Artists in Conversation:

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.

Zachary Johnson

Far From the Art World

A curator on producing public art in Japan

I made my first foray into public art in Chicago in 2012. Or rather, attempted to. For months I struggled with pessimistic ward office secretaries, confusing city government bureaucracy, and unresponsive city departments. I sought out advice from a veteran art planner in the city and tried to rebound from each bureaucratic defeat. I asked the artist I was working with for patience and pushed our spring installation proposal into summer. I was moving to Japan at the end of July, so time was running out.

Randall Albers by Shane Welch

Mentoring is More

When mentorship becomes a lifelong endeavor.

"… we are going to a drum battle!” A drum battle? The voice on the phone was my mentor and writing teacher, Randy Albers.

Tim Stone & Mike Paro collaboration

Growing through Collaboration: The Arts of Life Mentorship Partnership

A special opportunity for equal growth and learning on both sides of an artistic partnership.

What does it mean to look up to someone? To respect, learn and grown? A mentorship is a relationship based partnership. At The Arts of Life, an alternative day program for people with and without disabilities, artist-mentors play a big part in the community.

Mark Bazer

A Toast to the Host

Perspectives from six years of running a talk show in a bar.

Like many performance-based things, doing the show is the easy part. Putting the show together? That’s hard.

Dado talks to Danny Volk on "Made-Up with Danny Volk"

Made-Up with Danny Volk: Dado

The Hungarian director-turned-sculptor discusses her shift in focus

I realized after all these years of making plays that I'm a sculptor.

Painter Vicki Milewski

Blue Mountain Clues

A curatorial misunderstanding reunites one artist with her history

I had fallen asleep in my artistic life; I had been sleepwalking. My rediscovery was an awakening of sorts.

Jeroen Nelemans

Visas for International Artists

Jeroen Nelemans on how to win the "extraordinary visa"

The only thing you know is that if you do not get the visa, you have 10 days to leave the country. It's a complete mind-fuck.

Sarah Best

Artist Sarah Best on Fiscal Sponsorship

An ambitious project is realized via Links Hall

Realizing my vision was priceless. It was crucial in my transition from an emerging artist to something more.

Artist Neha Vedpathak

Plucking a Path from Painting to Sculpture

Neha Vedpathak on inventing new techniques

The technique evolved from tweaking the paper with a single pushpin to separate its fibers. The plucked paper resembled lace, which I then use to make individual sculptures and installations. Developing this technique taught me the material and has given me a distinctive voice to approach three-dimensional objects and space.

Ginny Sykes by Joe Mazza

Evaluating the Worth of Art Fairs and Satellites

Lessons from the Field: Miami and Stockholm

A commercial fair is a trade show. You are taking your work to market. Learn about your audience. It takes time to build your presence. Hone your organizational skills and talking points. Meet as many people as you can. Find out why they have come to the fair and what kind of art they collect.

Deb R. Lewis

Tips for Queer Artists in Chicago

No tantrums, return the favor and ask for what you want

Your art may have a lot a meaning for the queer community. This is one kind of success. Just as queer folk don’t devour strictly queer fare, neither should your art feed only the queer set. You will get further, faster, if you have something to say to the broader audience.

Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant

One Part Plant

Using both brains: changing your diet to improve productivity

The gut contains more neurotransmitters than the brain. Food is information, not just calories. When I was feeding my gut with crappy Sour Patch Kids and Big Gulps, I was sending a message to my brain to feel like crap, too. When I started treating my belly with the same care as my brain, powerful productivity changes happened.

Sabina Ott

Sabina Ott: Terrain Exhibitions

The territory and the terrain: defining an artist-run space

My experience of galleries has been that the more important they are, the more inhospitable and chilly. There’s no place to sit and chat. Terrain is the absolute opposite. When you are at an opening party, you are in my house. You are invited.

Nick Keenan

Function and Form

Getting a website that works for you

Although his design work has made him one of the most sought-after sound designers in the city, Nick Keenan has also become something of a guru for arts organizations looking to expand or improve their web presence.

Lindsay Olson

How to Invent Your Own Residency

In 2008, a series of events unfolded that eventually led me to the artistic opportunity of a lifetime. I'm a teacher at Columbia College Chicago and until recently, the Artist in Residence at the Oak Park Police Department. Competition for traditional residencies is fierce and wanting to find meaningful work that interested me, I thought about how to use my art to contribute to my community.

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