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Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

South Shore Arts Gallery

At the Center for Visual and Performing Arts
1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana

Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday, 10am-4pm
Sunday, 12pm-4pm

76th Annual Salon Show

Award Ceremony: Sunday, September 22, 1-3pm 

September 15-November 10, 2019

South Shore Arts is pleased to present the 76th Annual Salon Show, opening September 14 and continuing through November 10, 2019. This regional exhibition, in recognition of artists from Indiana and Cook County Illinois, is an exceptional display of talent and creativity from our region and beyond. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 22 from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

The Salon Show is a tradition that has defined South Shore Arts since its inception in the late 1930s when ten area artists launched an exhibition of visual art in the hat department of the Edward C. Minas Department Store in downtown Hammond. The record is not clear, but there was an interruption in the exhibition for several of the war years. Then in 1944, it resumed again, becoming known as the Salon Show.

Thanks to the generosity of many long-time contributors, up to $10,000 in cash awards will be given away! Highest among the prizes is the Surovek Award of Excellence, a $2,000 top prize, that has been made annually for over 25 years in memory of Helen V. Surovek by her family.


In contrast to the tradition of artists creating works informed by a consistent visual language, David Klamen embraces an aesthetic diversity that is directed instead by an exploration of an expanding idea. In recent years, the scale of his work has shifted from tiny to larger than life, the imagery from pictorial to digital abstraction, and the tone from the silent to the aggressive, yet in each there is a common commitment. All of these works use various visual images and processes in order to investigate the question of how we know our culture and ourselves. His current paintings test epistemological strategies as diverse as OP Art (and its implication that knowledge may be a purely retinal experience), empiricism (the idea that the sole source of knowledge is direct quantifiable experience), introspection, and others. In this investigation, Klamen plays with the history of art, utilizing modern and pre-modern conventions as metaphors for our communal search for meaning.

Klamen earned his Bachelor's of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, and his Master's of Fine Arts in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He holds the title of Chancellor’s Professor, and serves as the Dean of the School of the Arts at Indiana University Northwest. Klamen’s work has been exhibited in international-level solo and group exhibitions across the US, Europe and Asia. His works are in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; the Elvehjem Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin; the Berkeley Museum of Art in California; the Illinois State Museum, Springfield; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; and the McNay Museum, San Antonio.


Mary Ann Trzyna , Dune Reces,  Pastel

Mary Ann Trzyna, Dune Reces, Pastel

Center for Visual and Performing Arts
1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana

Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 9am-4pm
Sunday, 11am-4pm

Mary Ann Trzyna: Path to the beach

Artist Reception: Sunday, October 6, 1-3pm

Through November 24, 2019

Mary Ann Trzyna graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago with a degree in studio arts. She has worked as a freelance graphic designer for over 15 years while also pursuing her personal work in the fine arts. Most of her current work is landscape and still life paintings in pastel or oil.

In 2017 Mary Ann was selected to participate in the Artist in Residency program at the Indiana Dunes. This provided Mary Ann with the opportunity to devote two full weeks to painting en plein air in an inspiring natural environment. At the end of the residency, she came home with over 15 completed paintings. A full sketchbook and hundreds of photos continue to be sources for additional paintings since the residency.

Mary Ann's work can be viewed at her website

Crown Point Branch

Details from the work of Kerri Mommer, Tony Lipka, Dawn Diamantopoulos, Gladys Cook & Shari Lemonnier

Details from the work of Kerri Mommer, Tony Lipka, Dawn Diamantopoulos, Gladys Cook & Shari Lemonnier

611 North Indiana Avenue, Crown Point, Indiana
Crown Point branch exhibits are open to the public free of charge.

Wednesday – Saturday, Noon-4pm

Something in the air: Work from the artist in residence, hammond

Through December 7, 2019

Artist Reception: October 27, 1-3pm

Featuring the work of Kerri Mommer, Tony Lipka, Dawn Diamantopoulos, Gladys Cook & Shari Lemonnier

Julio Guerra,  Busta , Digital Sketch

Julio Guerra, Busta, Digital Sketch

Substation No. 9

435 Fayette Street, Hammond, IN 46320

Julio Guerra: Gallery of Voice

Reception: Saturday, October 5, 6-9pm

Julio A. Guerra is an indie creator from East Chicago,IN, whose influences include horror, graffiti, pro wrestling, comics, and music. He has worked with Upper Deck/Marvel, AfterShock Comics, Floor 13 Studios, A&O Comics, Pro Wrestling Tees, Guerrilla Publishing, and various pop culture celebs. You can follow Julio on instagram at Artedeguerra or visit his site

Towle Theater

Judy Crawford,  Pears and Plums , Oil on linen

Judy Crawford, Pears and Plums, Oil on linen

 5205 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, Indiana

Judy Crawford: For Your Consideration

Reception: Friday, September 7, 6:30-8pm

Judy Crawford grew up in Gary and graduated from IU, Bloomington with a BA in Fine Art. Crawford executes works in oils, pastel, charcoal and pencil. Her portraits, figurative works and still-life, includes commissioned pieces created for public institutions and private clients, as well as works exhibited in national and regional shows.

More information about the Towle and to purchase tickets can be found here.

Cafe Fresco                                                                        

Joey Lax Salinas,  Arial Crown Point with Skyline View , Photography

Joey Lax Salinas, Arial Crown Point with Skyline View, Photography

51 N Court St, Crown Point, IN 46307   

Monday – Friday: 7am-8pm Saturday: 9am-8pm Sunday: 9am-5pm  

Joey Lax Salinas: Photos of the region

Through November 23, 2019

More information about Cafe Fresco can be found here.


More than 20 exhibitions fill four South Shore Arts galleries each year, showcasing regional, national and international artists and cultures. If you are an artist interested in exhibiting with South Shore Arts, please request a copy of our current Exhibition Guidelines by clicking here or by  contacting Bridget CovertGallery Manager, 219/836.1839, ext.108. 


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219/836.1839, ext.107

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