WILLIAM CONGER - VITA - 2015

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Chicago, Illinois 60657
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3711 N. Ravenswood, #108
Chicago, Illinois 60613
mobile: 224-250-4344

Gallery Representation

Zolla Lieberman Gallery
325 W. Huron, Chicago IL 60654
zollalieberman@sbcglobal.net

Works Available

Printworks Gallery
311 W. Superior St.
Chicago IL 60654
312-664-9407
www.printworkschicago.com

Bruno David Gallery
3721 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
brunodavidgallery.com

Archives:

  • Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art, 2007; also, Northwestern University Library Archives. 2007.

One-Person Exhibitions: Paintings

  • Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago (scheduled 2015).
  • Studio Vendome Gallery, New York, NY, Sep. - Oct. 2014.
  • Tarble Museum, gouaches, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, Oct. 2014.
  • Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Gouache Paintings/Drawings on Paper, Oct. - Nov. 2013.
  • Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, New Paintings, Jan-Feb, 2013.
  • Career Overview, Cedarhurst Museum, Mt. Vernon IL, Aug. - Oct. 2012.
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, paintings, Feb. 2012.
  • MetCap Bank, Chicago, 2010, (paintings)
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago 2010 (new gouache paintings)
  • Union League Club of Chicago, 2010
  • Happy, Los Angeles, 2010 (gouache paintings)
  • 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.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • "Another Illiad", Collaborative w/ Carole Harmel, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, February 2016
  • "Chicago Paints", Ohio University Art Gallery, Ahtens, OH, January – 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, Oct. 2014 - Jan. 2015.
  • Overview_2014, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO, May - June 2014.
  • Drawing on Difference - An Ambition, Studio Vendome Gallery, New York, NY, March - April 2014.
  • Drawing on Habit: An Ambition, Drawing Invitational, Betsy Writer’s Room, Miami, FL, Dec. 2013. (catalog)
  • 100th Year Anniversary Exhibition RAM Rockford Art Museum, Rockford IL, Aug.-Nov. 2013. (catalog)
  • White Blue Red, Bruno David Gallery, St Louis, MO. Dec. 2012.
  • Self Portraits Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Dec. 2012. (catalog)
  • 40th Anniversary Exhibition Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Sept.-Oct. 2012.
  • Art on Paper: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from the Block Museum, Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, summer, 2012.
  • Re-Chicago DePaul University Art Museum, 2011-2012. (catalog)
  • ChicagoOdyssey Collaboration Exhibition, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, 2011. (catalog).
  • Cries and Whispers Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. May, 2011.
  • Overpaper Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis MO. Winter 2010-11. (catalog)
  • Bad at Sports Exhibition Apex Arts, New York, NY. April, 2010.
  • Book Covers Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Winter, 2010. (catalog)
  • Ed Paschke’s Contemproaries Chicago Artists Coalition, 2010. (catalog)
  • Modern Masters, Lubeznik Center For The Arts, IN. Jan. 2010.
  • Paper Love, Devening Projects and Editions, Chicago, Summer 2008.
  • Print show, East Side Editions, San Francisco, CA, summer 2008.
  • Abstract Art in The Illinois State Museum Collection, Travel Show, 2005-06.
  • Arts Club of Chicago, 81st Members Exhibition, 2005.
  • 25th Year Anniversary Exhibition, Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2005.
  • Bookmarks, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, 2005-06. (catalog)
  • Ed Paschke Tribute Exhibition, Gallery 415, Chicago, 2005. (catalog)
  • That 70s Show, Northern Indiana Arts Association, 2004. (catalog)
  • Abstract Truth, Hinsdale Art Museum, IL, Jan-Feb. 2002.
  • Large Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection, Rockford Art Museum,
  • Rockford IL, Nov.-Jan. 2002.
  • Self Portraits, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, 2000. (catalog)
  • Exquisite Corpse Exhibition, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, 1999. (catalog)
  • DePaul University Collection, DePaul University, Chicago, 1999; 2000.
  • Cows on Parade, City of Chicago Project and Commission, Chicago, Summer, 1999. (catalog)
  • Abstraction 98, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL, Dec. 1998. (catalog)
  • Come Slowly, Eden!, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL,1998
  • Absolut Vision: Chicago, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1998,1999,2000.
  • Vault Series - Birds, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA, 1998. (catalog)
  • 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1997.
  • Under The Influence, Jonson Gallery, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1997.
  • The Promise Benefit, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, 1997.
  • Art in Chicago 1945-95, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1996-97. (catalog)
  • Anniversary Exhibition, Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art, Chicago, 1996. (catalog)
  • Four Gallery Artists, Roy Boyd Gallery, 1997.
  • Gallery Artists, Roy Boyd Gallery, 1995-96.
  • Printmaking in Chicago 1935-1995, Block Gallery, Northwestern University,
  • Evanston, IL, 1996. (catalog)
