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The Annual

The Annual

The ANNUAL: An Exhibition of New Chicago Art
September 8 - 28 , 2017

Chicago Artists Coalition
217 N. Carpenter St.

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 Mendez Blake, Robert Burnier, Julietta Cheung,  Assaf Evron, Roberto Harrison, Dominika Jackuliakova, Betsy Odom, Stephen Lapthisophon, Nazafarin Lotfi, Heather Mekkelson, Michael Milano, Bailey Romaine, Josh Rios + Anthony Romero, Ellen Rothenberg, Selina Trepp, Anne Wilson, Fo Wilson, and others.

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, even if theoretically, we know it might be otherwise. Space is not necessarily straight or consistent. Within that small torque 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, TBD
The ANNUAL Breakfast: Friday, September 15, 9-11AM

Please check back for more details later this summer.

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:

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


View Past Exhibitions
The Annual 2015