Past Events

Robert Kameczura: One Man Exhibit

4-7 pm, Saturday

April 15th, 2017

GACI Room, Prak-sis Gallery

This exhibition presents the more lyrical side of his work, it includes many abstract digital prints in his “fan series” which, though contemporary in feeling, are much influenced by oriental art. A selection of his digital photographs reflect his involvement in the world of the modern dance. The exhibit also includes many of his miniature “abstract landscapes,” atmospheric invocations  of unusual atmospheric effects which are virtuoso displays of watercolor technique. His imagery is romantic with jewel like delicate coloring. Many of his works display complex textures and unusual asymmetrical designs which have a  kinship with Japanese ukiyo-e prints.


Saturday December 17th

Exhibition Duration:

Dec 9th, 2016 - Jan 10th, 2017

Korean Buncheong's Seven Techniques

Open Discussion: RSVP to claim VIP tickets 

if you are an art professionals or an art collector.

Common is a Chicago Hip-Hop artist known within the genre for his uplifting, conscience and positive music.  Beyond the music Common is a community leader, role model and philanthropist.  In 2011 Fox New’s Bill Olielly took issue with Common being invited to the white house for a poetry reading.


The media’s demonization of Hip-Hop is historically documented and Maxwell Emcays seeks to create work that honors the various leading influencers in the genre. Emcays achieves this by combining half face portraits and coinciding words.  The usage or typography channels the manner in which words are used in hip-hop to evoke meaning.  Instead of words like "ignorant," "thug," or "noisy," Emcays pairs words with his work such as "scholar," "icon," and "passionate" to artists like Lupe Fiasco, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Snoop Dogg and DMX. Emcays selects words that are interchangeable amongst the artists and thus add to a great ethos of meaning behind the culture.


Maxwell Emcays Solo Exhibition: July 23- 28, 2016

Opening reception: 7 to 10 pm (7/23)

Artist Talk 6 - 7 pm(7/23) 

Korean Buncheong Ceramicists


Darryll Schiff Solo Exhibition

Saturday, September 24th - Wednesday, October 26th

Darryll Schiff’s recent mural project in the South Loop brought attention to Chicago’s art community. The past decade has seen an amazing blossoming of Darryll Schiff’s work, so evident in his recent Evanescence series and his newest ‘Descending to Heaven,’ just finished mural in the South Loop. They are metaphors for the impermanent, ephemeral quality of our lives, the constant flow and frenzy of contemporary rimes, illusions, and of perception versus reality. Click HERE for more info.

Chang Han Kim Solo Exhibition

Public Opening August 12th

May 2nd Friday, @ Cafe Monsivais, 1637 W. 18th St. Chicago

Art Busan

Prak-sis Contemporary Art is honored to share our recent experience at Art Busan in South Korea during the last week in May. We represented a total of 15 artists at Booth C-13, including a few artists from Pplus Art Center, located in Pyungchang Dong in Seoul in South Korea. 


Significant art pieces from the Prak-sis/GACI Gallery attracted many art appreciators.  Prak-sis/GACI Gallery will continue to participate in networking and promotional events, as well as international art fairs and special art projects. Great thanks to all the participants and the art supporters of this project.

Jinyoung Koh's Solo Exhibition:

June 10 - 28, 2016

Opening Reception:

Friday June 10, 5-8pm

Born in South Korea in 1981, Jinyoung Koh is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University in New York. Koh received his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been recognized with awards including the 2012 Myers Art Prize of Columbia University, the 2010 Philadelphia Museum of ArtPortfolio, and the PX3 Grand Prix Award 2010, and he was also selected for the 2008 Artist in Residence at the Burren College of Art in Newtown Castle, Ireland. His work has been exhibited in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Illinois, Washington, Pennsylvania, Ireland, and South Korea


Jinyoung Koh’s works are not categorized as landscapes, still life, nor snapshots. But his works extend the viewer’s thoughts infinitely by the structural deconstruction of artistic apparatus along with unfixed concepts of nature, artificiality, death, life, myths, daily life, illusion, migration, conversion, facticity, manipulation, etc.


Erika Knerr and Min Ju Kim at Prak-sis

Make sure to stop by and see Erika Knerr and Min Ju Kim's work at Prak-sis before the show ends on May 5th.

We are pleased to host a two person exhibition at Prak-sis Gallery.
Erika Knerr was a designer for Fortune Magazine for 6 years. She is also the publisher of New Observations magazine. Click on the images to learn more about the artists.

Erika Knerr is an artist and editorial designer. She was born in Lancaster, PA and received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia and received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her paintings, performance, installations and action works have been included in one person and group exhibitions and festivals internationally, including Live Action New York, 2010 and Mediations Biennale in Poznan, Poland in 2008. She was one of the principal artists with Lance Fung Gallery through 2003 and served as art director of New Observations magazine in New York from 1991-2001.

Her 'The Sun Portraits' series are a hybrid of Erika Knerr's studies in solar technology, Shamanism and Buddhist meditation. Each Sun Portrait speaks of the changing vibration of our Sun as a living being, existing at any given moment. Chance is an important part of the process. Accident, authorship and sacred space all arise to engage in a musical structure of visual imagery in play with the maker and the viewer. She is posturing an image of hopefulness and sanity in contact with an essential relationship with our environment.


