Friday, August 13, 2010


Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, participating in artists here is another opportunity. Deadline for application August 30, 2010, early application's fee $45.00.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Chicago Black Artists : Chicago As Art Studio

Liz Long Gallery

1957 S. Spaulding Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60623
Urban Art Retreat

Liz Long Gallery is a steppingstone gallery for artists newly exhibiting and emerging artists. Artists with extensive resumes and lots of exhibiting experience show with the emerging artists. This makes for a well rounded show of works in different media, different styles, and different skill levels. Artists are from this area and from other states

The show will take place Oct. & Nov. 2010.

Once you send your images to email address, and are accepted, you have to get your art to gallery before Sept. 27, 2010.

(Please no referrals to website)

Dianna C. Long

Monday, August 9, 2010

'Are You Bold and Beautiful?'

'Are You Bold and Beautiful?'

Friday, August 6, 2010

Curb Appeal

Call for Artists: "City as a Studio- Curb Appeal" Opening: October 7th
Curator: Gabriel Patti

Tired of boring tourist cityscapes of Chicago? This show focuses on urban scenes not found in those guide books where back alleys, dive bars, underpasses, graffiti, etc. are the source material for paintings, drawings and photographs. Selected artists are invited to collaborate on large primed sheet-rock works to be finished in a live painting/performance event. Location TBA. Please send images to

Monday, August 2, 2010

Chicago Artists Month 2010 Time Line for October

Chicago Artists Month is moving along and I'm sure your October plans are as well. As a program partner in this citywide celebration of Chicago's visual artists, I'd appreciate your cooperation and involvement in a few areas . . .

1. List your event by Friday, August 13!

Post the details of your approved Chicago Artists Month events on Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) by Friday, August 13 according to the directions attached. Please read them carefully. If you do not follow the posting directions, your event will not appear on our calendar. You must fill it out by the deadline in order to take advantage of the full benefits of being a Chicago Artists Month participant (ie. Lunch with an Artist program, invitation to the opening, and inclusion in online promotions).

2. Logo, Boilerplate and Website

We encourage you to participate in the collaborative marketing of Chicago Artist Month by using the attached logo and boilerplate in promotional pieces for your October event. Please add it to flyers, posters, postcards or related press releases to help link your event with the citywide program. Also, please include the logo and a link to on your website, e-blasts, facebook page etc.

You can also join us on Facebook at “Chicago Artists Month” for sample itineraries, updates, event announcements, and future deadlines.

3. September Information Meeting

Please mark your calendar for the Chicago Artists Month information meeting on Tuesday, September 14 at 5:30pm in the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington). At this meeting, you'll have the opportunity to meet other participants in Chicago Artists Month, find out about this year's exciting programs, and pick up brochures and posters.

Please R.S.V.P by 8/27 to

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Please contact me with any questions at
Have a terrific summer. . . we look forward to seeing you in September!

Leigh Fagin

Curator Carol Ng-He, in collaboration with Chicago Teen Museum

Chicago Artists’ Month 2010
Venue Location: Phantom
Project Lead: Carol Ng-He, Artist and Program Developer for Chicago Teen Museum (CTM)
Opening: October 7th, 2010  4pm-8pm
Open Studio: Thursday - Saturday 1pm-4pm

Project Description:
Using the collective insight/conceptual framework design from the Teen Council Project: Creating, Teaching, Moving, which occurred at the Chicago Teen Museum in fall 2009, ten Chicagoarea teens, over the course of eight weeks, will design an installation project using found materials in the teens’ home and school, to recreate a comfortable teen space (and/or spacel arrangements) that reflects teen issues, individual concerns, dreams, as well as their collective experience in their school life. The space can mimic teen’s bedroom, lockers, private drawer depending on teens’ collective decision with interactive elements.

There will be two to four professional artists of different medium involved in this project. The artists will serve as a mentor to the participating teen members from the Chicago Teen Museum. There are two major activities that will happen at Phantom Gallery:

1. Participating teens from Chicago Teen Museum will engage in open studio by compiling and arranging objects that most exemplify their characters, interests, and concerns from their home and school. The teens will use the space at Phantom Gallery to create a multi-sensory staged “teen” space.

