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A New Art District from the Ground Up

A New Art District from the Ground Up
Tom Brand. For Now We See Through a Glass Darkly, 2012. Oil on Panel. Michigan City, IN. (Photo Credit: Zachary Johnson) How do you start an art district from the ground up? Fifty-three miles east of Chicago, the answer is collaboration. A town of thirty thousand people connected to Chicago by the South Shore Electric line, Michigan City boasts an art center, a handful of commercial galleries, non-art... 

Chicago Artists + Patron Tequila = A “Simply Perfect” Art Project

Chicago Artists + Patron Tequila = A
Artist Jolanta Izabela Pawlak is seen at the Patron “Simply Perfect” Art Project Holiday Windows event on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 in Chicago. (Peter Barreras/AP Images for Patron) This holiday season window shopping will be taking a different approach as vacant store fronts transform into working art studios and galleries for local artists. Titled the “Simply Perfect” Art Project,... 

The work of Sarah Belknap & Joseph Belknap

The work of Sarah Belknap & Joseph Belknap
Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap were recently selected to participate in Chicago Artist Month and participated in another show that opened last week entitled, Wood Worked. This show was visualized and co-curated by Chicago Urban Art Society’s Chief Curator and Co-Founder Peter Kepha along with Kevin Wilson, who currently serves as the Chicago Urban Art Society’s Pop-Up Satellite-Space... 

Not So Starving Artists

Not So Starving Artists
This September marks the beginning of a series of article exchange partnerships between Sixty Inches From Center and other online blogs and journals that have missions similar to ours–to document and support the visual arts happening in Chicago. The goal of these partnerships is to build bridges within our writing community, help promote one another to new audiences and give more exposure to... 

BUILT: An Interview with Tristan Hummel

BUILT: An Interview with Tristan Hummel
Tristan Hummel is an extraordinary creative. His notoriety came from the last three years introducing the first ever public art experience on a CTA train called Art On Track. It is a widely anticipated annual event by Chicagoans and it is one of the most broadly accessible art related ‘goings on’ in the city. Anyone can enjoy the experience. You don’t have to be an art collector or... 

The Independent Professional: An Interview with LVL3 Gallery

The Independent Professional: An Interview with LVL3 Gallery
What started as a simple passion and an opportunity to showcase new and emerging Chicago-based artists turned into something more. In early 2010, artist Vincent Uribe founded LVL3 Gallery an independent gallery in Wicker Park. Studying Art History and Arts Administration,  Associate Director Allison Kilberg began assisting Vincent shortly after. From their inaugural show entitled, Maybes to recently... 

Tell the Next Mayor, Why Art Matters.

Tell the Next Mayor, Why Art Matters.
On Friday night, February 11th, 2011, SIFC partnered up with The Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) at their space in Pilsen. This was not just any event—it was an occasion, an opportunity for the art communities and political figures in Chicago to meet and engage in conversation with one another. Other partnering organizations included: Three Walls, Cro, New City, Chicago Reader, WBEZ Radio, Gozamos,... 

Nothing Is Wasted: Alexandra Lee

Nothing Is Wasted: Alexandra Lee
The Chicago Art Coalition has offered an artist residency at a space provided in the Merchandise Mart. Six artists have been brought together all coming from different backgrounds bringing forth a variety of styles and experiences. Alexandra Lee is the second artist I spoke with and we discussed how her art making process has adapted and expanded since she began working in the Merchandise Mart space.... 
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