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Review of HATCH exhibition "Out of Context," Picture This Post, January 9, 2019

HATCH exhibition "Out of Context" named in 'Winter Preview: The most anticipated Chicago art exhibitions,' Chicago Tribune, December 20, 2018

Appearance of Benjamin Larose's work at EXPO Chicago in WGN news video, "Around Town checks out EXPO Chicago," WGN-TV, September 27, 2018

Yvette Mayorga featured in Chicago Magazine, "The Frosting Chronicler," Chicago Magazine, September 24, 2018

Review of HATCH Projects exhibition, "Leaf by Leaf," NewCity, September 5, 2018

Review of HATCH Projects exhibition, "Orwellian Offspring," Chicago Tribune, June 27, 2018

Myra Greene (BOLT 2014-15), receives Working Artist Project Fellowship from MOCA GA

CAC artists named Art Design Chicago "Creative Ambassadors" June 7, 2018

"New Frontiers: As the West Loop Loses its Gallery District, Chicago Artists Coalition Finds Fresh Space to Build on its Mission," Newcity, May 25, 2018
The history of the Chicago Artists Coalition and its role in supporting Chicago artists parallels the city’s artistic growth over the years. How does a non-profit arts organization survive in Chicago for nearly half a century? By constantly adapting to the changing needs of artists and the cultural conditions of the city. By Elliot Reichert.

Congratulations to CAC artists featured in Newcity Breakout Artists 2018: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers

Review of HATCH Projects exhibition Body as Image: "Talkin' Bodies at the Chicago Artists Coalition," Chicago Tribune, April 25, 2018

"The American Dream, in Frosting: The Art of Yvette Mayorga," Reader, April 25, 2018 
Do immigrants really find a better life in the U.S., or is it just a fantasia of prosperity full of barely concealed threats?

CAC's move featured in Gazette Chicago, "Movie theatre/retail complex and Chicago Artists Coalition HQ planned for West Loop," Gazette Chicago, April 5, 2018

Hương Ngô (BOLT 2016-2017) will be exhibiting in the Museum of Modern Art's group exhibition, Being: New Photography 2018. The exhibition runs March 18 through August 19, 2018. "Being: New Photography 2018," Museum of Modern Art, 2018. 

"Bringing colonial legacies, cognac and rejas, and conversations about neglected public spaces into the museum create an opportunity for visitors to examine preconceived notions about people who are treated as less important, and places that they may not believe are open to them. With “Open 24 Hours,” Soto has opened a space where complexity can be held and the two might meet." Edra Soto (curator of the ANNUAL: Showroom 2016) reviewed in New City Art.
"Poppin' Bottles: The MCA Opens Up for the Common Good," New City Art, Feb 1, 2018

Jeffrey Grauel's "Public School" named an ART TOP 5 by New City Art. "ART TOP 5: February 2018,New City Art, Jan 31, 2018

"Chicago Artists Coalition Moving West Spring 2018," Chicago Gallery News, Jan 23, 2018

"A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America" upcoming at ​Charles White Elementary School," BlouinArtInfo, Jan 10, 2018

"Soheila Azadi's "Inside Out" from Jan. 10 to Feb. 7 at Moraine Valley Community College's Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery is part of Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America, which explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States."
"Artist gives voice to Muslim Women through Palo Hills art exhibit," Chicago Tribune, Dec 28, 2018

"David Alekhuogie’s show is full of butts – concrete butts to be exact, cast from mannequin hip busts used to model underwear (Altered States series, all works 2017). Alekhuogie reconfigures these forms first materially, from plastic to concrete, then usefully, as vases, casting copper pipes into each to hold water and the stems of various flora."
"David Alekhuogie Them Boys," ArtReviewDec 2017

"David Alekhuogie is represented by a large pigment print on cotton, “Pull-Up K/W/R” (2017), which is a close-up view of low-slung red pants, white underwear, and a black t-shirt – three stacked horizontal bands of color.  While low-slung pants are associated with urban black youth, Alekhuogie complicates our perception by not revealing the racial identity of the person wearing the clothes."
"A Show That Requires a Different Kind of LookingHyperallergic, Jan 13, 2018

"The most thoughtful display, though (and perhaps even the best booth) is that of the Chicago Artists Coalition. The very pink installation by Mexican-American artist Yvette Mayorga is a saccharine but bitter vision of the American dream, featuring Rococo-inspired paintings and sculptures that speak to the traumatic experiences of Mexican immigrants."
"From Immigrant Stories to Environmental Dread, EXPO Chicago Gets Dark," Hyperallergic, Sep 15, 2017

