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Inside Marwen Lab: The Voice and Vision of Young Artists

Inside Marwen Lab: The Voice and Vision of Young Artists
For the past month and a half the Marwen Lab students and teaching artists have been kind enough to let me attend their meetings and workshops as Sixty prepared to have our first article created by youth. We decided some time ago that we wanted to provide a unique platform for young artists in Chicago to discuss the work they are doing. The students of Marwen Lab immediately came to mind. I’ve... 

We don’t want you to give us money…

We don't want you to give us money...
In case you haven’t heard, Sixty recently crossed the finish line of getting our 501c3 status.  And thanks to the generosity of the Jane and Tad Shepard Family Foundation, we have received our first grant under our new status, allowing us to start the new year off with new plans and fresh ideas for how to support the Chicago artists and work that bring some warmth to this chilly time of year. In... 

On the Floor and Off the Walls: The Marwen Lab Exhibition

On the Floor and Off the Walls: The Marwen Lab Exhibition
On Friday June 16th Marwen, a non-profit youth art center in River North, held its opening exhibition for the Marwen Lab program. Now in its fourth year, it is offered to Marwen students who wish to work on a single art project over the course of three 8-week terms. Open to Marwen’s most advanced high schoolers, students must apply and be accepted into the program. One of the greatest pleasures... 

What’s Your Art? Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago

What's Your Art? Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago
In celebration of Chicago’s rich landscape devoted to artists, art education, and the opportunity to inspire and become inspired, WBEZ invites you to the Chicago Cultural Center to join us in exploring these spaces and the role they play in shaping the artist in each of us. WBEZ has teamed up with Sixty Inches From Center (SIFC) to create “What’s Your Art?” and couldn’t... 

Summer Guide To Chicago Art: August

Summer Guide To Chicago Art: August
It’s hard to believe we’ve just survived the rainiest July in Chicago history. Fortunately for us, as the rain lets up, the art keeps pouring in. To help you enjoy summer in Chicago to it’s fullest, we’ve put together the latest digital installment of our Summer Art Guide. Click the image for a downloadable PDF and enjoy everything August in the Windy City has to offer. Designed... 

Teenage Blockbuster

Teenage Blockbuster
Emily Souers. 2011. Mixed Media. Marwen, River North, Chicago. (Photo Credit: Katie Rodrigues) On Friday June 18th, Marwen, a non-profit youth art center in River North, held its opening exhibition for the Marwen Lab program. A three-year-old program, it is offered to Marwen students who wish to work on a single art project over the course of three 8-week terms. Open to Marwen’s most advanced high... 

Seeing The Invisible

Seeing The Invisible
Marta Shumylo and Sonja Thomsen, July 18, 2011. Marwen, Chicago, IL. How can time be made visible? “Seeing The Invisible”, the current exhibit at Marwen’s Untitled gallery seeks to answer this question. The show includes series of photographs and video installations by Marta Shumylo, a Marwen alumna and student at the Milwaukee School of Art and Design, along with her professor Sonja Thomsen,... 

Drink and Be Merry: Marwen Art Fair 2010

Drink and Be Merry: Marwen Art Fair 2010
Emily Vidal-Hallett, "And She Endangered the Sun," 2010. (Image courtesy of Marwen Staff.) My recent Friday night spent volunteering proved yet again that unpaid work is often more rewarding than compensated labor. On November 5th, Marwen celebrated their 5th annual Art Fair, and I and a friend of mine were there at the coat check to help out. Marwen is an organization that offers art education... 
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