"Night without Sleep" work by Jessica Bardsley, Gwynne Johnson and Ashley Thomas

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

"Night without Sleep" work by Jessica Bardsley, Gwynne Johnson and Ashley Thomas

Night Without Sleep

work by Jessica Bardsley, Gwynne Johnson, and Ashley Thomas

Oct 18th- 27th

“… a shadow is a simultaneous memory…”

“From the outset, perception belongs to recollection.”

Night Without Sleep presents a world drawn in shadows, revealing the contours of our guiding drives, passionate attachments, and forgotten remains. Gwynne Johnson’s photographs and objects reveal the unconscious of domestic life through the rhythms of celestial and corporal bodies. Ashley Thomas’s noir-palette drawings and collages depict the objects of her fixation larger than life or swimming in darkness, while Jessica Bardsley’s constellation of archival film and photographs activates historical residue to trace the ocean’s haunted past. The artists of Night Without Sleep remake common objects and archival materials according to their memories, perceptions, and desires, illuminating the periphery of the visible, or quietly revealing what goes unseen by day.

Being a Woman in an all Women Show

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Image by Laura Mackin

Heaven Presents "Being a Woman in an all Women Show"
18 women art exhibition

work by:
Marissa lee Benedict
Soo Shin
Sarah Weber
Bea Fremderman
Jessica Taylor Caponigro
Laura Mackin
Chelsea Culp
Ann Chen
Betsy O'Brien
Meg Duguid
Samantha Bittman
Robin Kang
Emily Green
Caroline Carlsmith
Kristina Paabus
Chloe Seibert
Selina Trepp
Ilene Godofsky

I have been accused of secretly wanting to be a man. This comment was made recently during a studio visit with a fellow artist, who saw how uncomfortable and wary I became as she steered our discussion towards gender politics.

I do not harbor the desire to undergo a sex change, but I also do not want to be seen solely as a female artist. It is from this position of defensive resistance in which I find myself "being a woman in an all women show."

There are many ways to experience discrimination in the art world; gender inequality is just one of them. To be defined by one's gender as a female artist is to be limited. A colleague recently brought to my attention the fact that the most reputable galleries here in Chicago all represent far more male artists than female. This inequality is made even worse when one realizes that our city's art schools are enrolling more women than men. An admissions counselor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago informed me that women compose roughly 70% of its student body. A woman can be trained (and pay for that training) as an artist, but it is not the same as her becoming one. "Being a woman in an all women show" is an effort to make up for this blatant discrepancy.

Not all artists consciously implicate their gender while making their work, and yet gender remains a determinant factor in how artworks are curated and disseminated. It seems unfortunate that an all-female exhibition is unusual enough to serve as a curatorial platform.

With this exhibition, Heaven gallery is pleased to exhibit the work of eighteen artists, who all happen to be women. These are good artists, not good-for-being-female artists. With this exhibition, let us hope that the exceptional work of each artist is seen as expected, and not a surprise.
Sarah Weber

Improvised Jazz Concert

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Jeff Albert / Helen Gillet / Aurora Nealand / James Singleton / Paul Thibodeaux"

The New Orleans contingent of the Instigation Orchestra brings together five of the finest improvisers working today - trombonist Jeff Albert and Aurora Nealand on saxophones, accordion and voice and a rhythm section of Helen Gillet on cello and voice, James Singleton on bass and drummer Paul Thibodeaux - for two sets of improvised performance. Though they have all worked together in various configuration over the years, their Heaven performance will mark the first ever performance of this quintet for what promises to be a thrilling evening of music.

$10 suggested donation

Recital | Henry Zheng, Dmitriy Melkumov & Ilya Vanichkin

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:30pm

Recital featuring Henry Zheng, Dmitriy Melkumov & Ilya Vanichkin

works by Brahms, Dvorak, Vitali, Kreisler, Rossini and Shostakovich 

Henry Zheng dedicates himself to making Western art music accessible and relevant to all audiences, with a heavy bias towards the repertoire of the violin.  Henry also has a special interest in cross-discipline collaborations and performing in diverse settings – recent performances include a fashion show, a live liquid latex-painting event, and a candle-lit midnight performance in a renaissance era church.  Born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Henry moved to Chicago in 2010 in study with nationally renowned pedagogues Olga Kaler and Janet Sung at the DePaul University School of music.  Other notable teachers include Desirée Ruhstratt, Anne Shih, and Aurelien Pederzoli, as well as performances in master classes for Midori Goto and Almita Vamos.  Henry has performed all over the world, notably as a soloist at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy, and the Vegas Cultural Exposition in Zhu Hai, China.  He has also toured the continental United States extensively as a featured violinist with the Eric Genuis ensemble.

Dmitriy Melkumov holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the DePaul School of Music, where he studied extensively with legendary violinst Ilya Kaler. He began playing violin at the age of 7. In 1994, Dmitriy was invited to attend the Uspensky Music School in the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he joined the studio of Professor Nathan Mendelssohn. In 2001 Dmitriy immigrated to the United States.  Shortly after, he made his US performance debut with the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The following year Dmitriy was a winner of the New World Symphony concerto competition and most recently he won DePaul University Concerto Competition. 

