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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... 

Flawed Illusions: Interview with Virginia Melanson

Flawed Illusions: Interview with Virginia Melanson
Virginia Melanson. Control. Acrylic on canvas, 6ft x 5ft. (image courtesy of the artist) Gender constructs are exactly that: constructed.  Many artists in the past have addressed feminism and gender issues through their work.  Gender constructs can be both subtle and obvious, elusive and profound.  Virginia Melanson is an artist who has addressed these issues in a form not often seen before: three-dimensional... 

Objectify This: What’s Under the Pink

Objectify This: What's Under the Pink
“Objectify This” Show at Design Cloud, Photo Courtesy of Vanessa Ruiz Design Cloud’s current exhibition Objectify This, curated by Vanessa Ruiz, displays a concentrated emphasis on the feminine body (specifically female anatomy) to issue a pointed, yet refined overview of how women have been reduced to pieces of meat in art and since have transcended the confines of these patriarchal... 
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