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The ANNUAL: An Exhibition of New Chicago Art

Betsy Odom, LZR Suit, 2015, leather, paint 20 x 18 x 12"
Betsy Odom, LZR Suit, 2015, leather, paint 20 x 18 x 12"
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:00pm

The ANNUAL is a yearly sales exhibition celebrating cutting-edge Chicago-based artists. Arranged by a guest curator, The ANNUAL creates an accessible forum for emerging collectors to discover affordable new work and engage directly with its creators. This year The ANNUAL will run for three weeks on either end of EXPO Chicago, opening Friday, September 8 and closing on Thursday, September 28.

The Chicago Artists Coalition is delighted to announce the third edition of The ANNUAL with the exhibition, The Shortest Distance Between Two Points curated by Caroline Picard with work by Candida Alvarez, Jorge Méndez Blake, Robert Burnier, Julietta Cheung, Assaf Evron, Roberto Harrison, Dominika Jackuliakova, Betsy Odom, Stephen Lapthisophon, Nazafarin Lotfi, Heather Mekkelson, Matt MorrisMichael Milano, Bailey Romaine, Josh Rios + Anthony Romero, Ellen Rothenberg, Selina Trepp, Anne Wilson, and Fo Wilson.

Curator's Statement
Euclidean Geometry is based on the precept that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. An elegant and comprehensive geometry unfolds with that supposition in mind, a geometry whose logic yields other shapes and relationships, surfacing by way of conclusion in material architectures, cities, and regulatory bureaucracies that society navigates daily as a matter of course. Implicit in this inherited approach, however, is the premise that space itself is stable, flat, and consistent. What if we propose that space itself is curved? For a plane crossing from one part of the world to another, for instance, the arc is its most direct route. If space bends, an entirely other logic presents itself, realizing an alternate field of potential. "The Shortest Distance Between Two Points" explores the relationship between logic, geometry, and the social actions that unfold, react, or resist therein.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 7-9 PM


The ANNUAL Breakfast: Friday, September 15, 9-11 AM


Curator's Tour with Caroline Picard, Wednesday, September 27, 6-7 PM


Exhibition Hours: M-F 9am-5pm, Saturday 12-6pm

The ANNUAL Council 2017
This year, CAC has launched The ANNUAL Council - a group of diverse professionals committed to supporting this special exhibition and fostering a strong community of collectors. For more information, or to join the Council visit:

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors
Chartwell Insurance Services
Fabio Viviani Wines

Inquiries: Contact Director of Strategic Partnerships & Special Projects, Mary DeYoe at

Image: Betsy Odom, LZR Suit, 2015, leather, paint 20 x 18 x 12"

Proud to be part of EXPO Art Week 2017

View Past Exhibitions
The Annual 2015