"The Chicago Artists Coalition booth features Yvette Mayorga's High Maintenance (Art After Nov. 8, 2016), an eye-popping, immersive, rococo, satirical, and Candy Land-pink critique of immigration law, sexism, racism, the American Dream, and life in general in the Trump era."
"At Expo Chicago, the locals hold their own," Chicago Reader, Sep 14, 2017

BOLT Residency Booth at EXPO CHICAGO, High Maintenance (Art After Nov. 8, 2016) by Yvette Mayorga
"TOP V FROM EXPO CHICAGO," Bad At Sports, Sep 14, 2017

#31: CAC Executive Director, Caroline Older
"Art 50 2017: Chicago’s Visual Vanguard," Newcity Art, August 31, 2017

"Fogt started a BOLT studio art residency at the Chicago Artists Coalition this July. This yearlong residency will allow Fogt to create new works and expose him to local critics and curators, as well as the work and processes of the other residents. This exposure will advance both his production as an artist and his career as a worker. Programs like these are important for helping those who work in the arts to find viable options for employment."
"FRAME OF REFERENCE: The Journey of the Modern Artist," The Hoya, August 19, 2017

"Jeffrey Michael Austin: Stay Alive," Rainbowed., July 27, 2017

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, The Mountains Whispered and the Canyon Sang by Luis Sahagun
"Luis Sahagun’s New Show Tackles Death and Violence in His Childhood," Chicago magazine, July 20, 2017
"TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (7/20-7/26)," Bad At Sports, July 20, 2017

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, Stay alive by Jeffrey Michael Austin
"Chicago Artists Coalition STAY ALIVE Preview – Is It a Mirror or a Canvas?" Picture This Post, June 22, 2017

Terrain-HATCH Public Art Residency exhibition, Mother's Reflection by Amina Ross
Familial, matriarchal traditions explored," Chicago Tribune, May 18, 2017

"#StudioLife Yvette Mayorga," Rainbowed., May 1, 2017

"Breakout Artists 2017," Newcity, April 27, 2017
Breakout artists include: Hương Ngô (BOLT 2016-17), Aram Han Sifuentes (BOLT 2014-16) and Alejandro T. Acierto (HATCH Projects 2014-15)

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, The Politics of Desire by Yvette Mayorga
"Sugary Deception: “The Politics of Desire” by Yvette Mayorga," Sixty Inches From Center, March 23, 2017

"How Arts Organizations Are Bracing for Trump's Possible NEA, NEH Cuts," Rolling Stone, March 21, 2017

Terrain-HATCH Public Art Residency exhibition, Choke by Scott Carter
Outdoor public art exhibit in Oak Park invites visitors to lay down a beat," Chicago Tribune, March 15, 2017

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, The Politics of Desire by Yvette Mayorga
"Yvette Mayorga’s Artistic Contribution to the Immigration Conversation," Third Coast Review, March 12, 2017
"Yvette Mayorga," Visual Art Source, March 12, 2017

"Coney Family Fund Award Launches At Chicago Artists Coalition," SociaLifeChicago, March 7, 2017

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, The Politics of Desire by Yvette Mayorga & HATCH Projects group exhibition, Hiding in Plain Sight
March Art Picks," Sixty Inches From Center, Feb 24, 2017

TIME Magazine online lists David Alekhuogie (BOLT Residency 2015-6) as an artist to follow now
"12 African American Photographers You Should Follow Right Now,", Feb 23, 2017

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, Ee Bang In/Person from Outside by Annette Hur
"Annette Hur’s Work at Chicago Artists Coalition Resonates With Today’s Issues," Third Coast Review, Feb 10, 2017

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, Today is a New Day by Iris Bernblum 
"Newcity’s Top 5 of Everything 2016: Visual Arts," Newcity, Dec 15, 2016

BOLT Residency group exhibition, Preview 6: We've Met Before & HATCH Projects group exhibition, Amor Fati
"Chicago Artists Coalition Hosts Two Exhibitions," The Torch, Dec 11, 2016

"Sanaz Sohrabi’s Mapmaking as Action," (BOLT 2014-15) Inside\Within, Dec 2016

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, Younghye Han: My Mother’s First Exhibition by Aram Han Sifuentes
"Interview: Aram Han Sifuentes," Cultural ReProducers, Nov 5, 2016

