June 17th - Aug. 19th June 24th - Night of the show, 6:30 - 9pm new artists bi-monthly!
About the Artist
Aviva Alter was born 1954: she pursued her college education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1973-77 and The San Francisco Art Institute in 1976. In 1977 Alter began studying ceramics in Chicago followed by a year of apprenticeship at Big Hart Potter, Hart MI.
In 1979 Alter moved to Chicago to become a studio potter where she worked in partnership with her husband, Alan Lerner at Lillstreet Art Center. While at Lillstreet, Alter began teaching and working in administration, and 1996 she become director of the Lillstreet Art Center.
In 2001 Aviva Alter, while taking classes with artist Rebecca Renquist, began incorporating printmaking and fiber into her drawings and painting, which led to her interest in multiple forms of material studies. While attending a workshop on Crochet Coral Reef Alter met project founders Christine and Margaret Wertheim. In Becoming involved in this project Alter led the development of the Cambrian Reef in Chicago, which has been shown at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, The Smithsonian and the Chicago Cultural Center, as well as institution around the world. Alter is featured the book, Crochet Coral Reef.
Alter’s work has been exhibited both in the US and abroad. Her work has been shown at the Hyde Park Art Center, Fiber Focus Design, Womanmade Gallery, Jan Cicero Gallery, Martha Schneider Gallery, the Illinois State Museum as well as the Science Museum in Dublin Ireland.
She has attended artist residency’s at Lakeside MI Ragdale in Lake Forest IL and at Images gallery in Chicago IL.