Sunday, June 22, 2014

Chicago— Fast Forward : Rewind : Play

"Art is Business" Artist Marcelo Eli
Marcelo Eli, Mr. Rager, 2013, acrylic, collage, oil stick on canvas, 77 x 94 inches
Media Contact: 
Brook Rosini 
773.324.5520 x1003

Hyde Park Art Center presents a playful exhibition 
highlighting diversity of involvement in its Oakman Clinton School & Studios

Three-week projects suggest alternate interpretations of traditional gallery space
Chicago— Fast Forward : Rewind : Play presents a playful and experimental format for an exhibition incorporating artwork, murals, creative exercises, and ideas from Art Center teaching artists, student artists, and youth artists. The Kanter-McCormick Gallery will become a curatorial laboratory for five quick- and-dirty shows proposed by participants involved in the Art Center’s Oakman Clinton School & Studios, engaging the traditional “white cube” gallery as a learning space while highlighting connections among Oakman Clinton School & Studios faculty, students, and the broader Chicago arts community. The exhibition will be on view from May 11 until August 31, 2014, with a public reception for all participating artists and facilitators being held on Thursday, May 29 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
The concept for the exhibition arose out of the various opportunities for interaction and engagement between the diverse artist communities that interact with the Hyde Park Art Center’s Oakman Clinton School & Studios. Through an open call, all students and participants in Oakman Clinton School & Studios programs were encouraged to submit project proposals. Proposals were then grouped into complementary sets by Art Center School & Studio Manager Jeannette Tremblay and Art Center Director of Exhibitions & Residency Programs Allison Peters Quinn.
May 11 – June 1: Travel Log The opening set of projects engage the timeless quest of mapping personal journeys through visual media. In The Pram Invitational, Kathy Fimreite invites artists to create prams—small, utilitarian boats known for their workhorse efficiency—that symbolize their own life experiences. The resulting fleet becomes a tangible metaphor for community. Facilitated by Hardy Schlick, the complementary project in this set, 옥수동: 2012, highlights travel photography by Scott Hemsey. The images record a portrait of a changing urban landscape through the lens of a temporary transplant from the United States living in Korea.
Participating artists in Travel Log include: Sarah Berkeley, Marty Burns, Corinna Button, Alisa Caron, Gloria Carrig, Lucy Dallman, Deborah Adams Doering, Glenn Doering, Duey Fimreite, Kathy Fimreite, Michelle Anne Harris, Phillip Hartigan, Jean Hester, Megan Hogan, Mailka Jackson, Lisa Jenschke- Stephens, Gwynne Johnson, Barb Koenen, Heather La Riviere, Ted Micheletti, Jesus Meija + Ruth, Mike Mlekowski, Michael McGuire, Carolyn Pereira, Leon Sarantos, Homa Shojaie, Teresa Silva, Ines

Sommer, Donna Terry, Nadine Trumbull, Eric Wall, Megan Williamson, Amy F. Williamson, Phil Wright, Stacia Yeapanis, Young Artists from Sunlight African Community Center; and Scott Hemsey.
June 8 – June 22: Circle in a Square The circle-in-square motif is an oft-used repeating pattern in American quiltmaking practices. This project, facilitated by Sarah Nishiura, presents a formal exploration of how that iconic motif gets translated into other media through the work of Mie Kongo and James Kao.
Participating artists include: Sarah Nishiura, Mie Kongo, James Kao, Hyde Park Art Center quiltmaking students, and other Chicago quiltmakers.

