October Marks the 16th Annual Chicago Artists Month

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Chicago Artists Month Featured Artists

Chicago’s citywide collaborative arts event, Chicago Artists Month, returns this October with 200 events, ranging from exhibitions to open studio tours and neighborhood art walks presented by museums, galleries, cultural centers and arts organizations throughout the city. More than 45 neighborhoods will participate in this year’s month-long arts celebration, which showcases approximately 5,000 artists living and working in Chicago.

“Chicago Artists Month is an exciting and unique way to highlight Chicago’s visual art professionals around the city,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “It’s a chance for the public to experience the extraordinary quality and depth of our visual arts community.”

The theme for the month is “Artful Networks” which explores the communities that nurture and inspire Chicago artists and their work. Many of the programs happening in October will address the social environments in which

Featured Artist Carlos Javier Ortiz

artists work, looking at how these relationships impact creative growth, encourage experimentation and artistic exchange, and build community. Chicago Artists Month events will uncover the range of artists’ communities, from traditional residency programs to collaboratives to informal relationships. The programs associated with the month-long celebration feature one or more professional Chicago-based visual artists at public venues around the city.

Chicago Artists Month is presented by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. Chicago Artists Month 2011 is made possible through support provided by 98.7WFMT and WTTW11, Time Out Chicago, GapersBlock.com, Chicago Gallery News, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, MMPI and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The official dining partner of Chicago Artists Month is Lettuce Entertain You® Enterprises, Inc.

For more information about Chicago Artists Month and the visual arts community in Chicago, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org and www.chicagoartistsresource.org.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Featured Artist Lindsay Obermeyer

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, presents thousands of high-quality free festivals, exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations in venues throughout the city each year. DCASE is dedicated to promoting an ongoing celebration of the arts in Chicago, supporting the people who create and sustain them, and marketing the city’s abundant cultural resources to a worldwide audience.

Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture

The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC) is dedicated to promoting Chicago as a premier cultural destination to domestic and international leisure travelers, providing innovative visitor programs and services, and presenting free world-class public programs. COTC supports local artists through grants and other resources and creates vital opportunities for artists of all levels. For more information please visit www.ExploreChicago.org.