Fungi have appeared in art throughout human history, from the 7,000 year-old rock carvings of psychedelic shamans of Tassili, Algeria, to the mushroom effigies in Central and South America and the temple of the sacred Mystery Cult of Eleusis in ancient Greece.
Tonight, Chicago artist Yva Neal will take us on a journey through the history of mushrooms in art - from the ancient to the modern.
Yva is an artist who draws upon nature for inspiration and has recently developed works that center on themes related to mushrooms. Her talk and accompanying slideshow will focus on the topic of mushrooms in art and include slides of recent works exhibited at Zhou B Art Center, where she is an artist in residence.
For more information about Yva and her work, including works she will discuss in the talk, please visit
Yva's Mushroom Bounce House at Burning Man
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The IMA is comprised of mycologists and laypeople from all walks of life who share a common interest in the study of mushrooms. Individual members often have specific areas of interest and expertise, including mushroom foraging, taxonomy, cultivation, mycoremediation, mycorrhizas, medical mycology, yeasts, lichens, food spoilage, fermented foods, plant diseases, symbioses with animals, and edible, poisonous, and entheogenic fungi.
If you are new to mushrooming, joining a mushroom club will give you the opportunity to learn about the fungal diversity found during the annual cycle in Chicagoland and how to identify species properly and safely. Whether you’re an experienced mycophile or are new to the Kingdom of Fungi, we welcome your knowledge and companionship.
For non-IMA-members, there is a $5 suggested donation to attend our lecture series events. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please join us! Membership in the IMA is only $20 per year and includes participation in our monthly members-only forays. While our lecture series is open to the public, forays into the woods are limited to members only. This is because the IMA is a scientific and educational nonprofit that holds a scientific collector's permit to pick wild mushrooms for research and education. That's why only club members can come on forays. Club members also receive a great digital monthly newsletter with articles, recipes, research, art and information on additional events. You can become an IMA member at any IMA lecture series event, or by clicking here http://www.illinoismyco.org/home
North Park Village Nature Center is located at 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60646. From the intersection of North Pulaski Road and West Ardmore Avenue, go east into the North Park Village Campus. Drive past the booth, you do not need to stop. At the T-junction, turn left. Then take a quick right. You will see the forest of the nature center on the left. Shortly you'll arrive at a parking lot on your right as you approach the front of the nature center building. The road between the parking lot and the main entrance may be blocked, but the center will still be open and accessible.