Ilya Vanichkin, born in Moscow, earned his Bachelor's degree at the Moscow Conservatory, Master's degree at Eastman School of Music, Performer's diploma at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and Artist's diploma at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend where he was a member of the Toradze Piano Studio.  Currently, he is pursuing a Performace Certificate at DePaul University School of Music. Among many awards, Mr. Vanichkin is a prize winner at Citta di Barletta," "Maoro Paolo Monopoli Prize" (Italy 2006), "Corpus Christi" (United States 2007) and "Chautauqua" International Piano Competitions, IU South Bend and Andrews Concerto Competitions in 2012. He has appeared in many concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Russia, Japan and Italy.  

Heaven Gallery, 1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622
Hours: Friday & Saturday 1-6 pm 

What is the Message | Artist Talk

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us for conversation on Sunday, February 28 at 1pm. 

Deborah Boardman, an inspired artist and dear friend, passed away too soon this past year. We miss her very much, and several of her friends have contributed to a beautiful show at Heaven Gallery, What is the Message.

Participating artists include Deborah, Diane Christiansen, Jackie Kazarian, Paola Cabal, Jin Lee, Edra Soto, Dan Sullivan, Ryan Richey, Howard Fonda, Ellen Rothenberg, Sabina Ott, Laurie Palmer, Jeroen Nelemens, Wendy Mason, and Barbara Koenen. Each artist responded to a work or idea that emanated from Deborah. The exhibition was curated by Jessica Cochran.

In a career spanning nearly 30 years, artist Deborah Boardman developed bodies of work across painting and drawing, installation, writing, environmental sustainability projects and sound/video. An educator, she influenced hundreds of artists, some of whom became her collaborators... As critic Lori Waxman wrote, her recent work has grappled with the unseen and ineffable, articulating “what life looks like in that gracious limbo between life and death.” 

this is the place

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 7:00pm


Opening Reception: March 18 2016, 7 - 11pm
Show Date: March 18 2016 - May 8 2016

For this is the place, Jenny Buffington and Jessica Harvey explore mysterious geographies with sculpture, installation, and photography. Using artifacts and layers of artifice, these landscapes are deconstructed and re-examined, projecting a human element in environments void of people. Both artists implore the viewer to question what is ‘real’ in nature, accentuating the unattainable feat of re-creating these natural monuments and environments. These photographs and sculptures are the tipping point in the search for something greater. 


Artist Statements

Jenny Buffington
Within Jenny Buffington’s practice, she is examining humanity’s complex relationship with nature: how we project ourselves onto it, see images in it, search for the best view point, attempt to enhance it, and attempt to conquer it. It questions how we relate our bodies to nature and how our sense of self is altered in or by nature. She is seeking to address time, space, and the human condition; simultaneously using the environment as a metaphor for the self and as a method for escapism. These current sculptures reference geological formations that investigate material, color, texture, scale, and shape. This work questions how these formal aspects can be a relation to the canon of sculpture while still examining the topic of how we see and perceive our environment.

Jenny Buffington is an artist based in Chicago. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2008, and a BFA from Herron School of Art in 2005. She was a full fellow at Vermont Studio Center in Burlington, VT and an Artist in Residence at CAC Woodside in Troy, NY. Buffington was awarded a public commission for Pogues Run Park in Indianapolis and has exhibited at Crane Arts, PA; Temple Gallery, PA; Flux Space, PA; and the VCU FAB Gallery, VA. 


Jessica Harvey 
Jessica Harvey is a Chicago-based artist who explores the myths we create for ourselves and nature while trying to preserve a more desired history. Digging through public and private archives, she conducts long-term investigations on historical and personal events based on “facts,” reinterpreting these stories through the use of photography, video, archival resources, and objects constructed from everyday materials. The images and installations act as a catalyst for a fantastical exploration of the psychology that one attaches to memory and place, In this particular body of work Harvey uses the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop to the UFO Watchtower in Hooper Colorado, turning the lens onto fragments of one woman's search for something greater. This Colorado site was built atop two vortexes in the mystical San Luis Valley, where people look to the mountains and skies above for answers.Jessica Harvey received an MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009 and a BA in film and video from Columbia College in 2005. She was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Iceland for the 2011-2012 year. She has attended residencies at ACRE, Anderson Ranch, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Hardesty Arts Center, The Luminary, and Vermont Studio Center. She has participated in group shows at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), Johalla Projects (Chicago, IL), The Center for Contemporary Photography (Detroit, MI), and the Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, MI). Recent solo and two person exhibitions include shows at Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD), Hardesty Arts Center (Tulsa, OK), ACRE Projects (Chicago, IL), Good Weather (North Little Rock, AR), and The Luminary (St. Louis, MO).


Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 10:00pm

Sonic Healing Ministries Presents its annual Chicago jazz fest after-set, HEREAFTERFEST 2 nights of noncommercial music for the soul rooted in the Chicago free jazz tradition Heaven Gallery 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2nd Floor Suggested Donation $10 Friday Sep 4th - 10pm-12midnight DJ Ayana Contreras - spinning sould and rare groove Participatory Music Collective - Adam Zanolini on saxphone, flute, etc; Angel Elmore on clarinet and piano, and others t.b.a. Microcosmic Sound Orchestra - David Boykin on drums set and reeds, Eliel Sherman Storey on saxophone, Dan Godston on trumpet, Alex Wing on guitar Saturday Sep 5th 10pm 12midnight DJ Ayana Contreras - spinning soul and rare groove David Boykin Expanse - David Boykin on saxophone and vocals, Jim Baker on piano, Ashford Smith on bass and others t.b.a. (playing two sets)


Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 10:00pm


Friday, September 4, 2015 - 10:00pm

Gallery Closed

Friday, July 24, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, July 26, 2015 (All day)

Closed due to Wicker Park Fest.