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Special Projects

Special Projects: Commissions and Exhibitions



The CAC works with outside partners on site-specific commissions and special projects to create engaging and thought-provoking work in both public and private spaces.

Past projects include permanent commissions and installations, and temporary or pop-up presentations in locations such as architecture/design firms, hotels, retail and office space, music festivals and others. 

The CAC works with each client to envision the most appropriate environment; identify and vet potential Chicago-area artists; create proposals inclusive of all budgets and deliverables; and manage the project from start to finish. Clients get the unique benefit of knowing CAC is casting a wide net among the thousands of artists we work with throughout the city, and supporting CAC’s core mission of building a creative marketplace in Chicago.

For more information or inquiries, please contact Mary DeYoe, Special Projects Manager:; 312-491-8888 x102

Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellowship in Partnership with the CAC

CAC and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation are pleased to announce an inaugural curatorial fellowship program.  Jessica Cochran, an emerging curator and graduate of CAC's HATCH Projects was selected to create an exhibition featuring artists affiliated with some of the twenty visual arts organizations that the Foundation supports in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Taste of Chicago Installation
Celebrity Chef du Jour installation by INDO

In partnership with Taste of Chicago 2012, Chicago Artists Coalition managed a city-wide commission to incorporate a visual arts component into the Celebrity Chef du Jour tent.

1871 Mural Project

CAC was invited to commission three artists to create original, large-scale mural works at 1871, a new digital startup/incubator located in the Merchandise Mart.

Le Meridien

CAC commissioned artist Justus Roe to create an original painting to be scaled and recreated into a 70-foot glass mosaic.

Moto at Merchandise Mart

CAC commissioned six artists to create original artwork in the new MOTO offices inside Chicago's Merchandise Mart.

Mural, Zeno lobby, by Justus Roe

CAC commissioned the muralist Justus Roe to transform Zeno’s newly renovated lobby area.

Creative Lounge at Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago Artists Coalition was invited to present a "Creative Lounge" at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival, including presenting two outdoor installations by local artists. The Lounge played host to approximately 20,000 festival attendees over three days.