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Artists' Guide to Purchasing Real Estate

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present a panel conversation with real estate professionals to educate and empower artists to become property owners in Chicago at this year's Lake FX

BOLT Residency
Iris Bernblum, Untitled, 2015, Inkjet print on Archival paper, 20 x 30 in.

Today is a New Day

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 6-9:30 PM

Solo exhibition by BOLT Resident, Iris Bernblum.

HATCH Projects
Erika Råberg, Composition for a space in between, 2015, Video, 20 mins


Friday, April 29, 2016 to Thursday, May 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 6-9:30pm

"Analogues" features artists Hannah Givler, Erika Råberg, and Woomin Kim. This exhibition is curated by Brett Swinney.


Starving Artist

Chicago Artists Coalition's Annual Benefit
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thank you for celebrating with us at Starving Artist!
You made it a fantastic night. 

Chartwell Collectors Circle

Home Collection Tour: Ian Gray

New Date: April 5, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

Tour the home and private collection of Ian Gray, Chicago collector and gallerist. 


Teaching Artists Summit 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Chicago Artists Coalition & Hyde Park Art Center are pleased to present a day-long convening bringing together teaching artists from across the city for professional development and commu

BOLT Residency
Amina Ross, Untitled, 2015, Homemade sidewalk chalk, found objects, Dimensions variable


Friday, April 1, 2016 - 6:00pm to Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 6-9pm

Sculptor Amina Ross relates the closing of Chicago's many public schools to the inaccessibility of play as a state of mind-- even for adults.

HATCH Projects
Jessica Harvey, "Utopia, from the series ‘Arrows of the Dawn’," 2014, Archival Pigment Print, 20 x 30 in.

Tracing the Invisible

Friday, April 1, 2016 to Thursday, April 21, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 6-9pm

The artists in "Tracing the Invisible" summon the unseen forces that reverberate through the past and imprint the present. Featuring works by Jessica Harvey, Anansi kNOwBody, and Marina Miliou-Theocharaki, this exhibition is curated by Kate Pollasch.


Measure Twice, Hammer Once: An Exhibition Skills Primer

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Develop a thorough understanding of how to complete a professional exhibition installation process from start to finish with CAC’s Preparators JP Culligan and Jeremy Kreusch.


Office Hours: Legal Education

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Office Hours: Legal Education is an opportunity for artists to chat with a legal professional experienced in working with artists and creative entrepreneurs.

BOLT Residency

Don't Hold On to Your Bones

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 6:00pm to Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday March 4, 6:00 - 9:00pm

"Don’t Hold On to Your Bones" mines the artist, Leonard Suryajaya’s upbringing as a second-generation Chinese Indonesian raised by a Muslim woman.

HATCH Projects
Blair Bogin, "Things She Might Be About To Do," 2016, Video still

Secular Studies

Friday, March 4, 2016 to Thursday, March 24, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 6-9pm

"Secular Studies" features artists Alejandro T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, Ali Aschman, LeRoy Bach, Blair Bogin, and Hyounsang Yoo. The exhibition is curated by Sadie Woods.

LEFT: Damon Locks, Manifest Justice, Digital Print // RIGHT: Maggie Puckett & Melissa Potter, Seeds InService, A Man Can Catch You, Menu from Food, Sex & Death in The Papermaker’s Garden, 2016;  Front: Letterpress on handmade potato vine paper,   Back: Inkjet on handmade potato vine paper  5 x 7 inches

2016 MAKER Grant

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 to Thursday, April 14, 2016
The 2016 MAKER Grant awards Chicago-based artists Damon Locks and Seeds InService, Melissa Potter and Maggie Puckett.
BOLT Residency
Flashpoint at Florence and Normandie Avenues during 1992 Los Angeles riots (CBS TV still)

A Thin Blue Line

Friday, February 5, 2016 to Thursday, February 25, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, February 5 , 6-9pm

"A Thin Blue Line" looks at the intersections of public and private space, violence, obsession, and desire through the lens of collective trauma.

HATCH Projects
Danny Volk, "Feelings About the Number 2 (advertisement for temporary archive and reading room)," 2016

Batten Down the Hatches

Friday, February 5, 2016 to Thursday, February 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 5 , 6-9pm

HATCH group exhibition, featuring Rachel E. Foster, Maya Mackrandilal, Ryan Thompson, Stephanie Graham, Casey Smallwood, and Danny Volk, and curated by Jaxon Pallas.

Chartwell Collectors Circle

BOLT Residency Studio Tours

Visit the studios of the Chicago Artists Coalition's artists in residence.
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Enjoy a private look inside the studios of CAC's BOLT Artists-in-Residence.

BOLT Residency
Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera, The Incredible Act of the Disappearance of a Rabbit and the Echo of His Cries Disintegrating into the Abyss, 2014, video installation

A Home Coming (revisited)

Friday, January 8, 2016 to Thursday, January 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 8, 6-9pm

Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera exhibits video and installation works that explore the idea of “home” using elements extracted from his memories or dreams.

HATCH Projects
Jeffrey Michael Austin, An Attempt To Return, 2015, Video Still, 9:00 minutes

You Are Looking Good, A Real Good Looker

Friday, January 8, 2016 to Thursday, January 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 8, 6-9 pm

"You Are Looking Good, A Real Good Looker" brings together artists from Chicago and St. Louis in this exhibition co-curated by Allison Lacher and Cole Lu.


Donate to CAC

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015

As the year comes to a close, please consider making a donation to CAC’s Annual Fund and support the emerging artist

HATCH Projects
Stevie Hanley, Lenticular Domestic Arrangements 1 and 2, 2015, Metal, lenticular lenses, mylar, paper, commercial grade artificial food, hair claws, clothes pins, animal fats and pigments.

