We Are Illinoisans is an exhibition highlighting immigrants to Illinois from the 18th century to today through photos, objects, and life stories. This show will explore the evolving reasons people came to Illinois and experiences of new immigrants through the personal stories of more than a dozen people who left their home states and countries to settle in Illinois. In addition, the exhibition will include a display of ancestor photographs crowd-sourced from the people of Illinois.
This exhibition presents a selection of relief prints, artist books and collages from the last 10 years by Evanston artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding. Ryding is best known for her richly layered, inventive, and often monumental, woodcut prints. Her forms and color record her observations of nature and of daily life, described in her expressive gestural cutting into the wood block plate. “I am often thinking of a three dimensional shape and then describing it as I carve the block,” the artist writes in her statement.