Caryl Henry Alexander Epic City Radio Interview

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8 x 3 Art + Architecture former Anthony Overton Elementary

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This summer I am helping facilitate a series of events called 8x3 Art + Architecture, and it is taking place at the former Anthony Overton Elementary building in Bronzeville.

By asking 'how might art, design and architecture support, accelerate or amplify re-purposing of closed public schools?', this project aims to produce art and design installations by collaborative teams of architects and artists that can respond both to the main prompt of Creative Grounds about the future of social infrastructure and/or are inspired by the architecture of this building or the legacy of Anthony Overton.

Friday from 1-2 PM at the former Overton Elementary Building (4939 S Indiana, 1st floor). As Bronzeville residents and gallery owners, your insight and support are valued.

We are also seeking to connect with more Bronzeville-based artists like who are interested in participating.

Thanks, I look forward to hearing back from you!
Contact for more information.

Ladipo Famodu
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MIDNIGHT GATHERING select works from Makeba Kedem-DuBose


Dates of Installation:  July 20th,  2018
Opening Date:  July 20, 2018
End Date:  July 31st, 2018 (de-installation before this date)

Artist Biography Makeba Kedem-DuBos

Chicago native, Makeba Kedem-DuBose, has been a multi-tasking Career Artist for over 25 years, practicing throughout the greater Chicago land area, as well as regionally (New York, Atlanta, Maryland, Philadelphia, California, Michigan, Florida), and internationally (France, Germany, Ghana, England, and Cuba.) Her work is published, namely in Professor Daniel Parker’s African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond; Tara Bett’s book of poems, Arc and Hue, Drum Magazine (London),  Janelle Dowell’s A Time: A Season in honor of Oprah Winfrey, and Woman’s Day Magazine. She studied Interior Design at Chicago’s esteemed Harrington College of Design.

Current 2018 exhibitions include South Side Community Art Center, featuring works by members of the Sapphire and Crystals  Artists Collective in collaboration with the Art Institute Chicago’s Charles White exhibit, and also featured in  Gallery Guichard’s summer opener, Individualism.  2017 honors and exhibitions include selection as a 3rd-time regional finalist for the Bombay Sapphire National Fine Art Competition, a solo exhibition at the Adler University of Professional Psychology, and Chicago Architecture Biennial supported group exhibition, Altar Call: The Architecture of Black Sacred Space at Rootwork Gallery.

The past three years have also  found  Makeba’s art included in the Block 37 Gallery’s 2016 Annual Art of Blackness Exhibition; the University of Illinois at Chicago/Arts and Architectural Center and Black Lives Matter, Our Duty to Fight Exhibition; and the City of Chicago’s 2015 Chicago Artist Month, as both featured artist, and curator of her exhibition program, Migrations In Black and White held at her Bucktown gallery, Calao 22 Space.  Earlier in 2015, her work was selected by Jurors Ginny Voedisch and James Yood for The Art House Gallery’s Art by America 2015 Juried Exhibition: A National Review of Two-Dimensional Contemporary Art.

She was appointed the position of Creative Director for Chicago Global Health Alliance in 2015, following her help in securing over $30,000 in donations as curator of CGHA’s 1st Annual Art For Global Health Gala in 2014.  Her works were exhibited and sold alongside the likes of noted  artists Richard Hunt, Allen Stringfellow, and Kehinde Wiley,

Kedem-DuBose’s 2013 professional highlights include, selection for the African American Collectors Group Diasporal Rhythms’ catalog, and highly attended exhibition at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for Race Studies, highlighting the groups 10th Anniversary; a spot as one of 15 artists (10 of which are the original members of the artists collective Collaborative Mavericks (DuBose co-founded) who were selected to participate in the beach umbrella project sponsored by Lacuna Artists Lofts, Project Remix, and  Peroni Beer of Italy.  The artists painted umbrellas were exhibited at Chicago’s Oak Street Beach and since have toured both national and international venues, including the Annual Art Basel Art Festival, FL.

2012 highlights include a second year selection as a semi-finalist for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, and selection by curator organizations South Side Community Art Center (Faheem Majeed), Hyde Park Art Center, and Chicago Public Art Group for the 51st Street Viaduct Project, a public art installation featuring the works of members of the African American Women’s Artists Collective, Sapphire and Crystals, who she’s been a member of since the early 2000’s.

Makeba is presently Creative Director and Curator at Chicago Global Health Alliance, a position she has held since 2014.  She recently completed the Visual Arts Certification Program in Curatorial Practices at the Hyde Park Art Center through the University of Chicago.  Her work is included in both private and public collections worldwide.

Recent publications include:  

Makeba Kedem-DuBose - Chicago Artists Month | 2015, How is the City your studio?
Featured Artists | Chicago Artists Month | 2015
City of Chicago: Chicago Artists Month (CAM)
Chicago becomes a studio during Artists Month | Examiner...
Seven Chicago Art Openings Not to Be Missed
No-Tell Cabaret Every Wednesday | CityLip Magazine...
Exhibit Explores Contrast Between Black and White
CD 10.21.15 by ChiDefender - issue
Makeba Kedem Dubose | ba-kedem-dubose | Top Picks for the 20th Annual Chicago Artists Month
Migrations In Black & White - A Chicago Artists Month Feature Exhibition
Diasporal Rhythms: A Ten Year Love Affair with Collecting Art of the African Diaspora | Catalog
Peroni Beer of Italy, Spiaggia, Project Remix and Lacuna Artists Lofts Beach Umbrella Project

SAVE THAT DATE Bronzeville Art District 2018

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Individualism Group Exhibition at Gallery Guichard

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