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News: Julie Rodrigues Widholm Named New Director of DePaul Art Museum

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Julie Rodrigues Widholm. Photo by Nathan Keay.

Julie Rodrigues Widholm. Photo by Nathan Keay.

DePaul University announced Wednesday its selection of Julie Rodrigues Widholm as the next director of the DePaul Art Museum. Widholm, a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, has been with the MCA since 1999, starting as a research assistant and rising through the ranks. She holds a master’s degree in art history, theory and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, Widholm curates three to seven exhibitions a year, amassing a portfolio of more than fifty exhibitions at the MCA. She starts at DePaul August 31. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Final Days of Packer Schopf Gallery

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Brian Dettmer's current exhibition at a Packer Schopf Gallery, "Antisocial Media." Photo: Sean DiSantis

Brian Dettmer’s current exhibition at a Packer Schopf Gallery, “Antisocial Media.” Photo: Sean DiSantis

After almost nine years working together at Packer Schopf Gallery (PSG), Aron Packer and William Schopf will be dissolving their business partnership as of July 15. Their current exhibition featuring work by Brian Dettmer and Mary Porterfield will be their final project organized together as well as their last show in the West Loop gallery. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Visual Art Projects Now Open Along the 606

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A stampede of horses by Opera-Matic charge the 606 path on opening day

A stampede of horses by Opera-Matic charge the 606 path on opening day

“People were very curious, and they wanted to know what it meant…,” said Rob Lentz, executive director of Project Onward and liaison for artist Louis DeMarco, in an interview with Newcity about the public response to the temporary installation of “Cloud Chart” along the newly opened 606 trail, the 2.8-mile elevated parkway connecting four northwestern Chicago neighborhoods. DeMarco’s artworks are among the new installations that will be on view through June 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

News: UIC to Create Chicago-centric Collection of Latin American Art

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Ceramic artist Jesus Torres creates pottery at Hull-House in the early 1930s. Photo: Wallace Kirkland, UIC, Jane Addams Memorial Collection.

Ceramic artist Jesús Torres creates pottery at Hull-House in the early 1930s. Photo: Wallace Kirkland, UIC, Jane Addams Memorial Collection.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a $20,000 grant to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to create a Chicago-focused online collection of Latin American and Latino art, which will be the Chicago Latino Art Now! Virtual Gallery. The UIC-based Inter-University Program for Latino Research, an association of universities nationwide committed to increasing Latino scholarship, will support this project.

“The Chicago Latino Art Now! Virtual Gallery is a permanent digital space for art that will showcase a survey of Chicago art and visual culture since the 1930s,” says Olga Herrera, the principal project investigator, in an email interview with Newcity. For instance, artists closely associated with the Hull-House Kilns such as Jesús Torres, Miguel Juárez and José Ruiz will be featured on the gallery. Additional examples include Mario Castillo, Ray Patlan and Marcos Raya, among others linked with the 1970s mural movement. Read the rest of this entry »

News: ACRE Residency Establishes Chicago Headquarters

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A rendering from A Squared Architectural Design of the gallery interior of ACRE's new facility

A rendering from A Squared Architectural Design of the gallery interior of ACRE’s new facility

ACRE Residency (Artists’ Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions) is planning a move in central Pilsen. Growing out of their 400-square-foot “white cube” in the same neighborhood, they envision the new space, a former funeral home, at 2,200 square feet, as an extension of the Wisconsin program. The new site aims to cement their reach in the Chicago arts community, acting as a complement to the off-site residency space and bridging a new chapter in ACRE’s story. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Museum of Contemporary Photography will Receive $20,000 NEA Award

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Students from the Picture Me program with museum staff. Photo credit: Jacob Boll.

Students from the Picture Me program with museum staff/Photo: Jacob Boll

The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago will receive a $20,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to aid MoCP’s Picture Me after-school photography mentorship program for high-school students. Picture Me develops Chicago teenagers as independent artists by cultivating skills to produce creativity. This aim coincides with NEA’s commitment for “advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts,” as Jane Chu, NEA chairman, puts it in the press release. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Woman Made Gallery Releases Study on Gender Disparities in Commercial Art Galleries

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Sydney Snyder's poster for Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Sydney Snyder’s poster for Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

To coincide with their current exhibition “The Gallery Tally Poster Project,” Woman Made Gallery (WMG) has issued the release of a report conducted in 2013 regarding gender representation in US commercial galleries. The exhibition is organized by executive director Claudine Isé and Los Angeles artist Micol Hebron and is a social engagement art project, which includes the work of more than 180 artists from all around the world. They not only collected data concerning the ratios of female and male artists in top contemporary art galleries but also visualized it in the form of art, in any medium of their choosing.

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News: Expo Chicago 2015 Announces Participating Galleries

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EXPO CHICAGO 2014 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Photo by Justin Barbin.

EXPO CHICAGO 2014 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall/Photo: Justin Barbin

Today Expo Chicago announced the galleries that will be participating in the art fair’s fourth year. The 2015 iteration will take place September 17-20, 2015 at Navy Pier. The fair boasts growth from last year’s 137 to 140 confirmed participating galleries this fall.

A small shake-up in Chicago participants: Russell Bowman Art Advisory and Linda Warren Projects are not returning to the fair this year, but Western Exhibitions, casati gallery and Volume Gallery will join the main floor of exhibitors. Regards, a Ukrainian Village gallery that opened last summer, and the West Loop’s Aspect/Ratio are as of yet the only Chicago galleries included in EXPOSURE, the part of the fair reserved for younger programs and projects. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Collin Pressler Appointed Curator at the International Museum of Surgical Science

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Collin Pressler, recently appointed curator at the International Museum of Surgical Science.

Collin Pressler, recently appointed curator at the International Museum of Surgical Science

Collin Pressler, a Newcity art section contributor, has been appointed as curator at the International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS). Pressler’s work in this position will engage with artists and scientific advisors as he manages the production of IMSS exhibitions, overseeing researching, conceptualizing, designing and financing.

Pressler, who has written for Newcity since June 2014, has curated projects previously at the 4th Ward Project Space in Hyde Park as well as at The Chicago Perch, and has additionally overseen exhibitions in various dimensions the past two years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Along with curating medically oriented exhibitions at IMSS, Pressler will also help grow art programs at the museum, including the Artist in Residence program and “Anatomy in the Gallery.” Justina Doyle, manager of education and events at IMSS, writes, “He will be working diligently to expand our newly opened Pathology exhibit, as well as exhibits on the work of Andreas Vesalius and Cardiology.”  Read the rest of this entry »

News: Lagi Nadeau Collaborates with Kenyan Women on Accessories to Benefit Refugees

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Women from the Maisha Collective pose with their new jewelry designs made with Chicago designer Lagi Nadeau

Women from the Maisha Collective pose with their new jewelry designs made with Chicago designer Lagi Nadeau

Local fashion designer Lagi Nadeau has partnered with Heshima Kenya—an organization devoted to bettering the lives of young refugee women of Africa—to create a collaborative jewelry line together. Nadeau traveled to Kenya to mentor and work with forty teenage girls and bring her design concepts to life using the long flowing colorful handmade and dyed scarves from the girls of the Maisha Collective. Over the span of one week, Nadeau and the girls created seven designs that launch today on Etsy and will be sold with a majority of the proceeds going back to funding the various programs Heshima offers.

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