The Chicago Urban Art Society Presented Muscle in the Hustle: Contemporary Approaches to Promoting Art

on Saturday, June 20, 2009"Muscle in the Hustle", was a 2 session panel discussion focusing on current art movements and projects in the Chicagoland area. The first session will be an artist-led discussion on the successes / failures of promoting their art, and new and unorthodox approaches to the current market. The second session was led by a panel of curators and gallery directors whose focus is emerging, contemporary, & local artists. They discuss their successes / failures in promoting their venue / vision, in artist selection, & original approaches to attracting audiences. Art makers and artists areas of interests include but not limited to DIY, street art, graffiti art culture, mixed media, muralism, found object, performance, photography, public art, print-making, and literary arts. Moderated by Gregg Heertzlieb and Angeline Gragasin. PANEL 1 included:Participants : Jeff Zimmerman, Ray 'CRO' Noland, Erik DeBat "RISK", Doug Fogelson, Rahmaan 'STATIC' Barnes, Maria Gaspar, Revise cmw, Dolan Geiman and Tom TorluemkePANEL 2 included: Participants : Anni Holm (Curator at Orleans Street Gallery), Anna Cerniglia, Mike Nourse (Chicago Art Department, CAD), 32nd&urban gallery/space, Fausto Alejandro Lopez (Quennect 4)

The Chicago Urban Art Society was founded by two originators of 32nd&urban:gallery/space formerly located on the south side of Chicago in the community of Bridgeport. Urban, established in 2006 by Monica Lee, Lauren Pacheco, Pedro Soto and Peter K featured urban contemporary art by emerging and established artists. It's successful tenure featured artists such as Juan Angel Chavez, Mike Genovese, Chris Silva, Jeff Zimmerman, Marco Raya, Doug Fogelson, Ray CRO Noland, Jon Lowenstein, Carlos J. Ortiz, Maria Gaspar among others. 32nd&urban closed it's doors in December 2008 at it's 3201 South Halsted Street gallery location. Urban looked to transform itself into a not-for-profit entity whereby continuing it's efforts in promoting fresh and innovative art. Looking for new ways to support the Chicago urban art movement, the formation of the Chicago Urban Art Society hopes to serve as a platform and vehicle in doing so.

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