  • Chicago Abstract Painters, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL 1995.
  • Journals and Journeys: Artists' Workbooks and Journals, Columbia College,
  • Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, 1994.
  • Abstract Chicago, Klein Gallery, Chicago, 1993-94. (catalog)
  • Gallery Artists, Imago Gallery, Palm Springs, CA., 1994.
  • Benefit Exhibition, Institute For Psychoanalysis, Chicago, 1994.
  • 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1993.
  • Professional Members Exhibition, Arts Club of Chicago, 1996, 1993; 1991; 1989; 1987, 1985; 1984; 1983. (catalogs)
  • Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, WA.., 1993.
  • Benefit Exhibition, New Art Examiner, Chicago, IL, 1993.
  • Art Expo, Chicago, annually since 1981.
  • Benefit Exhibition, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, 1997, 1995; 1993; 1994.
  • Benefit Exhibition, ARC Gallery, Chicaho, 1993.
  • Eight From Northwestern, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, 1992.
  • New Acquisitions Exhibition, College of Lake County, IL, 1992.
  • Benefit Exhibition, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, 1992.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Tee Shirt Auction, Chicago, 1992; 1993.
  • Gallery Artists, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1992.
  • Spirited Visions, Portraits of Chicago Artists, Photographs of Artists by Patty
  • Carroll; artworks by Chicago artists, Illinois Arts Council Travel Exhibition, 1991-93. (catalog)
  • Benefit Exhibition, Rockford College Art Museum, Rockford, IL, 1992.
  • Comiskey Park Chairs, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, 1991.
  • Gallery Artists, Janus Gallery, Santa Fe, NM., 1991.
  • Landmarks, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1991.
  • Northwestern Collects, Block Gallery, Northwestern Univ., 1990.
  • Albuquerque 50s, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Alb., NM., 1990. (catalog)
  • Boyd Gallery Artists, Grand Valley College, MI., 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. (catalog)
  • Benefit Exhibition, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago; Zolla Lieberman Gallery,
  • Chicago, 1988; also 1993.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Auction, Chicago, 1987.
  • Chicago Abstractionists, Grae Gallery, St. Louis, MO., 1987.
  • Artagogo, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 1987.
  • Elegant Abstraction, Paine Art Center Museum, Oshkosh, WI, 1986.
  • La Grande Jatte: Seurat and Chicago Art, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1986.
  • Painting at Northwestern: Conger, Paschke, Valerio, Block Gallery,
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1986. (catalog)
  • Baseball Cards, Renaissance Society Benefit, Univ. of Chicago, 1985.
  • Artists of Chicago & Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago, 1985; 1984; 1981; 1978; 1973; 1971; 1963. (catalogs)
  • Then and Now, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 1985.
  • Forum Internationale Kunstmesse, Zurich, Switzerland, 1986; 1985. (catalogs)
  • Abstract Painting in Chicago, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago; Roy Boyd Gallery,
  • Los Angeles, CA, 1985.
  • Abstract/Symbol/Image, Illinois Arts Council Travel Exhibition, 1984-86. (catalog)
  • Chicago Cross Section, Ohio Univ., Athens, OH, 1984. (catalog)
  • Artist Call, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, 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. (catalog)
  • Chicago Artists: Continuity and Change, Printer's Square, Chicago, 1983. (catalog)
  • Chicago Abstract Painters, Sonoma St. College, CA, Travel Exhibition, 1982-83. (catalog)
  • 9 Abstract Artists, Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, 1982. (catalog)
  • Professors of Art in Illinois, Illinois Bell Travel Exhibition, various IL cities, 1980-81. (catalog)
  • Chicago Artists, Notre Dame Univ., South Bend, IN, 1981.
  • Chicago Artists, Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL, 1981. (catalog)
  • Chicago Prospective, Navy Pier, Chicago, 1980. (catalog)
  • Art/Work, Chicago Cultural Center, 1980. (catalog)
  • Selections From Permanent Collection, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1979.
  • 30th Illinois Invitational, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, 1978. (catalog)
  • 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. (catalog)
  • Visions: Painting & Sculpture, Distinguished Alumni 1945 To The Present,
  • School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1976. (catalog)
  • Midwest Painters & Sculptors, Krannert Museum, Champaign, IL, 1976.
  • Gallery Artists, Douglas Kenyon Gallery, Chicago, 1976. (catalog)
  • Abstract Art in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1976. (catalog)
  • 11-75, Chicago Artists, Bergman Gallery, University of Chicago, 1975.
  • The Chicago Style, Painting, University of Chicago, 1974.
  • Three Chicago Artists, Midway Studios, University of Chicago, 1975.
  • Gallery Artists, Douglas Kenyon Gallery, Chicago, 1974.
  • Illinois Painters II, Illinois Arts Council Travel Exhibition, 1971-73. (catalog)
  • Beloit Annual, Wright Art Center, Beloit College, WI., 1972. (catalog)
  • 12th Midwest Biennial, Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE., 1972. (catalog)
  • Five Chicago Artists, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 1971.
  • 14 Albuquerque Painters, Great Jones Gallery, NewYork, NY, 1960.
  • Southwest Biennial, Santa Fe, NM., 1960.
  • New Mexico Biennial, Santa Fe, NM., 1959.

