Resumé

Education

BFA Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
MA in Sculpture (mixed media with an emphasis in clay) Governors State University, University Park, IL

Professional 

2014-present Signature Member National Collage Society
2013-present, Member Transparent Watercolor Society 
2010-present Member National Collage Society
2009-present Artist Member, Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest, IL
2009-present Member, Midwest Collage Society 
2008-present Guild Member, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
2007-2008 Studio Artist at Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
2005-present Advisory Board McCord Gallery, Palos Park, IL
2006-present Teach watercolor class in my studio 
1999-present Freelance Artist: mixed media, murals, portraits, sculpture
1999-2005 Gallery Owner/Exhibitor, The Creative Experience Art Studio and Gallery, Frankfort, IL
1997-2003 Assistant Director, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
1986-1997 Director, Cultural and Community Programs, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
1986-1987 Art Instructor (full-time) Rich East High School, Park Forest, IL
1986 Adjunct Instructor, Governors State University, University Park, IL
1970-1986 Adjunct Art Instructor, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
1967-1969 Art Instructor (full-time), South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
1966-1967 Art Instructor (full-time), Barrington High School, Barrington, IL

Awards

2016 3rd Place Award, Gallery 2016, Moraine Valley Community college

2015 3rd Place Award, Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, "Journeys, Passages, Retreats", Tall Grass Arts Center, Park Forest
2014 Honorable Mention 15th Annual Juried Fall Art Exhibit, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, IL
2014 National Collage Society Postcard on-line Exhibit, Award Winner
Gallery 2014 Moraine Valley Community College, 1st Place
13th Annual Juried Fall Art Exhibit, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, IL, Honorable Mention 2012
12th Annual Juried Fall Art Exhibit, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, IL 1st Place 2011
“Lovely to Look At” Bloomingdale Park District Museum, Bloomingdale, IL Honorable Mention 2011
“National Collage Society Post Card Show”, Mansfield Arts Center, Mansfield, Ohio (award winner) 2010
"Memory" Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, Third Place 2010
"Best of Show" "Gallery 2006" (juried exhibit) Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
"1st Place" "Gallery 2002" (juried exhibit) Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
"Honorable Mention" "Gallery '99" (juried exhibit) Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
"Purchase Award" "1976 Salon Show" (juried exhibit) Northern Indiana Arts Association Munster, IN
"Honorable Mention" 1982 Salon Show" (juried exhibit) Northern Indiana Arts Association Munster, IN

Juried Exhibits and Special Projects
2016

Gallery 2016, Moraine Valley Community college

2015

Solo Exhibit, Vogt Visual Arts Center, Tinley Park IL, August, 2015
National Collage Society Post card Show, Arizona 
Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, "Journeys, Passages, Retreats", Tall Grass Arts Center, Park Forest
"Favorites" Vogt Gallery, Tinley Park 
"Celebrating Home" Downers Grove Library "Best of the Best" Exhibit, Oak Brook, IL 
"Art of Healing" Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights 
"Out Looks and Insights" Union Street Artists at Tall Grass Arts Center, Park Forest 
Juried Exhibit at The Art Barn, Valparaiso, IN 
"Floral Art" Exhibit at Fresh Starts Restaurant, Flossmoor 
"The Sky's the Limit" Exhibit at Vogt Gallery, Tinley Park 
"Frankfort Fine Arts Festival", Frankfort, IL
Tall Grass Member Artist's Exhibit, Park Forest 
Margi Hafer, One Person Show at Vogt Gallery, Tinley Park IL
Mid West Collage Society Exhibit, Fine Line Gallery, Geneva, IL 

2014

Plexiglas house Project Collaborative exhibited in conjunction with Doll house Exhibit, at Vogt Art Gallery, Tinley Park, IL December 1, 2014-January 31, 2015
Plexiglas House Project Collaborative Exhibited at Palos Park Library October 30-November 29
“Give Art” Holiday Exhibit, Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest, IL 
"Twelfth Month" Holiday Exhibit, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL November 12-December 20 Reception, November 15 
“Build a Dream” Mystery Build International Art Competition November (vote for favorite at www.mysterybuild.com)
National Collage Society Annual Juried Exhibit, Denver, CO reception November 21
“The Sky’s the Limit”, Bloomingdale Park District, Museum Juried Exhibit October 2-November 8
“So Much More” Swedish Covenant Hospital Annual Juried Exhibit, Chicago, IL reception, November 15, 7p.m.
Fresh Starts Restaurant, Flossmoor, IL Paintings by Margi Hafer, and Richard Schmidt on exhibit, September 7-November 23
15th Annual Juried Fall Art Exhibit, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, IL, September 25-October 27 
"Explosive Impressions", The Annual Exhibit of Works by Tall Grass Juried Gallery Artists, July 25-September 21, 2014
"Animals, Real and Imagined" Exhibit at Vogt Gallery, Tinley Park, June, 2014
"Gallery 2014" Community Artists Exhibit, Robert F. DeCaprio Gallery, Moraine Valley Community College May 30-August 1, 2014
Midwest Collage Society Exhibit Aurora Municipal Building (June 2014- January 2015)
2014 National Collage Society Postcard on-line Exhibit (June 2014-June 2015)
Union Street Gallery Guild Member Exhibit "Neighbors" at the Charlton Gallery, Kankakee Il (May-June)
"Identity Interpreted and Assumed: Self Portrait Exhibit", Tall Grass Arts Association (May-June)

