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Box Factory for the Arts to hold Artist Presentations in August

The Box Factory for the Arts is holding the first of two artist presentations in August on Wednesday, August 7th. Turtel Onli presents Rhythmistic Visual Art: Future-Primitif Approaches at 6:00 pm. Onli will explore the theory that humans may actually be able to intuitively channel genetic memories via expressive and creative pathways in the visual arts.

The next artist presentation at the Box Factory comes from Susan Teague on Thursday, August 15th, also at 6:00 pm. Teague presents Women in Art: Remarkable Rebels and Trailblazers, which takes a lively look at several nationally and internationally famous women artists whose careers have spanned from the Late Renaissance to the present. The remarkable, inspirational stories of these talented, ambitious, dedicated women have established them as well-respected professionals in the history of art. The ingenious ways that these women artists have circumvented the severe cultural and social obstacles of their time have blazed a trail of opportunity and possibility for future women artists.

Both Onli and Teague currently have artwork on exhibit at the Box Factory now through August 24th, along with Erica Roberts, Marcy Mitchell and Jennifer Zona.

Each presentation is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged and support the artists and the Box Factory for the Arts.

Onli is a creative artist whose career has touched upon a variety of disciplines in fine and applied visual art. He has been an art therapist, educator and illustrator. He has also distinguished himself in painting, drawing, illustration, publishing, fashion and multimedia production. This includes an extensive exhibition and publication record. He is known for having coined the term Rhythmistic in the 1970s to interpret his stylizations which fuse primitive and futuristic concepts. This was manifested with several solo exhibitions at Chicago’s innovative Younger Gallery during that prolific period. Onli earned a BFA and MAAT from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago which included studies in Paris France at the Sorbonne and the Centre Pompidou. He has work in the collections of  The Cool Globes Public Art Exhibition, The Chicago Children’s Museum, The Dusable Museum, The Johnson Publishing Company, the estates of Miles Davis and Alice Coltrane, along with freelancing illustration for the Rolling Stones, McDonalds, Motown, MODE Avant Garde Magazine, the Paris Metro Magazine, and Holt, Rinehart &Winston to name a few.

Onli has received many awards including Honorable Mention in the Salon Show at the Munster Center for Visual and Performing Art and the Prix Arts Electronica, a Laureate in the Concours des Dessin with the Foyer Internationale Accueil de Paris. His artwork was selected for presentation at FESTAC 1977: The Second World Festival of Black and African Art and Culture in Lagos Nigeria. Since 1990, Onli has been a regular Visiting Artist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a three time solo exhibitor at the ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago. In 2006 at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention at Temple University Onli received a Life Time Achievement Award for his work to bring positive diverse images to the world of Graphic Novels and Comic Books. He has participated in group exhibitions with the Southern Shore Arts Association of Michigan City and the New Territory Arts Association of Benton Harbor.

Onli serves as Adjunctive Professor at Harold Washington College in Chicago and is Chief Operating Artist at ONLI STUDIOS.

Susan Teagues’s career as an artist has taken many unexpected, unplanned, delightful turns.  Little did Susan know as a teenager in the sixties that she would be flying by the creative seat of her pants the rest of her life being led by faith, humor, sincerity and the love of art.

Teague has chosen to explore a variety of mediums during her 45 years as a professional artist.  Ink, collage, acrylic, graphite, watercolor and print offer Susan the liberty to express her thoughts and feelings in different styles and techniques, moving her freely from tight to loose, playful to serious, sensuous to spiritual, colorful to toned greys, from massive to miniature.  The Bronson Children’s Hospital murals, an expansive series of murals in excess of 9,000 square feet painted in vibrant colors with acrylic paint, and the 8’x16’ panel of color tissue paper goddesses hanging in the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in Orlando, Florida are two examples of the artistic flexibility Susan enjoys so much.

Teague’s formal art training includes a B.S. in Fine Art from Western Michigan University; graduate studies in Fine Art at Murray State University; and Art Education from University of Kentucky at Lexington, Ky.  Throughout the years Susan embraced the opportunity of studying with internationally recognized artists such as Martha Erlebacher, Jack Beal, and Michael Bergt. These tried and true artists have not only provided their expertise in helping her hone her artistic skills but they have strongly influenced the course of Susan’s artistic life.

Lastly, equal to Teague’s joy of creating art is her love for teaching.  Over the past three decades Susan has been teaching and passing on the creative torch to students at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kendall College of Art and Design and in the warm hearth of her home art studio.