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Erin Smego: Cold Color at The Hermosa Walls

From The Visualist:

Erin Smego: Cold Color

@ The Hermosa Walls

2306 N Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Opening Sunday, December 18th, from 12PM – 4PM

On view through Wednesday, January 27th

Erin Smego is a sculptor that mainly works with lumber, spray paint, and concrete. She draws ideas from people’s personalities and emotions, including her own. Erin finds curiosity lies in what really makes people tick – how people act, react and why – and then channeling this energy into a piece. Erin engages in include: persistence, awkwardness, peculiarity, embarrassment, embracing, gripping, falling (apart), giving, isolation, separation, emptiness, hyper-optimism, and vulnerability. Elements of playfulness sometimes appear, and color (or lack of) is used to reflect emotion.

The idea of form and simultaneously formless drives my intrigue as well as hints of honoring impermanence, imperfection, and vulnerability. Attempts at invention are ongoing; experimentation plays an active role in my studio practice. Paintings are thought of as less dimensional sculptures that are flattened, while installations are ideas expanded.

Join us December 18th as we unveil a series of murals on the Hermosa Walls project space. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be up for grabs.

Luis Sahagun: Between Dreams and Kings at Terrain Exhibitions

From The Visualist:

Luis Sahagun: Between Dreams and Kings

@ Terrain Exhibitions

704 Highland Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304

Opening Sunday, December 18th, from 2PM – 5PM

On view through Sunday, January 22nd


Join us Sunday, December 18, as we celebrate Luis Sahagun and his sculptural work titled “Between Dreams and Kings”, made specifically for Terrain!

Luis Sahagun was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1982. His grandfather came to the United States in the 1940s under the Bracero Program, working in Chicago Height’s steel industry. Sahagun’s father found field work in the late 1970s, and Luis was brought to this country in 1985, living undocumented until he was naturalized in 1995 under Ronald Reagan’s Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Sahagun, a 2001 graduate of Chicago Height’s Bloom High School, earned his BFA from Southern Illinois University in 2006 and his MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University in 2015. He has participated in multiple solo, juried, invitational, and national exhibits in the U.S and Mexico. In addition to being featured in New American Paintings (Issue #111), Luis’ work has also been showcased at the International Exposition of Contemporary Art (expo) Chicago. He is currently partaking in the Roswell Artist in Residence in Roswell, New Mexico.

Luis Sahagún nació en Guadalajara , Jalisco , México en 1982. Su abuelo llegó a los Estados Unidos en la década de 1940 bajo el Programa Bracero. El padre de Sahagún encontró trabajo de campo a finales de 1970 , y Luis fue traído a esta país en 1985 , viviendo sin papeles hasta que se naturalizó en 1995 bajo Ronald Reagan Reforma de la Inmigración y la Ley de Control de 1986. Sahagún , se graduo de la preparatoria Bloom High School en Chicago Heights, obtuvo su BFA en Southern Illinois University en 2006 y su maestria en pintura en Northern Illinois University en 2015. Ha participado en exposiciones individuales, multiples, con jurado, invitacoion, y exposiciones nacionales en U.S.A y Mexico. Las obras de Luis han sido presentato en la Exposicion Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo (expo) de Chicago. Actualmente esta participando en una residencia en Roswell, Nuevo Mexico.


Coming Soon: Cloud of the Ideal at the Chicago Artists Coalition

From Chicago Artists Coalition:

Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Solitary Surveyor (detail), 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 12 inches
Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Solitary Surveyor (detail), 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 12 inches


Friday, January 6, 2017 – 6:00pm to Thursday, January 26, 2017 – 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 6-9 pm

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Cloud of the Ideal, a solo exhibition with works by BOLT Resident, Amanda Joy Calobrisi.

the purple
in the cloud of the ideal
is torn again
looking into my sky
it has vanished

-Akiko Yosano

The figures that occupy Amanda Joy Calobrisi’s canvases inhabit worlds that she believes are less dangerous and more revealing than ours. In painted spaces that hover between boudoir and landscape, the women here contemplate, investigate, and celebrate their bodies. They fold, bend, lean and stretch in pursuit of new perspectives and to see themselves more clearly. In a realm where individualism and agency become the norm, self-love and self-admiration are no longer a private revolution.


