Friday, October 13 - 8:00PM to 10:00PM
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
This exhibition highlights the unique environmental and cultural character of the Midwest in its diverse expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice.
Marivi Ortiz, known to most as Mari, is a Chicago based professional photographer, photo editor and Co-Chair of the SPE Multi-Cultural Caucus. Prevalent themes in her work include the desire for connection, identity construction, personal loss, and trauma survival. She completed an artist residency at A Long Walk Home, Inc. (ALWH), a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women.
Mari’s work has been shown at numerous museums and galleries, including Chiang Mai Photo Festival, (Chiang Mai Thailand), Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, Colorado), POKE Artists and Online Social Media at FotoFest (Houston, Texas), 33 Contemporary Gallery (Chicago, Illinois)., Women’s Caucus for Art (Chicago, Illinois), and ARC Gallery (Chicago, Illinois). She received her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is the recipient of grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Marico Fayre is a photographic artist and visual poet whose work explores personal metaphor, notions of home, vulnerability, mental illness, LGBTQ identity, the search for community and belonging, and a deep curiosity about shared experience of creating and experiencing art. Marico’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR), Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), RayKo Photo Center (San Francisco, CA), 625 Sutter Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Gotham Arts Salon (New York, NY), Brooklyn Pride Center (Brooklyn, NY), PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), Lightbox Gallery (Astoria, OR), and Bellas Artes (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico). Her images have been published in Diffusion Magazine, Shots Magazine, Color Magazine, ToneLit, Method Press, 5x5 Magazine, online for Vogue Italia, and VJC - Journal on Images and Culture. She is one of the founding members of Small Talk Collective, a group of seven women photographers based in Portland, Oregon, and she works with non-profit organizations in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, her other (unofficial) home. Marico currently teaches in the graduate photography program at the Academy of Art University.