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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

Chicago has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Whitney Winkler

Painting was a tangible way to express myself and often see a finished product in the same sitting. The art you see coming from me now has been born of hours and hours of quiet mistakes and late nights. Read more>>

Shuba

Above all other things, I’m a singer first. The first time I started singing was when I was three –my family has a recording of me singing along to some song from a children’s storybook. Read more>>

Kathryn Maxwell

I cannot remember a time I wasn’t drawing or creating something as a child. I loved the bright colors of Peter Max and the 1960’s, going so far as to paint my bedroom in a rainbow of concentric colors. Read more>>

Jeb Brack

I’ve always liked to draw, and a few years back people started asking me to do pencil portraits of their homes. The more drawing I did, the more I wanted to do. Read more>>

Alana Lindenfeld

I had always loved taking pictures before that, but realized that I could do more stuff when the power was in my hands (literally). From there, I kept practicing photographing everything I could from nature to food and my friends. Read more>>

Angelica London

Well…I got my start in every artistic area, but painting! Growing up, my mother always put me in creative camps and classes for dance, singing, pottery, jewelry making, etc. Read more>>

Michael Schacht

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think to myself that I missed my calling. That I’m doing the wrong thing. I have this tendency to go down the rabbit hole with things and it gives me the opportunity to explore specific subjects in great detail. Read more>>

Christian Sampson

I have traveled around the globe meeting and photographing so many different people and it is the most rewarding thing to show people that you can do anything and make your dreams come true. Read more>>

Laura Junge

28 years ago I enrolled in a painting class at a community college in Minnesota in order to fulfill a credit requirement. It was in that class that my passion for painting arose almost over night. Read more>>

Fraze (Brian Frazier) Wright

Entertaining has always been a part of my life. I grew up acting as a kid. Loved being in front of the camera. As I got older I began to gravitate toward music more as I found it to be the freest form of expression. Read more>>

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