2. Artist Mentor will respond to the teens’ suggested topics relating to teen culture from the Teen Council Project in fall 2009 through creation of an artwork

Artist Statement/Project Background:

As an interdisciplinary artist and art educator, my art explores the terrains of transition in different levels – politically, economically, physically, temporally, culturally, linguistically, emotionally, and spiritually. .” As I immigrated to the United States in my late teen years, the abrupt loss of the communities and the process of re-positioning in a new country opened my perspective about my selfhood and the others. For me, the nature of transition is monumental; each change marks a transformation; a transition also displays a sense of vulnerability, as one must step out from familiarity into unfamiliarity; a transition is to become and evolve, perhaps in an unexpected momentum; a transition marks an experience of transcendence – that one moves away from the past being to a new level of being.

My personal interest in exploring the notions of “transition,” “transformation,” and “transcendence” intersect with the mission of the Chicago Teen Museum as it acknowledges the importance of teenage as a critical formative stage of individuals. Chicago Teen Museum is the first museum in the country dedicated entirely to the preservation of teen culture by connecting youth expression with the museum profession. CTM works to reshape museum standards, provide professional guidance to youth, give teens a platform for expression, and bring diverse groups of youth together in a creative and original capacity. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, CTM engages youth with varied interests and skills, and collaborates with a range of arts and cultural organizations to create a unique environment inspired by the community. The installation site/staged space serves as a platform for public dialogues about teen culture and resonates the “teen” within of the visitors. As museums serve as a space for civic engagement, this project marks an alternative space in which teens take leadership role in making a museum exhibit; it also challenges the viewers to rethink how the cultural environment shapes teen culture, and gives the voice to the teens in recognizing their power in the society.


Artist/Curator’s Bio:

Carol Ng-He, born and raised in Hong Kong, is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and art educator. She received a Master’s degree of Arts in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Carol has exhibited, performed and lectured locally including the Chicago Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Jane Addams-Hull House Museum, Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College, Woman Made Gallery, Insight Arts, Mess Hall, Links Hall, and the Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts in Chicago. Her publications have appeared on Chicago Artists Resource, Community Arts Network and Teaching Artists Journal. As a teaching artist, Carol works with the Silk Road Theatre Project and Chicago Teen Museum. She has also taught at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, and Oakton Community College.

“MADE IN MY CITY”. MIMC- Chicago Urban Art Society

Venue Location: 1900 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL South Loop
Opening October 7th, 2010   4pm - 8pm
Open Studio: Thursday - Saturday, 1pm-4pm
TBD: Additional Locations, activities

Proposal Details:
In keeping with the 2010 Chicago Arts Month theme “City as Studio”, the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) proposes “MADE IN MY CITY”. MIMC will examine the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network space as a designated public studio workshop focusing on the art of screen-printing. The public studio workshop can also be referred to as a “re-imagined studio” for the new economy and its creative inhabitants.

CUAS acknowledges the role of an urban landscape as a major influencer for the creative individual, organization or business. The MIMC space will inspire new curatorial innovations exploring space, product and of course, budget. Some might see these as restrictions however, CUAS sees this as a creative opportunity. Screen-printing as a discipline can be seen as both mainstream and do-it-yourself. Paying close attention to the popularity of screen-printing, MIMC will strive to demystify the craft and celebrating its ritualistic process as a true art form in our contemporary art world. MIMC will serve as an urban community art hub for youth, adults, families, professionals and the curious.

CUAS and the MIMC project not only serve as a non-traditional education site but the space will create a forum of resource sharing across like-minded and igniting collaborative spirits. The Chicago Urban Art Society strongly believes in pulling resources as a method of strengthening creative innovations for the City of Chicago.

Participants will explore the medium by engaging a myriad of materials, activities, instructors and special events. CUAS hopes to not only encourage traffic into the south loop community but a major emphasis will be placed on encouraging south loop residents to engage the MIMC project space.

MIMC Legacy:
Understanding the footprint importance, MIMC embraces the official 2010 Chicago Arts Month thematic statement:
“And the art, once created, leaves a mark on the place it occupies.”
What can the MIMC mark be? Look like in shape, form, purpose, message, or statement? A large mark or a smaller hint of a mark? The MIMC studio as message sparking dialogue, intrigue, abandon, creativity, or mischief represents a transformative movement into individuals as art maker, collector, budding curator, benefactor, business developer, or simply, closet screen printer. The MIMC Legacy will take shape in both limited edition print look books and a web-zine for eyes all over the world to view the MIMC Legacy-Chicago.

What is the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS)?
Formerly, 32nd&urban: gallery+space on Chicago’s south side Bridgeport community, co-founders and siblings, Peter Kepha and Lauren Pacheco formed the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS). An emerging art non-profit organization promoting the art makers visual voice through exhibitions, independent residencies, DIY arts programming, creative-use space programming and public art projects.


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