Diane Ponder

June 29 – July 17: Not Or, But And This set of projects looks at the fluid, and at times oppositional, relationship between figurative and abstract practices. With Figurative VS Abstract, Melody Saraniti underscores the inevitable conversation between both camps by inviting painters whose work exists mainly on one side or the other, and then asking those artists to invite their inspirations from across the aisle. The result is pairings that belie imagined antagonisms. For her part, Diane Ponder’s project, Figuratively Speaking, pulls together artists whose works sprout from a place of abstraction but ultimately take a turn toward figuration.
Participating artists in Not Or, But And include: Larissa Setareh Borteh, Dana DeGiulio, Robin Dulzen, Judith Geichman, Anne Harris, Cameron Harvey, Sarah Hicks, Sarah Hicks, Amanda Joseph, Mike Nudelman, Maria Vergara; and Steve Coenen, Marcelo Eli, Astrid Fuller, Christine LaRue, Sandra Perlow, Judy Petacque, Susan Redeker.
July 21 – July 25: Big Art With multimedia artist Lee Blalock at the helm, Hyde Park Art Center campers will spend a week investigating the “white cube” gallery as a space for making. They will work together to design and create large-scale drawing and mural projects while learning about color, style, process, site-specific installation, and collaboration.
Participating artists in Big Art include: Hyde Park Art Center Creativity Campers.
August 3 – August 31: The Playground For the final pair of projects, John Murphy and Suzanne Sebold investigate the potential of the “white cube” gallery as an alternative space for learning. In Murphy’s project, Play/Pause, he joins Hyde Park Art Center teaching artists to reflect on the commonalities and divergences between the Artist Statement and the Teaching Philosophy, as manifestos of two distinct yet intimately related practices. Sebold’s project, Uncommon Core, investigates how these shared big ideas come into being through the microcosm of an art class with students from North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School.
Participating artists in The Playground include: Rodrigo Zendejas, Jeremiah Jones, Candice Latimer, Jessi Walsh; and North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School students.
Fast Forward : Rewind : Play will be on view from May 11 until August 31, 2014 at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60615; 773.324.5520 and Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Visit for more information and related events.
Hyde Park Art Center is a unique resource that advances contemporary visual art in Chicago by connecting artists and communities in unexpected ways. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof. The Art Center is funded in part by: Alphawood Foundation; Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; a City Arts III grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Field Foundation of Illinois; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; Harper Court Arts Council; Harpo Foundation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Illinois Humanities Council; Irving Harris Foundation; Joyce Foundation; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly; Polk Bros. Foundation; David C and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation; Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust; and the generosity of its members and people like you.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Pop Up Research Station- FUNDED

Pop Up Research Station: UPDATE: WE DID IT! YES WE ARE FUNDED $2,555 WE  MET 50% OF OUR GOAL JUNE 10, 2014.

We will host our first annual online seminar in October during Chicago Artists Month, and launch our monthly panel discussions beginning in July. Our next step is to glean support by featuring host cities on our blogtalkradio station. Dates are forth coming.

Funds raised during this campaign on Hatchfund will go directly to hosting services, website development, and administrative costs. Anything that we raised over our minimum goal will go towards the development of our long term goals, which include online consulting services, grants for pop-up start ups, how-to toolkits, training workshops, and free location sourcing.
Artist Dinner hosted by AnySquare March 14,2014
Our top donor is from Lakeland Georgia,  I will be flying into Ray City Georgia this summer to host this dinner and connecting with artists from the area to attend a "Wash Your Hands First Communal Dinner."
Wash Your Hands First a communal dinner served in a pop up storefront gallery in the donors hometown. The dinner will be a place for discussion examining the relationships between local communities and their role in creating access to the arts.
$25- I will be putting your print in the mail and thanking you for your support shortly.
8 1/2" x 11" copy of a Vibrational Sound Narrative from 2009 series. These paintings were created live during various performances of creative musicians of chicago.
$100- The copperplate pulls will go to three donors- high five this gets me back into the studio, the plate is currently in Mather California, and I will be flying out this fall to pull the image, using the printmaking studio at California State University of Sacramento, where I am an alumni.
An original one of a kind print pulled from a copperplate I etched 27 years ago. Size of the print 18" x 22" unframed.
Archived catalogued from Berlin Chicago Kaleidoscope Connecting Cultures read about a group of artists from Chicago touring together and presenting pop up galleries in Pankow and Mauersegler Park in Berlin.
$500 - my co-investigator from Los Angeles will be selecting an archived poster from her collection and shipping these to our two $500 donors.
Archived posters Phantom Gallery LA, profiling popup gallery projects in Los Angeles County.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Chicago Loop Alliance- Kickoff to the Summertime in Chicago

King Art Collective in partnership with Chicago Loop Alliance will transform Benton Place Alley (next door to The Chicago Theater) into an avenue alive with Art, Culture, Music and Entertainment!   

Join us next Thursday, June 5th for special performances by
and visual art by a wide variety of Chicago artists.   

A perfect kickoff to summertime in Chicago!

Featured Artists:  Ali Aschman, Tegan Brace, Christopher Buchakjian, Alexandria Eregbu, 
Jeremiah Jones, Ian Lantz, Latent Design & Kevin Dean Taylor.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 5-10pm


Admission is Free. Beer and wine cost $2 (cash only). 

Crossing Borders: Chicago Artists Month 2014

Chicago Artists Month October 2014
Call for Participants
The 18th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM) will take place in October 2014. Artists, arts organizations and community organizations in all creative genres are encouraged to participate by producing events that fulfill the criteria and respond to the theme, "Crossing Borders." Application deadline: June 16, 2014. 

Meet & Greet, Cross Borders
All those interested in participating in CAM are invited to a Meet & Greet on June 4 4-6pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The vision and logistics for CAM 2014 will be discussed and collaborations and "border crossing" will be facilitated. Click here to RSVP by June 1.

If you are new to CAM and have questions about presenting an exhibition or event this year,contact us for more information.

