"Art is Business" by Alpha Bruton

 Logan Square, N Milwaukee Ave- Window Projections Curator Jayve Montgomery 2012

"Curatorial Practice" explores the impact of the urban environment on artist and their work, and the contributions that artists make to the vitality of a city. The place where art is imagined and made, whether in a physical or virtual space, affects the idea, the process, and the final product. And the art, once created, leaves a mark on the place it occupies.

N8Chicago 2010, Paducah KY, Chicago Artists Month

Phantom Gallery Chicago looks at how the city influences art and artists, and how artists transform the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life.
Colorboration Project: Logan Square 2011; PopUp in the Loop March 2012

The Phantom Gallery Chicago seeks to provide a model situation for emerging curators to gain practical curating experience and to critically reflect on the issues involved. The aim of the Phantom is to examine changes in current curatorial production and to develop innovative displays in relation to these physical storefronts or virtual spaces.

BRIEF description of the proposed program:

Curator Carole Frances Lung, KO Enterprise at Labor Union Hall 07, SAIC
Curating means the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artifacts through interdisciplinary collaboration. In this field, art, digital media, and design relate in new ways to one another. The last few years have seen curators working in increasingly close collaboration with artists, designers, and educationalists on the development of exhibitions, projects in the public sphere, the design of museum spaces, and the presentation of collections. Contemporary exhibitions are changing, with new interpretative strategies complementing the integration into exhibitions of innovative display structures, lounge areas, archives, reading rooms, and new media interfaces.
Selection Process

All interested artists must first submit a complete application to the These proposals are then reviewed by the Phantom Gallery Chicago curatorial committee made up of local art professionals, members of the art community, and artists.    If selected, artists are then matched with a space that meets their needs/requirements as it becomes available. 

Artists' Responsibilities
• Accepted artists will be required to sign a contract outlining the terms of the individual agreement
• Design, install, maintain, and dismantle the installation (this includes any necessary build-out, temporary walls, painting, electrical, et al.)
•Provide all installation materials

Edmond Dante Hamilton, Chicago International Blog Awards Gallery Layout 2012

Staffing the gallery and/or developing a staffing plan

•Actively promote your participation acknowledging the Phantom as a sponsor, and all other sponsors, in-kind support, logo or web links.

Mailings, e-blasts, twitter, facebook, blogs, press releases, interviews with the press, and agree to participate in larger Phantom Gallery events.   All marketing/PR efforts must be reviewed and approved by the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network board of directors.

•Upon notification by the property owner or Phantom return vacant space to the original condition within the time period requested.

Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Role:

Curator Zero, Installation at Garfield Market, 2008
             Find and secure appropriate locations at no charge to the artists

             Act as point of contact for artists

             Schedule and coordinate artists load-in

             Review all artists’ marketing/PR materials in a timely manner

             Provide publicity and marketing support for galleries (media alerts, Web site presence, links to artist sites, press release, signage, etc.)

 Creative Currency Words to Live By- Mobile Installations and Workshops
Curator Caryl Henry: Girl Artist with a purpose.