Wednesday, April 29, 2015

REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS: Establishing Gathering Spaces within the Burnham Wildlife Corridor


In collaboration with the Burnham Wildlife Corridor Curatorial Committee, the Chicago Park District and The Field Museum are soliciting pre-proposals for the establishment of “gathering spaces” (artistic representations of culture and nature)  within a section of Burnham Park known as the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. To view the full Request for Proposals and application submission instructions, please visit: 
Pre-proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. CST, Friday, May 29, 2015.


Establishing Gathering Spaces within the Burnham Wildlife Corridor

Artistic Representations of Culture & Nature
Commissioned by Chicago Park District and The Field Museum

Pre-proposals due:  5:00 p.m. CST on May 29, 2015

Overview of the Burnham Wildlife Corridor:  The Burnham Wildlife Corridor is a 100-acre ribbon of urban wilderness located within Burnham Park along Chicago’s south lakefront. Chicago Park District owns and maintains this property, which is comprised of existing and planned natural areas representative of the native tallgrass prairie, savanna, and woodland ecosystems of this region. The Burnham Wildlife Corridor extends from the McCormick Bird Sanctuary in the north to the Burnham Nature Sanctuary in the south (See Appendix for a map). When completed, it will be the largest contiguous stretch of natural areas along the Chicago lakefront.

The long-term goals associated with the Burnham Wildlife Corridor are two-fold: (1) to create healthy, vibrant native habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife; and (2) to meaningfully connect visitors, especially those from the neighboring communities of Bronzeville, Chinatown, Little Village, and Pilsen, to this revitalized public green space in ways that inspire exploration, enjoyment, and stewardship of the area.

Purpose of this Request:  As a strategy to augment and activate the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, Chicago Park District and The Field Museum are partnering to challenge teams of artists and community-based organizations (CBOs) to produce “gathering spaces” within the Corridor. Gathering spaces are intended as convening grounds and rest areas for people exploring the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. The locations of these gathering spaces have been deliberately designated to align with the native ecosystems within which they exist. (See Appendix for a map of locations.) Successful proposals will harness local creative energy, and reflect a consideration of and respect for the natural landscape, native wildlife, and an ecological aesthetic. Awarded teams will be commissioned to actualize their project plans.

Applicant Eligibility
:  Pre-proposal applicants must be artists who live and/or work primarily in Bronzeville, Chinatown, Little Village, or Pilsen – or otherwise have a strong and significant connection to one of these neighborhoods. We are particularly interested in projects that enliven the gathering spaces through aesthetics, enhance the natural areas, and envision ways to engage community members in these spaces. Prior public art experience is strongly preferred. If invited to submit a full proposal, artists MUST demonstrate an established partnership with a community-based organization for the purposes of this project specifically. Full proposals should be developed by teams of artists and organizations.

Amount of Funding Available
:  Five grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded to create installations at the designated locations in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. This funding can only be used to support the following aspects of a project:  design, fabrication, site work, transportation, delivery, and installation.
NOTE:  It is the project team’s responsibility to cover any project-related expenses in excess of the grant-awarded amount of funding.

FREE Materials Available
:  Chicago Park District can provide certain repurposed materials for use in awarded projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider using the following:
  • A variety of concrete and granite pieces that were once part of municipal infrastructure or artworks (donated by the City of Chicago);  
  • Hardwood logs (primarily ash);
  • Three sizeable pieces of basalt (donated by Schwake Stone).
Click here to view photos of some of the available materials.

Process Timeline
 The Burnham Wildlife Corridor Curatorial Committee – a panel of appointed arts professionals, artists, and representatives of community-based organizations – will review all submitted materials and make the final grant award decisions.
  • Week of April 27, 2015:           RFP released
  • Week of May 11, 2015:           Information sessions held*
  • May 29, 2015:                         PRE-PROPOSALS DUE
  • June 15, 2015:                        Full proposals invited
  • July 17, 2015:                          FULL PROPOSALS DUE
  • July 27-August 7, 2015:          Pre-award interviews conducted (with up to 10 teams)
  • August 17, 2015:                     GRANT AWARDS ANNOUNCED
  • October 2015-May 2016:        Installations completed
  • Summer 2016:                        On-site opening celebration held
* Chicago Park District, The Field Museum, and the Curatorial Committee will convene two information sessions regarding this RFP. ALL interested artists and community-based organizations should attend one of these sessions to learn more about this opportunity, get questions answered, and meet potential partners.


