Fear No Art Chicago


Elysabeth Alfano

Three years ago, Elysabeth Alfano conceived of the idea to create a public television show about the behind-the-scenes process of art creation, and distributon, of fine art in the Chicago area. Through her prior two business ventures in the arts—a gallery and a design company—she had learned that people of all backgrounds regularly asked the same questions when it came to creativity and expression, and they were the types of questions that could only be answered in the studio. Three hard years of searching for the right network, funding and marketing, in May of 2010, Fear No ART  made it’s broadcast premiere on WTTW.   Alfano demonstrated a dedication to depicting the art scene of Chicago as a broad and diverse field. It consists not only of painters and sculptors but musicians, chefs and fashion designers.

Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche

No matter what the medium, ingenuity and experimentation have been motivating forces of each of the artists Alfano has interviewed. They have challenged authority, brought new vision to their field and demanded a constant rethinking of what it means to be an artist in the twenty-first century. Most importantly, they have done so from Chicago; each of the artists in their interviews discuss their commitment to the city and outline the ways in which it has provided a stimulating scenario within which one can work vibrantly and feel no real need to leave for New York, LA or elsewhere. It is, likewise, a show for the wide-ranging Chicago arts consumer, its information and approach appealing to those new to Chicago and lacking a definitive arts background as well as those of high expertise. It is a show for anyone interesting in expanding their cultural knowledge of the city and its most creative independent practitioners.

Lauren Lein

The show will continue to air quarterly, with the next new episode airing come September. And in between airings the program will be continuing in a multivalent internet format. In addition to the TV show interviews, there will be Fear No ART Chicago bi-monthly “webisodes”  (online episodes) starting in late summer, and viewers will be able to broaden their knowledge of the Chicago art scene in between episodes at their own discretion. The website will include a blog, a MUST C events page , a calendar, and artist information pages. In providing detailed information packaged in a pleasant and approachable format, Alfano hopes that the Fear No ART Chicago website will become a central arts site for the city. One can get his or her to the minute updates by following Fear No ART on Facebook and Twitter.