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Graduation: Documenting Chicago Youth Violence

Graduation: Documenting Chicago Youth Violence
Sophia Nahli Allison’s photo series Graduation goes beyond the detached sensationalism of daily headlines to document the ongoing effects of loss and violence on Chicago’s youth. Visiting the schools that victims of violence attended, she photographs the institution as a locus of community and mourning, while highlighting the absence of the  young person that community has lost. The stark... 

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... 

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,... 

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,... 

And Then She’s Like/And He Goes—And I Asked: An Interview with Chris Campe

And Then She’s Like/And He Goes—And I Asked: An Interview with Chris Campe
Chris Campe, “Oh Sure” (Detail), 2012. (Image Credit: Sophia Nahli.) And The She’s Like/And He Goes, an exhibition at A+D Gallery,that juxtaposes text-based and sound-based art to expose the rich layers of the media and content. Chris Campe, artist and curator of the exhibition, recently returned to Germany after completing her Master of Art in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the... 

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... 

57th Street Art Fair

57th Street Art Fair
There is no better way to kick off summer than going to an outdoor Art Fair; freshly squeezed lemonade, the sun shining, and creativity all around. This past weekend was the 57th Street Art Fair in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood. Artist from around the country came to display their work from glass sculptures, photography, printmaking, and paintings to jewelry, leather, ceramics and more.... 

I CAN DO THAT – An Interactive Exhibit

I CAN DO THAT - An Interactive Exhibit
What is art? The ever present question that pervades the walls of museums and galleries and seeps into the streets, the question that makes you wonder if this urinal with a signature is in a museum, what about my bidet at home? Or wait, how is this in here and not that impressive wheat paste I saw on Damen? In these instances, it seems the more appropriate answer could be what isn’t art? So when... 
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