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, Round and Round by Johana Moscoso
"Top V. Weekend Picks," Bad At Sports, Nov 3, 2016
"9 art gallery exhibitions to see in November," Time Out Chicago, Nov 1, 2016

FIELD/WORK Curriculm Share + Potluck
"November Art Picks," Sixty Inches From Center, Nov 1, 2016

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, Seven Sculptures by David Bodhi Boylan.
"Top V. Weekend Picks," Bad At Sports, Oct 6, 2016

"The Chicago Artists Coalition featured an allover installation of palm trees, photographs, and floral wallpaper by Leonard Suryajaya, an artist from Indonesia in its residency program who brought his mother and aunt from home to wrap handmade fruit in the same floral wallpaper."
"Man with a Plan," Artforum, Sept 30, 2016

"The installation receiving the most attention—by far—on Thursday evening at Vernissage was Leonard Suryajaya’s Bunda located inside the Chicago Artists Coalition booth."
"Local Artists Create Immersive Environments at EXPO Chicago," Chicago Gallery News, Sept 28, 2016

"Marginalized by media: Poster project addresses queer visibility politics," (HATCH 2015-16) RedEye, Sept 25, 2016

"The Chicago Artists Coalition has an installation by emerging artist Leonard Suryavaya, featuring paper sculptures of furniture and fruit along with absurdly surreal photographic portraits."
What To Buy At Expo Chicago," BLOUIN ARTINFO, Sept 23, 2016

"Q&A: Leonard Suryajaya," (BOLT 2015-16, EXPO CHICAGO/2016 Presenting Artist Selected by Yesomi Umolu), Strange Fire Collective, Sept 22, 2016 

"Three ways to do Expo Chicago," (The Annual 2016, SHOWROOM), Chicago Reader, Sept 21, 2016

"Edra Soto's Really Good Year," (The Annual 2016 Curator), Newcity, Sept 14, 2016

"Dubbed an “exhibition of new Chicago art,” this group show is the quickest introduction to the local scene in a single gallery. Produced by the artist incubator Chicago Artists Coalition, the highly curated selection has included such burgeoning stars as painter Chelsea Culp, featured in this year’s Bienal de Nicaragua."
"Five Prime Spots to Discover Rising Local Artists," Chicago magazine, Sept 1, 2016

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, Start Together by Jaclyn Jacunski
"Chicago artist explores the meaning and effects of gentrification in Fulton Market," Chicago Tribune, August 31, 2016

Profile on Suzette Bross (BOLT 2015-16) and her residency at CAC:
"Glass Variations," Chicago Life Magazine, August 2016

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, Start Together by Jaclyn Jacunski
"Top V. Weekend Picks," Bad At Sports, August 18, 2016

"MuWDV: Stephanie Graham's Global Matriarchy Through Personal Narrative," (HATCH 2014-15), Inside\Within, July 2016

"Art and Body Politics at the Republican National Convention," (Angela Davis Fegan HATCH 2015-16), Hyperallergic, July 22, 2016

"Confronting the Fears Detained Immigrants Face in the US," (2016 MAKER Grantee Damon Locks), Hyperallergic, July 22, 2016

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, Younghye Han: My Mother’s First Exhibition by Aram Han Sifuentes
8 art gallery exhibitions to see in July,” Time Out Chicago, July 1, 2016

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, For the Glass by Suzette Bross
Suzette Bross Bulley: Through the Looking Glass," Classic Chicago Magazine, June 12, 2016

Let the Performance Begin: Iris Bernblum in Profile” (BOLT 2015-16), Newcity, May 23, 2016

Breakout Artists 2015: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers,” Newcity, May 2016
Breakout artists include: Leonard Suryajaya (BOLT 2015-16) and Myra Greene (BOLT 2014-15)

Rituals of Dislocation and Leonard Suryajaya’s “Don’t Hold on to Your Bones”,” F Newsmagazine, March 15, 2016

“The 2015-2016 BOLT residency has been a wonderful experience, and I was thrilled to be accepted.”
"Photographer Suzette Bross: On the Fly,” Chicago Gallery News, April 27, 2016

Artist Alexandria Eregbu shares her secret to a perfect spring day,” (HATCH 2013-14), Time Out Chicago, April 21, 2016

