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Inside ChiArts: Chicago Artists in the Making – Madeline Finn

Inside ChiArts: Chicago Artists in the Making - Madeline Finn
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... 

At the Satellites: From Fountain to EDITION

At the Satellites: From Fountain to EDITION
Aside from the occasional run in with your favorite curators and artists, or being in the presence of work you’ve only seen in books or online, art fairs can be business as usual–you’ve see one, you’ve seen them all. But as a testament to the energy that Expo Chicago is conjuring, some interesting satellite fairs have newly sprung up this year and by doing so have offered a... 

The Neo Negro: An Artist Talk with James Britt and Romi Crawford

The Neo Negro: An Artist Talk with James Britt and Romi Crawford
Image courtesy of the artist. Currently at Blanc Gallery in Bronzeville, The Neo Negro features new work by James Britt that utilizes humor and absurdity to pose questions about our relationship to popular culture and the icons that play a part within it. Just as we often attempt to insert ourselves into these scenes, Britt as his alter ego S’emaj L’rea has made his smiling image consistently... 

Dialogic Communities: Informal Art Education Discussion Group and Research Project

Dialogic Communities:  Informal Art Education Discussion Group and Research Project
In my first month as director of education at the Evanston Art Center, I organized and moderated a panel discussion on the Chicago-based art magazine The New Art Examiner (1973-2002). I organized two panels, one for those who used to contribute to the NEA and another comprised of present-day art critics working in all corners of Chicago. Our audience was extremely vocal and highly opinionated, which... 

How Green Star Movement is “Changing the Urban Canvas”

How Green Star Movement is
As Chicagoans, we are lucky to be exposed to a variety of different forms of public art.  Blessed with numerous blank walls, building faces and underpasses, we have a vast “urban canvas” to be transformed into accessible works of art for all to enjoy.   Many talented artists have seized the opportunity to turn these spaces into their own creations, and Green Star Movement has played an integral... 

“Changing the Urban Canvas”: Interview with Kamelia Hristeva

 Green Star Movement is a non-profit organization that strives to revitalize urban Chicago neighborhoods by teaching young people and community members to design and create public art.  Their large-scale mosaic murals can be spotted in over 40 locations across the city.  I had a conversation with founder and executive director Kamelia Hristeva to learn more about Green Star’s mission, goals,... 

Archiving with the Arts Incubator

Archiving with the Arts Incubator
For the past two Saturdays, Sixty Inches From Center has been working with the Arts Incubator to document and collect stories from residents and artists of the Washington Park neighborhood. As envisioned by Theaster Gates, the Arts Incubator, which opened in March of 2013, has become a space for artist residencies, arts education, community-based arts projects, as well as exhibitions, performances,... 

Well Played: A Collaboration between Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel

Well Played: A Collaboration between Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel
Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel, Well Played Installation view, July 2013. (Image by Tempestt Hazel.) Tucked away in River North is R&D Gallery, an exhibition space run by Justin Pauly and Dave Sharma featuring local and international artists who work primarily in new media.  Currently on view is Well Played which features the work of Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel.  Serving as the first collaboration... 

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... 

Studio Reflections with Angela Bryant

Studio Reflections with Angela Bryant
A view of Angela Bryant’s Studio. May 2013. (Photo courtesy of the artist.) More time. It is something that so many of us could use. Angela Bryant spends a large amount of her minutes curating and teaching, so finding free moments for the studio always proves to be a challenge. When she does find time, what emerges are paintings that exude the same electric energy that is embedded in Angela’s... 
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