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Rising Stars from the South West Side

The heart of our mission at VoyageChicago is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Chicago’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars from the South West of Chicago below.

Demetri Nicholas

I have always had an appreciation and eye for design and the arts. This talent and passion led me to attend Columbia College Chicago, where I majored in Fashion Design and Retail Management with a minor in Costume Design. While attending school, I had the opportunity to work at Marshall Field’s— first in the visual department creating eye-catching displays throughout the flagship State Street store. Read more>>

John Michael Geihsler

I have been drawing since I can remember like most artists. However, I did not really consider pursuing a career in art until I was in college at DePaul University. I was there studying health and sciences to become a physical therapist. I was very unhappy, not feeling like I was accomplishing anything and I felt stuck. Read more>>

Brian Ortega

It all started in my hometown, Guayaquil, Ecuador. After finishing high school, I decided to move back to Chicago and start working towards my professional career by studying Graphic Art and earning my Bachelors degree from Robert Morris University. Read more>>

Graham Livingston

My career as an artist really began when I moved from St. Louis to Chicago where I studied Architecture and media arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA fall 2017). During this time I had the good fortune to work as a designer for cultural institutions like the Field Museum here in Chicago. Read more>>

Thomas Rozdzynski

The exciting part of my life story begins roughly in the year 2000, when I found that I was not in the best place in my life. My health and physical fitness were far from what would be considered “good.” As a professional in Corporate America, my priorities were very different than they are today. Read more>>

Jim Clement

I’ll start by saying that every job I’ve ever had has led to the next one. Whether from hard work, dumb luck, or a mix of both, I’ve had great fortune when it comes to being where I am today. If I actually sit and reflect about what it is I do on a daily basis and how I ended up where I am at this moment, I think about communicating with the people I’m around at any given time and my natural curiosity for how things and people work. Read more>>

Michelle Mariola

I moved to Chicago to begin my career after graduating with a degree in Graphic Design. My first job was with a small graphic design company in a suburb of Chicago, called Skokie where I designed everything from annual reports for Motorola to brochures for North American Bear Company to package design for VTech to illustrations for Scott Foresman books. Read more>>

Pat O’Sullivan

I wanted to be a filmmaker from a very young age. Growing up a movie lover the indie film explosion of the 90s totally put it in my head that this was something I could do. After high school I tried my hand at film school but it didn’t gel with me. Read more>>

Jennifer Alvarez

Since the 7th grade, Jennifer Alvarez dreamt to pursuing a career in the beauty industry. For over a decade, as a licensed Cosmetologist, she has studied Hair design in New York and London and has traveled throughout the US teaching and growing her skills. Read more>>

Eshovo Momoh

I grew up in PG County, Maryland bordering Washington, D.C. in a lot of ways it’s very similar to DC and growing up I spent a fair amount of time in the city. As far as how I got started, uh it feels like everything contributed to my start but the point in time when everything began to come together in a more focused manner was probably 2007. Read more>>

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