Selected Collections

  • Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
  • Madsion Museum of Contemporary Art, MMoCA, Madison, WI
  • Mitchell Museum (Cedarhurst) Mt Vernon, IL
  • West Virginia University Art Museum, WV
  • Georgia Art Museum, GA.
  • McCormick Place , Chicago, Commisssion, 2005-7.
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
  • City of Chicago Public Art Collection
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
  • Lubeznik Art Center, Michigan City, IN
  • AT&T, NY, NY.
  • First National Bank of Chicago, London.
  • Mary & Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Ka.
  • Main Bank, Chicago, IL
  • NBD Marina Bank, Chicago, IL
  • Kemper Group, Long Grove, IL
  • Water Tower Bank, Chicago, IL
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
  • Jonson Museum, University of New Mexico, 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, IL
  • 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
  • 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
  • Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Wellesley College, Davis Museum and Cultural Center
  • Brauer Museum, Valparaiso University, Valpairaiso IN
  • Plus numerous residential collections.

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.
  • "William Conger," Chicago Tribune, April 21, 1978, sec. 3, p. 10.
  • "Art Institute's Works on Paper," Chicago Tribune, Sept. 8, 1978.
  • "William Conger," Chicago Tribune, May 16, 1980.
  • "Lakeside Exhibit," Chicago Tribune, June 13, 1980.
  • "William Conger," Chicago Tribune, Feb. 25, 1983, sec. 3, p. 16.
  • "Chicago Artists," Chicago Tribune, May 20, 1983, sec.. 3, p. 12.
  • "Hyde Park...," Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21, 1983.
  • "Artists of Chicago & Vicinity," Chicago Tribune, Mar. 11, 1984.
  • "Hyde Park Exhibit," Chicago Tribune, Sept. 28, 1984.
  • "William Conger," Chicago Tribune, July 5, 1985, sec. 7, p. 45.
  • "Gallery Notes," Chicago Tribune, July 4, 1985, sec. 5, p. 10c.
  • "Show Celebrates New Era At Northwestern," Chicago Tribune, Jan. 31, 1986, sec. 7, pp. 46-47.
  • "Terra Incognita," Chicago Tribune, Sept. 13, 1987, sec. 13, pp. 10-11.
  • "William Conger," Chicago Tribune, Sept. 14, 1990, sec. 7, p. 68
  • "Show and Sell," Chicago Tribune, Sept. 11, 1992, sec. 7, pp 36-37.
  • "William Conger, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 3, 1994, Tempo Section.
  • “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, Sept. 17, 2004.
  • Art Expo score card, Chicago Tribune, April 29, 2005.
  • Art in Abstract, Chicago Tribune, Aug. 18, 2005.
  • “William Conger,” Chicago Tribune, On The Town, Feb. 23, 2007
  • “Interview With William Conger,” Chicago Tribune, Jan. 30, 2009.
  • Auer, J., "Northwestern Trio Show...," Milwaukee Journal, Feb. 23, 1986.
  • Bacon, S. "Chicago Abstraction," Grey City Journal, Oct. 5, 1984.
  • Barry, E., "An Extended Exhibit for Illinois Artists," Chicago Tribune, Sept. 21, 1971.
  • Behrens, T., "Abstract," The Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA.., Feb. 27, 1983.
  • Bonesteel, M., "William Conger," Art in America, Nov. 1985, pp, 169-71.
  • "Giving Art to Evanston," Pioneer Press, May 21, 1992, p. D7.
  • 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," ArtNews, Feb., 1960, p. 18.
  • Camper, F., “William Conger: Circus Paintings,” Chicago Reader, Jan. 29, 1999. p. 30-31.
  • “William Conger,” Chicago Reader, Sept. 24, 2004.
  • Carroll, P., "Inner Canvas - Chicago Artists," Chicago Tribune Magazine, Sept. 22, 1991, pp. 13-18.
  • Cassidy, V., Chicago Art Critics panel discussion re William Conger, Oct. 2004.
