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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... 

Sera Melón es Sera Sandia, Sera Sandia es Sera Melón

Sera Melón es Sera Sandia, Sera Sandia es Sera Melón
Showing from March 16 to April 16 at Howard Street Gallery and co-sponsored by Fullhearted, Melón and Sandía’s collaborative show offers a creative look at mixed media, street art aesthetics and playful meditations on life, death, immigration and gender. Sandía means Watermelon in Spanish, and the title mirrors the show’s wordplay. The aforementioned artists graciously allowed me to interview... 

Studio Reflections with Collin Pressler

Studio Reflections with Collin Pressler
Time and time again we have seen efforts to expose the artist’s studio through exhibitions, open studios and technology (photos, videos, etc.), yet still the studio processes of many artists remain concealed. Many of the attempts, errors and experiments are locked within studio walls, and hidden out of view behind the final work. This piece, as part of an ongoing series of studio reflections,... 

Studio Reflections with LaMont Hamilton

Studio Reflections with LaMont Hamilton
LaMont Hamilton, Sonia Sanchez, 2012. (Image courtesy of LaMont Hamilton Photography.) Time and time again we have seen efforts to expose the artist’s studio through exhibitions, open studios and technology (photos, videos, etc.), but still the studio processes of many artists remain concealed. Many of the attempts, errors, and experiments are locked within studio walls, and hidden out of view... 

Radius: A Sonic Lens

Radius: A Sonic Lens
Art platforms that strive to break away from the traditional “white cube” frequently consist of a new kind of physical space transformed into a gallery-like setting. Using a radio broadcasting system, Radius transcends material space and creates an entirely new kind of art platform. Artists occupy the space for two weeks or one month like an on-air residency. Through their time on Radius, artists... 

Art, Culture, and Popcorn at the MDW Fair

Art, Culture, and Popcorn at the MDW Fair
The MDW Fair, which began as a collaboration between the Public Media Institute, Document, Roots & Culture and threewalls, is a biannual showcase of independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries, and artist groups which highlights experimental culture locally, nationally, and internationally. This fun and vibrant gathering of creative souls took place Nov. 9-11 at the new Mana Contemporary Art... 

Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center

Ground Floor at the Hyde Park Art Center
Image of the exhibition Ground Floor provided by the Hyde Park Art Center. Courtesy of Tom Van Eynde. Ground Floor, the biennial group exhibition which occupies the entire 10,000-square-foot first floor of the Hyde Park Art Center, showcases 11 recent MFA graduates from The School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, University of Chicago, Northwestern and UIC. The Center is refreshingly open to... 

Arts Advocacy at Its Best and On the Wall: An Interview with Monique Meloche

Arts Advocacy at Its Best and On the Wall: An Interview with Monique Meloche
Situated between Chicago’s Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village communities is the gallery Monique Meloche. The gallery’s on the wall program has become one of the freshest art windows in the area and a conversation piece with which Meloche seeks to engage passersby. Here’s what Meloche had to say about the origins and future of this two-year old program, which seeks to encourage interest in the... 

Bobby Scheidemann Shows Us How Everybody Is Trying

Bobby Scheidemann Shows Us How Everybody Is Trying
Bobby Scheidemann’s work intrigues his audience with his usage of everyday objects. A native of Texas, Bobby lived in Chicago this past summer and now resides in New York. His work has been shown in Texas, Chicago and the UK. Bobby is one of four artists to be featured in Everyday Always Trying at The Coat Check at David Weinberg Photography. I had the pleasure of learning more about his photography,... 

Artist Profile: The One and Only Jeremy Fish

Artist Profile: The One and Only Jeremy Fish
Sixty Inches From Center’s Exchange Partnerships are our chance to spread the word about others who are writing about and documenting art and artists in Chicago, and doing it so beautifully. We have been longtime fans of our friends at Gozamos.com and their coverage of Latino art and culture from here to Milwaukee and are happy to have them as a partner. This week Gozamos writer Terry Carlton interviews... 
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