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Celebrating 40 Years: A Chicago Public Art Group Collaboration

Celebrating 40 Years: A Chicago Public Art Group Collaboration
To celebrate 40 years of public art throughout the city’s neighborhoods, the Chicago Public Art Group has partnered with Sixty Inches From Center to find out what Chicagoans think about the work that has lined our streets, bridges and community spaces.  What do you think about the public works that occupy your neighborhood?  This is your opportunity to tell them what you think.  Visit one... 

NATO: Protest Art and Portable Murals

NATO: Protest Art and Portable Murals
There’s something exhilarating about protest art, the way it erupts on the street at moments of upheaval and refuses to be ignored. From beautifully designed propaganda posters, to seemingly nonsensical costumes and hastily scrawled signs, protesters flood public spaces with their visual challenges to established paradigms and demand attention in a way that paintings and performance art enclosed... 

“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... 

“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... 

Hyde Park Public Art (5 of 5)

Hyde Park Public Art (5 of 5)
The Spirit of Hyde Park, 2010. Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Zachary Johnson) In a recent phone conversation, Olivia Gude of the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) expressed her opinion that when a site-specific piece of art needs repair, Americans take on an “either/or” mentality. The piece will either be restored or destroyed. In older areas of the world, a third alternative has been commonplace... 

Hyde Park Public Art (3 of 5)

Hyde Park Public Art (3 of 5)
Chicago Public Art Group, Reaching Back, Moving Forward, Lest We Forget the Song of 47th Street, 2011. Mosaic, Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. (photo credit: Zachary Johnson) Hyde Park’s two newest public art pieces peer at each other from underneath the underpass at 47th and Lake Park Boulevard. Though their style and media differ, they both speak to the experience of living in Hyde Park and Kenwood. The... 

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,... 

A Mayoral Engagement: What Does Art in Chicago Mean to You?

A Mayoral Engagement: What Does Art in Chicago Mean to You?
It is a Mayoral Engagement at The Chicago Urban Art Society. Join SIFC at Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) this Friday February 11th, 2011 for the Mayoral Meet and Greet for the Arts! SIFC will be asking, “What Does Art in Chicago Mean to You?” This is a great opportunity to engage in conversation and dialogue with other arts-minded people, local arts organizations, artists and arts educators.... 

Hyde Park Public Art (2 of 5)

Hyde Park Public Art (2 of 5)
Olivia Gude, Where are you coming from...where are you going, 1992. Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. (Photo Credit: Zachary Johnson) “Where are you coming from?” “Where are you going?” In 1991, Olivia Gude, an avid muralist, stood outside the 56th Street Metra station with a tape recorder asking these questions to people who passed by. As one might think, she came up with a wide variety of answers.... 
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