CV

Chicagoland based artist who works and lives in NW Illinois.

Email:             cslesperance@gmail.com

Web Site:        www.CindyLesperance.com

Organizations / Associations

FUSEDChicago - President  (2018-Present)

Northwest Area Arts Council - Member

David Adler Art Center - Member

Selected Awards

Wax Stories II, Niza Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, Co – Juror Patricia Aaron - BEST IN SHOW

Biomimicry – Redefining Nature Through Art, Kavanagh Gallery, St. Charles, IL – Artistic Merit Award 2D

31stWomen’s Works, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL – Biafarin Artist Management Award

4thFriday’s at the Starline, 300 W Front Street, Harvard, IL – 2nd Place

Expanding Borders: 2ndBiennial ONU Regional Art Exhibition, Bourbonnais, IL–Juror Joanne Aono – 2nd Place

“Women’s Works 2016”29thAnnual Fine Arts Show, Woodstock, IL – Artistic Merit Award

Affair of the Arts Art Show, Spring Grove, IL – BEST IN SHOW

Selected Solo, Small Group, and Invitation Exhibitions

Quad City Arts Center, Rock Island, IL - 3 Artist Exhibition (May/June 2022)

Blue Moon Gallery, 18620 E Belvedere Rd., Grayslake, IL - Guest Artist August 2021

Encaustic 2017:  Rebirth of an Ancient Medium Bridgeport Art Gallery, 4th Floor Gallery, Bridgeport, IL - Multi-Artist Invite

Building Layers: Modern Techniques of an Ancient Medium, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL - 4 Artist Invite

Winners of Wax Stories II Show, Niza Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO - 3 Winning Artists

Recent Works, Gallery 821, McHenry, IL - Solo

Unconscious Concepts, Governor's State University, University Park, IL - 2 Artist Invite

Dimension & Translucency in Encaustic & Cold Wax, Gallery 110 North, Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth, WI - Multi-Artist Invite

Materiality and Mark-Making in Abstraction Online Exhibition,  Curators - Jeffrey Hirst and Lisa Pressman

'Beyond Urban' ACS Gallery, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL - 6 Artist Invite

View from Above, Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL - Solo

50 States - 200 Artists, Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM - Invited Artist

'Natural Installations", Quad City Arts @ the Airport, Quad City International Airport, Moline, IL - 3 Artist Exhibition 

Sublunary, Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL - 3 Artist Exhibition

'View from Above' Quad City Arts @ the Airport, Quad City International Airport, Moline, IL - 3 Artist Exhibition

Quatern Gould Gallery, Woodstock, IL - 4 Artist Exhibition

Touch, Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL - Solo

Life/Geometry, Welles Gallery, Woodstock, IL  - 3 Artist Exhibition

Publications

EA Magazine, Winter Edition 2017, Volume 8, Issue 1

Journal of Financial Service Professionals, January 2019 Cover

ACS Magazine, 'Beyond Urban' Show Featured Artist

50 States/200 Artists, Museum of Encaustic Art Catalog

Wax Stories 2 - An Exhibition at Niza Knoll Gallery Catalog 2018

Abstract National Exhibition - Mary R Koch Arts Center Catalog 2018

10x10x10xTieton - Annual International Small Works Exhibition Catalog 2017

In Flawed Abundance - IEA Juried Exhibition Catalog, 2017

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021

(re)Building, Atlantic Gallery, 548 West 28th St., Suite 540, New York, NY - Juror Jerry McLaughlin

Bridgeport Art Center 9th Annual Art Competition, 4th Floor Gallery, Chicago, IL - Jurors Jeff Hirst & Yaounde Old

 

Waxing, Now Waning Pandemic:  A Juried Encaustic Show, 14th Annual International Encaustic Conference- Juror Kaveh Mojtabai

'Together', Old Court House Art Center, 101 N Johnson St., Woodstock, IL - Jurors Joe & Kathleen Isaacson

2020

Bridgeport 8th Annual Art Competition, Bridgeport Art Center, 4th Floor Gallery, Chicago, IL - Juror Ilze Arajs & Alan Leder

Abstract National Exhibition 2020, K.T. Wiedemann Gallery, Mark Arts, Wichita, KS - Juror Roberta Dyer

MMXX: Beginnings Encaustic Exhibition,  Museum of Encaustic Art, 632 Agua Fria, Santa Fe, NM - Juror Kathleen Waterloo

Women's Works 33, Old Court House Art Center,  Woodstock, IL - Judge Helen Smith-Romer

Seeing Double a Diptych Show, Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL  

Greenwich Village Art Fair,  Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

Castle Hill Virtual Small Works Show,  Castle Hill Art Center,  Truro, MA

Heaven & Hell National Exhibition, Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL  

7 , Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL

The Sum of the Parts, Oesterle Gallery, North Central College, Naperville, IL

Recent Works, David Adler Center, 1700 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL

4th Fridays @ The Dole, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, IL - Honorable Mention

2019

Anything but Flat, Castle Hill Main Gallery, Truro, MA –Juror Joanne Mattera

Painting with Fire, Zhou B Art Center, 2nd Floor Gallery, Chicago, IL

Variations in Wax, State Street Gallery @ RMU, 401 S State Street, Chicago, IL

Freeport Art Museum 15th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Freeport, IL - Juror Kathy Knapp