Min Ju Kim's works are usually abstract meditative paintings or abstract paintings of food. She finds it very fascinating how much food can influence people’s lives. She paints minimal amd meditative paintings that she wishes to send messages of hope. Her process includes photographing food pictures, manipulating the images then painting what she calls microscopic images that refers to body and health. 


Min Ju Kim is up and coming emerging artist from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This group exhibition is specially curated to support emerging artists.

GACI/Prak-sis at Affordable Art Fair

in Singapore Spring 2016

GACI project goes to Singapore.

April 21, through 24, 2016


2C-04 in paddock 3/ level 2  




March 11th - March 31st 2016

Opening Reception: March 11th 5p.m. to 8 p.m.

"Hybrid characters depicting animal, human or plant-like forms emerge from a complex construction sharing mixed materials and textures. Originating from a skeleton made of plaster, studio fragments, wood, foil, cement, plastic gel, they are finally layered with a thick impasto acrylic painted skin. Flexible energetic surfaces generate metaphors that camouflage the mystery lurking under a façade.They are my homage to an organic world."

- Michelle Stone


Frank Juarez's Solo Exhibition - Playing in the Dark

Opening reception on Friday,
5th of February 2016. 5 p.m. to 9

Curtain, Frank Juarez, Playing in the Dark

Frank Juarez is a Wisconsin artist, photographer,, gallery owner, art educator, advocate, and community leader living and teaching in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 2005, he committed his life to expose, educate and engage others on the importance of experiencing and supporting the Visual Arts. Organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, and supporting artists through professional development workshops, use of social media and networking has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to interact, collaborate, network and exhibit in the Sheboygan community.



Curtain by Frank Juarez

Spacemen's Dinner with Mi Yeon Kwon's
One Thousnd Bowls Project

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JAN 8th 2016 - 6PM~9PM

6:00pm - registration

6:30pm - Dinner

8:00pm ~ 9:00pm Social


In correlation with both Aglobe series and One Thousand Bowls Project, director Mi-Yeon Kwon is curating a space themed Dinner party. Come join us for scientifically relevant meals that real astronauts eat before departure and some more imaginative food and drinks! Starting tickets from $35, meet the Artist Jae In Cho and Mi-Yeon Kwon and join in on the space food, drinks and conversations!

Each ticket includes Mi-Yeon Kwon's Ceramic Art.

This event provides complimentary food and drinks.

Tickets range from $35-$1,000 each tickets named after NASA missions.

This is a space themed event, and we will have black lights, so wear something white or bright!

Learn More Here!

Talk about Alternative Art in NY with
Joshua Selman, Artist Organized Art

Joshu Selman, Artist Organized Art

Artist Talk with Joshua Selman 
@16 w Ontario at Prak-sis gallery

Saturday, DECEMBER 26th, 12:30pm 


MiYeon Kwon and Chicago's Prak-sis / Gaci Project at 16 W. Ontario are pleased to host Joshua Selman and associates of Artist Organized Art to talk about the organization's mission and some of its ongoing and past projects. From its roots in New York City’s alternative art culture, such as Fluxus/Intermedia, Something Else Press, New Observations Magazine, The International Artists Museum and the Lance Fung & Emily Harvey Galleries, to its ongoing support of artist-organized media, events, and cultural education, the 501(c)3 engages with artist organizers in and out of spaces around the world. Over four years ago Artist Organized Art identified MiYeon Kwon, who Founded Prak-sis, as an especially promising artist organizer developing in the Chicago area. For the first time, an artist meeting between both organizations will take place in celebration of the new Prak-sis / Gaci Project space at 16 W. Ontario, Chicago, Illinois.


RSVP at Eventbrite       Learn more @ Artist Organizated Arts

Thanks to everyone who came out! Happy Holidays from Prak-sis!

Holiday Party at Prak-sis Gallery
GACI 12x12 Art Showcase

@16 w Ontario at Prak-sis gallery



Friday, DECEMBER 4th, 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Show runs until Jan 20th, 2016


Avisheh Mohsenin, Diane Ponder, Doug Frohman, JeongIm Yi, Leon Sarantos, Lisa Barcy, Maria Fragoudaki, Michelle Stone, Erica Jane Huntzinger.


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Prak-sis Curatorial work with BEAUTY with A MISSION was on display at the Ritz-Carlton on the 25th of September, 2015. There was a fashion show and great jazz music. All of the art lovers enjoyed the artwork on display, including works from artists such as Diane Ponder, Lynn Basa, Youngmee Lee, Saya Da Jun, and Hyungsook Jeong.

Holiday Art Craft Sale

@16 w Ontario at Prak-sis gallery

December 5th & 6th, 11am-7pm

The Holiday season is near! Come and see beautiful art works created with art students form School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Come and support the art studetns!

Due to popularity, we will have the SAIC students' fabulous works for a limited time!

Tea Time with fine ceramic tea pots and cups. 

You may purchase a mug cup for your tea for $25.

