Pilsen First Friday: Figure Place
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Pilsen First Friday: Figure Place

For July's Art First Fridays in Pilsen husART will be debuting the works of three talented students from the American Academy of Art. 

From different disciplines, different medium there is an exploration of figure, body, form, place and environment. 

In their own words:


Mike Filipek

I was raised in the suburbs of Rochester, New York and moved to Chicago to pursue my education in art. I am now a student at the American Academy of Art working towards earning a BFA in Digital Illustration. 

With this body of work I explored the connection between materiel and nature. By displaying a variety of extinct animals and objects from present human life, a relationship has been formed with the industrial materials that I used to create them. The paintings are made using latex wall paint, aerosol paints spread with pallet knives, and stencils.


Sarah Lovitt


I have been artistic ever since I could hold a pen. My father would often entertain me by drawing on placemats and paper napkins, some of which still hang in my home. My work has always leaned towards realism, even in my "Napkin Art" days. My tendency for realism has led me to the American Academy of Art, where I am pursuing a BFA in Life Drawing. 

In this body of work, I chose to focus on the senses of vulnerability and isolation. In my earlier works, I would often leave the subject isolated on the page, finding it intuitively wrong to add to them. My interest in isolation and vulnerability became a more intentional focus in my later works. With my Helping Hands: Fragile Heroes series, I sought to honor those who have helped me throughout my life, even when they were vulnerable themselves. Not wanting to idolize them, I chose to focus on their hands instead. I believe hands show a great deal of emotion and character without actually identify the individuals. This leaves the content more open to a personalized emotional response by the viewer.


Mikaela Muersch

I am a senior, currently studying life drawing at the American Academy of Art. This fall I plan on studying abroad in Florence, Italy to hone my skill in the classical methods of art. My focus is primarily on structure and figurative works, although, I have also done designs from t-shirts to book illustrations. When I’m not drawing I can be found practicing yoga, playing with my rats or riding my bike.


My work is figurative, centering around the human form. I like to work primarily in pastels and oil paints because it focuses on shapes and masses, bringing groundedness to the piece. It is this weight, I believe, that allows the figure to be drawn out from the page, and brought into our environment. These elements give me a sense of connection to my work, and, hopefully, makes the viewer feel a three dimensional realty that removes the stagnant boundary of paper and canvas.

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Ed Hamell on Trial!
May
15
7:30 PM19:30

Ed Hamell on Trial!

Art and Music - what could be better? Join us Friday for Ed Hamell's Chicago tour which will showcase a number of paintings, performance and storytelling. 

Friday, May, 15
7:30pm
at husART Design Collective
1800 W 21st St Chicago 60608
Donations accepted

The musical alias of New York­based anti­folk hero Ed Hamell, Hamell on Trial is a one­man punk band that plays loud, fast music informed by politics, passion, energy and intelligence. His caustic tongue and devil­may­care attitude has long been a favorite of anti­establishment musical icons Henry Rollins and Ani DiFranco and the critical elite and incited Rolling Stone to call him “bald, bold and superbad”, describing his signature sound as “attack­dog protest folk and ferocious staccato strumming (think Husker Du on Folkways Records).”

He has been described as “Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson and Joe Strummer all rolled into one” by Philadelphia Weekly and a “one­man Tarantino flick: loud, vicious, luridly hilarious, gleefully and deeply offensive” by the Village Voice.

His ninth album, The Happiest Man In The World, has just been released on the prestigious New West Records. The album sees Hamell still as uncompromising, fearless, insightful, absurd, hysterical and as poignant as he was when he descended upon the music world with his debut 25 years ago. The LP is chock full of Hamell’s biting wit, rapid fire strumming, motor mouth rants, spoken word interludes, genre hopping and comedic one­liners and features collaborations with Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches and longtime friend and mentor Ani DiFranco.

Hamell spent several months on the road last year supporting The Uncluded, the project of Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock and will be touring extensively in the U.S. and Europe in support of the album and performed at this year’s SXSW. In July he comes to the UK for a tour and in August will be world premiering his one man show The Happiest Man in the World at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he previously won the coveted Herald Angel award.

Armed with a battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar he strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can’t stop moving and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell sets his sights on some classic subjects (sex, drugs, and rock and roll) and some personal ones, too. His performances invoke thoughts of the great rebellious comedians and social commentators of the past: Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, and even a bit of Kurt Vonnegut.

Hamell is a great mind; acoustic punk rock mixed with a traveler's soul. There’s no way around his obscenity, but in that is a willingness to fight for the freethinkers of the world. Hamell On Trial is a refreshing punk rock bomb on the unsuspecting folk singer­songwriter world and above all else a preacher of common sense and truth.

http://youtu.be/plsJIFYeXO0

http://youtu.be/0tWHxzEBe7w

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Artist Bootcamp: Grants! A Hands-On, How-To and Success Story Workshop.
Apr
11
9:30 AM09:30

Artist Bootcamp: Grants! A Hands-On, How-To and Success Story Workshop.