About Chicago Artists Month
Chicago Artists Month (CAM) is a month-long festival that showcases the creativity in everyChicago neighborhood during the month of October. Now in its 18th year, CAM offers a platform for Chicago-based artists and performers working in all media to promote and showcase their work, initiate collaborations and engage new audiences. CAM is a program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Park District and hundreds of community partners.

In previous years, CAM events have included exhibitions and performances, behind-the-scenes studio tours and neighborhood art walks, theater and dance productions, films, markets, classes, parades and conversations. Presenters include museums and artist collaboratives, galleries, theaters, film clubs, yoga studios, cultural centers, coffee houses and other organizations throughout the city. CAM 2013 highlights included the EdgeUp Festival in Uptown and Edgewater, a fashion show and restaurant crawl in South Chicago, theater performances in Pilsen, community arts conversations in Little Village and mural painting in Portage Park.

Theme: Crossing Borders
The CAM 2014 theme is Crossing Borders. Proposal are encouraged, but not required, to engage the theme. Crossing Borders - actual physical borders, or conceptual, genre or societal borders - can be liberating, creative, transgressive, stimulating, hazardous, affirmative or all of the above. Often, crossing borders is life-changing. CAM encourages participants to plan their program as a mash-up, crossing borders literally and figuratively - between neighborhoods and nations, within artistic genres, media and social scenes.

CAM 2014 is an open call for submissions, from which up to 300 events will be selected and 12 will be featured. Programs must feature two or more Chicago-based artists, take place in a public venue, between September 27 and October 31, 2014. Private homes and studios must be part of a larger event, such as an open studio or neighborhood art walk. Selection criteria include quality of work and diversity of artists/ media/neighborhood/demographics. Preference will be given to cross-neighborhood or cross-genre collaborations.

Selected programs will be listed on the CAM website,, and in a print guide produced by Newcity, with additional marketing and publicity to be determined.

Featured Programs / Featured Artists  
Twelve CAM submissions will be selected as Featured Programs, based on the following criteria:  
·  Artistic Excellence
·  Diversity (artistic genre, media, discipline, geographic, demographic)
·  Preference to Multi-Arts
·  Collaboration (between neighborhoods, genres, demographically, or other)
·  Scheduling considerations
·  Embodying the theme, Crossing Borders  
Featured Programs will be invited to nominate participating Chicago-based artists as the 2014 Featured Artists will be selected.

How to Participate
To apply, go to to create an account or log in to your existing account

Go to YOUR DASHBOARD, click on the type of event you plan to submit.

Event choices are: Art Walk, Exhibition, Learning/Making, Performance, Studio Tour/Open House.

Complete the fields and submit your preliminary information.

When you submit your information, be careful to spell and punctuate everything correctly. Once approved, you will be able to edit your listing, add graphics and links. This is the information that will be used for press and media.

Submission Deadline is June 16, 2014

City Seal, Mayor Rahm Emanuel  DCASE logo 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Bronzeville Artist Lofts- New Home for the Phantom Gallery Chi

Open Studio- Art Incubator - Artist Live/Work Space

Building dedication, June 24, 2014, (time to be announced), ribbon cutting and tour of the building.


Laura Weathered is the Bronzeville Artist Lofts Project Manager 

Suite #205 is new office for the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network. Members of the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network call for an appointment to view our new location. Looking for an agent this is a service to all members of the PGCN, become a member today by renewing membership for 2014 - 2015. Alan Emerson Hicks of Emerson Studio's at 773-501-7730, or Alpha Bruton at 773-681-6570.



Bronzeville Artist Lofts (BAL) is one of the fresh additions to Chicago’s arts and culture landscape. The artist live-work space is situated in the heart of the Black Metropolis, now known as Bronzeville. Currently in the pre-development stage, the former Jones Brothers Ben Franklin store - built in the 1920s and at the time was the world’s largest black-owned department store - was totally renovated and transformed into 16 extraordinary open loft space apartments for artists.

BAL Development planned a $5.9 million renovation of the former apartment building into 16 live-work spaces for artists and a first-floor gallery or arts-related space. When city officials presented the proposal to aldermen considering $1.08 million in TIF support, Gallery Guichard was identified as a potential tenant. And is now opening its doors on June 27, 2014. 

Be part of the Bronzeville 3rd Friday Trolley Tour, our trolley rotates continuously for 4 hours stopping at each location for 5 minutes for guests to exit and board. The trolley stops service at 10pm. We will ask all patons/riders to make their way to the location where their vehicle is parked at 9pm. This service is free, and paid for by members of the Bronzeville Arts District.

Tolley service begins in July 19, 2014  6-10pm.
August 16, 2014, September 20, 2014 and the final Trolley Tour concludes October 18, 2014 during Chicago Artists Month 2014.