‘Coda for the Day’ showcases woodcut prints by Jeanine Coupe Ryding at ISM

'Coda for the Day' showcases woodcut prints by Jeanine Coupe Ryding at ISM

The first exhibition by Evanston artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding in Central Illinois is on view at the Illinois State Museum (ISM) until June 3. Titled “Coda for the Day,” the exhibition was curated by Doug Stapleton, a Chicago-based associate curator of art at ISM.

Ryding, who holds an MFA in Sculpture and Printmaking from Germany’s Universitat der Kunste, is known for the woodcut prints in which she records her observation of nature and daily life. “I am often thinking of a three dimensional shape and then describing it as I carve the block,” she writes in her artist statement.

“Coda for the Day,” which debuted at Elmhurst College last fall before making its way to Springfield, features 25 large-scale relief prints, 11 artist books and eight collages selected from Ryding’s output over the last 10 years. It’s one of three major exhibitions at ISM this spring, including “Sing Muses! History and Allegory in Narrative Art,” a uniquely themed look at works from the museum’s permanent collection