“Last year, I bought a work by Preus at the Chicago Artists Coalition’s annual Starving Artist benefit, which is coming up again this month and offers work by incredible Chicago-based artists at affordable prices to help the CAC’s mission of supporting emerging artists that keep this city fresh with creativity," 
Eye Exam: Going Down Swinging,” Newcity, April 14, 2016

A night of art and culinary talent at the Chicago Artist Coalition’s annual benefit Starving Artist,” Chicagoist, April 11, 2016

The art of fun promised at CAC fundraiser,”, March 26, 2016

Here's what to do this week (and what to plan for),” Crain's Chicago Business, March 16, 2016

“CAC resident artist Leonard Suryajaya’s “Don't Hold On to Your Bones” is a visually and aurally overwhelming installation,” Visual Art Source, March 2016

HATCH Projects group exhibition, Secular Studies
11 art gallery exhibitions to see in March,” Time Out Chicago, March 2, 2016

Leonard Suryajaya’s Photos Let You See the World Through Outsider’s Eyes,” VICE: The Creators Project, Feb 28, 2016

Chicago Artists Coalition Exhibit Shows What It’s Like to Be a Queer Outsider in Muslim North Sumatra,” Chicago Magazine, Feb 19, 2016

“Across the street from Google’s behemoth office tower, the Chicago Artist Coalition, a 30-year-old arts incubator, is managing to stay put.”
How Rising Rents are Pushing Art Galleries Out of the West Loop,” Chicago Magazine, Feb 10, 2016

David Alekhuogie's latest exhibition questions everything,” Time Out Chicago, Feb 9, 2016

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, A Thin Blue Line by David Alekhuogie
The Best Art Galleries in February,” Chicago Magazine, Jan 28, 2016

HATCH Projects group exhibition, You Are Looking Good, A Real Good Looker
Bruce Springsteen plays The River, Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off, and more things to do this week,” Chicago Reader, Jan 18, 2016

HATCH Projects group exhibition, You Are Looking Good, A Real Good Looker, and BOLT Residency solo exhibition, A Home Coming (revisited) by Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera
10 art gallery exhibitions to check out in January,” Time Out Chicago, Jan 4, 2016

Best place to see work by emerging Chicago artists,” Newcity Best of Chicago, Nov 5, 2015

Rashayla Marie Brown challenges us to think about our actions, assumptions and perspectives,” CreativeMornings, Nov 1, 2015

New exhibit 'The Annual' gives up-and-coming Chicago artists exposure during Expo Art Week,” Chicago Reader, Sept 9, 2015

Find Answers at the Chicago Artists Resource,” Professional Artists, Aug-Sept 2015

Portrait of the Artist: Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera," (BOLT 2014-16), Newcity, Aug 3, 2015

"These Chicago organizations make it their business to give emerging artists a boost," Michigan Avenue, Summer 2015

An Evening Of Fine Art And Fine Food: Chicago Artists Coalition's Starving Artist Benefit,” Chicagoist, June 24, 2015

Breakout Artists 2015: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers,” Newcity, May 2015
Breakout artists include: Alexandria Eregebu (HATCH 2013-14), Rashayla Marie Brown (BOLT 2013-14), and Kelly Lloyd (HATCH 2014-15)

30-Something: Young Chicago Collectors,” Chicago Gallery News, May 13, 2015
Featuring: CAC Board Director Ian Gray, Collector Circle Members Ashley Galloway and Oren Lund

HATCH Projects group exhibition, Kissing in Heaven
9 art gallery exhibitions to check out in May,” Time Out Chicago, April 30, 2015

The Artist is Not Present,” F Newsmagazine, April 20, 2015

Recommended: Marissa Lee Benedict and David Rueter,” Visual Art Source, March 26, 2015

Review: Extraordinary Effort, Spectacular Failure/Chicago Artists Coalition,” Newcity, March 14, 2015

The three-week February exhibition of Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera consisted of a blank wall in Chicago’s West Loop gallery,” Milwaukee Express, March 3, 2015

“A gallery at the Chicago Artists Coalition currently holds more than just a few pieces of art," Hyperallergic, Feb 23, 2015

Cuban Artist To Spend Three Weeks Living In A Crawl Space Behind Gallery Walls,” Huffington Post, Feb 18, 2015

This Artist is Living in a Crawl Space for Three Weeks,” Chicago Magazine, February 2015

“CAC is a major player in the city’s arts community, leading efforts in artist advocacy and support, and providing professional development and residency initiatives," Jetsetter Magazine, Winter 14/15