  • Cox, W., The Chicago Connection, catalog essay, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, Ca., 1976.
  • Chung, N., "William Conger," Arts Chicago, Feb. 1986, pp. 14-15
  • Cubbage, G., “Retrospective Brings Professor and His Paintings Together Again,” Northwestern Magazine, Winter, 2008. p. 9.
  • 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. Conger, Richard Loving, Frank Piatek, Miyoko Ito, Arts Magazine, Oct.
  • "Abstraction As Metaphor: The Evocative Imagery of William", 1982, pp. 112-117.
  • "Interconnections: A Study of Chicago Style Relationships in Painting," Arts Magazine, Sept. 1983, pp. 92-97.
  • "DataBank Interview," School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1985.
  • " 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.
  • Glatt, C., "Abstract Art at Hyde Park Art Center," The Herald, Chicago, Oct. 3, 1984, p. 34.
  • " A Look Back...," The Herald, Chicago, April 17, 1984, p. 30.
  • Glibota, A. "Chicago," Ciamise, Paris, France, 1981, No. 152, p. 23.
  • Goddu, Jenn., "Bookplates, at Printworks", Chicago Tribune, Dec. 30, 2005.
  • 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.
  • Hanson, Henry, "Spectator Sport," New Art Examiner, Aug. 1985, pp. 94-96.
  • "NU Professors at Block Gallery," New Art Examiner, Feb., 1986, pp. 92;94.
  • "ArtWorks," New Art Examiner, Feb. 1990, p. 22.
  • "Galleries," New Art Examiner, Dec. 1992, p. 35.
  • Hawkins, M., "17 Chicago Artists," Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 11, 1985, p. 21.
  • “Challenging Popular Perceptions, Chicago Sun-Times, Sept. 22, 2000, p. 52.
  • “William Conger,” Chicago Sun-Times, October, 2004.
  • Haydon, Harold "William Conger," Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 20, 1974.
  • "William Conger," Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 21, 1975.
  • "A Wealth of Abstract Art In Chicago," Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 29, 1976.
  • "William Conger," Chicago Sun-Times, May 23, 1980, sec. 3, p. 3.
  • "William Conger," Chicago Sun-Times, March 11, 1983.
  • Henry, A., "Auctions," Chicago Sun-Times, June 28, 1985, p. 84.
  • Hertzlieb, G., "William Conger, A Commentary", Valparaiso Poetry Review, fall 2014.
  • Holg, Garrett, "William Conger at Roy Boyd," ArtNews, Jan. 1995, p. 169.
  • Klawans, H. "The Collector", Life, Death, and In Between, Paragon Press, N.Y.C., 1992., P. 81.
  • Klein, P., "A Museum in The Making", Chicago Life, Supplement to The New York Times, Fall, 2005.
  • Art at McCormick Place Chicago (book featuring commissioned art), 2008.
  • Krantz, L., American Artists, The Krantz Co., Chicago, 1984. Chicago Art Review, The Krantz Co., Chicago, 1989., p. 126.
  • 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.
  • "Coming In From The Cold," New Art Examiner, May 1984, pp. 156-169; 196-198.
  • "The Nation," ArtNews, Dec. 1984, pp. 131-134.
  • "What Chicago Dealers Are Showing...," Chicago Sun-Times, May 5, 1985, p. 6.
  • McCracken, David, "Gallery Scene," Chicago Tribune, Aug. 14, 1992, sec. 7, p. 60.
  • "Gallery Scene," Chicago Tribune, Aug. 19, 1992, sec. 7, p.54.
  • " Conger's Lake Michigan...," Chicago Tribune, Dec. 4, 1992, sec. 7, p. 84
  • McMahon, J., "The Ninth Man Out – Nelson Algren Turns 100”, NewCity, April 2, 2009, p. 4.
  • Miller, C., “Portrait of The Artist – William Conger”, NewCity, Feb. 12, 2009.
  • “William Conger & Vera Klement” review, NewCity, Feb 7, 2013.
  • Mullhaney, Tom, “Union League Club Turns 125”, Chicago Tribune, May 18, 2011.
  • Morgan, A., "9 Abstract Artists," New Art Examiner, Summer, 1983, p. 18.
  • 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," Art Forum, Summer, 1978, p. 79.