Amanda Joy Calobrisi is a painter living and working in Chicago, IL. Her paintings are experiential, psychological and inhabited by new feminist archetypes. The painted forms reveal themselves through heightened color, loose pattern, and uncouth texture. Organic shapes and tangled marks are executed with a loaded brush, allowing the figures to exist in a field of constant motion despite painting’s persistent stillness. From within these silent cacophonies she wants the viewer to contemplate life, our histories, womanhood, desire, tension, friendship and love.

She has exhibited her work at Learning Machine, Chicago, IL; Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI; Fundación del Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Onishi Civic Center Hall, Fujioka, Japan; Naomi Fine Arts, Chicago, IL; Ugly Step Sister Gallery, Chicago IL; Unspeakable Projects, San Francisco, CA; and S & S project, Chicago. Her work has been published in New American Paintings and Cheap and Plastique Magazine.

Amanda received a Bachelor or Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a Post-Baccalaureate degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She is an Assistant Professor in the Art and Design Department at Saint Xavier University where she teaches painting and drawing.

Holiday Art Walk in River North

Participating galleries include: Addington Gallery, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Echt Gallery, Galerie Waterton, iD Chicago, Ken Saunders Gallery, and The Rangefinder Gallery.

Don’t Miss Andrew Yang Touch Tour at the MCA

MCA Talk: Andrew Yang Touch Tour

Sat, Dec 31, 2016, 23 pm
Free (with admission)

Andrew Yang Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Andrew Yang leads you on a touch exploration of his first solo museum exhibition. An artist and trained biologist, Yang contemplates our relation to the Milky Way, to which the majority of people have no basic visual access. In this very special tour, Yang attempts to close this distance, allowing us to touch his work in ways that help us explore our shared elemental equivalencies—as inherent parts of the Milky Way. Our corporeal bodies are, in a very real sense, celestial bodies. This interactive public tour emphasizes multisensory engagement and verbal description for people who are blind or partially sighted and is open to all visitors.

Office Hours: Portfolio Review at the 2017 Self Employment in the Arts Conference

From Chicago Artists Coalition:

Friday, February 24, 2017 – 2:00pm to 4:15pm

Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with curators from the HATCH Projects Residency at the 2017 Self Employment in the Arts Conference.

One-on-one portfolio reviews last 25 minutes and provide a platform to discuss a range of issues of interest to working artists, including:

  • Feedback on artwork
  • Preparing for exhibitions
  • Pursuing professional opportunities
  • And more!

Learning Objectives

  • Insightful, professional perspective on creative portfolio.
  • How to research opportunities and assess their applicability to one’s aspirations.
  • Logistics of the review process and preparation for studio visits and/or exhibitions.

HATCH Curators

Alexandria Eregbu

Ariel Gentalen is an educator, curator, and arts organizer seeking to diversify narratives and create platforms for engaging critical dialogue, among artists, artwork and audience.Their current research focuses on situating socially engaged art in theories of intersectional feminisms. They are currently the Residency Coordinator at the Hyde Park Art Center and the Conference Manager at Third Coast International Audio Festival. They received their BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from California State University, Fullerton and their MA in Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Erin Toale is a curator, writer and artist. She earned Dual MAs in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, and a BFA in 2D and 3D Fine Arts from Moore College of Art and Design in 2006. She has worked for a variety of non-profits, galleries and research centers including the Seattle Art Museum, the Rebuild Foundation, the Social Impact of the Arts Project, the Society for Contemporary Art, and the Sullivan Galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago. She recently completed both the HATCH Projects Curatorial Residency at the Chicago Artists Coalition and the Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center. She makes art about buildings, words, and people, and is a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Megan Taylor Noe  is an interdisciplinary artist and curator. Her curatorial practice studies aesthetics and politics. Through her work as the Exhibitions and Programming Director at Weinberg/Newton Gallery (Chicago, IL), Meg curates exhibitions focused on issues of social justice in partnership with nonprofit organizations. In two years, she organized seven exhibitions with programming for international and grassroots organizations, including “Soul Asylum” for Human Rights Watch, and “Try Youth As Youth” for the ACLU of Illinois. Meg also likes dark things. Her artworks express a fascination with morbidity, the material of memorialization and ritual, and celebrations of the macabre under late capitalism. She received a BA in Photography from Columbia College of Chicago in 2013.

About Self Employment in the Arts

Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) is a program geared toward helping emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists gain the resources and connections they need to be successful self-employed artists. The Annual Conference includes keynote presentations, artist-led sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring sessions, round table discussions, and workshops. There are also performances, a juried college art competition, improved idea pitch competition for artists, and late night activity rooms.  For educators, there are also sessions and opportunities to share best practices.


