• Mary Burke
  • Jacqueline Baerwald
  • Clyde Butcher
  • Melissa Jay Craig
  • Michael Cutlip
  • Rick Dula
  • Lisa A. Frank
  • Karina Noel Hean
  • Anne Hughes
  • Bob Krist
  • Roland Kulla
  • Tim Liddy
  • Brian McDonald
  • Zoriah Miller
  • John Musgrove
  • Ted Preuss
  • Bob Rehak
  • Jonathan Ricci
  • Matthew Schofield
  • Kimberly Schneider
  • Fumiko Toda
  • John Vlahakis
  • Carl Wilen
  • Beverly Zawitkoski
  • ZIA Gallery
    Carl Wilen

    Carl Wilen uses his imagination, intellect, humor, and sense of the absurd to combine both high and pop culture into a fearless commentary on human foibles, technology and creativity.  Wilen has dedicated decades to his personal, creative pursuits resulting in inventive paintings, drawings and sculptural constructions.  Drawing since the age of six, influenced by comic strips, model building, and the contraptions of Rube Goldberg, Wilen merges those techniques with interests in psychology, philosophy, literature, and art history.

    His work has been exhibited at The Union League of Chicago; 62nd Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago; Mid-America Exhibition, Kansas City; Ball State Drawing and Small Sculpture exhibition, The Tarble Art Center among many others.  In addition, with an MFA from the University of Illinois, he was a dedicated and respected professor of art. Having retired in 1994, he is Professor Emeritus of Eastern Illinois University.

    Carl Wilen’s new 12” x 12” hardcover book “An Artist’s Perception” featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures, and hand-painted, drawn and cut out paper dioramas, is available for purchase by clicking here.


    Artists may submit images, resume, and other material to anne@ziagallery.net.  Hard copies of images on CD, or other medium can be submitted to the address listed in the contact section. Please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope for returning any hard submissions.  Submissions that do not include a SASE will not be returned.