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Meditative Surfaces:
The Artists

Charles Gniech Born: Chicago, Illinois 1962 Charles Gniech lives and works in Chicago. He holds a Master of Fine Art degree with an emphasis in painting and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in illustration, both from Northern Illinois University. While teaching, curating, and consulting, Gniech continues to paint—exhibiting at the national level. His work has been included in a variety of shows at The Rockford Art Museum and The Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Gniech’s paintings have been acquired for numerous public and private collections, with a large canvas recently purchased for the Permanent Collection of The Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Gniech is currently represented by Bluestone Gallery in Philadelphia, and Galley H in Three Oaks, Michigan Paintings by Charles Gniech Deanna Krueger Born: Harbor Beach, Michigan 1965 Born and raised in Michigan and currently living in Chicago, Deanna Krueger is an Instructor at Northeastern Illinois University, teaching courses in painting and design. Krueger holds a Master of Fine Art degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She has been a Visiting Artist at various Colleges and Universities around the mid-west, including The University of Michigan, Portland College in Champaign, Illinois, and Robert Morris College in Chicago. Krueger’s work has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally with exhibits in Berlin and Rome. A Solo exhibition of Krueger’s work was presented at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, during the 2010 exhibition season. Krueger’s work has been acquired for a number of public and private collections including a recent acquisition for the Permanent Collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Mixed Media by Deanna Krueger Maggie Meiners Born: Chicago, Illinois 1972 Born in Chicago, Illinois, Maggie Meiners had a suburban upbringing, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from University of Colorado- Boulder, and a Master of Education degree from De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois. She now resides outside of Chicago. Although Meiners is primarily a self-taught photographer, she devours books on art and photography, has taken workshops with Diane Kittle, Lauren Henkin, and Norman Mauskopf, and relies on a number of mentors to help her hone her creative and photographic skills. Meiners tends to find interest in objects that most people would overlook… and presents those subjects in her photography. It doesn’t necessarily matter what the subject is, but whether or not it is open for interpretation. Her compositions are direct, to the point of appearing minimal, while her subject matter, conversely discloses significant complexity. Her work appears in numerous private and public collections, including: The Illinois Institute of Art, Harrison Street Lofts, and Wheaton College. Additionally, she has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the 2009 Ragdale Prize. Photography by Maggie Meiners Rebecca Moy Born: LaGrange, Illinois 1980 Rebecca Moy has been a lifelong native of Chicago—living and working in its Bridgeport neighborhood since 1998. Moy has been painting since age four, earned a visual arts management degree from Columbia College [Chicago], then after participating in a residency at Chicago’s River East Art Center, Rebecca realized that painting would be her career. Rebecca Moy's paintings have been exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally. Her work is in the collections of several corporate entities including; Neiman Marcus, Northwestern Mutual, and MD2 International. Besides inclusion in many group exhibitions, Moy has presented solo shows at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, and Chicago’s Union League Club. Paintings by Rebecca Moy