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Sixty on Sixty: Zachary Johnson

Sixty on Sixty: Zachary Johnson
Zachary Johnson has been with Sixty Inches From Center and the Chicago Arts Archive since the earliest day. Aside from being a consistent and engaging contributor, Zachary is also an artist himself. He draws inspiration from religion, culture and the community around him. A very social man, he is always looking to talk to other artists, audiences and to find ways to make the viewer an element in his... 

“Come To Light” A short film on Chicago Public Art Group.

Come To Light from Milk Products on Vimeo. Filmmakers are a unique brand of artist combining both aesthetics and narrative elements with music to create something that is very personal but also collaborative. When I first saw Todd Tue’s short documentary “Come To Light” about a really amazing organization, Chicago Public Art Group, I had to reach out the filmmaker and share his... 

In the Photo Booth at, What’s Your Art?

In the Photo Booth at, What's Your Art?
On Saturday, December 3rd, Sixty Inches From Center (SIFC) and WBEZ teamed up to present “What’s Your Art?, a celebration of art centers in Chicago. SIFC took the opportunity to invite attendees to sit in our photo booth and tell us, why art matters to them. Throughout the day attendees participated in a wide range of activities from the twelve participating art centers and a performance by the... 

DIY Trunk Show

DIY Trunk Show
Last Weekend was the Ninth year for the DIY Trunks show, at their new location. The DIY Trunk show is a diverse gathering of creative tallents to showcase, sell and promote their handmade arts, crafts, goods and endeavors of all kinds. This year the show featured 150 local crafters and artists. Sixty Inches From Center photographer Sophia Nahli took a tour of this unique shopping experience. Photos... 

“Aqua Interlude & Reflection” Glass Mosaic Project

“Aqua Interlude & Reflection” Glass Mosaic Project
On Saturday November 12th, Chicago Public Art Group [Link: http://www.cpag.net/home/] celebrated their latest Glass Mosaic Project, “Aqua Interlude & Reflection. at the Columbus Dr. Pedestrian Underpass- just north of Roosevelt! Chicago Public Art Group describes the project as follows. “This 1,600 sq. ft. mosaic was made possible by over 50 youth apprentices, a top-notch group of artists... 

Purple State: Dance, Kandinsky and Ohio at Links Hall.

Purple State: Dance, Kandinsky and Ohio at Links Hall.
Even Though Sixty Inches From Center (SIFC) focuses on the visual arts, sometimes we like to step over and see how the other half lives. Last week SIFC Media Director Andrew Roddewig caught a performance of “Purple State” at Links Hall. “The Purple State features three distinct female choreographers with deep connections to Ohio. From a state steeped with political party drama and cities steadily... 

MDW Fall Showcase

MDW Fall Showcase
This past weekend was the Fall Showcase at the MDW Fair. Below is a description of the fair from the MDW Fair website. “On October 21st- 23rd, The MDW Fair presents a Fall Showcase of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country. This iteration of the MDW Fair runs in conjunction with The Hand... 

Yesterday’s Losers: A Video Tour

Yesterday's Losers: A Video Tour
On October 14th Hebru Brantley’s latest project “Yesterday’s Losers” opened at 2150 S Canal Port. Film maker/ photographer Nick Brazinsky put together the following video to highlight and summarize the show.   Also Check some videos SIFC produced about Hebru for his March 2011 solo show at Zhou B Art Center.  Read More →

Wood Worked: at Chicago Urban Art Society.

Wood Worked: at Chicago Urban Art Society.
Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) continues to impress with the latest exhibit centered around wood. Here’s what CUAS had to say about the show on their website. “Many artists in Chicago work with wood as a key part of their practice, yet there have been comparatively few exhibitions that have surveyed the medium. That changes with the Chicago Urban Art Society’s Wood Worked, which gathers... 

Behind the Scenes Chicago Artist Month

Behind the Scenes Chicago Artist Month
This October is the 16th annual Chicago Artists Month, a citywide collaborative showcase of over 200 arts events that range from exhibitions to studio tours and neighborhood art walks. Sixty Inches From Center’s Media Director Andrew Roddewig was commissioned through his video production company Clarion New Media to produce 12 short videos about the 12 featured artists. Andrew and his team spent... 
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