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Happenstance Constellations: On the Chicago Art School Community and the Evolving Expansion of MFA Thesis Exhibitions

April 12, 2011 by ed

As most of us are already very much aware, the Chicago art community is chiefly composed of art school alumni from some of the very major institutions housed around the city. The art circuit here is a tightly knit scene, and provides the perfect outlet for a variety of alternative spaces and commercial galleries, which are often initiated by grads from some of the many art institutions, which are both teaching and providing prospective exhibitions to Chicago’s emerging artists. Among the most influential of the opportunities these institutions offer are the ever-important MFA Thesis exhibitions, whose buzz can usually be heard around this time of year. Come April and May, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College’s Interdisciplinary Arts Department, the University of Chicago’s MFA program in Studio Arts, as well as Northwestern University’s Art Theory & Practice program, are all exhibiting their MFA thesis grads, manifesting in a multitude of artistic practices spanning across Chicago. READ MORE>>

In Grand Crossing, a House Becomes a Home for Art

April 9, 2011 by ed
The Dorchester Project makes headlines in the NYT > >

Cody Hudson + Jared Eberhardt Video

March 31, 2011 by ed
Scion Installation 7 Artist Video: Cody Hudson & Jared Eberhardt from Scion ART on Vimeo.

The MDW Fair April 23 & 24, 2011

March 28, 2011 by ed
threewalls, Roots and Culture and Public Media Institute announce the creation of The MDW Fair, a gathering of independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area.  The MDW Fair will demonstrate the diversity, strength and vision of the people/places making it happen in the art ecology of our region. The fair features for-profit, 501(c)3, and commercial and unincorporated galleries, independent curatorial projects and publishers and media groups in over 35,000 square feet of exhibition space that includes a 10,000 square foot sculpture garden with work by local artists. The MDW Fair is a manifestation of the collective spirit behind the region’s most innovative visual cultural organizers, focusing on the breadth of work done here by artists and arts-facilitators alike. The MDW Fair is a project unveiled at Version 11: The Community.

Lumpen 116 is Out There

March 17, 2011 by ed
Lumpen issue #116 is on the streets. You can download a digital version here or visit your Lumpen friendly store, cafe or donut purveyor.

Call for Proposals Version 11: The Community

March 10, 2011 by ed
Our annual festival is happening again from April 22 to May 1, 2011. We are accepting proposals including texts for Proximity 009 which will be released at the festival.
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