IMPACT:  Color, Black & White, The Art Center, Highland Park, IL - Juror Rhonda Brown

Unsolicited Submissions, Ejecta Projects, Carlisle, PA - Jurors Anthony Cervino and Shannon Egan

Later Impressions, Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St., Evanston, IL  - Jurors Judy Koon & Gabriella Boros

FireWORKS, The Dole - Sage Gallery, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, IL

Women's Works 32, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL - Juror Ginny Sykes

Beyond Fayum, Hugh N Ronald Gallery, Arts Place, Portland, IN -  Juror/Curator Carrie Baxter

Contemporary Ancients, South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI

Mini Masterpieces Fundraising ExhibitionFreeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL  

Morpho 8th Encaustic Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL

Fayum 21, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL  

 

2018

Abstract National Exhibition 2018, Mary R Koch Arts Center, Wichita, KS - Juror Jerry McLaughlin  

Biomimicry - Redefining Nature Through Art, Kavanagh Gallery, St. Charles, IL - Artistic Merit Award - 2D

31st Women's Works, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL  - Biafarin Artist Management Award

Artists of Illinois:  Bicentennial, Seven Gallery, Lockport, IL  

31st Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College, Rhineland, WI - Juror Mark Steven Greenfield

4th Friday's @ the Starline, 300 W Front Street, Harvard, IL  - 2nd Place

Contemporary Nature, Union Street Gallery, Chicago, Heights, IL - Juror Richard Benoit

Creative Insights, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N Lombard Rd., Addison, IL

Compendium, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

Radiance, Monroe Art Center @ the Hospital, Monroe, WI

Bijou @ the Brickton, Brickton Arts Center, Park Ridge, IL

2017

Wax Stories II, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO - Juror Patricia Aaron -  BEST IN SHOW

Bridgeport Art Center, Fifth Annual Art Competition, 1200 West 35th St, Chicago, IL - Jurors Fred Camper & James Yood

Small but Mighty,  Prairie State College, Christopher Art Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL - Juror Aron Packer

Freeport Art Museum, 14th Annual Regional  Juried Exhibition, Freeport, IL - Juror Dan Addington

Sense of Place11th International Encaustic Conference, Castle Hill Gallery, Truro, MA - Juror Patricia Miranda

In Flawed Abundance, International Encaustic Artists Annual 2017, New Art Center, Newton, MA - Juror Miles Conrad

6th Annual Encaustic Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, 5216 N Damen, Chicago - Juror Kathy Blankley Roman and Dan Addington

Biennial Quad-State Exhibit, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL - Juror Lauren Haynes

30th Anniversary Women's Works, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL 

Elmhurst Artist League Fall Member Show, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL - Honorable Mention

10 x 10 x 10 Tieton 2017, Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton, WA - Jurors Lloyd Herman & Gia Hamilton

Peer Pressure & CollaborationOak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL

VisionsCelebrating the Arts at Friedman Place for the Visually Impaired, Chicago, IL

Textures of Life, William Reif Gallery, 3333 Maria Linden Dr., Rockford, IL  

Mini Masterpieces Fundraising ExhibitionFreeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL  

Beneath the Surface, The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, IL  

Seeing RED, ARC Gallery, 2156 N Damen, Chicago, IL

The 5x5x5 Art Show,  River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria, LA - Juror Mark Tullos

2016

74th Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL - Juror Sarah Krepp

Expanding Borders: Regional Art Exhibition, Brandenburg Gallery, Bourbonnais, IL - Juror Joanne Aono - 2nd Place

13th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL  -  Juror Sergio Gomez

Women's Works 2016, 29th Annual Fine Arts Show, Woodstock, IL  -   Artistic Merit Award

Dangerous Lullabies II, Historic Dole Mansion, Crystal Lake, IL

Art of the Land, 8th Annual Signature Fundraising Event, Starline Factory, Harvard, IL

5th Annual Encaustic Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, 5216 N Damen, Chicago, IL  

Intersect National Art Exhibition, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL  

4th Annual Abstract Show, Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL

5th Annual Creek Gallery International Art Show, Crystal Lake, IL

2015 - Past

Affair of the Arts, Spring Grove, IL – BEST IN SHOW

4th Fridays at the Starline Gallery, Harvard, IL  -  Honorable Mention

35th Annual Art Competition, Robert R Wright Gallery of Art, Grayslake, IL

5th Annual National Encaustic Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM - Juror Brue Helander

Edges, 4th Annual Encaustic Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL

Annual Creek Gallery International Art Show, Crystal Lake, IL

Season Finale, 4th Fridays at the Starline Gallery, Harvard, IL - Honorable Mention

Daily Practice, Willow Creek Arts Gallery, Crystal Lake, IL

Out of the Darkness, Willow Creek Arts Gallery. Crystal Lake, IL

Season Opener, 4th Fridays at the Starline Gallery, Harvard, IL - Honorable Mention

Solo Projects, Willow Creek Arts Gallery, Crystal Lake, IL 

Commissions & Collections

Permanent Collection, Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Private Collections throughout the Chicagoland area and across the country.