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Come and meet Master Ceramic artist, Ms. Mi-yeon Kwon and 5 other ceramicists!

Free Lunch-Time Coffee OPEN to the PUBLIC
@ Prak-sis Fine Art Gallery

Every Tuesday and Thursday 

11:30am to 2:00pm at 16 W. Ontario, Chicago IL 

BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch). 
We will provide the coffee and water!

Come to view the artwork and socialize with other art lovers!



Join us for the first Opening reception at 16 W. Ontario, Chicago, IL

Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015 5 p. - 8:30 pm
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11 am to 7 pm
Sun 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Participating Artists:
Diane Ponder, Maria Fragoudaki, Lynn Basa, Saya Da Jung, Leon Sarantos, Hyunsook Jeong, Erica Jane Huntzinger, Joseph Ahn, Frank Juarez, Joseph Ahn, Alan Lener, Sal Veronica Dominguez Youngme Lee, Youngse Kim and Yuki Nyhan.


The current solo exhibition features SAYA DA JUNG (Sept 19 ~ Oct 15, 2015) at GACI. G-Art Case International (GACI) aims to host international and local artists with an emphasis on one-person exhibitions.



G-Art Case International (GACI) will host an upcoming group show at 12" X 12" in December.  GACI is located at 16 W. Ontario, Chicago, IL and is affiliated with Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association. This open call aims to focus on the display of small artwork and to select for new aritsts to work with Prak-sis and GACI. Other mediums such as photographs, ceramics, sculptures, and video art are also welcome.  More details click HERE.

Udon Noodles with Mi-yeon's A Thousand Bowl Project

Painting Club
Painting sessions will meet every second Tuesday. 
The fee will include art materials and instructions in order to paint on canvas.  Refreshments will also be provided.  

To sign up one of our classes, please send an email to Ms. Miyeon Kwon at:
Location: 16 W. Ontario, Chicago IL 60654
All proceeds will support programing and art education for our 501(c)3 arts organization. 

Lee Young Mi painting

Mi-yeon Kwon, the founder and the director of Prak-sis CAA, is hosting this event. Ticket and RSVP HERE.


"A Thousand Bowl Project is symbolic metaphor of new beginning and foundation of a study or one stage of one's life. I would love to strengthen the connection between me and my community by this art and meal. Performance on the potter's wheel is scheduled. There will be ceramic bowls that your noodles would be served in. Sake is on me." 

Artwork to showcase from:  Nov 26th to Dec 15, 2015 

Curarte Benefit Art Auction

 We have selected CurARTe as the title for our Charity Art Auction.  It translates to "Art For Cure." We all feel very grateful to every one of our volunteer organizers of this Art Auction project.  Prak-sis plans on building educational art projects in line with our collaborators' missions and their activities using the funds raised during this special event.


A Prak-sis Collaborative project with Royal Institute of British Architect in USA, and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Poker Run for a fundraising event is scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 20th concurrent with Expo Chicago Week.  Viewing of the artwork on display will be possible from 9 p.m. the 19th at Grand ballroom at the Drake Hotel.  Along with this event, we are looking forward to introducing Prak-sis n3w M3dia Art festival, gallery art displays, lectures, and performances as a prelude to AXIS 2015 International Art Fair.  



Benefits and donations obtained through this art presentation and auction-based fund-raising will be funneled back into the local community with the goal of strengthening the Chicago art scene as well as developing educational projects in collaboration with many other organizations.  One sample project would be working with cancer patients to create their own art.


In addition, shared funds will be directly donated to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  Please join us for our art auction and art displays.  With your generous donations, together we will proudly support our international art community. We again have great support for the promotion and technical support by Royal Institute of British Architecture in USA and The Zoological Lighting Institute.

SMB project with Cafe Monsivais 

Limits is an exhibition of SMB art project by Prak-sis. Since the creation of Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association (PCAA), Prak-sis and its collaborators have worked with small businesses and neighborhood support organizations through the curation of art exhibitions and installations by promoting an array of artistic mediums in order to further develop physical as well as online art exhibitions while simultaneously directing attention towards small venues and emerging artists.

Minjoo Kim Solo

Designer and Artist, Minjoo Kim graduated from SAIC.

Minjoo Kim is a visual artist and designer. She was born and raised in Masan, South Korea and moved to Chicago in 2006 for academic study at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her Master and Bachelor Degrees in Visual Communication. Her artworks embody moment and emotion through everyday experience, unnoticed things around us. Minjoo is interested in exploring ordinary objects that have left story behind, revealing their forgotten value and connecting them with emotions. She has exhibited her artworks at the Chicago Public Library and participated in public exhibitions including Uptown Asian Pacific Heritage Month Art Walk and ARTrageous Vegas 2014 to share her creative expression with various people. She currently produces freelancing works from China, Korea, and Chicago.

Happy Hour

We kicked off a new chapter in our fund raising campaign at St. Chrysostom’s Church on March 26th. This amazing space was filled with an assortment of beautiful art work graciously donated to our cause. This event included a night of entertainment with music and live painting. The bar was stocked with spirits and refreshments. It is open to the public, so come out with a friend to socialize and enjoy the spring weather. 

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