For immediate release: Announcing ABSTRACT WORKHORSES, a group exhibit of contemporary abstract paintings, drawings, furniture and food. Featuring recent work by Arthur Connor, Christine Connor, Ken Hogrefe and Rebecca George.

Opening reception: Saturday April 29, 2017 from 4-9 PM

Arts on Elston Gallery

3446 N Albany Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Live performance by cellist Teddy Rankin Parker


Posted on February 11, 2017 .

Archive: Group Exhibition

For immediate release: A group exhibition of paintings by artists Christine Connor, Mary Dorrell, Steven Thayer Graham, Ken Hogrefe and Kim Lile

For immediate release: A group exhibition of paintings by artists Christine Connor, Mary Dorrell, Steven Thayer Graham, Ken Hogrefe and Kim Lile

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 6-9 PM

Arts on Elston

3446 N Albany Ave

Chicago, IL 60618

Posted on February 11, 2017 .

Archive: The Art House 4th Anniversary Exhibition

Join us to view the work of the artists of The Art House community, curated as a large scale group exhibit. The show marks the close of the 4th year of The Art House and represents the diversity and individuality of the work coming out of the studio during this important time in its evolution as a professional artist's studio, gallery and school.


Posted on September 18, 2016 .

Archive: Sarah Rieser, Solo Certificate Exhibition

Work by Sarah Rieser

The Art House presents: An Education, an exhibition featuring a selection of works created by visual artist Sarah Rieser, in recognition of her 2013 completion of the Certificate in Fine Arts from The Art House . Curated by Rebecca George, the one-night-only opening is Friday, July 15th, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm at Arts on Elston Gallery in Avondale.

Sarah Rieser is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born and raised thirty miles southwest of the city, her art practice is a thematic exploration of consumption-related suburban dystopia. Rieser’s work conveys elements of humor, irony, and ennui by using traditional, labor-intensive processes to transform disposable, mass-produced materials. She creates mixed media art that confronts the wastage of planned obsolescence and the fetishization of religious imagery while introducing questions of taste, feminine labor, and prescriptive reliance on the nondurable. 

Posted on June 16, 2016 .

Archive: Group Exhibition

Featuring new work by Alena Ahrens, Christine Connor, Mary Dorrell, Ken Hogrefe and Lisa Sulkin

Curated by Rebecca George, Director of The Art House

Opening Reception: Friday, July 15, 2016 6-9 pm

Arts on Elston: 3446 N Albany Ave Chicago, IL 60618

Posted on June 16, 2016 .

ARCHIVE: Solo Exhibition, Artist Rebecca George

PRESS RELEASE: TURN THE OTHER EYE: A CURATED ART PARTY is a one-night only gallery opening of 200 new paintings and drawings by Chicago artist Rebecca George.  Exhibition is designed by Beth Borum. Foreword in exhibition catalog by Art Institute of Chicago Adjunct Lecturer and Art Historian Virginia Voedisch. Exhibition is co-curated by Arthur Connor, Christine Connor, Mary Dorrell, JoAnn Hayden and Ken Hogrefe.


Rebecca George is a professional artist and adjunct faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Chicago. In 2012, Rebecca Founded and currently directs The Art House, a gallery and working studio for serious artists studying painting, drawing and printmaking. Rebecca graduated with honors from The Chicago Academy for the Arts (1990), was Valedictorian and speaker at her BFA graduation ceremony from Maryland Institute, College of Art, where she studied fine arts on a full scholarship (1993). In 2007, Rebecca graduated with a MS in Business from Spertus Institute and went on to receive scholarships and a MFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). She actively exhibits, teaches andcurates, engaging with diverse artist communities to broaden and enrich her studio practice. Rebecca George has been featured in many publications including the Chicago Sun-Times, Gaper's Block, Parallel Planets and the Les Femmes Folles Anthology.


WHEN: April 15, 2016

TIME: 6-11 PM

LOCATION: Arts on Elston Gallery

3446 N Elston



Posted on February 7, 2016 .

ARCHIVE: Chicago Artists Month: WORDS MATTER

Exhibit Dates: October 3 - 29, 2015

DESCRIPTION: Artists’ Books are a unique artform and a challenging medium to display in traditional art shows. They are often under glass, and the viewer has access to only the spread selected by the show installers, or the cover.  This one month long Book Arts Library exhibit will allow cover to cover access to handmade books. Also on display will be the work of printers, painters, photographers and others who use words or text as the basis of their artwork.

MEDIA: This exhibit is primarily for handmade book and paper artists who are willing to have their work handled (in a supervised setting), so that they can show the book as a whole. We are seeking artist books, book sculptures or objects, broadsides, sculptural books, zines, graphic novels and comics. 

To submit work: Please send a high res photo of your work to, with a description of the work as you would like it to appear in the catalogue.

QUESTIONS: Contact Eileen at or 773.791.1236.   E-mail much preferred.

This exhibit will be held at ARTS ON ELSTON gallery, 3446 N Albany Ave, Chicago.


Posted on August 29, 2015 .

Archive: Illuminating the Obscure and Works on Walls III


Sponsored by The Art House and Curated by Rebecca George, this double show features a body of work by Jennifer Faun Manne in the front gallery, as her graduate exhibition from the Certificate of Fine Arts Program at The Art House. The remaining gallery space is dedicated to the artists participating in Works on Walls III: Bev Borum, Timothy Curtin, Cjeffery Theartist (Charles Echols) and Barbara Hopkins.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 25, 2015

2:00-6:00 PM

Arts on Elston, 3446 N Albany Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Join us for refreshments and art by contemporary Chicago artists.

Posted on July 3, 2015 .

Archive: Juried Group Show

Contemporary Art of the Midwest

The Art House is now accepting submissions for this unique group show, juried by Arthur Connor, Director of Arts on Elston and Rebecca George, Director of The Art House. The exhibition will feature works by artists from the Midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. All 2-D and 3-D mediums of any scale will be considered. One entry per artist. 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: October 23, 2015

FAR-FLUNG will be curated by Rebecca George, Founder/Director of The Art House and Faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Arthur Connor, Owner/Director of Arts on Elston gallery. The exhibition will be held at Arts on Elston gallery which is located on the 3446 N Albany in Chicago and will be publicized. 

Applicants will be notified of the Juror's Decision November 6, 2015





Posted on May 14, 2015 .