• One-Person
    Exhibitions
  • Selected
    Group Exhibitions
  • Selected
    Collections
  • Public
    Commissions
  • Selected
    Private Commissions
  • Selected
    Bibliography
  •  
    Reviews
  •  
    Awards
William Conger

One-Person Exhibitions

  • Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL 2016
  • Studio Vendome Gallery, New York, NY 2014
  • Tarble Art Museum, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL Oct. 2014
  • Printworks Gallery, Chicago, 2013
  • Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, 2013
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 2012
  • Cedarhurst Center for The Arts (Mitchell Museum), Mt. Vernon, IL 2012
  • Metropolitan Capital Bank, Chicago, 2010.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 2010 (with Jay Kelly).
  • Union League Club of Chicago, 2010
  • Union League Club of Chicago, 2010
  • Happy, Los Angeles, CA. “Criss-Cross” Gouache Paintings, 2010
  • 1958-2008 Retrospective of Paintings, Chicago Cultural Center, 2009
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 2009
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 2007
  • Tree Studios (Metropolitan Investments) Chicago May 2006
  • Tadu Contemporary, Santa Fe, 2005
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 2004.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 2002.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 2001.
  • Walters Art Gallery, Tulsa, OK, 2000.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 2000.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1999.
  • Jonson Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Aug.-Oct. 1998.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1998.
  • University Club of Chicago, 1997.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1997.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1994.
  • Tarble Art Museum, Eastern Illinois University. Charleston, IL, 1993.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1992.
  • Janus Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 1992.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1990.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, I987.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1985.
  • Zaks Gallery, Chicago, 1983.
  • Zaks Gallery, Chicago, 1980.
  • Zaks Gallery, Chicago, 1978.
  • Krannert Center for The Performing Arts, University of Illinois., Champaign, IL, 1976.
  • Douglas Kenyon Gallery, Chicago, 1976.
  • Douglas Kenyon Gallery, Chicago, 1974.
  • Burpee Art Museum, Rockford, IL, 1971.
  • Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI, 1968.
  • George Williams College, Chicago, 1965.

