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2012 SAIC Spring BFA Show

2012 SAIC Spring BFA Show
At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), March Madness has a completely different meaning.  Every mid-March the Spring BFA Show begins the procession of graduation shows to come for SAIC over the next few months.  The Spring BFA is one of the largest gallery shows of the year displaying over 200 graduating undergraduates’ works.  Last Friday, the show opened, and as usual it was... 

New Year’s Resolution… for Art

New Year's Resolution... for Art
Image via: Wikipedia; Photoshopped by: Jes Standefer Happy New Years!  I hope that you have had a very festive, fattening, and joyous holiday season.  It has been a week since we welcomed 2012, so it is back to eating healthy, sobering up, and working for the first time in three weeks. Many of us start the new year with a resolution.  For many it’s to work out, others vow to not be late to... 

A Conversation with Beth Hetland

A Conversation with Beth Hetland
For the past 20-odd years, the independent comic, a subcategory of comic art, has gained strength and notoriety.  Some independent comics have their own publishing house while others are literally published in someone’s house.  I sat down with Beth Hetland, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Center for Cartoon Studies (White River Junction, Vermont) alumni and current SAIC faculty... 

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 4

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 4
For the final installment of my search through the Chicago Artists Archive, I went looking for some personal favorites: Christina Ramberg, Tony Fitzpatrick and Roger Brown. Selections from Ramberg's file I became a big fan of the late Christina Ramberg’s work last year while creating a body of work involving hair.  To me, her work is the dark side of the Chicago Imagist.  She rarely, if ever,... 

Chicago Artist Archive, Part 3

Chicago Artist Archive, Part 3
While working on my last article about the artist group N.A.M.E., I couldn’t help wondering if there were files on other interesting groups in the Chicago area that were similar to N.A.M.E. I turned back to the Chicago Artists Archive blog and picked out a few groups at random: The No Jury Society, Chicago’s Women’s Club, Chicago Public Art Group, and the Independent Society of Artists. What... 

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 2

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 2
During my first exploration of the Chicago Artists Archive I found the extensive file of Phil Berkman,  one of the founding members of N.A.M.E. artist collective and gallery space. N.A.M.E. was the avant-garde center of Chicago, showing paintings, sculpture, performance and video work through the 1970s and 1980s.  The founding artists claim N.A.M.E. is not an abbreviation for anything, however some... 

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 1

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 1
I have been a loyal patron of the Chicago Public Libraries for the three years that I have been living here, though I have never turned in a book on time (sorry, anyone who was looking to check out any John Hodgeman books).  Little did I know that in the Harold Washington branch there was a huge collection of information, images, statements, post cards and questionnaires from local Chicago artists. ... 
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