Featured Artist Janina Ciezadlo's

"Art is Business"

Janina A. Ciezadlo is an artist and critic in Chicago. She is a contributing writer for the New City, and her work has appeared in the Chicago Reader; Afterimage, The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism; Bridge; Artscope and the Chicago Art Critic's Association publications. Several of her poems and photographs have appeared in afterhours, a journal of Chicago poetry and art. She has participated in Chicago Calling and Bauhaus 9090. Her scholarly work has appeared in the Yearbook of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Proceedings of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery.

She has been a participant in an International Arts Journalism Institute in the Visual Arts sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Department of State (Cultural Programs), a resident at Ragdale and an Artist-in-Residence at Oxbow and the recipient of a Works-in-Progress grant from the Illinois Arts Council (for Luminous Herbarium).
Ciezadlo has served as President and Vice-President of her part-time faculty local and was the recipient of an award from the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art (2010) for art and contributions to women in the arts.

Janina during the Phantom Gallery Exhibition in 2009

FEATURED ARTIST Pearlie Taylor- December 2011

"Art is Business"

Pearlie studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the Historic South Side Community Art Center under Dr. Margaret Burroughs. Pearlie’s artwork has been described as a mixture of abstract modern and contemporary. Her influences range from Jackson Pollack, Richard Dempsey to Dale Chiluly. Pearlie has worked in a variety of mediums but more often chooses acrylics for the depth of color and her wet in wet painting style.
Hustle and Flow

Pearlie is the recipient of African American Alliance of the Arts Award for Excellence in Abstract Art. In 2008 her paintings were recognized by the Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Exhibit.
Her work is currently being shown at Gallery Guichard in Chicago.