2013

Juried Photography Exhibit, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, IL
Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, Downers Grove Library, Downers Grove, IL
Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, “Balance/ Unbalanced”, Zhou Bros. Gallery, Chicago, IL
Frankfort Fine Arts Fair Invitational, Frankfort, IL
"Post Card Show", National Collage Society, Ohio
“Insider Art” Annual Studio/Guild Artists Exhibit, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
15th Regional Juried Exhibition" Illiana Artists, Chesterton, IN
"Showing Off" Tall Grass Arts Center, Park Forest, IL
Park Forest Art Fair (juried) Park Forest, IL 
29th Annual Juried Exhibit" National Collage Society
"Union Street Guild Members Show" at Fresh Starts Restaurant, in Flossmoor, IL
14h Annual Juried Fall Art Exhibit, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, IL 
"Twelfth Month" Holiday Exhibit, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
"McCord Holiday Gift Shoppe" McCord Gallery Palos Park, IL
Tall Grass Arts Association Holiday Exhibit” Park Forest, IL
“Reinvent a Work of Art” , Mystery Build International Art Competition

2012

"Twelfth Month" Holiday Exhibit, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
"McCord Holiday Gift Shoppe" McCord Gallery Palos Park, IL
"Tall Grass Arts Association Holiday Exhibit” Park Forest, IL 
Union Street Gallery Guild Exhibit "Passages” at Monkey Mind Gallery, 
Frankfort, IL
Union Street Gallery Guild Exhibit Vogt Visual Arts Center, Tinley Park, IL
"Insider Art” Union Street Gallery Guild artists Exhibit, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
"Outside the Box” invitational exhibit, Tall Grass Arts Center, Park Forest, IL
"Tartan Art on the Avenue” painted 5” diameter golf ball which was displayed on Michigan Avenue as part of the Ryder Cup festivities
"Luminosity” Tall Grass Arts Center, Park Forest, IL
13th Annual Juried Fall Art Exhibit, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, IL
Spring Exhibit, White street Gallery Frankfort, IL
"Alumni Artforum Club Art Exhibition”, Governors State University, University Park, IL
Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, Downers Grove Library, Downers Grove, IL
Midwest Collage Society Exhibit "The Art of Collage: Celebrating the Masters" Addison Center for the Arts
Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, Beverly Arts Center, Beverly, IL
Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL
"Collage and Textile Exhibit" Vogt Visual Arts Center, Tinley Park, IL
Union Street Guild Artist exhibit at Fresh Starts Restaurant, Flossmoor, iL
“Gallery 2012 Exhibit” Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL Frankfort's Fine Arts Fair (invitational) Frankfort, IL
Park Forest Art Fair (juried) Park Forest, IL
Three Day Collage Workshop, Tall Grass Arts Center, Park Forest, IL

2011

"Twelfth Month" Holiday Exhibit, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
"McCord Holiday Shoppe" McCord Gallery Palos Park, IL 
Tall Grass Arts Center Holiday Exhibit, Park Forest, IL
“Park Forest Art Fair” Park Forest, IL
12h Annual Juried Fall Art Exhibit, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, IL “Off the Wall for Fall” Monkey mind Gallery, Frankfort, IL
“Collective” exhibit of art created by Studio and Guild Artist of Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
“Abstract” invitational Vogt Gallery, Tinley Park, IL
“Testimony to Being” Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL
“”Places, Pieces, and People” Lockport Gallery, Lockport, IL
“Will County Images” Lockport Gallery ,Lockport, IL
“Veritus” Invitational Exhibit Tall Grass Arts Center, Park Forest, IL
“National Collage Society Post Card Show”, Mansfield Arts Center, Mansfield, Ohio 
“Peace Works” Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, Bloomingdale Park District Gallery, Bloomingdale, IL
“September 11th Remembered” Retrospective Invitational Exhibit, South Shore Arts Association, Munster, IN
“Lovely to Look At” Bloomingdale Park District Museum, Bloomingdale, IL
“In The Garden” McCord Gallery and Cultural Center, Palos Park, IL
Frankfort Fine Arts Fair Invitational, Frankfort, IL
Park Forest Art Fair (juried) Park Forest, IL 
27th Annual Juried Exhibit” National Collage Society
“Gallery 2011 Exhibit” Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
“Elements” Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, Norris Cultural Arts Center, St Charles, IL 
“Construction/Destruction” Midwest Collage Society Exhibit, Downers Grove Library, Downers Grove, IL
“The Best of the Best” invitational exhibit at Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, IL