  • Nance, Keven, A New Museum for Chicago Art, Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 1, 2005.
  • “William Conger” Chicago Sun-Times, Showcase, Feb 27, 2007
  • “William Conger, Chaotic and Serene”, Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 27, 2007,
  • “William Conger at Roy Boyd Gallery”, Art in America, Dec. 2007, p. 164.
  • "Exhibition Essay", Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Oct. 2013.
  • Noell, D., "William Conger, Gouache Paintings on Paper", Tarble Museum catalog essay, 2014.
  • Newman, M.W., "Lampoon Draws Harpoons," Chicago Sun-Times, May 15, 1988, p. 3.
  • Ostrow, S., "William Conger's Metaphysics", Vendome Gallery, NYC, catalog essay, 2014.
  • Palmer, R., “Museum’s Exhibit Features Chicago Painter,” Mt. Vernon Sentinel, (IL)Aug. 13, 2012.
  • Patner, A., “Select Galleries in Global Showcase,” Chicago Sun-Times, May 8, 1998, Arts Guide, p. 21.
  • Popson, T., "And Now, A Completely Different Sort of Baseball Card...," Chicago Tribune, July 26, 1985, sec. 7 p. H.
  • Propokoff, Steven, & Morrison, C.L., Abstract Art In Chicago, catalog essays, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1976.
  • R.E.K., “Peer Review – William Conger”, University of New Art Examiner, Jan-Feb. 2009, pp46-48.
  • Schulze, Franz, "Chi-Art Shows Its Formal Side," Chicago Daily News, 1974.
  • "Bergman Gallery, Chicago Daily News, April 20, 1975.
  • "The Harried Who...," Chicago Sun-Times, March 13, 1976, p. 10.
  • "Chicago, Nothing But Abstract," ArtNews, Summer, 1976, pp. 154-157.
  • "William Conger," Chicago Sun-Times, April 7, 1978, p. 76..
  • "Chicago," ArtNews, Feb., 1979, pp. 40-45.
  • "Hyde Park Fans Show," Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 9, 1983.
  • Silverman, L., “William Conger,”, Chicago Cultural Center Exhibition Brochure, 2009.
  • Soluri, T., "Artists by Number," New Art Examiner, May, 1984, pp. 170-173.
  • Slaughter, A.M., "Reflections On A Decade," Dialogue, An Art Journal, Sept.-Oct., 1988, p. 22.
  • Smith, E.L., American Art Now, Phaidon Press, 1985, pp. 128-29.
  • Spector, J., "The State of Psychoanalytic Research in Art History,"
  • Storch, C., Interview re MCA and Art Institute addition, Chicago Tribune, June 19, 2005.
  • The Art Bulletin, March, 1988, p. 75.
  • Taylor, Sue, "Abstract/Symbol/Image," New Art Examiner, Dec., 1984, pp. 55-56.
  • "Galleries...," Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 29, 1985, p. 16;22.
  • "Shaping Images For The Video Age," Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 24, 1986, p. 46.
  • Villani, J., “William Conger,” Santa Fe New Mexican, April 3, 1992.
  • Valparaiso Poetry Review, fall 2014
  • Varnell, P., “Conger’s Chicago Abstractions”, Chicago Free Press, Feb. 26, 2009, p. 25.
  • Volk, Carol, “Openings,” Arts & Antiques, April, 1992, p. 23.
  • Wainright, L., “A Telling Surface,” catalog essay, Sazama Gallery, Chicago, 1991.
  • 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., “Galleries,” Chicago Collection, Winter, 2008, pp. 49-54.
  • “Canvassing Chicago – William Conger”, New Art Examiner, Jan. 2009, p. 196.
  • Wirth, Steven, “Portrait of The Artist William Conger,” NewCity, Mar. 15, 2007, p. 15.
  • Yood, James, "Imagism - Chicago," New Art Examiner, May 1984, pp. 8-9..
  • "William Conger," New Art Examiner, Oct., 1985, p. 57.
  • "Midwestern Art," Arts & Antiques, Nov., 1988, pp. 50-52.
  • "William Conger," text in Spirited Visions: Portraits of Chicago Artists, by Patty Carroll, Univ. Illinois Press, 1991.
  • Second Sight: Printmaking in Chicago 1935-1995, Block Gallery, Northwestern University, 1996; catalog essay. p. 78
  • "Eight From Northwestern," brochure essay, Evanston Art Center, 1992.