Strong stories are the foundation for successful grants. 

In this hands-on grant writing workshop we'll give you tips and techniques for how to effectively tell your story. We'll review case studies that include project and program narratives.  We'll also live critique your narrative so you walk away with your application already started and in process! 

Limited space! Sessions remain small so you have maximum results.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Whether you're new to grant writing or have experienced success, this workshop is for you. We'll share overall grant strategies as well as specific application techniques. 

HOMEWORK:  Grant opportunities for nonprofits, visual and performing artists, architects, designers, startup companies and creative entrepreneurs ABOUND.


TO GET THE MOST FROM THIS SESSION PLEASE BRING:

  • Your laptop, tablet or other mobile device. OR Pen and paper, but this will make editing in class go a little more slowly.
  • Your draft project or program narrative.  What do you want to accomplish! Be prepared to share how receiving the grant will IMPACT you as the individual, your business if you are an entrepreneur or your clients/target audience if you are a not-for-profit

 

**Special Note** creative entrepreneurs and artists: if you are applying for the City of Chicago professional development DCASE grant--make sure you download the program guidelines and sign in to review the application on April 10.

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Artist Toolbox Series: Developing Your Grant Writing Strategy
Mar
31
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Toolbox Series: Developing Your Grant Writing Strategy

Tuesday, March 31st Sheila Lewis will be hosting a seminar on grant writing for artists, architects, community organizers and more. With unique insight into City of Chicago Professional Development grants worth $2500, Sheila has the understanding and knowledge to help you hone your skills. Bring your artists' statement and a paragraph or two for how you want to grow as an artist AND/OR how you want to grow your practice and why. This is a hands-on interactive session where we'll cover the SMART goals methodology, share tips, success stories and what not to do.

USE DISCOUNT CODE husART to receive 15% off your ticket purchase by Sunday March 29th. Tickets $20 until March 30, $40 day of. 

Sheila Lewis is a Business Communications Strategist and Executive Producer with over 15 years extensive experience telling stories in TV/video, on mobile and in print for large global brands, financial services companies, nonprofits, small businesses and individual artists.

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Pages Per Content Launch Party
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Pages Per Content Launch Party

Pages Per Content is REAL everyone
and here is your chance to experience it in Chicago!
Showcasing the new issue, PPC will be hosting an event.
Local artists and performers to appear!

Art by:
David Echeverry 
Live painting by:
Marie Sutter 

Music:
8:00-8:25 : Dirge Attic 
http://dirgeattic.bandcamp.com/releases
8:30-9:15 : Orange Line 
http://www.reverbnation.com/orangelinemusic
9:20- 9:45 : Songs Lacking Talent 
http://www.reverbnation.com/songslackingtalent 
9:50- 10:20 : Ventra 
https://soundcloud.com/ventramusic
10:25- 10:55 : The Shindigs 
http://theshindigsband.bandcamp.com/releases

Also,
there will be a video showcase as the night winds down!

+BYOB
+PPC free physical copies
+$5 donations

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The Red Light
Mar
13
to Mar 15

The Red Light

An art event unlike any other to raise awareness about sex trafficking and inspire hearts to join the fight against injustice. 

A two night event only! Friday, March 13th and Sunday, March 15th. 6-9:30pm. 

Special performances by other artists at 7pm and 8pm each night. 

Featuring artwork by Jessica Taylor (Jessica Taylor Artworks)

Free. Donations to benefit Destiny Rescue's chicago branch.

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Uncovered Discussion Series : Art the Community : Detroit
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

Uncovered Discussion Series : Art the Community : Detroit

In short: focused conversational pot luck!

Our inaugural Uncovered Discussion Series serial “Art Shaped Community” looks at relationships between growing communities within Chicago, Gary, and Detroit. We will investigate what challenges face each of these cities and how particular neighborhoods have responded and thrived. Within this conversation will be central themes of gentrification, dealing with abandoned properties, and questions of what makes healthy communities.

Our final evening of the series will focus on Detroit and how the city has survived and even begun to thrive through its 2013 bankruptcy. 

Bring a dish and choice beverage to share and come ready with questions or thoughts on what makes a community.

The evening will be hosted by Meegan Czop, Materials Buyer ReBuilding Exchange
Sarah Mellen, Founder The Jack and The Ace

Information on the whole series can be found here: http://www.husarchitecture.com/husarchitecture-blog/2015/1/31/uncovered-discussion-series

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Uncovered Discussion Series : Art the Community : Pullman
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Uncovered Discussion Series : Art the Community : Pullman

In short: focused conversational pot luck!

Our inaugural Uncovered Discussion Series serial “Art Shaped Community” looks at relationships between growing communities within Chicago, Gary, and Detroit. We will investigate what challenges face each of these cities and how particular neighborhoods have responded and thrived. Within this conversation will be central themes of gentrification, dealing with abandoned properties, and questions of what makes healthy communities.