2010

“Small Works Holiday Exhibit”, Tall Grass Arts Center, Park Forest, IL
"Twelfth Month" Holiday Exhibit, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
"McCord Holiday Shoppe" McCord Gallery Palos Park, IL 
“Objects of Affection”, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
“No Place Like Home”, Oakton Community College. Des Plaines, IL
“National Collage Society” juried on-line exhibit 2010
“Union Street Guild Members Show” at Fresh Starts Restaurant, in Flossmoor, IL 
Frankfort's Fine Arts Fair (invitational) Frankfort, IL 
Park Forest Art Fair (juried) Park Forest, IL 
“Fabulously Focused” Tall Grass Arts Center, Park Forest, IL
“6th Annual Self-Portrait Exhibit” (on-line Exhibit) 33 Collective gallery, Chicago
“National Collage Society Post Card Show”, Mansfield Arts Center, Mansfield, Ohio 
“Gallery 2010 Exhibit” Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
“Midwest Collage Society Exhibit” at Norris Cultural Arts Center, St Charles, IL 
“Margi Hafer and Richard Schimdt” Invitational Exhibit at Fresh Starts Restaurant, in Flossmoor, IL 
“ Regional Artist’s Exhibit” McCord Cultural Center, Palos Park, IL
“ References” Midwest Collage Society Exhibit at Downers Grove Library
“Memories” Midwest College Society Exhibit at Mays Lake Estate, Oak Brook, IL
“Dreams of Healing” Exhibit at Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL

2009

“Here and Now” (Invitational) Tall Grass Art Center, Park Forest, IL
Park Forest Art Fair (juried) Park Forest, IL
Frankfort's Fine Arts Fair (invitational) Frankfort, IL
"Twelfth Month" Holiday Exhibit, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
"McCord Holiday Shoppe" McCord Gallery Palos Park, IL
Local Artists Exhibit Old Plank Trail Banks, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, IL

2008

“Winter Solstice” (juried) The Next Picture Show Gallery, Dixon, IL
“Color” Exhibit Curator, McCord Gallery, Palos Park, IL 
Frankfort's Fine Arts Fair (invitational) Frankfort, IL
"Halleluiah" Holiday Exhibit Union Street Gallery Chicago Heights, IL
"McCord Holiday Shoppe" McCord Gallery Palos Park, IL
“One Person Show” White Street Gallery, Frankfort, IL
Local Artists Exhibit Old Plank Trail Banks, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, IL

2007

“SHE” (juried) The Next Picture Show Gallery, Dixon, IL
"Crossroads" (juried) Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
“Frankfort Artists Fair” (invitational) Frankfort, IL 
"Out of the Box" (invitational) Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL 
"Gallery 2007" (juried) Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Il
Union Street Gallery, ongoing Studio Artist Exhibit
"You Art What You Eat 2007" invitational, Orland Park, IL
Local Artists Exhibit Old Plank Trail Banks, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, IL

2006

"Gallery 2006" (juried) Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
"You Art What You Eat 2006" invitational, Orland Park, IL
17th Annual Chicago Celebrity Chair Auction Chicago, IL
Local Artists Exhibit 1st National Bank Frankfort, IL
Frankfort's Fine Arts Fair (invitational) Frankfort, IL
"In the Studio" (invitational) McCord Gallery Palos Park, IL
"Fresh Look" (juried exhibit) McCord Gallery Palos Park, IL
"The McCord Charity Auction"—McCord Gallery Palos Park, IL
"Halleluiah" holiday exhibit Union Street Gallery Chicago Heights, IL
"McCord Holiday Shoppe" McCord Gallery Palos Park, IL
"Home and Garden" (invitational exhibit) Tall Grass Arts Center Park Forest, IL

2005

Gallery 2005 (juried exhibit) Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
Spirituality & Religion in a Modern World (juried exhibit) Union Street Gallery Chicago Heights, IL
16th Annual Chicago Celebrity Chair Auction Chicago, IL 
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Raffle, Painting
Juror Oak Park Avenue Main Street Association's Autumn Fine Arts Fair Oak Park, IL
Juror, Tall Grass Arts Association Summer Art Exhibit

2004 

“Benches on the Avenue” (juried) Tinley Park, IL 
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Raffle, Paper Mache' Bowl
Frankfort's Fine Arts Fair (invitational) Frankfort, IL
"15th Annual Chicago Celebrity Chair Auction", Chicago, IL

Selected Collections

Kid’s Work Museum mural, Frankfort, IL 
Moraine Valley Community College Art Collection (watercolor)
St. Martin's Restaurant—Markham, IL (mural)
Chelsea School, Frankfort, IL (mural)
Palos Park Recreation Center, Palos Park, IL (mural)
Palos Heights Recreation Center, Palos Heights, IL (mural)
Fox's Pub, Mokena, IL (mural)
"Sam" Frankfort's Sculpture Garden, Frankfort, IL (sculpture)
Private Home, Lansing, IL (mural)
Private Home, Steger, IL (mural)
Private Home, Palos Park, IL (mural)
Painted Shed, Steger, IL(mural)
Private Home, Frankfort, IL (mural)
Private Home, Lincoln Park-Chicago, IL (mural)
Private Home, Mokena, IL (mural)
Various portraits and other commissions in private homes

 

Publications

2011 Illustrated book “Upon Which All Else Depends” by Rachel Gilmore