WWW Selected Reviews:

Published Writing:

  • Conger, William, “The M.F.A: Filling The Gap Between Seeing and Saying,” Artists/Alumni, Exhibition Catalogue, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, July, 2001, pp. 23-31.
  • “Reflections,” Dialogue, Winter, 1999)., “Response to Thierry de Duve, Critical Inquiry (Vol. 26, No. 1).
  • "Perspectival Diagram, Manet’s Bar at the Folies Bergere, Critical Inquiry", Autumn, 1998, Vol. 25, No. 1. pp 143-144.
  • " Diagrams and discussion of perspective in Edouard Manet's Bar At The Folies Bergere; related material". In Gedo, Mary, Looking At Art From The Inside Out, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and NY, 1994. pp. 25, 31, 37-39; 53-55.
  • "Reginald Marsh," catalog introduction, Douglas Kenyon Gallery, Chicago, 1982.
  • "A Letter," New Art Examiner, June, 1982, p. 2.
  • "Artist's Statement," Abstract/Symbol/Image catalog, Illinois Arts Council, 1984.
  • "A Review of Louise Nevelson: Iconography and Sources, by Laurie Wilson," Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Art, The Analytic Press, edited by M. Gedo, V. 1, no. 1, pp. 317-322.
  • "The Journal of Eugene Delacroix," Psychoanalytic Studies of Biography, International Universities Press, 1987, pp.375-381; 403-404.
  • "Dreaming in New York and Chicago," Chicago Art Write, No. 1, June, 1986.
  • "On Drawing," Whitewalls, #3, Spring, 1986, pp. 32-34.
  • "Abstract Painting" Fact, Fiction, Paradox," Chicago Art Write, No. 2, August, 1987.
  • "Art Limits," Chicago Art Write, No. 4, June, 1989.
  • “Toward a New Revolutionary Art, Again”, Pulse, Vol. I No. 1, 2008 (October).
  • “Co-author of Chapter 5, with Mary M. Gedo, Monet and His Muse, Univ. Chicago Press, 2010.
  • “ Abstract Painting and Integrationist Linguistics”, Linguistic Sciences, Vol. 23, Issue 4, July 2011.
  • “An Assessment”, in What Do Artists Know (Stone Theory Institute Symposium), edited by James Elkins, Univ. Penn Press, 2013, p.135 ff.
  • “Kiosk”, catalog essay for exhibition of new work by Dan Devening, Tarble Museum, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL, Jan. 2014.
  • "Can Art Be Moral Again", New Art Examiner Now, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 34-35.

Lectures, Panels, TV

Recent:

  • "A Look", Tarble Art Museum, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, Oct. 2014
  • "On My Work", Hinsdale Public Library, Hinsdale, IL 2013.
  • "Lecture in American Art Series", with Reginald Gibbons, Union League Club of Chicago, Feb. 2012.
  • Panel Moderator, “Experimental Painting” Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Jan., 2011.
  • "Lecture on my Work", Arts Club of Chicago, March 5, 2009.
  • Interview, Chicago Tonight With Phil Ponce, March, 2009.
  • Various Gallery Talks, Chicago Cultural Center, Jan-Mar. 2009.
  • "The M.F.A.", Block Museum, Northwestern Univ., April 20, 2006 Eulogy
  • Panelist, Mexican Fine Arts Center, Chicago, 2005
  • "On An Exhibition", Block Museum, Northwestern University, Nov. 2005.
  • for Ed Paschke, Art Institute of Chicago, March, 2005.
  • Eulogy for Ed Paschke, Northwestern University, Feb., 2005.

