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Art Fri Jul 10 2015

Call for Submissions: 20th Annual Chicago Artists Month

Chicago Artists Month (CAM) features the creative work of Chicago-based artists and organizations through various events around the city. This year marks the 20th annual CAM event which will take place from October 1 through November 15.

This year, the theme is "The City as Studio," which will invite artists, performers, designers, writers, and community organizations, to look at the city of Chicago as a studio. Our environment serves as a means for productions, investigation, experimentation, and innovation. Through exhibitions, performances, installations, screenings, festivals, and more, Chicago is filled with events that sustain the creative community. For the 2015 theme, CAM will celebrate how the artists of Chicago are inspired by urban architecture, design, materials, people, history, and surroundings. Previous artists who have participated include: Yuri Lane, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Victoria Martinez, and Ian Ferguson. CAM is looking for "experimental" and "innovative projects with a strong and original artistic vision".


Submissions will be open July 13-24. Additionally events include a CAM Meet + Greet Wednesday, June 17, from 4-6pm at the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago.

CAM Event Types:

  • Art Walk/Tour/Festival - Coordinated event(s) featuring works by Chicago artists in multiple spaces in a single neighborhood or a guided tour of work in a single or multiple location.
  • Exhibition/Installation - Organized presentation and display of a selection of works in a public location
  • Learning/Making - Class, conversation, lab, lecture, panel discussion, demonstration, art-making activity or other educational events.
  • Open Studio - Public opening of a communal studio or a building housing multiple studios located in Chicago
  • Performance/Screening - Music, theater, dance, spoken word, film or other time-based, site specific event.

A total of 18 artists and programs will receive up to $1,500 in support and will be featured in October-November. Selections for CAM will be announced in early August. Contact for any questions and to RSVP for the Meet + Greet June 17th. The CAM website will include all information regarding the application process and guidelines.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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