NOTE:  The maximum size of each Gathering Space is a 30-foot diameter area; proposed projects may be smaller in size. The number of people each Gathering Space should accommodate should not exceed 20 and may be less than that. No multi-story or closed-roof structures are allowed, and the maximum height of installations cannot exceed 10 feet.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

W.IN.E TV Interview Mrs. Renee Baker

Friday, April 24, 2015


"Art is Business" Reposted for, Barbara Koenen + Tim Samuelson

Tim's new exhibition, Love For Sale, will put a spell on you. Even the Rolling Stones get in on the act. Love For Sale opens on Friday April 24 from 5:30 - 7pm. The exhibition runs through August 2, 2015. The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL.
 Everyone wants love. And who doesn’t want good luck and success in life? Or how about looking their best? In business on Chicago’s South Side from 1926 to 1984, the Valmor Products Company offered all these things and more.

Perfumes, hair pomades, incense, and a number of other products came packaged in small bottles and tins bearing colorful, eye-catching labels that affirmed the powers of the products within. Although largely unknown to historians of commercial art and advertising, the graphic design of Charles Dawson, Jay Jackson and Ernest Macha created an indelible identity for the houdou, cosmetics, hair care, wigs, perfumes and love potions of the Valmor Products Company and was among the most creative and original of the era.

Collectively, the Valmor labels and advertisements are significant and thought-provoking reflections of twentieth-century graphic art and cultural history. And if the promised powers of love and good fortune can be conveyed to the visitors of this exhibition, so much the better! Who doesn't want beauty, luck, happiness and thrills?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Steve and Iqua Colson Return to Chicago for 40 Years in the Moment

"Art is Business" reposted for Dushun Mosley

 Friday, April 24, 2015 from 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m

University of Chicago International House, 1414 E. 59th St., Chicago IL

  Grammy nominees Steve & Iqua Colson return to Chicago to present their “40 Years in the Moment” concert in honor of the 50th anniversary of the AACM.

The AACM is the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Pianist and composer Adegoke Steve Colson along with his wife and vocalist Iqua Colson are early members of the influential music collective AACM.
Steve and Iqua have been touted as being at the vanguard of cutting-edge music. In “40 Years in the Moment,” they will team up with trumpeter Rasul Siddik from Paris, France. Rasul came out of St. Louis like Lester Bowie and moved to Chicago, later joining the AACM, too. Rasul was on the Colson’s first AACM concert.
In many ways, “40 Years in the Moment” will be a reunion concert that reconnects AACM members Adegoke Steve Colson (piano); Iqua Colson (vocals); Rasul Siddik (trumpet); Ernest Dawkins (saxophone); Darius Savage “Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth” (Bass) and Dushun Mosley “Eight Bold Souls”  (drums).
“40 Years in the Moment” has been described by the Jazztimes as, “…music of serious intent that draws you in with gaiety and swing and then hits you with more substance than you’d bargain for…Sharp ears, spot-on improvisational acumen and impeccable musical intelligence are the order of the day.”
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for VIP admission. To order tickets, visit

Friday, April 17, 2015

Svarta Huset, Telefonplan, Stockholm

"Art is Business" Curator Alan Emerson Hicks

Art on Armitage arrived today in Stockholm, as ambassadors for Chicago, and our artists run galleries. Off on Tuesday to Stockholm where Kathy Weaver will be exhibiting in Supermarket 2015 with Art On Armitage along with Mary Ellen Croteau, Alpha M. Bruton, Alan Emerson Hicks, Ayala Leyser and Rose Camastro Pritchett.

AOA has been exhibiting art of all disciplines in a window gallery on a busy Chicago street since 2003. The goal is to make contemporary art available and accessible to all. Exhibits change monthly, and the gallery has featured local, national and international artists. The space is especially suited to installation and performance. Exchanges and residencies are encouraged. -

Alan Emerson Hicks, "Tower"
Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair is happy to announce that we are moving to a new venue on a new date. Previously held in February, Supermarket 2015 will take place at Svarta Huset (The Black Box), located in the intensively creative area of Telefonplan, from April 16th to 19th 2015.
Because of the change of venue Supermarket 2015 will be more focused: but it will still be a truly international art fair. We will show art from 28 countries. Argentina, Tanzania, Iran and Palestine are countries that will be represented for the first time at Supermarket 2015.

“After five years at Kulturhuset we feel like it’s time for renewal. We’re very excited to move to Telefonplan, it really is a creative environment that keeps developing all the time. It will suit Supermarket perfectly”, says Project Manager Andreas Ribbung, one of the three artists that run Supermarket.
The Supermarket TALKS programme offers seminars and debates about representation in the arts, which is next years theme. Who is visible?

