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(* solo exhibitions)

"Figure It Out", Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, IL

50+, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 2013

Emerge: Women Artists on the Rise, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago


Pop-Up Art Gallery, Harvery Pranian, Evanston, IL 2010
Humanity and the Divine Imprint, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago 2009
Women Imaging Women: A Study of Female Portraiture, Robert Morris College, Chicago 2009
Samhain/Day of the Dead...thinking about Persephone, Irish American Heritage
Center, Chicago

Artist Members Show, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN


Portraiture, Gillock Gallery, Evanston, IL

Dedication, Peter Jones Gallery, Chicago 2006
Spring Group Show, Gallery Vitál, Chicago 2005
Art to Fear, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, Best of Show 2004
Portraits, Gillock Gallery, Evanston, IL 2004
Mysticism, Gillock Gallery, Evanston, IL  2003
The Figure & the Landscape, Gillock Gallery, Evanston, IL 2003
* Wm A. Koehnline Gallery, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL (catalog) 2002
* Davis Art Gallery, Stevens College, Columbia, MO 2002
The Face of Courage, Montcalm Community College, Sidney, MI  2002-2004
   Mid-South  Community College, West Memphis, AR 2002

   John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, Boston

   323 West Gallery, New York City (in conjunction with the Elizabeth Foundation) 2002
   Cornell Museum of Art, Del Ray Beach, FL 2002
   Ronald Regan Building & International Trade Center, Washington, D.C. 2002
   Mount Wachusetts Community College, Gardner, MA 2002
   Montcalm Community College, Sidney, MI 2002
   Indian Hills College, Ottuma, IA 2002
   Chesapeake Performing Art Center, Wye Mills, MD 2002
   Baltimore World Trade Center, Baltimore, MD 2002
   Chesapeake Gallery, Hartford Community College, Bel Air, MD 2002

Home Works, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

5th Annual CAC Open, 847 W. Jackson, Chicago  2002
Wish You Were Here, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago 2002
* William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL 2001
Small Packages, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago 2001
Snow Globe Invitational, Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago  2001
Art Scene Chicago, the Chicago Athenaeum, Schaumburg, IL 2001
Rockford Midwestern Juried Exhibition, Rockford, IL, juror James Yood 2001
New Works: Nine States, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, juror Muriel Magenta    2000
50th Annual Quad State Exhibition, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL   2000
Noir, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL, juror Ed Paschke  2000

Wise Women: Issues on Aging, Brickton Gallery & Art Center, Park Ridge, IL

Women's Works 2000, Old Courthouse Gallery, Woodstock. IL   2000
* Wood Street Gallery. Chicago  1999
NOMADcentral, Friends of the Arts, Chicago 1999
ARTwork, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago   1999

Women's Works 1997, Old Courthouse Gallery, Woodstock, IL, 2nd Prize and People's
Choice Award

Generations, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago  1996
Air and Water Show, Wood Street Gallery  1996
NOMADcentral, Chicago  1994
Faculty Exhibits, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL  1985-1994
The Artists' Quadrant, Beverly Art Center, Chicago 1994
Catholic Charities Annual, Lake Forest, IL 1994
Portraits/Chicago, Mid-America National Bank, Chicago  1993
Portrait Who's Who, Portraits/Chicago at East/West Gallery, Chicago 1991, 1992
Introspections, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL  1991
* Touchstone Theater, Woodlands Academy, Lake Forest, IL    1986

Portraits/Chicago, On Chicago Gallery, Chicago

Self-Portraits Then or Now, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago 1986
Two-person Show, 1st National Bank of Evanston, IL 1986
* Kemper Insurance Group, Long Grove, IL  1985
* Drake Theater, Barat College, Lake Forest, IL  1984
34th Annual Tri-State Art Show, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL 1984
Men & Women in the Arts VIII. West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, West Bend, WI, Prize
Recent Works, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL  1984
The Gathering, Laguna Beach, AC, Visting Artist  1984
3rd Women in Art Annual, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL 1984
* Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL 1983
Three-person Show, The Gallery Restaurant, Lake Forest, IL   1983
Arthur Rubin Gallery, Highland Park, IL  1981

Press and Media


"Gay Riseborough's Derelict Farms", Big Shoulders online arts magazine, by Robert Kamekzura, www.sobs.org

Feb. 2012

"Pop-up Gallery to Showcase Local Artists" by Anne Bodine, Evanston Round Table Jan. 19, 2011
"Portraiture at Gillock Gallery" by Lawrence Smith, www.gillockgallery.org/show35 Mar. 2007
"Musica Antiqua Koln", poster for concert of Marian music, Cologne, Germany Jan. 2006
"The Face of Courage", www.oldschoolorg/cornell.html Aug. 2003
"Review of The Figure and The Landscape, Gillock Gallery"  by Lawrence Smith,
May 2003
" 'Home' is where the art is", Margaret Hawkins, Chicago Sun-Times Jan. 2003
"Reflections/Creations", Unitarian Universalist World, Boston, review w/color photo Nov./Dec. 2002
"Gay Riseborough's Dark Times", OCCurrence, Oakton Community College, by Jason
July 2002
"The Face of Courage", www.thefaceofcourage.com/artists July 2002
"Iz It Art?" Chicago Loop Channel 25, produced by P.Deasey, Deasey Post & Pro July 2002
"Art Illuminates Dark Times", Pioneer Press North Shore papers, by R. Loerzel & V.
May 2002
"Dark Times Are Here Again", North Shore Magazine, by Sharon Honaker  May 2002
"Herstory", Deanna Isaacs, The Readers' Guide to Arts & Entertainment  April 2002

