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Artist Stories

Conversations with CAR | Tracy Kostenbader

A collaboration with StoryCorps Chicago

The Co-Founder of AnySquared Projects speaks about her experience of how arts organizing and social justice impact Chicago communities.

Conversations with CAR | Jane Beachy

A collaboration with StoryCorps Chicago
The Chicago Artists Resource has teamed up with StoryCorps Chicago to bring you "Conversations with CAR".
Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera

After the Body’s Absence

Interview with Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera and a Response Poem

Diaz-Perera discusses the nature of his practice following an exhibition that involved sequestering himself behind a gallery wall for three weeks.

Elaine Luther: Painter, Teacher

On prioritzing: opportunities and applications

A friend asked me the other day how I’ve managed to get into so many shows lately. Here’s the quick answer: I quit Facebook; I applied to a lot of shows; I expanded the type of work I do. Read on for more tips.

Gwen Zabicki: Studio Artist

On the importance of a studio, and how to afford it

Chicago artist Gwen Zabicki is interested in the ways people in urban environments live alone together. In her most recent body of work she explores the idea of a shared urban melancholy. Her work is deeply invested in Chicago’s urban landscape.

Creative Energy Through Community

An Interview with Mike Marino, Visual Artist

How do you describe your artwork?

I work mostly in paint (watercolor and acrylic) and marker. The scale of my work varies. I have new ideas every day, but I try to focus and add more things to the piece I'm working on instead of starting something new. I spend about 10 days on each piece. I start with one idea and it changes over time, which is what makes my work interesting.

Allison Svoboda

The artist discusses metal printing and career tips

A professional artist with over twenty years of experience, Allison Svoboda specializes in ink, watercolor, and printing on cut metal.

Bare Bones, The Franklin. Image courtesy of the artists.

"We Do Not Say No"

Sarah and Joseph Belknap on collaboration

We talked to one of our favorite artist couples, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, about their creative partnership.