William Conger

William Conger link
Northwestern University


Gallery Representation:
Roy Boyd Gallery
739 N. Wells Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Ph: 312-642-1606

Tadu Contemporary Art
940 E. Palace
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Ph: 505-995-8080

One-Person Exhibitions: Paintings
Tadu Contemporary, Santa Fe, 2005.
Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 2004. (others since 1985).
Walters Art Gallery, Tulsa, OK, 2000.
Jonson Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Aug.-Oct. 1998.
Tarble Art Museum, Eastern Illinois University. Charleston, IL, 1993.
Janus Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 1992.
Krannert Center for The Performing Arts, University of Illinois., Champaign, IL, 1976.
Burpee Art Museum, Rockford, IL, 1971.

Selected Group Exhibitions
Art in Abstract,, Illinois State Museum Travel Exhibition, through 2005-6.
25th Year Anniversary Exhibition, Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2005.
Bookmarks, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, 2005.
Ed Paschke Tribute Exhibition, Gallery 415, Chicago, 2005
That 70s Show, Northern Indiana Arts Association, 2004.
Abstract Truth, Hinsdale Art Museum, IL, Jan-Feb. 2002.
Large Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection, Rockford Art Museum,
Rockford IL, Nov.-Jan. 2002.
Self Portraits, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, 2000.
DePaul University Collection, DePaul University, Art Museum, Chicago, 1999; 2000.
Cows on Parade, City of Chicago Project and Commission, Chicago, Summer, 1999.
Abstraction 98, Klein Art Works, Chicago, Il., Dec. 1998.
Come Slowly, Eden!, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL.,1998
Under The Influence, Jonson Gallery, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1997.
Art in Chicago 1945-95, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1996-97
Printmaking in Chicago 1935-1995, Block Gallery, Northwestern University,
Evanston, IL, 1996.
Chicago Abstract Painters, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Il. 1995.
Journals and Journeys: Artists' Workbooks and Journals, Columbia College,
Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, 1994.
Abstract Chicago, Klein Gallery, Chicago, 1993-94.
Gallery Artists, Imago Gallery, Palm Springs, CA., 1994.
Spirited Visions, Portraits of Chicago Artists, Photographs of Artists by Patty
Carroll; artworks by Chicago artists, Illinois Arts Council Travel Exhibition, 1991-93.
Albuquerque 50s, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Alb., NM., 1990.
Illinois State Museum Collection, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL., 1989.
Painting at Northwestern: Conger, Paschke, Valerio, Block Gallery,
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1986.
Artists of Chicago & Vicinity, Art Institute, Chicago, 1963, 71, 73, 78, 81, 84, 85.
Abstract/Symbol/Image, Illinois Arts Council Travel Exhibition, 1984-86.
Chicago, Some Other Traditions: Madison Art Center, Madison, WI.; Sheldon
Mem. Art Gallery, Univ. Nebraska; Mackenzie Art Gallery, Univ. Regina,
Saskatchewan, Canada; Blaffer Art Gallery, Univ. Houston, TX; Loch Haven
Art Center, Orlando, FL; Anchorage Fine Arts Museum, Anchorage, Alaska;
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK: 1983-86.
30th Illinois Invitational, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, 1978.
The Chicago Connection: Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA.; Newport Harbor
Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA.; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ.;
Brooks Art Gallery, Memphis TN.; University Museum, University of Rochester,
NY: 1976 - 1977.
Visions: Painting & Sculpture, Distinguished Alumni 1945 To The Present,
School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1976.
Midwest Painters & Sculptors, Krannert Museum, Champaign, IL., 1976.
Abstract Art in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1976.
14 Albuquerque Painters, Great Jones Gallery, Ny, NY, 1960.
Southwest Biennial, Santa Fe, NM., 1960.
New Mexico Biennial, Santa Fe, NM., 1959.

Selected Collections
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
City of Chicago Public Art Collection
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Il.
Mary & Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Portland Museum, Portland, OR.
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
Jonson Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL.
DePaul Univ Art Museum., Chicago, IL.
North Park College, Chicago, IL.
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
State of Illinois Building, Chicago, IL.
Union League Club of Chicago.
Smart Museum, University of Chicago.
College of Lake County, IL
University Club, Chicago.
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Plus numerous corporate and residential collections.

