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Eulogy for Jeriah Hildwine

I don’t remember the name of the coffee shop. I just remember that the floor was made of wood and I recognized Stephanie Burke from her picture – a shaved head except for bangs — and it all began there in 2009. The running joke was that people were always very surprised at two things […]

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Dirty New Media Art

A quick n’ dirty introduction to Dirty New Media Art, its Chicago roots, and present popularity.

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Upgrade! Chicago Attracts New Media Artists

Upgrade! Chicago provides community and gallery space for new media artists.

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NMMA Part Two: Elitist Art / NMMA Segunda parte: Arte Elitista

As we continue the interview, Carlos Tortolero, founder and director of The National Museum of Mexican Art, discussed elitism in the art world.

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Quality Education: Part Three

Has the American dream turned into a scam? In the case of the for-profit this is not far from the truth…tead of receiving kudos for educating those who have felt a higher education was out of reach, for-profits are under the microscope for unusual recruitment techniques, high drop out rates, and lack in the quality of education. To add to the fire, for-profits are obtaining huge amounts of revenue that instead of being completely reinvested into the school, like in the case of non-profits such as SAIC and Columbia, the extra money is distributed to investors.

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NMMA: Free Since 1987 / NMMA: Gratis Desde 1987

The NMMA (National Museum of Mexican Art) in Pilsen has been open for 24 years, remaining free and presenting exhibitions preserving Mexican culture for everyone.

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Chicago Fringe Festival is On the Map, Under the Radar

Fringe Fest 2011 promises to draw avant garde performance groups to Pilsen.

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Edifice Innovation: BUILT Fest in August

Artists are given free rein to build a city out of shipping containers. Apply today to the major new art Fest in Wicker Park.

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Quality Education:Part Two

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is ranked third in America’s top art schools according to US News and World Report. Neighboring art school, Columbia College, is the largest private arts college in the nation. I talked to representatives and students from both schools about the worth of an art degree in such a dire job market.

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Contemporary Asian Art at Local Galleries Defy Stereotypes

Though museums may lack contemporary Asian art, some galleries in Chicago have made a point of showcasing works that reflect modern Asia.

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Candida Alvarez talks about the School of Art Institute, SubCity Projects

Currently serving as a tenured professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Candida Alvarez has been a part of the local Chicago art community since she first got a position with the Institute in 1998.

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Ravenswood Remix

Ravenswood Remix is a new festival benefiting local school art programs and Chicago’s first festival to feature artists who make art from recycled materials.

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Experimental Station: A Neighborhood Movement Towards Self-Sustainabillity

The Experimental Station at 6100 South Blackstone Avenue in the Southside’s Woodlawn neighborhood is a hodge-podge of creative enterprises. From the beginning, the location has gone through one transformation after another.

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Annual Open House at Terry Dowd Inc.

On Monday, July 25th, 3:00pm – 8:00pm Terry Dowd, Inc. will be holding their annual open house.

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Quality Education: Lessons After Art School

In retrospect, I realize my decision to go back to school deserved more thought and extensive research. Recently I came across information that every perspective college student should know before taking the plunge into higher education. And for those already in the deep end, you may want to avert your eyes.

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Glass Artist Josh Simpson Defies Gravity

Creator of world’s largest paperweight to present free July 16th talk at the Block Museum at Northwestern University.

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7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition at 33 Contemporary

33 Contemporary Gallery presents the 7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition.

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Elsa Muñoz: Interview / Entrevista

“It’s simply a huge honor to be invited to have a solo show at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum. I feel incredibly lucky both for the opportunity to show and for the support and response I’ve gotten since the opening last month. “

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Labor of Love: The “Art of Work” Exhibit

Examining the “Art of Work,” an exhibition at the Arrowhead Room Gallery of Waubonsee Community College.

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Weekend Highlights: Art Events in Chicago

A brief rundown of this weekend’s art events.