Studio

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • "Chicago Paints", Ohio University Art Gallery, Ahtens, OH, January – February 2016
  • "Another Illiad", Collaborative w/ Carole Harmel, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, February 2016
  • "Exquisite Corpse", Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL, January 2016
  • "The Chicago Pallette", Ed Paschke Art Center, Chicago, IL, October – November 2015
  • "Greatest Hits", Loyola University Art Museum, Chicago, IL, October – November 2015
  • "30/30 Selections From the Permanent Collection", Illinois State Museum/Chicago, IL, August – September 2015
  • "Inaugural Exhibition, Selections From the Permanent Collection", West Virginia University Art Museum, Morgantown, WV, Autust – November 2015
  • "Hybrid's Paradise", Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, summer 2015
  • Ruth Horwich Collection, Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL, June 2015
  • And/Or, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2015
  • Macrocosm/Microcosm: Abstract Expressionism in the American Southwest, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, 2014-15.
  • Overview_2014, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2014.
  • Drawing on Difference - An Ambition, Studio Vendome Gallery, New York, NY, March - April 2014.
  • Drawing on Habit: An Ambition, Drawings, Betsy Writer's Room (residency foundation), Miami, FL, 2014
  • Self Portraits, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, fall, 2012.
  • Selections from Permanent Collection, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, summer 2012.
  • Professional Members Exhibition, Arts Club of Chicago, summer 2012.
  • Re-Chicago, DePaul University Art Museum, Inaugural Exhibition, 2011.
  • Altered Photograph (Carol Harmel Photographs altered by select artists), Printworks Gallery, Chicago 2011.
  • Cries and Whispers, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2011.
  • Overpaper, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO, Winter 2010-11.
  • Mike's Museum, Salem, MA, 2011
  • Book Covers, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Winter 2010.
  • Ed Paschke's Contemporaries, Chicago Artists' Coalition, 2010.
  • Modern Masters, Lubeznik Center For The Arts, Michigan City, IN.
  • Abstract Art in The Illinois State Museum Collection, Travel Show, 2005-06.
  • 25th Year Anniversary Exhibition, Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2005.
  • That 70s Show, Northern Indiana Arts Association, 2004.
  • Large Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford IL, Nov.-Jan. 2002.
  • Art in Chicago 1945-95, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1996-97.
  • Printmaking in Chicago 1935-1995, Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1996.
  • Chicago Abstract Painters, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Il. 1995.
  • Abstract Chicago, Klein Gallery, Chicago, 1993-94.
  • Spirited Visions, Portraits of Chicago Artists, Photographs of Artists by Patty Carroll; artworks by Chicago artists, Illinois Arts Council Travel Exhibition, 1991-93.
  • Gallery Artists, Janus Gallery, Santa Fe, NM., 1991.
  • Albuquerque 50s, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Alb., NM., 1990.
  • Chicago Artists, Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL., 1990.
  • Partners in Purchase, Illinois Arts Council Travel Exhibition, 1989.
  • Illinois State Museum Collection, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL., 1989.
  • Chicago Abstractionists, Grae Gallery, St. Louis, MO., 1987..
  • Elegant Abstraction, Paine Art Center Museum, Oshkosh, WI, 1986.
  • Painting at Northwestern: Conger, Paschke, Valerio, Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1986.
  • Artists of Chicago & Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago, 1985; 1984; 1981; 1978; 1973; 1971; 1963.
  • Then and Now, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 1985.
  • Abstract/Symbol/Image, Illinois Arts Council Travel Exhibition, 1984-86.
  • Chicago Cross Section, Ohio Univ., Athens, OH, 1984.
  • Fans, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 1983.
  • Chicago, Some Other Traditions: Madison Art Center, Madison, WI.; Sheldon Mem. Art Gallery, Univ. Nebraska; Mackenzie Art Gallery, Univ. Regina,Saskatchewan, Canada; Blaffer Art Gallery, Univ. Houston, TX; Loch Haven
  • Art Center, Orlando, FL; Anchorage Fine Arts Museum, Anchorage, Alaska;
  • Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK: 1983-86.
  • Chicago Abstract Painters, Sonoma St. College, CA, Travel Exhibition, 1982-83.
  • 9 Abstract Artists, Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, 1982.
  • Chicago Artists, Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL., 1981.
  • Chicago Prospective, Navy Pier, Chicago, 1980.
  • Selections From Permanent Collection, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1979.
  • 30th Illinois Invitational, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, 1978.
  • 6" X 9" Paperworks, N.A.ME. Gallery, Chicago, 1978.
  • The Flower Show, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 1978.
  • The Chicago Connection: Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA.; Newport Harbor
  • Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA.; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ.;
  • Brooks Art Gallery, Memphis TN.; University Museum, University of Rochester, NY: 1976 - 1977.
  • Visions: Painting & Sculpture, Distinguished Alumni 1945 To The Present, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1976.
  • Midwest Painters & Sculptors, Krannert Museum, Champaign, IL., 1976.
  • Abstract Art in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1976.
  • 11-75, Chicago Artists, Bergman Gallery, University of Chicago, 1975.
  • The Chicago Style, Painting, University of Chicago, 1974.
  • Gallery Artists, Douglas Kenyon Gallery, Chicago, 1974.
  • Illinois Painters II, Illinois Arts Council Travel Exhibition, 1971-73.
  • Beloit Annual, Wright Art Center, Beloit College, WI., 1972.
  • 12th Midwest Biennial, Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE., 1972.
  • 14 Albuquerque Painters, Great Jones Gallery, New York, NY, 1960.
  • Southwest Biennial, Santa Fe, NM., 1960.
  • New Mexico Biennial, Santa Fe, NM., 1959.
Studio

Selected Collections

  • Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University
  • West Virginia University Art Museum, WV
  • Tarble Art Museum, Eastern Illinois University
  • Brauer Museum, Valparaiso University, IN
  • Georgia Museum of Art
  • Cedarhurst Museum, Mt. Vernon IL
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, MMOCA
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Illinois State Museum
  • City of Chicago Art Collection
  • McCormick PLace, Chicago
  • Lubeznik Art Center, Michigan City, IN
  • AT&T, NY, NY.
  • First National Bank of Chicago, London.
  • Mary & Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
  • Portland Museum, Portland, OR.
  • Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Ka.
  • Main Bank, Chicago, IL.
  • NBD Marina Bank, Chicago, IL.
  • Kemper Group, Long Grove, IL. (former)
  • Water Tower Bank, Chicago, Il.
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL..
  • University of New Mexico Art Museum, Jonson Collection, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Needham-Harper Worldwide, Chicago, IL.
  • Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL.
  • DePaul Univ Art Museum., Chicago, IL.
  • North Park College, Chicago, IL.
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, I
  • Exxon Corp., NY, NY.
  • State of Illinois Building, Chicago, IL.
  • Union League Club of Chicago.
  • Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL.
  • IBM Corp. Atlanta, GA.
  • Quaker Oats Co., Chicago, IL.
  • Reader's Digest Collection, NY, NY (former)
  • Richland Community College, IL
  • Mackinsie, Co., Chicago
  • Smart Museum, University of Chicago.
  • College of Lake County, IL
  • University Club, Chicago.
  • Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  • Bucknell University Samek Art Gallery
  • Wellesley College, Davis Museum and Cultural Center
  • Plus numerous residential collections.