President Obama is designating the Pullman neighborhood a National Park. As a once thriving industrial neighborhood, we will look at the transitions of the community with a focus on how current residents have brought new life to the area.

Bring a dish and choice beverage to share and come ready with questions or thoughts on what makes a community.

The evening will be hosted by JB Daniel, Founder Mosnart and Rebecca Buchmeier, Architect and Pullman Resident

Information on the whole series can be found here: http://www.husarchitecture.com/husarchitecture-blog/2015/1/31/uncovered-discussion-series

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Uncovered Discussion Series / Art the Community / Gary
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Uncovered Discussion Series / Art the Community / Gary

In short: focused conversational pot luck!

Our inaugural Uncovered Discussion Series serial “Art Shaped Community” looks at relationships between growing communities within Chicago, Gary, and Detroit. We will investigate what challenges face each of these cities and how particular neighborhoods have responded and thrived. Within this conversation will be central themes of gentrification, dealing with abandoned properties, and questions of what makes healthy communities.

What issues are facing Gary beyond their abandoned building stock?  How does the relationship between Chicago and Gary impact the community and how can that be strengthened to help both grow?

It is the hope that through these discussions participants can uncover ways to improve their own communities. 

Bring a dish and drink to share and come ready with questions or thoughts on what makes a community.

The evening will be hosted by Samuel Love, organizer with the Central District Organizing Project (C-DOP) and founder and president of Bureau of Peace, Love, and Art

Information on the whole series can be found here: http://www.husarchitecture.com/husarchitecture-blog/2015/1/31/uncovered-discussion-series

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Yoga at husART
Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Yoga at husART

Join us for  an ongoing yoga series!   This is an all levels yoga class. Light hearted and donation based. All are welcome! If you have a mat bring it along. If you are new to yoga or have an injury please come a few minutes early.

The class will be taught by Jamie Bell

"I am a yoga teacher, originally from Michigan. I am starting this meetup because I strongly believe that quality, affordable yoga should be available for everyone. I have a sense or humor and I am passionate about connecting with new people!"

More information can be found at the group's Meetup Page.

 

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Uncovered Discussion Series / Art the Community / Miller Beach
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Uncovered Discussion Series / Art the Community / Miller Beach

In short: focused conversational pot luck!

Our inaugural Uncovered Discussion Series serial “Art Shaped Community” looks at relationships between growing communities within Chicago, Gary, and Detroit. We will investigate what challenges face each of these cities and how particular neighborhoods have responded and thrived. Within this conversation will be central themes of gentrification, dealing with abandoned properties, and questions of what makes healthy communities.

How do satellite neighborhoods bring vitality to the greater city? Are they anomalies or have a greater influence? How important is it for these neighborhoods to be viewed independently by their own right?  What are tools of community building that have been working successfully? 


It is the hope that through these discussions participants can uncover ways to improve their own communities. 

Bring a dish and drink to share and come ready with questions or thoughts on what makes a community.

The evening will be hosted by Cullen Daniel, President of Miller Beach Historical Society; Corey William Hagelberg, Co-founder Calumet Artist Residency; and 
Jennifer White, Founder of Rehabitate

Information on the whole series can be found here: http://www.husarchitecture.com/husarchitecture-blog/2015/1/31/uncovered-discussion-series

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Exquisite Mail in collaboration with Extra Medium
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Exquisite Mail in collaboration with Extra Medium

husART is excited to introducte our new partnership with Extramedium.  Exquisite Mail is an event inspired by the surrealist game of exquisite corpse. We are a group of four artists in collaboration with 3 or 4 other art makers each; this resulted in the many collaboration pieces that compose the show. The premise of this project deals with communication and networking practices through art as a process. Collaboration isn’t always easy, especially when working with strangers. Extramedium presents a unique show that visually reveals the very relationships that are created through the exchange of work. 

Artists Involved:

Alison Greer
Jalpa Pandya
Mandy Duncan 
Rachel Dennis

Katreena Dyrek
Leith Kily
Ricki Cimbalo
Barb Chartier Raudonis

Lauren Karrenberg
Eden Rose Lee
Regina Ragans
Emily Claire Tamblyn
Lucy Jelnina

Manny Manster Cortes
Kimberlee M. Ladinic
Mary Laube
Megan Sherfield

For more details click here

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Columbia University Alumni Group Private Artist Talk
Jan
6
6:30 PM18:30

Columbia University Alumni Group Private Artist Talk

Object Reality questions the truth in our perceptions of the surrounding environment.  Objects have their own stories to tell, their own memories to share, and their own dreams to live.  

On January 6, 2015, we will be hosting a special artist presentation of the work for Columbia University Alumni and guests.  The talk will center around past and present work by exhibiting artists and explore concepts in the development of contemporary art.

Presenting artists will be: Gretchen Hasse, Tracy Kostenbader, and Tara Zanzig
January 6, 6:30 - 9 pm
Artist comment and discussion from 7-8 pm

Refreshments and horderves will be served. 

Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased here

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