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Reflections: Solo Exhibition by Pauline Kochanski

  • Oliva Gallery 3816 West Armitage Avenue Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)



This body of new work by Pauline Kochanski is a series of new works on paper with graphite, pen and ink reflecting on the natural world. Featuring 14 pieces as well as sculpture and installation. The opening ceremony is dedicated to her late husband, Frank Crowley. 






Nothing is more beautiful and interesting than the adaption of nature to its environment.  Drawings of nature opens my artistic creations to new possibilities and furthers the complexity of my work.  For years I have focused my aesthetic expression on photography.  With the advent of digital photography and understanding the harmful effects of photographic chemicals on the environment I turned my artistic expression to my first love...drawing.  Working in graphite, color pencil, ink and watercolor expands my artistic discoveries and leads me to to new aesthetic ideas.   



Pauline Kochanski



MA De Paul University, Chicago

BA Columbia College, Chicago


School of the Art Institute Chicago

Chicago Botanic Garden

Professional Committees

ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation, cooperative woman run gallery

National Association of Women Artists

American Jewish Artists Club

Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists

Steering Committe, CWCA, Water Rights exhibition, a national juried competition

Consultant to “Place for Ideas”, a web based creativity think tank

Director Windy City Arts

Steering Committee and Board of Directors, Archi-treasures

Review Panels, Community Arts Assistance Program, City of Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Jury & Awards, Wells St Art Fair, Fountain Square Art Fair & others

Planning Board, City of Chicago First Celtic Festival, Kids & Kites Festival

Steering Committee, Third Inspired Art Auction for the Inspiration Café

Residency and Special Recognition


N.A.W.A. Medal of Honor & Amelia Peabody Memorial Award



Illinois Arts Council Grant




 Illinois Arts Council Tech Assistance Grant




 Illinois Arts Council Tech Assistance Grant





Featured artist Chicago Artists’ Month

Art in the Fields – Oregon, Illinois



Selected Group Exhibitions


The Kaleidoscope of ARC Gallery, ARC Gallery, Chicago 

Women and Anger, Koehline Gallery, Oakton Community College, Niles


Artist Exchange, Kerimova House Gallery & Gallery of Krug Movement, Kardzali, Bulagria

Seeing Things in a New Light, AJAC, The Art Center of Highland Park

Transmogrification, CWCA, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst

Reunion II, Members of Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

128th Annual Members’ Exhibition, NAWA, New York



Members Show, ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation, Chicago

NAWA at B. Beamesderfer Gallery, Highland Park, NJ

Small Works Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists Gallery, New York 

Flora & Fauna, The Architecture of Nature, August House Studio, Chicago

Connections, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook

Dialogue Chicago: Full Force, Bridgeport Art Center, (Curator:  Sarah Krepp)


LACDA “Top 40” International, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, (curator:  Joanna Szupinska-Myers)

Small Works Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists Gallery, New York

Portraits:  Interior and Exterior, Arts Club of Washington, DC

You Lookin’ at Me?, ARC Gallery, Chicago


Fringes, Dole Mansion Gallery, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake 

Fractured Yet Rising,  ARC Gallery, Chicago

Square, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada & ARC Gallery

8 Unique Experiences, Dole Mansion Gallery, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake 

Borderless, Addison Center for the Arts, Addison

The Bug, Fin and Feather Show, August House Gallery, Chicago

Drawn from Nature, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

Show & Tell for Adults, Evanston Ecology Center, Evanston

Members Exhibiton, National Association of Women Artists, New York

Nature’s Kaleidoscope, Heller Nature Center, Highland Park, IL




Bodies by Design:  Modification, Coercion and Resistance - Koehline  Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines

70th Annual South Shore Arts Salon Show, Muster, IN (Juror:  Paul Klein)

Approaching 40 - ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Sum Sum Summertime - AJAC, Winnetka Community House, Winnetka

Drawn from Nature:  Botanical Arts Exhibition - Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

Members Exhibition: 40 years - ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation, Chicago




International Womens’ Month - The Harris Bank, Chicago

Small Works - Vicky Tessler Studio and Gallery, Chicago

Members Show  - IAHC, Chicago, IL

The Coaster Project, Destination: The World - TransCultural Exchange, Toronto, Canada




Bare Essentials: Minimalism in the 21st Century - WomanMade Gallery, Chicago (Juror: Ingrid Fassbinder)

68th Annual Salon Show – South Shore Arts, Munster

Elemental Flux – Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago

Artist Made Kites, 2011 – August House Gallery, Chicago

Members Show – Chicago Women Caucus for Art, Chicago