The Dissemination of Blind Light

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 6:00pm to Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, November 20, 6-9 pm

"The Dissemination of Blind Light" is curated by La Keisha Leek, featuring works by HATCH artists-in-residence Stevie Hanley, Kelly Lloyd, Esau McGhee, Andrew Rosinski, Hui-min Tsen and Julie Weber.

BOLT Residency
Leonard Suryajaya, Navel String, 2015

Preview 5

Friday, November 20, 2015 to Thursday, December 10, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, November 20, 6-9 pm

"Preview 5" is a sneak peek of new directions taken by the BOLT artists-in-residence for 2015-2016.

Photo by Chris Griffith

Let's Get Real (Estate): Finding Affordable Space for Your Creative Practice

Explore different types of studio, live-work, and presentation spaces available to artists in Chicago and how to think creatively about finding space in the city.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Artists of all disciplines share one common necessity: affordable space to develop their craft.

BOLT Residency
Kim Jong Un Americans, Aram Han Sifuentes

Kim Jong Un Americans

Friday, October 23, 2015 to Thursday, November 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 23, 6-9 pm / Special Event at 8 pm

Come get your own free Kim Jong-un haircut or hairstyle from our professional hair stylist.

HATCH Projects
Kayla Anderson, Future Reliquaries No. 2 (Plaza Blanca Rock), 2015, Laser cut acrylic and rock, 9.5 x 7 x 1.5 inches

Nitty Gritty

Friday, October 23, 2015 to Thursday, November 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 23, 6 - 9 pm

Nitty Gritty is curated by Sadie Woods and presents new works by Alejandro T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, and Blair Bogin.

Photo by Jessica Pierott

Granted: Crafting a Winning Proposal

Grantmakers and artists share expert advice on funding prospect research and review artist grant proposals.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

In this two-panel workshop, we will explore everything you should consider in your next grant application.


Curatorial Writing Group: In Bringing Forth with Jeannette Tremblay

Join us for the inaugural Curatorial Writing Group session at CAC!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Curatorial Writing Group at Chicago Artists Coalition provides a supportive and critical outlet for curators and other arts writers to receive direct feedback and discussion of works-in-progres

Photo by Jessica Pierotti

To LLC or not to LLC: Business Entity Selection + Set-Up Clinic

Uncover the process of creating a distinct business entity for your creative practice.
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Have you been running your career without a distinct business entity, but not sure which one is best for your creative practice?

BOLT Residency
Myra Greene, Detail of Swatch 210, 2015, Fabric Collage, 2 x 14 in.

sketches for something bigger/brighter/wider/higher

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 6:00pm to Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday September 25, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Myra Greene explores her complex cultural connection to African fabrics through photography and quilts, giving rise to new scales, perspectives, and symbolism.

HATCH Projects
Casey Smallwood, Still from "Somewhere," 2015

As Stars At Daybreak

Friday, September 25, 2015 to Thursday, October 15, 2015
Opening Reception: September 25, 2015, 6-9pm

A missing persons case at a historic house museum, psychosexual intimacies with a boy band, and giving non-Black allies a "pass" all collide in "As Stars At Daybreak."

The Annual
The Annual

The Annual

An Exhibition of New Chicago Art
Friday, September 18, 2015 to Sunday, September 20, 2015

Running concurrently with EXPO Chicago, The Annual is a yearly sales exhibition showcasing cutting-edge art from Chicago.

21 strand cable illustration by Marissa Lee Benedict


"Dark Fiber" by Marissa Lee Benedict & David Rueter / Booth 121 / EXPO Chicago at Navy Pier
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:00am to Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 6:00pm
Artists Talk: Friday, September 18 / 3:00 pm / Booth 121

CAC proudly presents "Dark Fiber" by Marissa Lee Benedict & David Rueter in Booth 121 for EXPO Chicago at Navy Pier.

Photo by Jessica Pierotti

Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell: Insights on Pricing Your Artwork

Gallery owners from some of Chicago’s esteemed commercial galleries and successful local artists will share their insights and practical advice about artwork pricing.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Esteemed Chicago gallery owners share their insights and practical advice about artwork pricing.

BOLT Residency
Map of Sardis Lake, 2015, Official Map of US Army Corps of Engineering, Vicksburg District, 18" x 24"

A Few Good Words for Anybody

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 6:00pm to Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday August 21, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Through the use of photographic archives, oral history, and contemporary photographs, Houston Cofield retraces both the imagined and real landscapes around Sardis Lake.

HATCH Projects
Jessica Caponigro, Untitled (Leather Stone) detail, 2015, vinyl, quartz, wire, laminate flooring, foliage

Rough Idle

Friday, August 21, 2015 to Thursday, September 10, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 21, 6-9 pm

"Rough Idle" embraces the emotional and material resonances which emerge spontaneously and organically from a nebula of objects.

Photo by Jessica Pierotti

I am for an Art… Creative Strategies for Artists’ Professional Writing

Learn how to avoid common writing pitfalls, tools for improving your skills, and exercises to imbue the writing process with creativity.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Once reserved for journal and manifestos, artists are now asked to define their creative practice in myriad contexts with increasing frequency.

HATCH Projects
Esau McGhee, image from video Comet Come to Me, 2015

Halfway to Equilibrium

Friday, July 24, 2015 to Thursday, August 13, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, July 24, 6-9 pm

Tugging away from restraint in search of resolve, "Halfway to Equilibrium" tests the capacity of human limitation.