Selected Bibliography
Adrian, Dennis, The Chicago Style, Painting, catalog essay, University of Chicago, 1974. Visions: Painting & Sculpture, Distinguished Alumni 1945 To The Present, catalog essay, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1976.
“ Private Treasures, Public Spirit,” Art In Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1996-97. Catalog essay p. 78; Biography, pp. 247-248.
Artner, Alan, “Conger’s Works Are Full of Power,” Chicago Tribune, March 13, 1997, Tempo Section, p.2.
High Flying Circus,” Chicago Tribune, Feb. 4, 1999. sec. 5, p.2.
“ William Conger keeps it fresh,” Chicago Tribune, March 23, 2001, Section C, p.32.
“ William Conger,” Chicago Tribune, Sept. 17, 2004.
Art Expo score card, Chicago Tribune, April 29, 2005.
Bonesteel, M., "William Conger," Art in America, Nov. 1985, pp, 169-71.
Brooke-Schliefer, Kristin, “William Conger,” ArtNews, December, 2000, p. 163.
Burleigh, R., "Nine Abstract Artists," New Art Examiner, Summer, 1982.
Burstein, J., "Chicago Abstractionists," ArtWeek, Los Angeles, Ca., Nov., 1982.
Campbell, L., "Reviews," Art News, Feb., 1960, p. 18.
Camper, F., “William Conger: Circus Paintings,” Chicago Reader, Jan. 29, 1999. p. 30 -31
“ William Conger,” Chicago Reader, Sept. 24, 2004.
Cassidy, V., Chicago Art Critics panel discussion re William Conger, Oct. 2004.
DeKooning, E., " Albuquerque Artists," New Mexico Quarterly, V. 30, no 1, 1960.
Gedo, Mary, "The Secret Idol...," Arts Magazine, Dec. 1981, pp. 116-24.
" The Adrian Collection," Arts Magazine, April, 1982, p.9.
" Abstraction As Metaphor: The Evocative Imagery of William
Conger, Richard Loving, Frank Piatek, Miyoko Ito, Arts Magazine, Oct.
1982, pp. 112-117.
" Interconnections: A Study of Chicago Style Relationships in Painting," Arts Magazine, Sept. 1983, pp. 92-97.
" DataBank Interview," School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1985.
" William Conger," Painting At Northwestern, catalog essay, Block Gallery, Northwestern Univ., 1986.
" The Meaning of Artistic Form and The Promise of The Psychoanalytic Method," Art Criticism, edited by Donald Kuspit, SUNY V. 2, no. 3, pp 1-16.
Hawkins, M., "17 Chicago Artists," Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 11, 1985, p. 21.
“ Challenging Popular Perceptions, Chicago Sun-Times, Sept. 22, 2000, p. 52.
“ William Conger,” Chicago Sun-Times, October, 2004.
Haydon, Harold "William Conger," Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 20, 1974.
" William Conger," Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 21, 1975.
" A Wealth of Abstract Art In Chicago," Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 29, 1976..
Holg, Garrett, "William Conger at Roy Boyd," ArtNews, Jan. 1995, p. 169.
Kuspit, D., "The 'Madness ' of Art In Chicago," New Art Examiner, May, 1986, pp. 22-27.
Lyon, C."The Nation," ArtNews, Dec. 1984, pp. 131-134.
" Regional Revisions, Houston & Chicago," Art in America, July, 1985, pp. 90-99.
" William Conger," ArtNews, Sept., 1985, pp. 119-120.
Morrison, C.L., "William Conger," ArtForum, March, 1976, p. 73.
" Chicago," Art Forum, Feb., 1977, p. 73.
" William Conger," ArtForum, Summer, 1978, p. 79.
Propokoff, Steven, & Morrison, C.L., Abstract Art In Chicago, catalog essays, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1976.
Schulze, Franz, "Chi-Art Shows Its Formal Side," Chicago Daily News, 1974.
" Chicago, Nothing But Abstract," ArtNews, Summer, 1976, pp. 154-157.
" Chicago," ArtNews, Feb., 1979, pp. 40-45.
Smith, E.L., American Art Now, Phaidon Press, 1985, pp. 128-29.
Storch, C., Interview re MCA and Art Institute addition, Chicago Tribune, June 19, 2005.
The Art Bulletin, March, 1988, p. 75.
Taylor, Sue, "Abstract/Symbol/Image," New Art Examiner, Dec., 1984, pp. 55-56.
Villani, J., “William Conger,” Santa Fe New Mexican, April 3, 1992.
Volk, Carol, “Openings,” Arts & Antiques, April, 1992, p. 23.
Walch, P. & Wilson, M.L., Albuquerque 50s catalog essays, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM, Sept., 1989.