Public Commissions

Chicago

Mundi
oil on canvas
15" diameter
2015
Edgewater Public Library,
Chicago, IL

Chicago

Chicago
oil on canvas
156"x192"
2007
McCormick Place Convention Center,
Chicago, IL


Intersections I

Intersections I
oil on canvas
84"x132"
2002
City of Chicago 18th District Police Station
Chicago, IL

Intersection I

Intersections II
oil on canvas
84"x156"
2002
City of Chicago 18th District Police Station
Chicago, IL


Chicago

Columbian
oil on canvas
72"x90"
1987
IBM Corporation
Florida


Florida

Florida
oil on canvas
60 "x132"
2003
Naples, FL

To The East Were Moving Waters

To The East Were Moving Waters
oil on canvas
60"x90"
2001
Chicago


Wau-Bun

Wau-Bun
oil on canvas
60"x112"
1989
Chicago


Studio

Selected Bibliography

  • Adrian, Dennis, The Chicago Style, Painting, catalog essay, University of Chicago, 1974.
  • Visions: Painting & Sculpture, Distinguished Alumni 1945 To The Present, catalog essay, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1976.
  • Chicago, Other Traditions, catalog essay, Madison Art Center, Wi., 1983.
  • Painting at Northwestern, catalog essay, Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1986.
  • Painting in Chicago, New Art Examiner, Dec., 1987, pp. 26-29.
  • Private Treasures, Public Spirit, Art In Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1996-97. Catalog essay p. 78; Biography, pp. 247-248.
  • Artner, Alan, William Conger, Chicago Tribune, Dec. 21, 1975.
  • A Play of Power, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 29, 1976.
  • Art Institute's Works on Paper, Chicago Tribune, Sept. 8, 1978.
  • Conger’s Works Are Full of Power, Chicago Tribune, March 13, 1997, Tempo Section, p.2.
  • High Flying Circus, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 4, 1999. sec. 5, p.2.
  • William Conger keeps it fresh, Chicago Tribune, March 23, 2001, Section C, p.32.
  • William Conger, Chicago Tribune, On The Town, Feb. 23, 2007
  • Interview With William Conger, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 30, 2009.
  • Bonesteel, M., William Conger, Art in America, Nov. 1985, pp, 169-71.
  • Born, Kathryn, William Conger, Time Out Chicago, Feb. 12-18, 2009, p. 55.
  • Brooke-Schliefer, Kristin, William Conger, ArtNews, December, 2000, p. 163.
  • Burleigh, R., Nine Abstract Artists, New Art Examiner, Summer, 1982.
  • Burstein, J., Chicago Abstractionists, ArtWeek, Los Angeles, Ca., Nov., 1982.
  • Campbell, L., Reviews, Art News, Feb., 1960, p. 18.
  • Cox, W., The Chicago Connection, catalog essay, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, Ca., 1976.
  • Chung, N., William Conger, Arts Chicago, Feb. 1986, pp. 14-15.
  • DeBartolo, A., Women's Co-op..., Chicago Tribune, Aug. 16, 1992, sec. 5, p. 5.
  • DeKooning, E., Albuquerque Artists, New Mexico Quarterly, V. 30, no 1, 1960
  • Gedo, Mary, The Secret Idol..., Arts Magazine, Dec. 1981, pp. 116-24.
  • The Adrian Collection, Arts Magazine, April, 1982, p.9.
  • Abstraction As Metaphor: The Evocative Imagery of William Conger, Richard Loving, Frank Piatek, Miyoko Ito, Arts Magazine, Oct. 1982, pp. 112-117.
  • Interconnections: A Study of Chicago Style Relationships in Painting, Arts Magazine, Sept. 1983, pp. 92-97.
  • William Conger, Painting At Northwestern, catalog essay, Block Gallery, Northwestern Univ., 1986.
  • The Meaning of Artistic Form and The Promise of The Psychoanalytic Method, Art Criticism, edited by Donald Kuspit, SUNY V. 2, no. 3, pp 1-16.
  • The Grande Jatte as The Icon of a New Religion: A Psycho-Iconographic Interpretation, Museum Studies, The Art Institute of Chicago, V. 14, no. 2, notes, p. 249.
  • Glibota, A. Chicago, Ciamise, Paris, France, 1981, No. 152, p. 23.
  • Golden, Deven, Beyond Image, William Conger of Chicago, www.artcritical.com, Oct. 25, 2014.
  • Guthrie, Derek, Bergman Gallery Exhibit, New Art Examiner, April, 1975.
  • William Conger, New Art Examiner, Feb., 1976, p. 13.
