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Inside ChiArts: Chicago Artists in the Making – Shaquita Reed

Inside ChiArts: Chicago Artists in the Making - Shaquita Reed
Last spring, I attended the Senior Visual Arts Exhibit featuring projects by the first graduating class of The Chicago High School for the Arts. ChiArts, as the school is known, opened in 2009 and is the first public arts high school to serve the Chicago area, with the mission of diversifying the city’s landscape of professional artists. Students from all neighborhoods with a wide range of previous... 

Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center

Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center
Image of the exhibition Ground Floor provided by the Hyde Park Art Center. Courtesy of Tom Van Eynde. Ground Floor, the biennial group exhibition which occupies the entire 10,000-square-foot first floor of the Hyde Park Art Center, showcases 11 recent MFA graduates from The School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, University of Chicago, Northwestern and UIC. The Center is refreshingly open to... 

Geoffrey Todd Smith and Josh Mannis at Western Exhibitions

Geoffrey Todd Smith and Josh Mannis at Western Exhibitions
Western Exhibitions opened two corresponding exhibits this month– Looker, a collection of Geoffrey Todd Smith’s intricate geometric paintings, and Fashion, a hypnotic video installation by Josh Mannis. Smith painstakingly works acrylic, gouache, and ink into colorful optical candy reminiscent of spirograph drawings and beadwork. Whimsical titles like Indecent Docent and The Flirtation Station... 

On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill

On Art and Sport with Ethan Gill
Drawing from his experience as a college football player, Ethan Gill, approaches painting actively with honest expressive marks. He received his BFA from Northern Illinois University and is a current MFA candidate at SAIC. My fascination with his paintings began with a show entitled, “My Idea of Fun.” A couple of weeks afterwards, I got the opportunity to interview him for the site. We spoke... 

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 1

Exploring Human Relationships: A Dialogue with Miller & Shellabarger, Pt. 1
In 2011, as an intern at Illinois State University Galleries, I was introduced to husband- and-husband artists, Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger. Over the course of a week, I got to observe their performance Seed Drawings and document another performance Sewn Together. I conversed with the artists about life, and watched them transform the bare white walls of the gallery space into an amazingly... 

Beyond Labels, Art, and Science with Willy Chyr

Beyond Labels, Art, and Science with Willy Chyr
Willy Chyr is a creative exploring the interaction between art and science. Most known for his balloon installations, Willy draws inspiration from his scientific background, cultural expressions, and processes found in nature—namely this idea of emergence. He is the creator of The Collabowriters, a “crowdsourced” novel exploring storytelling and group interaction. Not that long ago, I caught... 

Investigating the Underground: The Art of Harry Sudman

Investigating the Underground: The Art of Harry Sudman
I have been aware of Harry Sudman’s paintings for several years but routinely missed opportunities to view his pieces in person.  After getting in touch with Sudman, we scheduled to meet at his studio in early May to view his paintings and discuss his process.  What I had anticipated to be a brief display of paintings and a quick chat morphed into a three hour, in-depth discussion about the Chicago... 

Artists at Play: Jeffrey Daniels’ Social Games

Artists at Play: Jeffrey Daniels’ Social Games
While games have historically crept their way into many creative endeavors– Surrealist, Dada, and Fluxus artists alike–the popularization of home video game systems in the 1990s  brought with it a new set of artists creating altered “art games” and a new batch of critical eyes on games as a medium. Jeffrey Daniels, a Chicago artist, poet, professor, and School of the Art Institute... 

Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago: April 2nd – April 8th, 2012

Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago: April 2nd – April 8th, 2012
Our weekly calendar is a list of visual art related events happening in Chicago. The events that we choose are loosely curated based on the information that is put in front of us. If you would like to take advantage of having your event listed on our website please send a press release to nicolettecaldwell(at)sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.   THURSDAY || April 5th, 2012 Tim Nickodemus Artist Talk Tim... 

Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago: March 19th – March 25th, 2012

Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago: March 19th – March 25th, 2012
Our weekly calendar is a list of visual art related events happening in Chicago. The events that we choose are loosely curated based on the information that is put in front of us. If you would like to take advantage of having your event listed on our website please send a press release to nicolettecaldwell(at)sixtyinchesfromcenter.org.   MONDAY || March 19th, 2012 TBD   TUESDAY || March... 
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