BOLT Residency solo exhibition, Vagabunda by Rashayla Marie Brown
Five Must-See Underground Art Events,” Chicago Magazine, Nov 7, 2014  

"Find your circle...Chartwell Collectors Circle is a casual, members-only group that offers private-collection home tours and artist studio visits.
Chicago Tribune, Sept 18, 2014

"Art Plays Key Role in Chicago Mayor's Re-Election Hopes," Art Newspaper, Sept 18, 2014

"EDITION Chicago is back after a very successful launch last year." fnews Magazine, Sept 16, 2014

"EXPO Art Week Explodes with city art exhibitions all month long," examiner.comAugust 2014

"CAC Takes a Bite out of 40" feature article in Chicago Gallery NewsMay-August 2014 

"Best Attractions for Art Lovers in Chicago" CBS Chicago, May 31, 2014

"Perhaps no other studio space promises contact with curators, critics, collectors and arts administrators, and a solo exhibition as well." 
"Best of Chicago 2013Newcity

HATCH Projects group exhibition, The Terrestrial, The Celestial, and the Imagined In Between

"Not only is the new EDITION Chicago an incredible opportunity to start building an art collection or add to your existing collection, but the satellite fair builds on the exciting momentum surrounding art in Chicago right now."
"New Satellite Fair EDITION Will Debut During Expo ChicagoBlouin ArtInfo, August 22, 2013

"Unaffiliated with Expo, [EDITION's] presence signals a confidence in Chicago’s ready-to-boom-again art market."
"Chicago’s Art Scene is Booming Right NowChicago Magazine, July 17, 2013)

"The Chicago Artists Coalition ... has tripled its staff in the last two years and moved into posh new 8,000-square-foot digs in the West Loop."
"Suddenly Center Stage," CS Interiors, July 9, 2013

"Amber Ginsburg (HATCH 2012-13) and Marissa Lee Benedict (HATCH 2012-13 & BOLT 2013-15) On Bio-Plastic and Collaboration," Make Space, April 29, 2013

Press Releases

CAC Announces Move
Monday, January 22, 2018

The Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is excited to announce that it will move to a new location at 2130-40 West Fulton Street in the dynamic Kinzie Industrial Corridor in spring 2018. The new location will occupy 6,286 sq. ft. of a 55,000 sq. ft. building, providing CAC with the option to grow its footprint over time. The 44-year-old, non-profit organization has been at its current location at 217 North Carpenter for the past seven years.

Chicago Artists Coalition and Terrain Exhibitions Announce Public Art Residency
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) and Terrain Exhibitions (Terrain) are pleased to announce the inaugural Terrain-HATCH Public Art Residency, which gives graduates of CAC’s HATCH Projects an opportunity to curate four exhibitions at Terrain. The exhibitions will run for five weeks each and will take place from February – July 2017.

Starving Artist 2016 Chicago Artists Coalition's Annual Benefit
Friday, March 11, 2016

Nobody will go hungry when Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC)’s Starving Artist benefit returns Thursday, April 14, 2016. More than 500 guests will be treated to decadent bites while immersed in a uniquely designed space at Venue One (1034 W. Randolph). This year’s silent auction, hosted online by Paddle 8, allows guests the chance to own work from more than 20 noted Chicago artists. All proceeds from the event support CAC, providing educational resources, exhibitions, opportunities and networks for Chicago artists of all disciplines. Tickets (starting at $50) are on sale now at

Chicago Artists Coalition & Hyde Park Art Center Collaborate On Citywide Teaching Artists Summit
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chicago Artists Coalition and Hyde Park Art Center are pleased to present the 1st annual citywide Teaching Artists Summit. Taking place at the Art Center on Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Teaching Artists Summit is a day-long convening bringing together teaching artists across the city for professional development and community-building around critical issues in teaching artistry today.

Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Chicago Artists Coalition Announce Curatorial Fellowship Program & Exhibition
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF) and the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) are pleased to announce the inaugural Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellowship, which gives graduates of CAC’s HATCH Projects an opportunity to curate an exhibition of artists affiliated with visual arts organizations in the Chicago metro area supported by GDDF.

Chicago Artists Coalition Joins the #ILGive and #GivingTuesday Movements with Matching Grant from The Coleman Foundation
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. The Chicago Artists Coalition provides education and support to emerging artists, curators, educators and creative thinkers who make Chicago culturally vibrant.

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