2014 Awardee Patternbase Work Featured at Filigree Suppers: Duet

 Filigree Suppers: Duet

Filigree Suppers’ two-year anniversary event & Valentine’s celebration will be all about the number two – mixing, matching, and pairing things up! 

Sunday, February 12, 5-8pm

The Lakewood

1758 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Warm up with us this February with new friends and old, and help us celebrate two wonderful years of Filigree Suppers! The event will feature the work of textile duo The Patternbase, who will grace the space with their playful patterns. We are thrilled to be working once again with linen extraordinaire Dot & Army, as well as local Chicago ceramicist Ashley Lin. On the table for the first time will be the beautiful calligraphy of Grace Niu, and stunning florals by Lindsay Levita of Hyde Park’s Cornell Florist.

A delicious meal will be prepared by Paramount Events, one of several local businesses spearheaded by Jodi Fyfe, whose most recent venture, in addition to The Lakewood, includes the new Eden restaurant.


Ticket covers welcome cocktail, wine, 4 courses, tax and gratuity. Please inform us to any dietary restrictions or allergies at time of ticket purchase. Because of the small nature of our events, all sales are final.

2016 Awardee Artist-run Exchange Program Call for Submissions

Artist-run Exchange Program Call for Submissions

Deadline: January 31

Adds Donna is looking for artists to include in a series of traveling group exhibitions as a part of our new Artist-run Exchange Program. If you would like to be considered for a studio visit, please submit 10-15 images, a bio, and a short statement about yourself and your work to

Files: jpegs no larger than 72 dpi, please zip together in one folder titled with your first and last name.
Bios and Statement: PDF, no longer than one page. Don’t forget to include your contact information.

2013 Awardee 2nd Floor Rear: RITUAL

2nd Floor Rear

Sixth annual DIY festival of art in alternative spaces

Friday-Saturday, February 3-4
Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Wicker Park, various times and locations
Sunday, February 5

2nd Floor Rear 2017: RITUAL is moveable feast of artist-run events, projects, exhibitions, and performances that shine a light on the occult, hidden nature of alternative arts practices and the communities of care that spring up around them.

Rituals have real power. They are settings for setting intentions. For relating. For establishing Will and carrying it forth. Rituals are experience as medium, meaning as medium, even the experience of making meaning as medium. Rituals are a space set apart. A moment-out-of-time. Rituals can create cohesion and structure, or hold space for ambiguity and transformation. 2nd Floor Rear 2017 programming asks of its makers and participating audiences: Can the act of simply being together make us stronger together? Can a self-care ritual truly be an act of political warfare? In this dystopian climate, can radical imagination and defiant joy help us conceive and perform the future? Are there any healers in the house tonight?

The 2017 season kicks off with a fluxus-style potluck at Pond Hole Gallery on the evening of Friday, February 3. Events continue throughout Avondale, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and Wicker Park on Saturday, February 4, and wrap up on Sunday February, 5 with various events spanning Pilsen.

See for details, updates, and a complete schedule of events.

2014 Awardee Patternbase Participates in Holiday Popup


Patternbase at The Stockroom Holiday Popup

The Stock Room
1011 W. Armitage Ave.
Popup Hours: December 9-10, 10am-7pm, December 11, 10am-5pm

The Patternbase will be participating in The Stock Room holiday popup shop, curated by Michelle Kliman of MK Studio and Elizabeth Cummings. The Patternbase will be selling hand-painted silk scarves and silk pillows, printed tights & socks, and hand-embroidered luxury sleep masks. The Stock Room challenges the traditional retail experience by exposing Chicago to great design through installation-led pop-ups in unused, empty spaces around Chicago. Michelle and Elizabeth are a Chicago designer and curator team that wants to engage the community by bringing together local designers and shoppers and activating empty and unused spaces with gallery-inspired retail installations—first in their Lincoln Park neighborhood and then around the city of Chicago. The Stock Room is a chance for Michelle and Elizabeth to share their vision of great, compelling design, install a thought-provoking retail experience, and provide artists and designers a platform for exposure.

2012 Awardee The Franklin presents WELCOME TO THE END

Opening reception: Saturday, December 10, 7-10PM / from December 10-January 20, 2017
3522 W. Franklin Blvd. 

When we believe all things to be measurable by science, we welcome the end of imagination.

I overheard a girl on the bus repeating the news, “this is the end of us.” Welcome to the construction of something new, of something that is not yet.

Welcome…at times it feels like we are near the end. It may be the end for some of us, but for those of us left here together, be kind and welcome all in the world that we all share.

If you already knew the end, would you still welcome the beginning? Would you welcome MySpace and the end of my space?

The end folds inside-out to welcome a new day.