Earlier:

  • "Modernist Painting," Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL, April 22, 1971.
  • "Art For DePaul," DePaul University Women's Board, Chicago, 1974.
  • "About My Work," Midway Studios, Univ. Chicago, 1976.
  • "Issues in Contemporary Art," DePaul Univ. Faculty Forum, Chicago, 1979.
  • "Studio Visit, Affiliates of Women's Board, Art Institute of Chicago, 1978.
  • "My Work & Chicago Painting," Cornell Univ. Art Dept., Ithaca, N.Y., 1979.
  • "About My Work," Countryside Art Center, Arlington Hts., IL, 1980.
  • "Chicago Abstraction & Imagist Painting," Affiliates of Women's Board, Art Institute of Chicago, 1981.
  • "Art At DePaul," Board of Trustees, DePaul University, Chicago, 1981.
  • "About My Work," Midway Studios, Univ. Chicago, 1983.
  • "Process And Theme in My Painting," Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, April 19, 1984.
  • "Relationships: Chicago Abstract & Imagist Art, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, April 24, 1984.
  • "Studio Visit, " Anderson College Students, Oct., 1984.
  • "Fireside," Jones Residential College, Northwestern Univ., 1984.
  • "Gallery Talk," Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Nov. 14, 1984.
  • "Allusive Abstraction: My Painting," Art Institute of Chicago, April, 1985.
  • "Autobiography, Biography, Fiction," panelist, Institute For Psychoanalysis, Chicago, Oct., 1982.
  • "Artist as Image Maker," panelist, Loyola Univ., Chicago, June 16, 1984.
  • "Music Education Graduate Seminar," panelist, Northwestern Univ., Nov. 16, 1984.
  • "Content in Abstract Painting," panelist, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Nov. 29, 1984.
  • "About My Painting," NU Day Northwestern University, 1986.
  • "Chicago Style Abstraction, A Personal View," Potpourri Program, Art Institute of Chicago, May 21, 1986.
  • "La Grande Jatte,”Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, May 20, 1986.
  • "My Work: Influences From The Museum Collection," Art Institute of Chicago, Teacher Education Program, Jan. 1987.
  • "About My Work," alumni seminar, Northwestern Univ., April, 1987.
  • "Gallery Talk," Roy Boyd Gallery, Dec. 2, 1987.
  • "Viewpoints," talk with Ed Paschke, Northwestern Univ, College of Arts and Sciences, Dec. 5, 1988.
  • "Aspects of Content in My Painting," Museum of Contemporary Art Affiliates, Chicago, Feb. 14, 1989.
  • "From Evanston To Albuquerque and Back," Northwestern Alumni Club of Albuquerque, NM., Nov. 3, 1989.
  • "Albuquerque 50s' And My Work," University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM., Nov. 7, 1989.
  • "About My Painting," Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL, Aug. 14, 1990.
  • "Chicago Art in Contemporary Context," panel moderator, Arts Week, Northwestern Univ., Oct. 26, 1990.
  • "Chicago Art History Colloquia," respondent, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Jan. 16, 1991.
  • "New Psychoanalytic Perspectives on The Founder of Neo-Impressionism,"
  • Div. 39, American Psychological Association, Chicago, April 12, 1991.
  • "On My Work," panelist, Alumni Seminar, Northwestern Univ., Feb. 19, 1992.
  • Gallery Lecture," Thinking Modern Exhibition, Block Gallery, Northwestern Univ., March 13, 1992.
  • "Gallery Talks," Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Nov. 17 & 24, 1992.
  • "About a Chicago Collection, John Evans Club, Northwestern University, Feb. 29, 1993; also 1998.
  • "Chicago Abstraction & My Work," Eastern Illinois University, Charlston, IL, April, 1993.
  • "Artists in Academe," College Art Association of America, NY, NY, 1994.
  • "William Conger & Ed Paschke -- An Artists' Discussion, Northwestern University, Nov. 22, 1994.
  • "On Education for Artists," Chicago Artist's Coalition Panel, Chicago, Feb. 18, 1995.
  • "Gallery Talk," Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, Feb 26, 1995.
  • "On My Work," Jones College, Northwestern Univ., May, 1996.
  • "On My Work," School of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Oct., 1996.
  • “Studio Visit,” Art Institute of Chicago Tour., Nov., 1996.
  • “Studio Visit,” Standard Club of Chicago, Jan., 1997.
  • “Gallery Talk,” Roy Boyd Gallery, March, 1997.
  • “Studio Visit,” Art Encounter, Chicago, October, 1997.
  • “Panelist” Mid-America College Art Association, Uni. Kentucky, Oct., 1998
  • “Gallery Talk,” Jonson Museum, Univ. New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Oct., 1998
  • “Gallery Talk to Students from Northern Illinois Univ.,” Chicago, Jan., 1999.
  • “Gallery Talk,” Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Sept., 2000.
  • “On My Work,” University of Tulsa, February, 2001.
  • “New Paintings,” Block Museum, Northwestern Univ., July, 2001.
  • “New Work By Graduate Students,” Block Museum, Northwestern Univ., June 2008.
  • “On My Work,” Arts Club of Chicago, Feb., 2009.
  • “Retrospective” Five Gallery Talks, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Winter 2009.
  • “Who Artists Are,” Award Event, Ravenswood Art Org., Chicago, Oct. 2009.
  • “Studio Talk”, Art Encounter Group, Chicago, Sept. 2010.

