City Arts challenges Chicago artists to think and work in
Taking a page from the Surrealists'
"exquisite corpses" (a conglomerate art work
by several artists) the Totems project invited
artists to create a component for a totem pole. Using
the basic structural unit of a new 5-gallon plastic paint
bucket with lid, each artist created their work of art
not knowing what the section above or below would look
The Artists' Totems were displayed at the James R.
Thompson Center, the Chicago Art Open exhibit in collaboration
with Little Black Pearl Arts Organization in Hyde Park.
"Windy City Kites"
AN EXHIBITION OF ORIGINAL KITES AT THE CHICAGO
ATHENAEUM IN SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS
celebration of National Kite Flying Month and Earth Day, The
Chicago Athenaeum, and curator, Frank Crowley, Director of
Windy City Arts, and the associate artists of Windy City Arts
welcomed the public to enjoy an exhibition of original kites
designed by local artists.
Kite: Jill Zylke
Suite Home Chicago
a previous initiative, we joined in the City of Chicago's
public art project, "Suite Home Chicago", for the
summer of 2001. Windy City Arts saw this as an opportunity
to fulfill a goal of showcasing outstanding Chicago artists.
This collaborative work was featured in the window of the
"Upholstery Shop", a city facility at 72 East Randolph
Street, where the artists painted their individual contributions
on location, allowing passersby a glimpse of the artistic
process in progress. The Windy
City Arts sofa was across the street from the Art Institute
on Michigan Avenue from June through October 2001.
Channel 2 News - WBBM aired a special segment about the artists
working on the sofa in their feature on "Suite Home Chicago".
This program was broadcast from June 1 - 15, 2001 on Channel
20 - WYCC and cable stations.
Children making kites at the Mayor's Kids and Kites
festival. Windy City Arts supplies artists and teachers
to work with the children making paper bag kites.
Students at a Chicago Public School making kites, part
of Windy City Arts' continuing art education program.
James McNiel Mesple- left kite,
G.E. Colpitts-center, Simone Bouyer -right background
In December 2000, Windy City
Arts sponsored Kite Week at eight Chicago galleries.
Over 60 artists produced 100 kites.
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