Welcome to a new era that will challenge the artistic society to challenge racist America.
The end of “safety” will be a visual disaster and I welcome Mother Earth to take over.

The end will not come with a reluctant welcome.
They continued to whisper welcome like wind until the end.

The end of pain is always welcome.
Welcome to the story that does not end.

Welcome, OH FUCK! The end

2014 Awardee ACRE TV presents RE/NIGHT/LIVE/MARE


November 1 – December 31, 2016 (Artist-made livestreaming tele-vision)
RE/NIGHT/LIVE/MARE re- considers your nightmares; re- examines your daydreams; re- contextualizes pre-existing (video art? videotaped performance work? found footage?) through re- presenting, re- editing, re -mixing. Featuring works that re- search, re- consider, re- examine, re- contextualize nightmares, daydreams, flying-fancies, hyper-realities. Also included: live re- mixing pre- existing work with new live footage to re- consider it in under the cold, hard, clinical (or soft warm fuzzy *wicked grin ) light of the telematic screen.
RE/NIGHT/LIVE/MARE includes work by Alejandro Sajgalik, Antonio Anton, Arthur Tuoto, Blanca Rego, Chanhee Choi, Chris Collins, Dakota Gearhart, Danielle Zorbas, David Ian Bellows/Griess, Devin Harclerode, DSK (Juan Lesta & Belén Montero), Don Anahí & Aby White, Eden Mitsenmacher, Francesca Fini, Heejin Jang, Isabelle McGuire, Jan & Dave, Janelle VanderKelen, Jen Clay, Katya Yakubov, Lana Z Caplan, Lauren Kimball-Brown & Julia Zinn, Lauren Valley, Leslie Rogers, Lili White, Lori Felker, Maddie Hewitt, Manuela De Laborde, Mark Kent, Nowhere Mountain, Paul Wiersbinski, Richard Haley, Tommy Becker, Usumurasaki, Vivian Ostrovsky, Yvette Granata, and Zachary Epcar.
Featuring live broadcasts by Alejandro T Acierto, Jan & Dave, Jen Clay, and Richard Haley.
Concept by Joseph Herring
Programmed by Joseph Herring, Kera MacKenzie, and Andrew Mausert-Mooney
Poster by Amy Ruddick

2016 Awardee Axis Lab hosts Base Line Holiday Market

Pop-up holiday market with local vendors, food, art, and music
Saturday, December 10, 3-9pm
Underneath Argyle Red Line ‘L’ Station 

Base Line’s Holiday Market is the premiere arts, food, and music indoor bazaar emerging underneath the Argyle redline line L train station showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of Chicago’s Uptown community.

Base Line is organized by a collective of 2nd generation Asian Americans and children of refugees building from our families’ legacies of cultivating a new home and dynamic community in the northside of Chicago since the late 1970s. (Collaboration between Axis Lab and Nuky Pham). As Chicago continually revitalizes and transforms, Argyle’s Shared Street project presents an opportunity for new growth and development. Base Line arises as a movement to highlight community voices through socially conscious events to promote sustainable and locally based economic and social development.
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2013 Awardee Chicago Artist Writers Relaunch

Chicago Artist Writers Relaunch
October 1st, 2016
Chicago Artist Writers is proud to announce their website relaunch. The new site hosts the site’s entire archive from 2012-2015 and is fully searchable by artist, writer or space. Chicago Artist Writers is made up of the thoughtful contributions of a wide range of Chicago artists and heartily welcomes first time writers and will work with them to craft their ideas into long form writing. CAW will continue to be a home for timely exhibition reviews centered on artist-run and non-commercial spaces, but will also offer opportunities for long-form and experimental articles. CAW welcomes input and encourages artists to think of the site as a resource.

Awardees Nicole Marroquin and Andres L. Hernandez Chicago Cultural Center Public Studio Artists in Residence:

Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Public Studio Artists in Residence

Chicago Cultural Center

Garland Gallery
1st Floor South
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL

Marroquin will present media from ongoing research connecting youth-led political movements to spatial justice on the Lower West Side of Chicago. Hernandez will further develop Jane and Florida Run the Voodoo Down, an interactive archive/installation that suggests connections between former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne and Florida Evans, matriarch of the television sitcom Good Times. The artists seek points of intersection between their practices as well as opportunities for cross-pollination by public participation.

2015 Awardee Third Object Catalogue Release

A Rule By Nobody Catalogue Release
Sunday, November 20, 12-3pm

Sector 2337
2337 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The catalogue for A Rule By Nobody extends the exhibition space with contributed forms, documents, and works on paper from an array of contributors. Includes an essay by Third Object and an interview with artist and organizer Philip von Zweck.