WWW Reviews
Cassidy, Victor, “William Conger’s Summer of Paper,” www.artnet.com. (3-4-98).
Polanski, G. Jurek, “William Conger: 2000 Collages,” wwwArtScope.net (3-28-01).

Published Writing
Conger, William, “The M.F.A: Filling The Gap Between Seeing and Saying,” Artists/Alumni, Exhibition Catalogue, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, July, 2001, pp. 23-31.
“ Reflections,” Dialogue, (Winter, 1999).
“ Response to Thierry de Duve, Critical Inquiry (Vol. 26, No. 1).
Perspectival Diagram, Manet’s Bar at the Folies Bergere,
Critical Inquiry, Autumn, 1998, Vol. 25, No. 1. pp 143-144.
Diagrams and discussion of perspective in Edouard Manet's Bar At The
Folies Bergere; related material. In Gedo, Mary, Looking At Art From The Inside Out, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and NY, 1994. pp. 25, 31, 37-39; 53-55.
" A Review of Louise Nevelson: Iconography and Sources, by Laurie Wilson," Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Art, The Analytic Press, edited by M. Gedo, V. 1, no. 1, pp. 317-322.
" The Journal of Eugene Delacroix," Psychoanalytic Studies of Biography, International Universities Press, 1987, pp.375-381; 403-404.
" On Drawing," Whitewalls, #3, Spring, 1986, pp. 32-34.Education
School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1954 part time; 1956-57 full time.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI., summer 1959.
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1957-60, B.F.A.
University of Chicago, 1956-57 part time; 1964-66 full time, M.F.A.Other Professional Activities
Professor, Department of Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University, 1984-
Advisory Board, Chicago Art Foundation, 2005-
Board of Directors, DePaul University Art Museum, 2005-
Juror for various exhibitions of art in midwest since 1967.
Consultant, General Services Administration, re WPA Art In Illinois. 1972-73.
North Central Accrediting Association Team Member, Chicago, 1981.
Board of Directors, OxBow, Art School, 1983-86.
Charter Member, Alumni/ae Council, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1984-86.
Member, Advisory Board, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, 19881999
NEH Referee, 1989.
Founding Editor, with Richard Loving & Frank Piatek, Chicago Art Write., A publication of artists' writings on art. 1984-91.
Reviewer, Univ. Edinburgh Press, 2001.

Awards and Biographical Reference
Honors, School of Art Institute of Chicago, 1957.
Scholarship Awards, painting, Univ. New Mexico, 1958, 1959, 1960.
Phi Sigma Tau, National Honorary in Philosophy, Univ New Mexico, 1960.
Graduate Fellowship, Univ. Chicago, 1965, 1966.
Francis Friedman Prize for Painting, Univ. Chicago, 1965, 1966.
Bartels Prize for Painting, Art Institute of Chicago, 1971.
Cluseman Prize for Painting, Art Institute of Chicago, 1973.
Who's Who in America, since 1982.
City of Chicago Public Art Commission, 2001-02.
Who's Who in American Art, since 1980.

Current and Pending, 2005
Invited to make a set of etchings, Eastside Editions, Sonoma CA, Sept. 2005.
Invited to make lithograph, Anchor Graphics, Chicago, Fall, 2005.
Awarded Public Commission for large painting, 13x16 ft. McCormick Place, Chicago, July, 2005. (Completion in 2007).
Members Exhibition, Arts Club of Chicago, Sept. 2005.
Co-author with Dr. Mary M. Gedo, “Process and Meaning in Claude Monet’s On The Bank of The Seine at Bennecourt” pub. Pending, 2005.