Supermarket will present the performance stage RED SPOT, which shows new, innovative performance art from all over the world. Supermarket will also be broadcasting Super-TV, creating the opportunity to follow the fair online. Supermarket Art Magazine, now in its fifth edition, will be available as a guide to and record of the fair’s diversity and strength.
Supermarket 2015 will be at a new venue – Svarta Huset (The Black Box)
Supermarket 2015 offers a not-to-be-missed week for all lovers of international contemporary art!
Normal rose pritchett
Rose Camastro Pritchett- "Cocoons"
Normal me croteau
"Endless Columns"- Mary Ellen

Normal nelson armour
Amour- "Photo Montage"
Normal kathy weaver
Kathy Weaver- "Surveillance Tower"
Normal lelda kalmite
"Runway to Nowhere"- Kalmite

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Art on Armitage at the 2015 SUPERMARKET

"Art is Business" Curator Mary Ellen Croteau

When the dealers in Sweden first announced they were going to have an art fair in 2007 that would be all about selling, and be the largest in the Nordic countries and put them on the map, yadda yadda, the ARTISTS of Stockholm said NO it is not about the money, it is about the ART. So they put on an alternative fair that year  in a storefront and called it "Minimarket."
The next year they got a bigger space and planned with the artist-run spaces around Sweden and called it Supermarket. The next year it was collectives from around Europe. By the fourth year (the first time I went) they were putting out a call for artist-run initiatives from around the world and were getting significant support from the city and Swedish government. This is the fair we will be attending.
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Welcome to Supermarket 2015!

Supermarket is an art fair run by artists. Artist-run galleries and similar initiatives from around the world exhibit hundreds of artists at Telefonplan in Stockholm. With its clear mission and its programme for networking meetings, Supermarket has become a unique platform for Swedish and international artists.
Exhibition: Supermarket 2015 presents 64 artist-run initiatives from 29 countries. Meet galleries from Syria, Mexico, Palestine, Iran, Argentina, Turkey and many more. Complete list of exhibitors:
The seminar programme TALKS and the performance stage RED SPOT:
We cast this year’s theme of representation and invisibility upon the art world, with a gender and norm-critical perspective. This year the TALKS seminar programme examine ‘Invisibility – who represents who?’ in which we investigate which artists are educated, which artists are selected and where the interpretative prerogative lies.
RED SPOT shows performance acts by Swedish and international artists, this year from Estonia, Spain, Ireland and Finland.
Talks and performances will take place in three places, within Supermarket’s venue Svarta Huset and at Konstfack.

Complete programme:
When? 16–19 April 2015.
Opening hours Thursday–Friday 11–20, SaturdaySunday 12–20.
Where? Svarta Huset, Telefonplan. Next to Konstfack.
Admission: SEK 120
Admission including catalogue/magazine: SEK 150 (SEK 120 for students/ seniors)
4-day Pass including catalogue/magazine: SEK 200
Catalogue/magazine: SEK 100
Children under 16 free admission!
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

City of Chicago :: Lake FX Summit Expo

Lavon Pettis- Global Resource ID to discuss her work in the Chicago community, join her on Friday, April  17th, panel discussion on Build Community Best Practices, learn about strategies for engaging communities through the arts.

Lake FX Chicago 2015 Presented by Google Lake FX Summit + Expo

April 16-19

"Improvisation and Innovation"

Lake FX Summit + Expo presented by Google is the region’s largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs. The inaugural four-day event, running April 16-19, will welcome thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations for keynotes by industry leaders, professional development panels and workshops, networking opportunities, music and film showcases, the Expo resource fair and a marketplace featuring local artisans.

PANEL ORGANIZER/LEAD: Jacqueline Samuel, Claretian Associates (moderator)
PANELISTS:  Emily Leonard, Beverly Arts Center; Lavon Pettis, Phantom Gallery Network; , Karen Woodbury, The Superior St. Center for Arts and Music; Moira Pujols, Cultura in Pilsen
DATE AND TIME: FRI 4/17   3:00:00 PM  
LOCATION OF PANEL: Chicago Cultural Center
ROOM :Exhibit Hall
TITLE OF PANEL: Build Community Best Practices
DESCRIPTION:  Learn about strategies for engaging communities through the arts from these leaders.

City of Chicago :: Lake FX Summit Expo