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Upcoming Exhibitions

The Mountains Whispered and the Canyon Sang
The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present The Mountains Whispered and the Canyon Sang, a solo show featuring BOLT Resident, Luis Sahagun.
Luis Sahagun's solo exhibition is composed of new works such as masks, large scale, sculptures, and paintings. In addition, the artist collaborated with Chicago based sound artists Matthew Motep Woodsand, Sylvie Grace, and Simantikos (a Chicago based dance company that exists to address social injustices through movement). The collaboration consists of using Sahagun's mother's breath and heartbeat to create sounds, melodies, and movements with the intent of channeling messages to his ancestors and friends that were murdered in the Chicago Southland due to gun violence and other social injustices.
During the opening reception, there will be two performances titled, I know you are waiting and Next time will be better. Each performance varies slightly but both will be in the dance genre of contemporary structured improv. Sahagun says, "For a long time, my family has believed that I inherited a special gift that allows me to communicate with the dead. Most of my life I rejected and ignored those beliefs. This is my first project in which I tackle full force the concept of spirituality with my art making."
For more information about the artist and exhibition, please click HERE.
Opening reception: Friday, July 21, 2017, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition dates: July 21 - August 10, 2017
Image: Artist Luis Sahagun wearing one of his masks


Sweet Creature
The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Sweet Creature, featuring HATCH artists Anna Showers-Cruser, Cameron Clayborn, and Sydney Shavers, curated by Ariel Gentalen.
"No one man should have all that power," Kanye West commands on his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. A plea to be recognized for bringing an alternative perspective as an artist into this world, he entreats the listener to acknowledge the constraints present in our current society. However, these words never lose relevance as time continues to show us how we have yet to step outside our violent, suppressive systems.
The three artists in Sweet Creature use their practices to explore microcosms of how power operates, manifesting spaces for dialogues that are productively uncomfortable. These conversations revolve around race, power, queerness, illness, and systems in place that maintain the guise that there is one way to be in this world. Beginning from a place of deep personal experience, Clayborn, Shavers, and Showers-Cruser invite viewers to experience what it feels like to be told you are nonconsumable. The psychological pain of living in a world that is not constructed for one's body can, at times, feel insurmountable, but, together, these artists offer a space to unlearn preset values that create and inform "otherness."
Or as Kanye asks us, "You got the power to let power go?"
For more information about the artist and exhibition, please click HERE.
Opening reception: Friday, July 21, 2017, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition dates: July 21 - August 10, 2017
Cameron Clayborn, Untitled (Curtain Arrangement 1), 2017, satin fabric and stainless steel, dimensions variable; Anna Showers-Cruser, Studio View, 2017, Cast Silicone with materials found and prescribed, dimensions variable; Sydney Shavers, Post Still #2, 2017, film still


Office Hours: Portfolio Review with HATCH Projects Curators
Monday, July 31, 2017 | 5:30 - 8:30pm
Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60607
Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with curators from Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Projects Residency. One-on-one portfolio reviews last 30 minutes and provide a platform to discuss a range of issues of interest to emerging and working artists.
Portfolio Reviewers
  • JGV/WAR (J. Gibran Villalobos + Wil A. Ruggiero)
  • Meg T. Noe
  • Kate  Pollasch
  • Sadie Woods
Please note that space is very limited & advance registration is required. Office Hours appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 
$30 | General Public, CAC Artist Members, and BOLT, HATCH, LAUNCH, and FIELD/WORK Residents

FIELD/WORK Residency Info Session
Monday, August 7, 2017 | 6:00 - 7:00pm
Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60607
Chicago Artists Coalition is excited to announce the second FIELD/WORK Residency, with Artist Mentors Huong Ngo and Erik L. Peterson. An educational program designed for artists wanting a deeper engagement in vital issues in artists’ professional development, critical feedback, and support in designing a pathway to progress with individual career goals.
Applications will open July 27, 2017 and will close August 30, 2017 at 11:59pm. CAC encourages artists of all disciplines and career stages to apply.
Join us for an upcoming FIELD/WORK Residency Info Session where we will share more details of the program and answer your questions.