Office Hours: Portfolio Review at SEA is a free event. However, please note that space is very limited and advanced registration is required. Office Hours appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis via SEA.

Registration link forthcoming, so please check back again at:

Photo: Jessica Pierotti

Coming Soon to the Art Institute of Chicago: Rodney McMillian’s A Great Society

January 12, 2017–March 12, 2017
Gallery 186

Rodney McMillian. Still from Untitled (The Great Society) I, 2006. Contemporary Discretionary Fund.

Rodney McMillian’s work grapples with the complexities of class, race, and place in America across a wide range of media. His video narratives explore events and figures who tend to be omitted from conventional historical accounts. Employing elements of performance, public speaking, and oral history, McMillian exposes the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality, the racism endemic to America’s political and institutional landscape, and the failed promise of freedom and prosperity for all of its citizens. Importantly, he has also spoken of—and in certain works explicitly demonstrated—a personal interest in the genre of science fiction: while his work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation. The three recent acquisitions on view represent the last decade of the artist’s work in video.

In Untitled (The Great Society) I, McMillian not only stages a performance himself reciting President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 commencement speech at the University of Michigan, but also occupies it as a black man. In doing so, he raises questions about how history and politics are themselves consistently—and repeatedly—performed. In A Migration Tale, an unrecognizable (or unnamable) character clad in a silver Ultraman mask and floor-length black cassock travels on foot and via subway. McMillian references the “Great Migration,” during which thousands of African Americans left the rampant racism of the South for the promise of a better life in northern states, makes a condensed version of this northward journey, in the guise of an anonymous, ominous, and absurd character who goes unnoticed by those he encounters. Preacher Mangrapples with questions of religion and the fight for racial equality in the United States. Dressed in a traditional black suit and tie and wearing a hat, McMillian sits formally on a chair in an empty field cast in shadow and recites words of the once Chicago-based experimental jazz composer and musician Sun Ra.


RIOT GRRRLS at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Workshop for Working Artists

From Chicago Artists Coalition:

Monday, January 9, 2017 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
As working artists, your personal and business finances are integrally related. In this workshop, Julie Herwitt, an artist and Certified Public Accountant who specializes in working with artists, will teach best practices for organizing your finances and creating a path to financial sustainability.

Learning Objectives

  • Fundamental concepts for setting up a budget
  • “Good” vs. “bad” debt, debt repayment, and credit scores
  • Saving methods, how to save, and setting goals
  • Considerations for starting a business, including business entity choice and maintaining separate books
  • Importance of recordkeeping and useful tools for recording and managing money


Julie Herwitt CPA has over 25 years of experience working with small businesses and individuals. Additionally, Julie has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibits her paintings throughout the US. This dual personality is what allows Julie to bring a unique perspective to the tax and accounting needs of artists, writers, musicians and other creative individuals. She is a frequent guest lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College. Additionally, she has given workshops through the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, The Music Industry Workshop and other Midwest arts organizations. As a result of Julie’s experience with both accounting and the arts, her accounting practice works with numerous artists, writers and musicians. //


$20 General Public // $10 CAC Artist Members // FREE for BOLT/HATCH/LAUNCH Residents

Register at

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Links Hall

26th Anniversary Winter Solstice Concerts

Wed, December 21, 2016

6:00 am

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL


The Winter Solstice Concerts enjoys their fourth year in Links Hall’s new home, a crossroads for experimental music, Jazz and the performing arts.

This hour long performance utilizes a wide array of percussion instruments from North Africa, the Middle East, and East India, as well as Western orchestral instruments. Drake and Zerang also use the Frame Drum that has its origin in ancient Mesopotamia, and a variety of hand drums, including dumbek, table, rukk, conga, djimbe, and tambourine, concentrating on long rhythmic cycles and structured improvisations. Drake and Zerang are veterans of the Chicago world music, new music, and jazz scenes, and have performed together nationally and internationally. The concerts began as a single concert in 1990 and expanded to three concerts due to increasing demand in the intimate confines of Link’s Hall studio.

As usual, Michael and Hamid will perform their Winter Solstice duo concerts at 6:00 AM on Dec 21, 22, 23. In addition to this, the evenings of Dec 21 and 22 will feature bands and ensembles that Michael and Hamid play with frequently.

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the door at 5:30 a.m. the morning of each concert.

Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618