"Let It Snow", Chicago Tribune, Home & Garden Section

Dec. 2001
"Art Scene Chicago, 2000, at the Chicago Athenaeum", ArtScope.net by G. Jurek
May 2001
"Paintings from Life", Pioneer Press North Shore papers and "Art Illuminates Dark
Times," Pioneer Press North Suburban papers, both by Robert Loerzel  
Mar. 2001
"Artist-to-Artist", Enid Silverman, AT&T Broadband Access, greater Chicagoland area Jan. 2001
"Annual Art Competition", Artist Magazine  Dec. 2000
"Art Scene Chicago 2000", Art & Life column, Evanston Round Table Oct. 2000
Class Notes column, School of Art, Washington University, color photo Spring 2000
"Chicago Art Scene 2000", Ivy Sundell, Crow Woods Publishing, Evanston IL  2000
"The Activist", Terry Van Lent, AT&T Broadband Access, Northern Illinois April 2000
"Herstory", Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY, Award of Excellence Mar. 2000

Red Magazine, www.redmagazine.com, cover painting and "Dark Times" exhibit, with Review by Robert Kameczura   

Oct. 1999

Cover painting, "Daughters of the Goddess: Studies of  Healing, Identity & Empowerment", By Wendy Griffin, Ph.D., Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, CA

"Virtual Dream Home 1999", North Shore Magazine, full page color photo Mar. 1999
"Sitting Pretty", Chicago Tribune, Your Money section, Mary Beth Klatt Dec. 1997
"Women's Show is a Work of Art", Chicago Tribune, color photo, front page, Lake
County  edition
Mar. 1997
"Women's Works", Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, color photo, front page, magazine
Feb. 1997
" Gay Riseborough, Portrait Artist",  video by B.Boyer & S. Zwick for Evanston Cable
TV, archived by the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC
"Artist's Market: Where & How to Sell Your Art", Artist's Magazine, Robin Gee Oct. 1988
"Are You Hung Up?", Chicago Tribune, author unknown   Feb. 1987

"From Rosti to Sir George Solti: 10 Portrait Pages", North Shore Magazine, author

Mar. 1986
"Portraits Making a Comeback in Corporate Picture", Crain's Chicago Business, by
Sandra Conn  
Sept. 1985
"The Eyes Have It", Pioneer Press, review of one-person show by M. Bonesteel Apr. 1983
"Facing Up to the Art of the Portrait", Pioneer Press, author unknown Sept. 1982
Cover portrait, Versus, Stanley Tigerman, published by Rizzoli, New York 1982
Judge/Juror, Glenview Art League 2011
Judge, "Promenade of Art," Arlington Heights, IL 2010
Judge/Juror, Senior Artists' Network, Chicago Cultural Center 2009
Judge/Juror, "Art-in-the-Barn," Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington, IL 2008
Judge/Juror, Senior Artists Network, Chicago Cultural Center at North Shore Senior Center 2007

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Shore Affiliate Studio Tour

Judge/Juror, Wilmette Public Library Art Festival 2002, 2003
Evanston Arts Council Individual Artist Grant  2001
Visiting Artist & Guest Speaker, Women's History Month, Harper College, Palatine, IL 2001
Finalist, Portrait Category, "Annual Art Competition," Artist Magazine  2000
Judge, Skokie Art Guild Art Festival  1999, 2000
Judge, Evanston Woman's Club Art Exhibition, Evanston, IL 1998
Selected Collections  
Bentley, Barnes & Lynn, Chicago
California State University, Long Beach, CA
Connie Gillock , Evanston, IL
Dr. Wendy Griffin, Long Beach, CA
Dr. Dean Hamer, Washington, DC
The Klefstad Companies, Northbrook, IL
M. & Mme. J. Hal Lesh, Paris
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL
Mount Union College, Alliance, OH
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Northwestern University Law School, Chicago
Mary K. O'Shaughnessy & Charles Van Gilder, Chicago
Mr. & Mrs. S. Kinnie Smith, Grosse Pointe, MI
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Stanley Tigerman, Chicago
Mrs. Joan Young, Chicago
Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Wood Street Gallery, Chicago

Portraits/Chicago, Lake Forest, IL   from 1982

BFA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
With additional classes at New York Academy of Art, School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, Evanston Art Center, Alain Gavin Studio, Evanston, & Florence Academy
Of Art, Florence, Italy


Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago                                                      
Dept. Continuing Studies: Life Drawing: The Portrait, Figure Drawing with Color

Faculty, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Portrait I, Portrait II, The Figure Outdoors, Figure Drawing
Private Teaching 1990-2011