The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to announce The ANNUAL 2017: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, curated by Caroline Picard. The exhibition explores the relationship between logic, geometry, and the social actions that unfold, react, or resist therein.
Exhibition Events
  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 7-9pm
  • The ANNUAL Breakfast: Friday, September 15, 9-11am
  • Curators Tour: Wednesday, September 27, 6-7:30pm
    Events are Free and Open to the Public. To reserve your place, please RSVP HERE.
The ANNUAL is a yearly sales exhibition celebrating cutting-edge Chicago-based artists. Arranged by a guest curator, The ANNUAL creates an accessible forum for emerging collectors to discover affordable new work and engage directly with its creators.
Image: Betsy Odom, LZR Suit, 2015, leather, paint 20 x 18 x 12"
CAC is pleased that The ANNUAL is a part of EXPO Art Week 2017

Interview with ANNUAL Curator, Caroline Picard

Preparing to launch the third installment of The ANNUAL, 2017 curator, Caroline Picard, discussed what makes her most excited about this year's special exhibition.
CAC: Why were you interested in curating The ANNUAL?
CP: I had been thinking about this exhibition idea for a while—that is, how abstraction has an embedded politics within it. Or, further, how we are surrounded by inherited politics that get so absorbed into the mundane and material practicalities of life, the individual doesn't really notice that they exist. Until they break and suddenly you want to know why a thing was made that way. Why is the keyboard organized the way it is? Why does the US prefer AC power? Discovering and uncovering aesthetic principles that shape expectations is a way, for me at least, to feel more empowered.
CAC: Can you give an example of how one or two pieces in the show truly exemplify the drive behind the exhibition?
CP: My hope is that you could begin with any of the artworks present, recognize how its proposition highlights or undermines a set of everyday expectations and then follow that thread from one work to another like a dialogue. So, if you see a connection between Julietta Cheung's joinery and Anne Wilson's Portable Cities, then perhaps you look at Betsy Odom's LZR Suit and start to consider the ways in which our own clothing imposes a set of behavioral and material expectations; or then perhaps you look at Josh Rios and Anthony Romero's The Parable of National Projection that includes a vintage projection screen, a found flag, and zip ties. The projection screen/flagpole teases the conflation between national identity, borders, and projected associations. How is it that international borders are formed and inscribed? How do individual citizens carry those borders within themselves when looking at the rest of the world and one another?
CAC: Did you approach curating this show differently than other shows? If so, how?
CP: I don't think so. When I'm curating an exhibition, I tend to bump into an idea when I'm not paying attention. In this case, I was in a bookstore and bumped into a book I read in college and haven't seen since about Non-Euclidean geometry. I distinctly remember reading the book and being totally confused until the professor made a drawing of a sphere and asked us to connect two points. We made a curved line or arc instead of a straight one. It's like a whole new perceptual awareness opened up, as I suddenly had to reconsider my expectations of space itself. It was almost psychedelic.
Biography: Caroline Picard is an artist, writer, publisher, and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power and what possibilities might emerge from upturning an anthropocentric world view. Her critical writing has appeared in publications like Artforum (critics picks), Flash Art International, Hyperallergic, Paper Monument, and The Seen. She is the Executive Director of The Green Lantern Press—a nonprofit publishing house and art producer in operation since 2005—and Co-Director of Sector 2337, a hybrid artspace/bar/bookstore in Chicago.
Learn more about Caroline Picard in this week's Documented Dialogues on CAR. The conversation between Picard and artists Lindsey Dorr-Niro & Lisa Vinebaum investigates the relationships between aesthetic form and historical content, material references and site specificity, and precarious utility and labor production. Watch the video here.


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