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Monday, March 8, 2010

International Women's Day | Group Show | 03/08/10

Please join me Monday, March 8th for International Women's Day. I'll be exhibiting a brand new piece of art alongside 22 other fabulous women artists. YOU GO GIRL!

International Women's Day (8 March) is marked as a day when people all over the world celebrate the idea of WOMAN as mother, inventor, lover, artist, peacemaker, revolutionary, and maker of history. On the evening of March 8th you are invited to celebrate this day at Chicago Art Department, where twenty-three women will gather to celebrate, educate, make artwork, share memories, discuss issues, and have a little fun. Through the artwork each artist will show her unique approach to celebrating this day for. This exhibition celebrates and gives voice to topics and struggles that are globally unique to women, and will include the showing of archival materials and traditional edible goodies. Come and revel in the strength and vitality that is WOMAN.

International Women's Day Group Show
Monday March 8th, 6-10 pm (1 Day Only)
@ Chicago Art Department
1837 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL

"Woman's Dilemma"

ink/magazine clippings on paper
12" x 16"

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What does $200 mean to you?

Just finished my new piece(s) for the $200 exhibition at the Chicago Art Department opening Friday, November 13, 2009.

"Need v Want"
ink on vellum
6" x 8" (ea)

Need v Want

“What does $200 mean to you?” Such a loaded question and yet incredibly simplistic at its core. Of course $200 means a lot of different things to different people. To some, it’s what they take home in a day; to many it’s what they make in a week. $200 can feed a village in Peru for a month, or cover the tip for a Wall Street executive’s lunch. What’s $200 when our nation is hemorrhaging millions of dollars a day fighting an unwinnable war? The more I thought about it, the more I agonized. Suddenly the answer was not so simple.

Struggling, I asked friends and family what $200 meant to them. The responses were overwhelmingly opposite of the sinister thoughts in my head and hitting much more close to home. $200 to my sister meant a much deserved weekend getaway for her and her husband after an exceedingly trying year. $200 to my cousin meant a flight from Denver to Chicago to visit with the family. A friend jokingly pointed out that $200 could buy 28.57 lbs of jellybeans…if I was “into that sorta thing.” $200 as a means to build memories, share moments, and fill the heart with love and joy. Hmm…

Simply put, I realized the question became less about a monetary amount and more about necessity versus nicety. I need food and shelter and medicine, but I want a shiny new gadget, a new pair of boots, and a vacation would be nice. It’s in our nature to want things, but not every want is evil, greedy, or outlandish. Really, it’s all about options…and thank god I have them!

About the show

An exploration into what this amount of money means given today's economic climate, this exhibition poses a simple question to CAD's resident artists: What does $200 mean to you? The exhibition will feature written responses alongside single pieces of art by each resident. Sale price for any piece of art will be $200, with proceeds benefiting CAD's resident artist program. Participating artists include Stacy Peterson, Jen Rosenthal, Chris Hales, Seth Gershberg, Mike Wilgus, Kirsten Strauss, Rebecca Rounds, Pei San Ng, Hansol Goo, Abraham Velázquez Tello, and Hilesh Patel.

Opening reception Friday November 13, 6-10pm

November 13 - November 22 {by appointment}
1837 S. Halsted
312-725-4CAD (4223)

Friday, September 25, 2009

39th Annual Pilsen East Artists’ Open House | Sept 25-27, 2009

Join me this weekend as the Chicago Arts District kicks off its 39th annual "Pilsen Artwalk". I'll have recent work on display at the Chicago Art Department (on the main floor, and in the upstairs residents' gallery), and have reduced most of my prices for this weekend only. $CORE!! Be seeing you...

Opening Night: Friday, September 25th | 6-10pm
Open Studios/Garden Walk: Saturday & Sunday, September 26th & 27th | 12-7pm
1837 S. Halsted | Chicago, IL | 60608

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Featured on The Artsighter

I'm honored to be included on artist/writer Dana Hanegraaf's new blog The Artsighter. Dana has a keen eye for all things arty & fashionable and is helping shed some light on Chicago's newest emerging creative talents. Check out the post here. A million thanks, Dana.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Growing Up CAD 2009 - Art Auction & Fundraiser 8/15/09

On Saturday, August 15th, the Chicago Art Department will hold its 3rd annual “Growing Up CAD” fundraiser. My involvement with CAD is a labor of love. Throughout the past 4 years, CAD has allowed me the opportunity and freedom to explore my voice as an artist while ensuring a consistent dialogue with an ever growing audience and robust artist network. CAD has helped me grow, and in return I've dedicated myself to the growth of CAD.

Your support can help make the following things possible:

  • Maintaining our flagship location at 1837 S. Halsted - which has become a staple and regular stop in Pilsen.
  • The opening of "CAD West" - an expansion to a 2nd location in West Town, dedicated solely to studio space and the making of art. (This will also be the new location for future CAD classes)
  • Expanding our Residency Program – over the next year, we will be more than doubling our artist residency from 8 to 20+.
  • Even more exhibitions - with the opening of CAD West, CAD Pilsen will shift its primary focus to exhibitions, expanding our events calendar beyond the usual '2nd Fridays' thus providing more opportunities for artists to exhibit
  • Upgrades, Upgrades, Upgrades - while our DIY aesthetic has always been a part of our charm, we would love to keep improving the space with things like repairing our walls, new lighting, and amenities.
I'm donating Control #1 to the art auction. This was the first piece I made for my most recent collection, Control. A special piece for a special night...

Growing Up CAD 2009
3rd Annual Art Auction & Fundraiser

DATE: Saturday August 15, 2009

TIME: 6 - 10PM

LOCATION: 1837 S. Halsted

TICKETS: $20 donation online or @ the door

Art Auction Preview Night:
'2nd Friday' August 14th, 6 - 10PM

Can't make it to the fundraiser? Consider an online donation in any amount...