Education:

  • School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1954 part time; 1956-57 full time.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI., summer 1959.
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1957-60, B.F.A.
  • University of Chicago, 1956-57 part time; 1964-66 full time, M.F.A.

Other Professional Activities:

  • Book Cover for Reginald Gibbon’s “Slow Trains Overhead”, Univ. Chicago Press, 2010.
  • Chair, Department of Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University 1984-2001.
  • Chair, Department of Art and Art History, DePaul University, Chicago 1971-1977; 1980-1984.
  • Advisory Board, Chicago Art Foundation, 2005-2007.
  • Advisory Panel, Board of Directors, DePaul University Art Museum, 2005-
  • Juror for various exhibitions of art in midwest since 1967.
  • Consultant, General Services Administration, re WPA Art In Illinois. 1972-73.
  • North Central Accrediting Association Team Member, Chicago, 1981.
  • Board of Directors, OxBow, Art School, 1983-86.
  • Charter Member, Alumni/ae Council, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1984-86.
  • Member, College Art Association of America
  • Professional Member, Arts Club of Chicago.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, 1988-99
  • NEH Referee, 1989.
  • Discussant, American Art Forum, Television Program, #312,313, 1989-90.
  • Interviewed, "The Reviewing Stand," Illinois News Network; AP/UPI, 1989.
  • Founding Editor, with Richard Loving & Frank Piatek, Chicago Art Write.,
  • A publication of artists' writings on art. 1984-91.
  • Interviewed on Channel 5 TV Newscast, Chicago, IL, Jan. 12, 1994.
  • Paintings reproduced as textbook cover art, Harper/Collins Publishers,
  • Glenview, IL, various books, 1994-1997.
  • Trustee, St. Benedict High School, Chicago, IL, 1994;-1999, Chair, Education Committee; Principal Search Committee, 1996; Second Vice President, May, 1997.
  • Teaching of Art Award Committee, College Art Association, 1995-1998.
  • Art Program Evaluator, Rockford College, Rockford, IL 1995.
  • "Paint With A Pro: Conger, Fitzpatrick, Paschke," Block Gallery,
  • Northwestern Univ., March 17, 1996; April 5, 1997.
  • Presentation on Creativity, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL,
  • “Executive Residence in Creativity,” May 2, 1997.
  • Reviewer, Univ. Edinburgh Press, 2001.
  • Self Portrait (2000) drawing included in new drawing text, Prentice-Hall. 2002.
  • Tenure-Promotion Referee: University of Illinois-Chicago; University of Illinois-Urbana; DePaul University, Chicago; University of Chicago; Southern
  • Illinois University; Washington University School of Art; University of Missouri-Columbia, Purdue University; Columbia University, NYC, Penn State
  • University. School of The Art Institute of Chicago; Ohio State University, Loyola University, Chicago; others.

Awards and Biographical Reference:

  • Illinois Arts Council Grant, 2012
  • Elected “Distinguished Artist” Union League Club of Chicago, 2010.
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 2009.
  • Illinois Arts Council Grant, 2009.
  • Honors, School of Art Institute of Chicago, 1957.
  • Scholarship Awards, painting, Univ. New Mexico, 1958, 1959, 1960.
  • Phi Sigma Tau, National Honorary in Philosophy, Univ New Mexico, 1960.
  • Graduate Fellowship, Univ. Chicago, 1965, 1966.
  • Francis Friedman Prize for Painting, Univ. Chicago, 1965, 1966.
  • Bartels Prize for Painting, Art Institute of Chicago, 1971.
  • Cluseman Prize for Painting, Art Institute of Chicago, 1973.
  • Faculty Research Grant, DePaul Univ., 1982.
  • Illinois Academy of Fine Arts, finalist nominee as educator, 1992.
  • City of Chicago Public Art Commission, 2001-02.
  • Who’s Who in America, since 1980.
  • Who's Who in American Art, since 1980.
  • Who's Who in The Midwest, since 1984.
  • Who's Who in The World, since 2000.

Teaching:

  • Professor, Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University, 1985-2006.
  • Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University, 2006.
  • Assistant to full professor, DePaul University, Chicago, 1971-85.
  • Assistant professor, Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL, 1966-71.