  • Hawkins, M., 17 Chicago Artists, Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 11, 1985, p. 2.
  • William Conger, Chicago Sun-Times, October, 2004.
  • Haydon, Harold William Conger, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 20, 1974.
  • Hertzlieb, G., William Conger, A Commentary, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Fall, 2014.
  • Holg, Garrett, William Conger at Roy Boyd, ArtNews, Jan. 1995, p. 169.
  • Krainak, Paul, William Conger, Art Papers, May-Jun., 2009, p. 55
  • Kuspit, D., The ‘Madness’ of Art In Chicago, New Art Examiner, May, 1986, pp. 22-27.
  • Always Abstractly True to Himself: William Conger’s Paintings, catalog essay, 2009.
  • Leroux, Charles, The Lakefront, Chicago Tribune, Aug. 22, 2005.
  • Link, J., Art Press Review, New Art Examiner, Nov., 1985, pp. 14-16.
  • Lyon, C., Abstract Painting at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 5, 1984.
  • The Nation, ArtNews, Dec. 1984, pp. 131-134.
  • What Chicago Dealers Are Showing..., Chicago Sun-Times, May 5, 1985, p. 6.
  • McCracken, David, Conger's Lake Michigan..., Chicago Tribune, Dec. 4, 1992, sec. 7, p. 84
  • Moser, Charlotte, Abstract/Symbol/Image, catalog essay, Illinois Arts Council Travel Exhibition, 1984.
  • Regional Revisions, Houston & Chicago, Art in America, July, 1985, pp. 90-99.
  • William Conger, ArtNews, Sept., 1985, pp. 119-120.
  • Morrison, C.L., William Conger, ArtForum, March, 1976, p. 73.
  • Chicago, Art Forum, Feb., 1977, p. 73.
  • William Conger, ArtForum, Summer, 1978, p. 79.
  • Nance, Keven, William Conger at Roy Boyd Gallery, Art in America, Dec. 2007, p. 164
  • Exhibition Essay, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Oct. 2013
  • Noell, D., Gouache Paintings on Paper, Tarble Museum, catalog essay, 2014
  • Ostrow, S., William Conger's Metaphysics, Vendome Gallery, NYC, catalog essay, 2014
  • Propokoff, Steven, & Morrison, C.L., abstract art in chicago, catalog essays, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1976.
  • Schulze, Franz, Chicago, Nothing But Abstract, ArtNews, Summer, 1976, pp. 154-157.
  • Chicago, ArtNews, Feb., 1979, pp. 40-45.
  • Silverman, L., William Conger, Chicago Cultural Center Exhibition Brochure, 2009.
  • Smith, E.L., American Art Now, Phaidon Press, 1985, pp. 128-29.
  • Taylor, Sue, Abstract/Symbol/Image, New Art Examiner, Dec., 1984, pp. 55-56.
  • Villani, J., William Conger, Santa Fe New Mexican, April 3, 1992.
  • Volk, Carol, Openings, Arts & Antiques, April, 1992, p. 23.
  • Walch, P. & Wilson, M.L., Albuquerque 50s, catalog essays, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM, Sept., 1989.
  • Wislon, W., Chicago Connection, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 20, 1977, p. 78.
  • Weins, A. Canvassing Chicago – William Conger, Chicago Magazine, Jan. 2009, p. 196.
  • Wirth, Steven, Portrait of The Artist William Conger, NewCity, Mar. 15, 2007, p. 15.
  • Yood, James, William Conger, New Art Examiner, Oct., 1985, p. 57.
  • Midwestern Art, Arts & Antiques, Nov., 1988, pp. 50-52.

Reviews

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Comp Art & Design Magazine
Comp Art & Design Magazine
Art Critical

Vendome Gallery Press Release
Valparaiso Poetry Review
Kevin Nance Essay 2013

Cedarhurst-Mitchell Museum Brochure 2012
Art Papers 2009
Art In America 2007

Art News 2007
New City Chicago 2007
Chicago Sun-Times 2007

Chicago Tribune 2002
Catalog 2002
Art News 2000

Chicago Reader 1999
Art In America 1997
Chicago Tribune 1997

Art News 1995
New Mexican 1992
Art News 1985

Dennis Adrian Catalog 1983
Arts Magazine 1983
Art Forum 1978

Art Forum 1976

 Studio

Awards

  • Illinois Arts Council Grant, 2012
  • Pollock-Krasner grant 2008-09.
  • Illinois Arts Council Grant, 2008.
  • Cluseman prize for Painting, Art institute of Chicago 1973.
  • Bartels prize for painting, Art institute of Chicago 1971.