum also serves the broader community with unique exhibits and programs. The Schingoethe Center supports Aurora University's tradition of valuing the arts. For more information, visit

Founded in 1893, Aurora University is a four-year, private, nonprofit, accredited higher education institution offering students an exceptional education. Aurora University is located on a beautiful 39-acre campus in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois, approximately 40 miles from Chicago. The university serves approximately 4,100 undergraduate and approximately 2,000 graduate students across more than 50 majors and programs. AU leadership, faculty, and staff are committed to the success of our students, offering academic support programs, hands-on learning activities, internships, and community partnership opportunities that prepare students to be successful beyond AU. For more information, visit

"No Place Like Home" artists

Featured artists: Tom Arndt, Lois Bielefeld, Corinne May Botz, Jennifer Byrne, Patty Carroll, Liz Chilsen, Lloyd Degrane, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Theaster Gates, Tanya Gill, Jennifer Greenburg, Rita Grendze, Todd Hido, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Tulika Ladsariya, Dorothea Lange, Jill Lanza, Richard Lawson, Laura Letinsky, Danny Lyon, Sally Mann, Jennifer Mannebach, Peter Menzel, Bill Owens, Chris Pappan, Yoonshin Park, Marc PoKempner, Nirmal Raja, Wendy Red Star, Lee Russell, Edra Soto, Krista Svalbonas, Krista Varsbergs, Sarah Wagner, Carrie Mae Weems, Kelly Wright, Guanyu Xu, and Marzena Zieika.

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