Welcome to the USF Art Gallery

Fall Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday
Gallery is closed during University breaks and holidays.

25 E. Van Buren St.
Joliet, IL 60432

high school student art show at usf

Call For Submissions:
2020-21 High School Competition
and Exhibition

  • Application Due: November 23, 2020, 11:59pm
  • Drop off work: December 1 and 2, 2020, 3pm-6pm
  • Exhibition Dates: January 14 – January 30, 2021
  • Reception & Awards: January 16, 2021 noon-2pm
  • PORTFOLIO REVIEW: January 16, 2021 (by appointment)

Application: https://forms.gle/6Joz2W5WW1bUmvXcA

For more information or questions, please email jmoore@stfrancis.edu


These exhibits are some of many ongoing programs hosted at University of St. Francis to enrich and broaden the academic and cultural outlook for the university and community.

Please email gallery director, Jennifer Moore, at jmoore@stfrancis.edu for more information.

2020 USF Gallery Calendar

KINDRED SPIRITS: Kathie Shaw & Corey Postiglione
October 8-November 30, 2020

USF Art Gallery welcomes KINDRED SPIRITS, work by artists, Kathie Shaw and Corey Postiglione. Shaw and Postiglione, a husband and wife team who share a studio space, closely collaborate on art-making processes as well as philosophical meaning, visual exploration and messaging.

KINDRED SPIRITS explores painting as a tool of expression and how the process of painting can clarify meaning and satisfy the needs of the artist. In a period of intense commercialism and sign value, Shaw and Postiglione’s work challenges the viewer to experience the joy and passion painting enables. KINDRED SPIRITS investigates the pure satisfaction of creating tangible works of art that reflects the individuals’ thought process.

Join us for an artist talk on Wednesday, October 14, 1:15pm. Space is limited, registration required. To register, email your request to jmoore@stfrancis.edu.

Past Exhibitions

Exhibition: MUSE – Niki Grangruth & James Kinser

August 25 – September 25, 2020

Muse, a collaborative body of work by artists Niki Grangruth and James Kinser, explores issues of non-conforming gender identity by reimagining and reinterpreting well-known paintings from art history. The photographs, sets, and costumes are all carefully constructed to reflect a painterly aesthetic.  With art history as a foundation that grounds the work in the familiar and comfortable, each piece nods to the notion that history tends to be repeated in an organic and cyclical manner.

The use of a male subject, gaze, and costumes questions common gender-specific beauty ideals, disrupts the social construct of binary gender identity, and explores gender as a non-linear and ever-changing construct. The photographs also document a process of gender play – a conscious hybridization of hyper-feminine and masculine as a way of exploring the fluid, performative, and sometimes dichotomous, elements of identity.


Niki Grangruth (b. St. Paul, MN) is a photo-based artist working in Chicago, IL. Her imagery explores issues of performative gender identity, beauty ideals and the reinterpretation of art history. Her work is influenced by pervasive archetypes found in cultural texts, art history,  mythologies and folklore.

Her work has been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries such as the Center for Fine Art Photography, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Kinsey Institute Gallery and the Zhou B. Art Center. Grangruth received her B.A. in Studio Art and English from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN and her M.F.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago.


James Kinser is a Chicago-based multimedia artist. Combining performance and costume design, his work currently explores idiosyncratic expressions of identity that challenge the traditional male/female construct of gender. Previously, his work has addressed the relationship between the body, spirituality, and sexuality–all topics which continue to be incorporated into his work.

James earned an MA (2005) in Interdisciplinary Art at Columbia College Chicago and a BA (1997) in Art Education and Fine Art from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS.

Girl with a Pearl Earring (after Vermeer) 2009, laminated inkjet print
Ophelia (after Millais) 2013, laminated inkjet print
Odalisque (after Ingres) 2009, laminated inkjet print


2020 USF Art & Design Senior Thesis
May 1–August 20, 2020
Reception: Friday, May 1, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.
Senior Thesis Art Gallery

2020 USF Student Art Exhibition

usf student art galleryApril 1–April 13, 2020
Reception & Breakfast with the USF President and Dean: Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

USF Gallery is proud to host the annual St. Francis Student Artist Exhibition. The exhibition is open to all USF students, any major. All are welcome to join us for a light breakfast with USF President Arvid Johnson and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Elizabeth Davies on Thursday, April 2, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Winners and scholarship awards will be announced at the breakfast

Guest Curator: Professor Paul Erschen
February 3–March 20, 2020

USF Art & Design Department’s 2019-2020
Illinois High School Art Competition & Exhibition

usf high school art competition

  • Deadline to submit: November 27, 2019
  • Drop off work: December 3 and 4, 2019, 3pm-6pm
  • Exhibition Dates: January 14 – January 30, 2020
  • Reception & Awards: January 18, noon-2pm
  • Portfolio Review: January 18, 2020

2019 Collegiate Scholarship Art Exhibition

jr college exhibit

October 1 – November 20, 2019
Reception: Saturday, October 5, 2019, noon-2pm

Exhibiting Artists: Celine Alonzo, Ashley August, Priscilla Candelas, Simon Cantor, Alondra Cruz, Alyssa Devine, Nathan Estrada, Torie Knibbs, Megan Kolcz, Stacy Lord, Joseph Lord, Vilma Maciulyte, Katie Maloney, Mely Meraz, Delaney O’Rourke, Kallyn Perich, Sydney Rastrullo, Angelina Tomeczko, and Daniella Vinchery

USF Art Gallery welcomes community college students from across the nation in this juried exhibition. Scholarship and cash prizes will be awarded.

2019 Senior Thesis Exhibition

senior thesis logoApril 26–August 12, 2019 
Reception: Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.

Exhibiting Seniors: Katia Hunt, Sydney Jarrard, Autumn Lee, Elias Martinez, Kelly McElroy, Leah Morrow, Nick Phillish, Rachel Rivette, Jordan Tiritilli