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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... 

ART IS… From Buenos Aires to Chicago

ART IS... From Buenos Aires to Chicago
I have been communicating with Atiba Edwards through emails for close to a year. Though we have never met face to face, I’ve found in him what most artists spend years looking for: a talented, passionate, driven and inspiring individual who believes in building a collaborative community of artists. Atiba Edwards co-founded the non-profit arts organization “F.O.K.U.S” with Alma Davila... 

The HumanThread: Connecting Communities, Art and Peace.

The HumanThread: Connecting Communities, Art and Peace.
 I have known Michiko Kobayashi for quite some time and I’ve always wanted to share her story. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with her to discuss her organization and story in depth.   Michiko is the founder and director of The HumanThread Center/Gallery for Peace, Arts & Education, a nonprofit organization that engages individuals in conversations about peace, non-violence and... 

Clarissa Bonet: The Visual Artist behind the Camera

Clarissa Bonet: The Visual Artist behind the Camera
At 26 and not even a full year after graduating from Columbia College Chicago’s photography graduate program, Clarissa Bonet’s photographic series City Space has been praised. An award winning photographer, her work has been exhibited in Chicago, Florida, Paris, China, Israel, and published by the award winning photography magazine PDN (Photo District News), the Swiss Magazine Das Magazin, Booooooom,... 

Scenes from the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Scenes from the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
Chicago is known for having a summer full of festivities, but the Chicago Reader has named the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF) the Best Public Art Event for their ‘Best of Chicago Poll’. MAAF marked its fourth year this past weekend. For three days Logan Square turned its streets into a first class arts festival that featured over 100 artists, 3 stages of live music, family activities, performance... 

Spudnik Press // Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt

Spudnik Press // Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt
Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago’s printmaking studio, offers classes to those who are fascinated, intrigued and eager to learn the art of printmaking. I had the pleasure of attending the “Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt” workshop and watch as individuals from all different career backgrounds learned and explored the craft of screen printing. This one-day workshop, led by Spudnik instructor Megan... 

‘Stuck Up…’ at Maxwell Colette Gallery

'Stuck Up...' at Maxwell Colette Gallery
DB Burkeman creates an exciting exhibit that takes art enthusiasts into the underground world of street art stickers. “STUCK UP: A Selected History of Alternative & Pop Culture Told Through Stickers” opened at The Maxwell Colette Gallery on January 20 and runs through March 3, 2012. Stuck Up showcases work from well known street artists such as Space Invader and Banksy, contemporary artists,... 

I’m Here to Make Friends by Aay Preston-Myint

I'm Here to Make Friends by Aay Preston-Myint
In “I’m Here To Make Friends,” part of The Happy Collaborationists’ ‘Nostalgia’ series, Aay Preston-Myint digs through eight years of friendships, roommates, lovers, spaces, and collectives to assemble a body of work for a “solo” show using collaboration as its foundation. The Happy Collaborationists is a Chicago-based curatorial and artistic entity consisting of Anna Trier, Hadley... 

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,... 

In the Photo Booth at, What’s Your Art?

In the Photo Booth at, What's Your Art?
On Saturday, December 3rd, Sixty Inches From Center (SIFC) and WBEZ teamed up to present “What’s Your Art?, a celebration of art centers in Chicago. SIFC took the opportunity to invite attendees to sit in our photo booth and tell us, why art matters to them. Throughout the day attendees participated in a wide range of activities from the twelve participating art centers and a performance by the... 
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